President's Message:



Dear Members,

Convention 2020

Mark your calendar!  FCRA will be holding its annual convention at the beautiful Ocean Reef Club in Key Largo July 16 through 19, 2020.  Situated just 45 minutes south of Miami, this exquisite property is the perfect location for convention re-imagined, a truly unconventional convention.  Plan for yoga at sunrise, kayaking through mangroves, and sand between your toes at sunset.  Leaving the mainland and entering the Florida Keys, you will feel relaxed, refreshed, and recharged.  Stay tuned for more exciting details in the coming months for what promises to be an unforgettable experience.

FPR Online Modules Coming Soon

The Ethics Committee is putting the finishing touches on the online modules for the FPR, and the anticipated launch date is early 2020.  We are thrilled to soon offer the FPR from the convenience of home as well as at our next convention.   

NCRA in Orlando 2020

Congratulations to Florida superstars Christine Phipps and Cathy Phillips!  Christine will be installed as NCRA president and Cathy will become chair of NCRF at the NCRA 2020 convention in Orlando next August.  We look forward to celebrating and thank you both for your service.  “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more, and become more, you are a leader” - John Quincy Adams. 

Finding Balance

Many aspects of our profession are unique; unexpected expedites, lengthy assignments, deadlines, difficult witnesses, new locations each day, overwhelming amounts of pages.  It can be a roller coaster trying to keep up, and there’s just never enough time in a day.

The Feminine Mystique, published in 1963, introduced “the problem that has no name,” describing the longing women felt for fulfillment outside of the home.  As women entered the workforce, a new term arose, the so-called “second shift,” housework and childcare most often performed by women.  As reporters, we have the added layer of a third shift, the pages we edit after long days of writing.  The average person is spending over two hours per day on social media; that’s a part-time job!

Nearly every hour of our day is accounted for, and do we really ever feel “caught up”?  As we enter the holiday season, the mad dash to 2020, may you find time for personal enjoyment. Unplug, go for a walk, catch the sunrise/sunset, create something beautiful, organize your space – whatever makes you happiest. 

Your FCRA board and committees are hard at work as we look forward to Court Reporting & Captioning Week and an island retreat focused on professional growth.  I wish you all a prosperous and peaceful New Year!


Amy Marie Yarbrough, FPR    

President, Florida Court Reporters Association