2016 East Coast Interpreters and Translators Summit – Sept. 10, 2016

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Registration is Now Open for the 2016 East Coast Interpreters and Translators Summit, featuring:
Business Skills * Translation * Interpretation* Transcription
Saturday, September 10 at La Salle University – Philadelphia, PA
Bonus: A Computerized ATA Exam Sitting will be given on Sunday morning, September 11

** APPROVED FOR 6 ATA CE Points, 6 AOPC CEUs (including 3 for Ethics),
6 Delaware AOC and 6 Maryland AOC CEUs
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Location: La Salle University, Philadelphia, PA
For pricing and other details, download the event flyer:
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Or visit the Event Website:  https://www.regonline.com/2016DVTAEastCoastSummit

DVTA sincerely thanks the following Summit Host, Sponsors and Exhibitor:

HispanicInstitute
http://www.lasalle.edu/hispanic-institute
VENUE HOST

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www.nsc-languages.org
PLATINUM SPONSOR

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www.cultureandlanguage.net
GOLD SPONSOR

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www.lsctranslations.com
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http://accentinterpreting.com
SILVER SPONSOR

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http://www.ricarti.com
SILVER SPONSOR

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http://www.magnals.com
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http://www.magnavoceie.com
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2016 DVTA Annual Meeting and Summer BBQ

2016 DVTA ANNUAL MEETING AND SUMMER BBQAppleford_Fountain
Tuesday, August 9, 2016  –  5:00 PM to 7:30 PM
A free event for DVTA members*

Come celebrate the summer with friends on the beautiful grounds of the Appleford Estate and catch up on a full report on DVTA activities for the year with a glimpse of what’s coming. We have been very fortunate to be able to repeatedly obtain this unique venue, set amidst 24 picturesque acres, with a 300-year-old Pennsylvania fieldstone farmhouse in the heart of a carefully maintained arboretum, surrounded by blossoming trees and boxwood gardens. It’s easy to see why this yearly tradition has become one of the DVTA’s most anticipated and well-attended receptions.

Back by popular demand, we will once again host an “All American Barbecue” featuring the following menu:

Iced Tea, Lemonade and Spring Water
Hamburgers, Hot Dogs and Garden Burgers
Sliced Tomato, Pickles & Onions, Condiments, Rolls and Sliced American Cheese
Potato Chips, Garden Salad, Vinaigrette, Tomatoes, Cucumbers, Carrots and Green Peppers

Assorted Brownies, Home-baked Cookies and Watermelon Wedges 

 *Because of the large turnout last summer, this year there will be a small charge for non-members and for children under 12,  which will allow us to be more inclusive and open up the event without incurring a deficit on our operating budget. Corporate members will also be requested to limit their attendance to 2 company representatives.

Prices:
Current, paid DVTA Members:                 Free
Nonmember Guests, Age 13 and Older:  $15
Nonmember Guests, Age 12 and Under: $10

Members and non-members must pre-register via Eventbrite BY AUGUST 3 on the link below:
http://dvta-bbq2016.eventbrite.com

No on-site registration accepted.

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My Experience as a Volunteer Interpreter

As a freelance translator, my opportunities for personal interaction (or even getting out of my office at all during the day) can be limited. While I appreciate the flexibility of the job and love the work I do, let’s be honest—it can get lonely! I also enjoy volunteering my time for people who are in need. This is why I decided to offer my time as a volunteer interpreter for Philadelphia VIP.

While my main business is translation, I have received training and had some experience as an interpreter as well. A course at the graduate level introduced me to the interpreting world and showed me what an amazing opportunity interpreters have to be the missing link in the chain of communication for so many individuals, so when I heard about Philly VIP’s need for volunteer interpreters, I jumped at the chance to work with them.

Philadelphia VIP is an organization that offers pro bono legal services to low-income Philly area clients. Volunteer attorneys aid the organization’s clients in a wide range of civil cases, and in some of these cases the attorneys need volunteer interpreters to assist with client-attorney communication for those with limited English proficiency. These volunteer interpreters are never asked to interpret in court.

Interpreters are assigned on a case-by-case basis, so I am working to facilitate communication between one attorney and one client as they work on and discuss the case. In my current case, I have had the opportunity to meet with the client and attorney both in person and over the phone, spending no more than one hour per week on the case. I have had the chance to enable communication as they deal with the client’s tax issues and try to sort through what kind of legal help he needs.

One of my favorite things about this experience has been the gratitude I sense from both the client and the lawyer. It’s very rewarding to hear both of them say that they don’t know what they would do without me, and it’s great to know that I’ve helped give someone peace of mind and a better future.

If you would like to learn more about volunteering as an interpreter for Philadelphia VIP, contact Rida Haq at rhaq@phillyvip.org or complete the volunteer enrollment form at https://phillyvip.org/content/language-access-volunteer-enrollment-form.

DVTA Looks Back at 2015’s Successes and Makes Resolutions for 2016

This past year saw some great success for DVTA at the hands of our very involved and hardworking board members and volunteers. Not only did the Association hold its regular annual events, such as the Winter Luncheon at Cabrini College, the Summer Picnic/Networking Event at Appleford Estate, and the Annual Business Meeting at Magna Legal Services, we were able to move forward with other efforts and events that have greatly benefitted the membership as a whole.

The first major accomplishment DVTA enjoyed this year was to get its new website and member portal up and running in early April. The new site features a single platform (WordPress) for all of DVTA members’ needs, making it a great one-stop shop for everything related to the Association. Now, members can access the event calendar, DVTA blog, directory of language services professionals, and members-only forum all in one place. This effort would not have been possible if not for the hard work of many board members and other individuals, whose work is also lessened by this new site through automated membership notifications and reminders. A long-awaited relief!

DVTA’s second big news from 2015 was the Spring into Action event held at La Salle University. The two-day conference brought in attendees from a variety of different locations for a weekend of great sessions on Spanish translation and interpreting, as well as excellent networking opportunities. This joint effort by DVTA, the Hispanic Institute at La Salle University, and the ATA Spanish Language Division attracted over 130 attendees, some of whom sat for the ATA certification exam offered the second day of the event.

Another key success for DVTA in the past year has been its increased media exposure. Board and corporate members of the Association were interviewed for an August edition of the Philadelphia Inquirer, offering insights about the translation industry and the future of language services. DVTA was also featured on the cover of the September 2015 edition of the ATA Chronicle, which highlighted the Association’s efforts in conjunction with the First Judicial District Court to develop and implement an ongoing shadowing program for judicial interpreters.

The year to come also holds great promise for DVTA. Elections for three new board positions (one secretary and two events/programs co-chairs) will be held in September, and the Association will host its annual Winter Luncheon on March 13 (once again this year at the magnificent Mansion at Cabrini College) and Summer Picnic/Networking Event in August. The Association is also planning to hold the first East Coast Translation and Interpretation Summit in September. This Summit will be non-language specific and an ATA certification exam will be offered during the event. If you are interested in helping to plan and coordinate this exciting new effort, please contact our Programming Co-Chairs: Carlota Dalziel (rc4dalziel@comcast.net) and María Weir (maria@mariaweir.com).

DVTA Annual Luncheon Gala – Sneak Peak at the Sept. East Coast Summit

DVTA Annual Luncheon Gala – Sunday, March 13 from 11:30 AM to 2:30 PM

REGISTRATION DEADLINE – Monday, MARCH 7!!

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Location: The Woodcrest Mansion at Cabrini College   Date: Sunday, March 13, 2016
600 King of Prussia Road                                                Time: 11:30 AM to 2:30 PM
Radnor, PA 19087                                                            Price: $45 (Incl. Tax & Gratuity)


Don’t miss this opportunity to hear about the launch of our East Coast Summit on September 10, featuring the best speakers in the industry, in celebration of the 55th Anniversary of the DVTA. Pre-registration will be offered at a special discount only for attendees of the luncheon.

NOTE: Don’t forget to set your clocks forward an hour for DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME on Saturday night, March 12. We wouldn’t want you to miss a moment of the following day’s festivities, let alone a whole hour!

All current, paid DVTA Members will receive an email invitation with the full menu and registration form. Or you may view the form here: DVTA_LuncheonGala2016_Invitation_ECSummitPreview

In order to make this gourmet luncheon more affordable to our individual members, the following DVTA Corporate Members have graciously stepped forward for partial sponsorship:

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