2016 DVTA Annual Meeting and Summer BBQ

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.

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:

No on-site registration accepted.


DVTA Luncheon Gala – Cabrini College – Sunday, March 22, 2015 By: Carlota Dalziel


The event went swimmingly. With 120 members in attendance and 25 language pairs represented the luncheon was a winner. DVTA Secretary Anne Connor, assisted by her daughter Jackie and DVTA member Eileen Haag, welcomed the guests as they arrived. Members were greeted by rousing music that firmly set the festive mood in the charming Tudor setting of The Woodcrest Mansion at Cabrini College. Plants on every table and flower vases filled with spring daffodils arranged throughout the rooms further enhanced the beauty of the venue.  Guests were encouraged to mark their country of origin with drawing pins on a large map set up in the main lounge. The map soon became a mass of brightly colored dots that sent many a member scurrying around the rooms in search of an unknown countryman.


Program co-chairs Maria Weir and Carlota Dalziel opened the event and gave guests a warm welcome. Each sponsor was introduced and recognized with enthusiastic applause. The sponsors were: La Salle University, represented by Dr. Carmen Lamas, Cross Cultural Communications, represented by Michelle Gallagher, Magna Voce, represented by Maria Perez-Chambers and Catalina Natalini and Accent Interpreting, represented by Gilbert Ruiz.

Next, DVTA President, Tony Guerra, welcomed the guests and introduced the board members. He went on to invite participants to register for the DVTA and ATA Spanish Division April seminar Spring into Action to be held at La Salle University on April 25 and 26. One of the main organizers of the event, Armando Esquerra Hasbun, was introduced as the person who would respond to any questions on the seminar. Early birds would get a special discount, and those registering at the luncheon itself would get an additional discount. Armando’s information table was kept very busy throughout the afternoon with registrants signing up and making their choices regarding seminar sessions.


The food can only be described as exquisite, and the service (drinks and lunch), as first class.  There were three different hot and cold food stations. Another one offered soft drinks and wine, and yet another tempted everyone with delicious desserts. Coffee and tea was available throughout the afternoon. The way the stations were placed in different spots throughout the spacious and well-appointed rooms enabled guests to circulate, mingle and avoid long waits and jams. Tables were set for lunch but this didn’t stop most guests from getting up to freely move around the rooms and effectively network.

The event wound up way beyond the intended time of 3pm. There were closing remarks by Tony Guerra, who thanked the guests for coming and encouraged them to attend the next DVTA event in April. Armando Hasbun briefly outlined the plans for the Spring into Action seminar, which promises to be a big success.


DVTA Annual Meeting – Thursday, December 5, 2013 from 6 to 8 p.m.


The DVTA Board of Directors is pleased to invite the membership to join us for our Annual Meeting on Thursday, December 5, from 6 PM to 8 PM.

We will reserve the first hour to reviewing our activities and programs from 2013 and then presenting what we have planned for 2014. The last hour of the meeting will be dedicated to networking.

Holiday refreshments will also be available at this stunning venue, which offers ample free parking on site.

For more information about the Woodcrest Mansion at Cabrini, visit http://www.cabrini.edu/About/Visit-Cabrini/Buildings-and-Facilities/Mansion/

Please contact DVTA Programming Co-Chair Maria Weir at  maria@mariaweir.com with any questions. Or to register for this event, please click here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/dvta-annual-meeting-tickets-9363373101

We look forward to seeing you there!

DVTA Board of Directors

DVTA 2012 Annual Meeting

On Thursday December 6, more than fifty people attended the 2012 Annual Meeting of the Delaware Valley Translation Association that took place at the Holiday Inn Historic District in Center City, Philadelphia.

The meeting was a perfect blend of social networking and discussion of business-related matters.

After a brief introduction by DVTA president, Tony Guerra, and a recap of this year’s events and programs by Anne V. Connor and Maria Weir, our treasurer, Alan Dages gave us the good news that the DVTA finances are sound, and Dorothy Evans showed us in colorful graphics that our membership remains strong with an increase in the number of corporate members.

Several workshops and webinars are already planned for the new year.

First of all: the Annual DVTA Winter Brunch will take place on February 10 at Yang Ming Restaurant, Bryn Mawr, PA.

As for the workshops, if you’re a translator, I highly recommend you attend Rosalie Wells’ Hands-on Translation Tools Workshop (Trados and Wordfast). I attended Rosalie’s seminar on this subject last September and I found it most informative and useful.

If you’re an interpreter, you have several seminars to choose from:

  • Webinar for Spanish Interpreters: Jaime Fatas and Alfonso Villaseñor
  • New Interpretation Techniques, Simul-Consec: Esther M. Navarro Hall
  • Conference Interpretation Equipment Technology Workshop: Todd Cassidy, Mainline AV

More good news: In 2013, the DVTA will hold an ATA Translation Certification Exam Sitting. Date and place yet to be determined.

The Honorable Ida Chen closed the meeting with an inspiring recap on last year’s two programs organized in collaboration between the First Judicial District of Philadelphia and the DVTA:

  • Court Interpretation Shadowing Program: with First Judicial District of Philadelphia
  • Court Interpreter Skill Development Workshop: with Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts (AOPC) Widener University, DE and First Judicial District of Philadelphia

After the meeting, we all gathered to talk with old and new friends around the delicious food that Carlota Dalziel and Maria Weir selected with the hotel.

For a more up to date information on DVTA, ATA and other events of interest, check the DVTA calendar here,  follow us on Facebook:  www.facebook.com/ (then look for DVTA), or tweet with us on Twitter (@_DVTA_.

Happy Holidays!

DVTA Annual Business Meeting & Networking Event

The Delaware Valley Translators Association Cordially Invites You to:
The 2012 Annual Business Meeting & Networking Event

Location: Holiday Inn Historic District
400 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
Thursday, December 6, 2012 from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm 

Directions and public transit info.: http://www.phillydowntownhotel.com/hotel-near-liberty-bell.aspx

Please come and join your local colleagues for a brief annual business meeting recapping the events of 2012 and brainstorming about the upcoming seminars and/or events of 2013.

Immediately following the meeting, there will be complimentary hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar for additional networking and socializing opportunities. Members who drive to the meeting will receive a special parking discount of $15 in the hotel’s garage.

So, mark your calendars and let us know whether you can attend by Friday, November 30. We look forward to seeing you then!