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Your convention committee is excited to welcome everyone to this year's SCSCRA annual convention in beautiful downtown Anderson, the "Electric City." We have great things planned that we hope will be motivational, informative, and fun! We should leave feeling energized and inspired with a renewed commitment to being the best we can, not only as reporters, but in all areas of our life.

The Bleckley Inn, located in the heart of downtown Anderson, is the location for our event. The hotel offers guests a glance into Southern history and a journey into the elegance of a boutique hotel experience. Standing on one of the city's most historic sites, wooden floors, a livery stable, and exposed brick combine with modern conveniences to create an atmosphere of distinction. The Inn is a mix of simplicity and splendor, boasting spacious rooms which have been reserved exclusively forour purposes. In the event we have greater attendance than usual, the Hilton Garden Inn, just minutes from downtown, off I-85 at exit 19A, has been designated as an overflow hotel. This hotel is adjacent to Lake Hartwell, approximately 6.5 miles from downtown. It offers a fireplace in the lobby, fitness facility, indoor pool, and two on-site restaurants with a number of popular eateries within walking distance. Mention SCSCRA when you book at either to receive our special rates.

After the welcoming, we are thrilled to present award-winning Anita Paul Johnston as one of our guest speakers. Anita has been a certified court reporter since 1974. She created the first computer-integrated courtroom in California and taught court reporting at night before developing her realtime mastery workshops. Her company has presented at numerous NCRA and state conventions, as well as local, state, national and international governmental agencies. Anita has mastered her presentation and teaching skills to earn her the reputation of a world-class speaker. She has written books, produced numerous tape and CD training series, and has expanded her workshops to include seminars on advancing technologies, transition to CART and Broadcast Captioning, and seminars for attorneys on creating an exceptional record. In 2007 Anita achieved the highest speaking honor one can earn in the National Speakers Association, the Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) designation. She has also become certified as a Life/Success Coach, specializing in working with court reporters and their many career and life challenges.

Don Scott, past NVRA president, will be present to speak openly and candidly about voice writing today. Topics will include CAT systems and other technology currently available. Why are there so few certified realtime voice reporters? Does the voice writer have a future in technology courtrooms? What will you do to prepare yourself? Don is an expert in the field and can answer many of our questions.

On Thursday we will board a bus to Clemson University's Outdoor Lab where we will spend half the day in a "team ventures experience" where participants will be engaged in challenges designed to prepare them to work together, learn to listen to the ideas of others, communicate their ideas and feelings, and come together as a team. At registration, you will choose between high or low ropes courses based on your comfort level. Full seminar descriptions are available on the SCSCRA web site, so please take a moment to read those before you register. The other portion of the day will be devoted to individual steno or mask classes designed to hone our particular skills.

To take advantage of the ride back and forth to Clemson, we will engage in a "challenge bee" for additional credit where participants will be quizzed on spelling, vocabulary, and other matters likely to appear on written knowledge tests for our national associations.

The cost for our convention is $125 for members and $150 for non-members, which includes admittance to all seminars, vendor exhibitions, transportation to Clemson, snacks, all meals, and admission to our traditional fund-raising auction where dinner and cocktails will be provided. That's a great deal! An option will be available at registration to purchase lunch or dinner at our cost for any guests you may want to invite.

Downtown Anderson is a bright spark for the Electric City. A surge of development has brought charming new places to shop, dine, and play. Following the meal Thursday evening, we will venture out across the square for an evening block party with live entertainment until 9 p.m. You will be free to hang out downtown or explore on your own afterwards.

Friday morning we will finish up with more informative and fun classes before we close with a business meeting.

This year we are offering online registration. Simply click on the link http://www.planetReg.com/E6267583242361 to register. We are not able to accept online payments at this time.  After registration, please make your check payable to SCSCRA and mail to: Jo Rice, PO Box 561, Abbeville, SC 29620 within five(5) days of registration to reserve your preferred selections. Please include a copy of your registration confirmation with your check.

Many of you have been participating in our public service endeavor, the Sparkle Caps Project, by joining the Million Steps in 100 Days Challenge. In doing so, you are helping yourself to develop healthy habits for life as well as supporting this wonderful organization whose mission is to empower women in treatment for cancer with support, love, and personal experiences of cancer survivors. You may also make donations to this 501(c)(3) charity at the time of registration.

Check out the agenda and come with an open mind prepared to relax, renew, and recharge in the Electric City! Don’t forget to bring your auction items and to begin thinking about next year’s officers.

We hope to see you there!

2013 SCSCRA Convention Committee Members:

Donna Brady

Vivian Cross

Danette Hanks

Jo Rice

Renee Tollison

Lesa Williams