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President's Message


A year ago I had the privilege of attending the Alaska Court Reporters Association.  I had such a wonderful time.  The scenery was simply breathtaking, the conference was very educational, and the people there were just so friendly. 

It reminded me so much of our StenoCAT Users Network.  I started attending user group seminars in the late ‘90s.  In fact, the first seminar that I attended was in Boston.  It was such a memorable trip.  I came back from that trip so excited about my software and so excited about this group that I couldn’t wait for the next conference.  And the next!  And the next!  I kept coming back.  I know it’s hard to imagine having that much fun while learning about software, but we really do.   

If you have never had the chance to attend one of our SUN meetings, I’d encourage you to do so.  This is where we have the opportunity to get together and really learn how to use StenoCAT.  In fact, even though I’ve been coming to these conferences for 20-plus years now, I still find that I learn at least one new thing about the software that I didn’t know before.  It’s like finding that surprise in the Cracker Jack box.  Plus, the members of this group are simply awesome!  The knowledge base that our group possesses is vast, and yet each is ready and willing to share his or her knowledge with the rest of us.  We are like family, and that is what makes this group so special to me. 

As a result, when I was asked to serve on the board and ultimately be your president, I hesitated only for a moment.  After all, I was having too much fun attending these conferences.  I was afraid that board service might interfere with that.  I am happy to say that I discovered it does not.  So I will repeat what has been said here before:  Please consider serving on the board of SUN or serving in any way you can.  We cannot function as a group without our volunteers.  Your service is simply invaluable.



So, with that in mind, let me take this opportunity to say “thank you” to a few special people.

First, Susan Burgess, thank you for serving as our president for two years.  You did an outstanding job!  You have such a great sense of humor.  You made board service fun, and I was able to learn so much from you!  You really are a tough act to follow.  Because of that, just know that I will continue to look to you for advice, and you are now number 1 on my speed dial. ;) 

Thank you, Jeannette Samoulides, for putting together such a wonderful program here in Long Beach for us. 

And, as always, thank you, Beth and Laurie, for taking care of everything else for us.  Without you, we’d be lost. 

I’d also like to thank Gigatron for all of their support.  As we all know, technology has advanced through the years – started in DOS; now, Windows 10 – and so has our StenoCAT software.  Gigatron continues to ask for our feedback and then does what it can to implement those suggestions.  But did you know that Gigatron also supports our users group?  They sponsor our business lunch, and they send wonderful techs to all of our conferences.  These techs teach us how to best use StenoCAT and then they set aside time to offer one-on-one tech support time for our members.  Did I mention how fortunate and blessed we are to have them? 

And, finally, if you were with us on the Queen Mary, I want to thank you for attending.  I hope you enjoyed the conference as much as I did.  What a historical ship!  What a great seminar!  We loved seeing you there and hope to see you again soon! 

If you weren’t able to make it to Long Beach, the fall conference is scheduled for September 27, 2018, through September 29, 2018.  It is going to be held in Murfreesboro, TN, which is about 34 miles southeast of Nashville.  I think the last time we were in Nashville was in 2011, so it will be good to go back.  Dawn Scruggs, Laurie Creech, and Michelle Hinson have graciously agreed to step up and be co-chairs for this conference, so thank you all.  It should be a great time, and I can’t wait! I hope to see you all there! 

Robin Cooksey


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