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NOTA would like to cordially invite you to the upcoming spring series workshop on Immigration and Criminal Defense, which will be hosted on Saturday, May 30th from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Akron Summit County Public Library located at 60 S. High Street, Akron, OH 44326.

The workshop will be presented by Alvaro De Cola Esq., an attorney who works primarily in the areas of immigration, visa, citizenship and criminal defense, and Catherine Pina Arrieta, the interpreter coordinator at the Cleveland Municipal Court of Cuyahoga County and has 12 years of experience in the legal interpreting field.

The workshop will mainly focus on the general overview of the criminal proceeding system and immigration system, common areas of interaction between these two systems and the need for language professionals in and out of both immigration and criminal courts. Please see the attached flier for more information.  Spring_2015_Workshop_Immigration_Criminal_Defense

The workshop fee is set according to the following classification: $10 for NOTA members, $20 for Non-members and FREE for students. To RSVP for the workshop, please write a check for the corresponding amount payable to NOTA and send it to the following address: Vitaliy Plinto, 6811 Mayfield Road, #1079, Mayfield Heights, OH 44124. The deadline to RSVP for the workshop is Tuesday, May 26, 2015 at 10:00 p.m.

If you have any questions or need additional information about this event, please feel free to contact the Programs and Events Chair Vitaliy at (216) 773-8792 or vvp13ster@gmail.com. Thank you in advance for your interest and we look forward to seeing you at the workshop on May 30th!

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All Aboard! NOTA is very excited to invite all of you as well as your friends, families and colleagues for the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad Ride with Brunch, which will take place on Saturday, May 30th, 2015.

The train will depart sharply at 10:45 a.m. from the Akron Northside Station located at 27 Ridge Street, Akron, OH 44308 and will take you on a very pleasant and inspiring 3.5-hour roundtrip journey. Please arrive at the station at least 15 minutes prior to the departure. You will be given a unique opportunity to explore the beautiful landscapes and wildlife of Cuyahoga Valley National Park right from your window while enjoying the delicious meal. Please see the attached flier for more detailed information about the menu.NOTA_2015_CVSR_Brunch_Ride

The cost of the ride is $32/person (with taxes and gratuities included). To RSVP, please write a check for a corresponding amount and mail it to the following address: 6811 Mayfield Road, #1079, Mayfield Heights, OH 44124. Also, please send an email to vvp13ster@gmail.com and indicate how many people in your group (including yourself) will be attending the event. The deadline to RSVP for the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad Brunch Ride is Friday, May 22, 2015 at 10:00 p.m.

If you have any questions or need any additional information about this event, please don’t hesitate to contact your Programs and Events Chair Vitaliy at (216) 773-8792 or vvp13ster@gmail.com. Thank you in advance for your interest and we look forward to joining us for a fantastic spring train ride on Saturday, May 30th!

STARTED WITH A SELFIE

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NOTA hosted a Spring Coffee Hour at the Cleveland Public Library yesterday. Members offered suggestions to bolster an online presence and schedule upcoming events.

NEW OFFICERS
Boris Bosjnak assumes the Newsletter Chair and Catherine Piña now serves as Public Relations Chair. Look for good things from these folks soon.

CONNECT, CONNECT, CONNECT
I encouraged to Angret and others to write short article for NOTA’s next issue. The discussion turned to best strategies in the translator’s day-to-day activities. Ginger bookmarks folders with specialized terminology and prefers .org and .gov sites as compared to. com. Kemmie Mitzell, KIAL student, walked the group through the struggle to find just the right term https://appling.kent.edu. In a few minutes she her strategy to solve word dilemmas. Want to know how Kemmie rolls? Check out her article in NOTA BENE’s next edition. Do you have a story from the keyboard or onsite assignment that could benefit our community? Forward your experience to Boris Bosjnak, Newsletter Chair at bbosjnak09@jcu@edu.

A NEW WORD
Want to hear something cool from yesterday’s session? Transcreate. You’ll have to contact Vitaliy Plinto, NOTA Programs Chair, for more details. We linguists practice transcreation on a regular basis.

STRONGER VIRTUAL PRESENCE
NOTA hopes to begin twittering soon. Ginger Scheel gingerscheel@gmail.com patiently explained that Twitter http://www.twitter.com links followers through a focused message of 140 words and oftentimes a link. What a boggle! John suggested folks follow seasoned translators to become more familiar with the process.

ATA CERTIFICATION EXAM
NOTA will sponsor a sitting for the ATA exam on Saturday, May 16 in Dublin, Ohio. Please contact the ATA directly at this link for further information
http://www.atanet.org/certification/upcoming.php

KENTLINGUA, TREACHEROUS ROADS AND THE NEXT WORKSHOP
“If you build it, he will come” heard Ray Kinsella in the Iowa cornfield. The group batted about ideas to include Kent students in NOTA activities. Look for an informal coffee hour in the upcoming months in K-town. The past two winter banquets, held after Christmas, resulted in a low turnout due to ice-laden highways. Perhaps NOTA will schedule the 2015 affair before the holiday season ramps up. Vitaliy served up the possibility of a fall workshop at the Akron Public Library coupled with an excursion train ride on the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad http://www.cvsr.com. Maybe we’ll end the day with an independent film at The Nightlight, Akron’s indie cinema http://www.nightlightcinema.com.

THANKS FOR COMING
A shout out to Rosaelena, Angret, Ginger, Kemmie, Hélène and Vitaliy who sacrificed a sunny day to explore ideas that keep NOTA vibrant. Till the next event.

On behalf of The Cleveland Cultural Garden Federation (CCGF) and the Russian Cultural Garden of Cleveland, I would like to cordially invite you and NOTA members to 99th Cleveland Cultural Garden Federation (CCGF) Installation Dinner. The dinner will take place on Tuesday, April 14 at 6:30 PM at the Sherwin Gilmour Party Center. Please the flier attached for more detailed information. Installation Dinner_invite

Installation Dinner is a formal event where CCGF Executive Board will give an oath and will be officially installed. It is also a preparation for the celebration a Centennial of Gardens. Attendees will include Mayor Frank Jackson, CCGF Executive Board, representatives from each Cultural Garden, and distinguished members of the Russian community. The evening will feature all international gardens and a wonderful documentary about CCGF history. This year’s event is a hallmark for Cleveland Russian community because the Russian Cultural Garden of Cleveland will act as a host of the event. We plan to share a presentation featuring Russian Culture in Cleveland and Russian Garden Story. The Russian Garden will entertain guests with a traditional Russian Ballet from the Cleveland School of Ballet performance. We will also offer authentic Russian cuisine for dinner. You will have a great opportunity to network with attendees and form friendships with representatives from different cultures.

Save the Date

Event: The Cleveland Cultural Garden Federation (CCGF) Installation Dinner

Date: Tuesday, April 14, 6:30 PM

Cost: $40/person

Thank you for your interest and we look forward to seeing many of you at the dinner!

NOTA would like to cordially invite you all for a 2015 Spring Coffee Hour, which will be held on Saturday, April 11th from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Cleveland Public Library Fleet Branch located at 7224 Broadway Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44105. Please see the link to the map of the location: http://www.cpl.org/BranchLocations/Branches/Fleet/FleetMapanddirections.aspx. Also, please see the event flier attached for reference.

This event will provide you with a unique opportunity to ask questions and share ideas on how we can help NOTA to better serve us and what types of programs and events you would like to see in the near future. Your feedback is essentially important, so please mark your calendars for this date.

Thank you in advance for your interest and we look forward to seeing you on April 11th for the Spring Coffee Hour!

I am excited to announce about another cultural event that is coming up later this month – Maslenitsa Celebration at the Russian Cultural Gardens, which will be hosted on Sunday, February 22nd from noon to 3:30 p.m. Please see the announcement below and the attached flier. Maslenitsa_En

Maslenitsa is an Eastern European carnival that celebrates the departure of winter and the arrival of spring and features various sorts of pancakes and crepes with Russian tea from the samovar, pancake and crepe cook-off and eating contest, networking opportunities with local Russian entrepreneurs, Russian limericks (chastushki), best Russian costume babushka competition, games for kids, pictures with Maslenitsa doll and matryoshka nesting dolls and much more.

To find more detailed information and to RSVP for the event, please visit http://www.eventbrite.com/e/pancake-cook-off-and-eating-contest-maslenitsa-in-the-russian-cultural-garden-registration-15461392441.

You can also find more information about the Russian Cultural Garden by visiting http://www.russianculturalgarden.com/

If you have any questions about this event, please feel free to contact Olga Nagdaseva at nagdaseva@gmail.com or (440) 452-3784.

Thank you in advance for your interest and we hope to see many of you at the Russian Maslenitsa Celebration on February 22nd!

Dear NOTA Members,

I am writing to announce that NOTA Board has a couple of positions to fill: Public Relations Chair and Newsletter Editor. We are contacting to kindly ask you if you would be willing to step in for one or both of these positions. Please note that both positions are volunteering positions, however, the benefits of taking on these positions with NOTA are enormous. Not only you will be able to network with other language specialists and share the knowledge about our industry, you will also be given a unique opportunity to demonstrate your leadership skills and to serve your community.

Please find the description of each position below:

Public Relations Chair

The person elected as Public Relations Chair shall prepare all publicity, public relations and other such materials to be released or otherwise produced by the Association. To this end, the Public Relations Chair shall be fully authorized to designate one or more persons from the Association’s membership to assist, individually or as a committee, in the aforesaid activities.

Newsletter Editor

The person elected as Newsletter Editor shall prepare, design and edit quarterly NOTA Bene newsletters and distribute them to the membership. Experience in writing and editing newsletters is a great plus.

The positions are a two-year commitment. The NOTA Board meets quarterly for approximately one hour, either in person or virtually (via Skype). NOTA requires a quorum to exist and currently does not meet that standard. You can locate our bylaws at the following link: http://www.notatranslators.org/byLaws.aspx.

If you have any questions concerning either position or would be willing to step in to serve on the NOTA Executive Committee, please reply to John P. Shaklee at jshaklee@att.net or (330) 327-2189 and indicate the position of your interest.

Finally, on behalf of the entire NOTA Board and myself personally, I would like to thank our resigning Public Relations Chair Svetlana Ball for her time and dedication for providing excellent service to NOTA and wish her best of luck in all her pursuits.

Thank you in advance for your interest and dedication to NOTA!