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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.

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Olesia's Place

A little madness is in the Spring

Is wholesome even for the King.

Emily Dickinson

2014 NEW YEAR’S BANQUET

NOTA members and visitors from Community and Court Interpreters of Ohio www.ccio.org braved treacherous roads to dine heartily at the NOTA’s New Year’s Banquet. Olesia’s Place in North Royalton served up plentiful fare from borscht to crème brûlée http://www.olesiasplace.com. Ever savored a deviled egg topped with caviar? Reinhold Federmann, NOTA Treasurer, hadn’t before either. Combine authentic delicacies from the Ukraine and Spanish/German/Turkish translators and interpreters = networking and lively conversation.

WORTH THE TRIP

A newbie to the field, Kent graduate student Gregory Henninger, took advantage of the event to pose questions to the seasoned crowd. Was he a bit tetched to drive clear from Kent across snowy highways? Ask him in a year once he put into practice the many recommendations he noted in-between the smoked salmon and stuffed cabbage rolls.  I claim semi-insanity for climbing into my Focus against risky road conditions to feast again with fellow linguists. Kudos to Vitaliy Plinto NOTA Program Chair who secured the reservation and nestled each chair with a gift box of chocolates from Latvia.  Diakuju, my friend.

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It is that time of the year again when all of us together with our families reflect upon everything that we have accomplished in 2013 and plan to accomplish in 2014. And for NOTA, of course, there is no better time than the first month of the New Year to gather all of its members in one place, so that everyone can share their plans and aspirations for the New Year. To this regard, NOTA would like to cordially invite you as well as your families and friends to join us for the festive 2014 New Year’s Banquet, which will be held on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 4:00 p.m. at Olesia’s Place, a classic style Ukrainian cuisine restaurant located in North Royalton, OH.

The 2014 New Year’s Banquet will feature special holiday family style menu that will include some of the most exquisite delicacies as well as traditional meals from Ukrainian cuisine including Red Borscht (traditional Ukrainian soup with red beets, vegetables and sour cream), Pierogie Sampler (potatoes, mushrooms and sauerkraut, onions, sour cream), Stuffed Cabbage Rolls (stuffed rolls with beef, rice, spices, finished in oven and served with tomato sauce and mashed potato) and much more. There will also be holiday gifts for everyone.

The cost of the banquet is $35/person plus taxes and gratuities. Each guest will be issued a separate bill after the dinner. To RSVP for the banquet, please send an email to Vitaliy at vvp13ster@gmail.com indicating how many guests including yourself will be attending the event. The registration deadline for the banquet is Monday, January 20, 2014, 8:00 p.m. However, please note that the space is limited, so it is highly recommended that you RSVP far in advance to ensure seat availability.

If you have any specific questions or need additional information about the event, please feel free to contact Vitaliy at vvp13ster@gmail.com or (216) 773-8792. Thank you in advance for your interest and we look forward to seeing you on January 25th at Olesia’s Place!

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TAKE OCCASION BY THE FORELOCK/Coger la ocasión por los pelos
Hélène Viglieno Conte hosted  “The Woman with the Five Elephants”* movie potluck at her home recently.  The film (a shout out to Jill Sommer who provided the disc) unravels the mystery behind the life and work of Svetlana Geier, the world’s greatest translator of Russian. Offerings ranged from Ana Gallardo’s fiery salsa and to Ohio’s own trail balogna with swiss cheese. Here are takeaways from the event.
  • Lubna Al Allaf met Catherine Piña of Cleveland Municipal Courts and discussed job opportunities.
  • Hélène and Phil’s hospitality kept the table talk going for a better part of the night.
  • Boris Bosjnak offered to roast pig for another gathering.
  • Network and traditional cuisine make for a fine mix with newcomers and seasoned linguists.

Keep an eye for the next NOTA event at http://www.notatranslators.org or this blog.

HOW DO I JOIN NOTA?

Click on this link to become a NOTA member http://www.notatranslators.org/joinNOTA.aspx
 *www.nytimes.com/2011/07/20/movies/dostoyevsky-translator-woman-with-the-5-elephants-film-review.html?_r=0.

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NOTA APPOINTS NEW SECRETARY

On behalf of NOTA http://www.notatranslators.org we would like to congratulate Silvia D’Amico who joined NOTA’s board recently. Silvia accepted the Secretary position and comes with extensive translation and interpreting experience. Her expertise includes legal, business and literary texts. A native speaker of Italian, Silvia’s language pairs include EN/GR/SP>IT. Welcome aboard, Silvia.

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