2012 WCRA Spring Convention

  • 27 Apr 2012
  • 8:00 AM
  • 29 Apr 2012
  • 12:30 PM
  • Sheboygan, WI


(depends on selected options)

Base fee:
  • Includes all seminars Friday, Saturday & Sunday; continental breakfast Saturday and Sunday; Saturday buffet lunch, breaks
  • Includes all seminars Friday, Saturday and Sunday; continental breakfast Saturday and Sunday; buffet lunch Saturday; breaks
  • Includes all seminars Friday, Saturday and Sunday; continental breakfast Saturday and Sunday; buffet lunch Saturday, breaks
  • Includes all seminars Friday, Saturday and Sunday; continental breakfast Saturday and Sunday; buffet lunch Saturday; breaks
  • Includes all seminars Saturday only; continental breakfast Saturday; buffet lunch Saturday; break
  • Includes all seminars Saturday only; continental breakfast Saturday; buffet lunch Saturday; breaks
  • Includes all seminars Saturday only; continental breakfast Saturday; buffet lunch Saturday, break
  • Includes all seminars Saturday only; continental breakfast Saturday; buffet lunch Saturday; breaks
  • Includes NO seminars; includes continental breakfast Saturday & Sunday, and business luncheon on Saturday.
  • Includes NO seminars; continental breakfast Saturday and Sunday; buffet lunch Saturday;
  • for administrative purposes only
  • Sponsor a student's convention fee ONLY ($40) Select "Yes" on next page to sponsor a student.
  • Includes all seminars Friday, Saturday and Sunday; continental breakfast Saturday and Sunday; buffet lunch Saturday; breaks
  • Includes all seminars Friday, Saturday and Sunday; continental breakfast Saturday and Sunday; Saturday buffet lunch; break. LATE FEE REQUIRED
  • Includes display table and Saturday lunch
  • Includes registrations for all members of a particular firm. The amount will vary depending on the number of people attending from your firm as well as the days that those individuals are planning to attend. Student sponsorships can also be added.

    Please contact Judy Zickert at jzickert1@gmail.com if you would like to use this option. You need a code to activate your registration.

Registration is closed
Blue Harbor Resort & Conf. Center
(Newly Remodeled)
725 Blue Harbor Drive, Sheboygan, WI 53081
April 27-29, 2012
(866) 701-BLUE  or (920) 452-2900
 Check out the Blue Harbor Resort here.
The Blue Harbor Resort is located in the heart of Harbor Centre.  There is are 54,000 square feet entertainment area and indoor waterpark.  Restaurants include:  Latitude, Rusty Anchor Restaurant, and Rocky Bottom Snack Bar.  Get a massage at the Reflections Spa.

Directions to Blue Harbor Resort

The Blue Harbor Resort is in the heart of Harbor Centre.

From I-43 North or South, exit on Hwy. 23 East. Turn right (South) on 8th Street. Follow 8th Street over the drawbridge and circle the rotary to South Pier Drive.

From the North

Traveling South on I-43 towards Sheboygan, take exit 126, which is Hwy. 23 going East, turn right on 14th Street going south and then left onto Indiana Ave., which brings you directly to the traffic circle at South Pier Drive.

From the South

Traveling North on I-43 towards Sheboygan, take exit 123 which is Hwy. 28 going east, turn right on South Washington Street, left on South Business Drive and right on Indiana Ave. into traffic circle at South Pier Drive!

Hotel Reservation Information

Hotel reservation deadline is March 28th, 2012.  Call 1-866-701-2583 and indicate that you are with WCRA and give them Block Reservation #7AE1RB to receive our group rate.  

To make online reservations go to http://www.blueharborresort.com, click on "Reservations" page, and enter the dates, number of guests, and the Group Code: 7AE1RB.  

Room Rates:  $99/night & tax and fees.  Room types available include King Suite Lake View, Family Suite Lake View, Family Suite w/fireplace Lake View.

Hotel check-in/Check-out:

Check-in: 4:00 p.m./Check-out: 11:00 a.m.


Get ready for a Technology filled weekend.  Make sure you bring your laptops with you.  Word Documents, Excel Spread Sheets, and Outlook; malware history, malware types and how to protect your computer; backup strategies for mobile and home users are just some of the things you will learn in our Technology seminars presented by Quinn Copeland. He also has the very distinguished privilege of being the husband of our newest Convention Coordinator, Dannielle Cox Copeland!

Have you always wanted to do realtime, but have made every excuse not to hook up?  Do you do realtime for yourself, but are uncomfortable doing it for others? Now is the time to conquer your fear and to showcase your talent.  Join Karla Sommer and Lisa Weber as they share their realtime journey, as well as offer tips and inspiration to motivate you to begin your realtime adventure! Karla and Lisa will walk us through the “scary” process of realtiming for not only yourself, but going beyond your comfort zone and showcasing your skills for others.  They will help you expand your comfort zone!


Students, members of WCRA will be offering seminars on Saturday morning of the upcoming convention in Sheboygan specifically for you.   You may ask questions of a panel of CART reporters, captioners, freelance, and officials.  The second session there will be a mock deposition and what to bring to the job.  Register with Dannielle Cox at dannielle.cox@gmail.com and inquire about convention sponsorships.  The seminars will be conducted by a great team of reporters: Mary Burzynski, Tom Malkiewicz, Karen Ruud, Taunia Northouse, and Lindsay DeWaide.  EXPECT SURPRISES and PRIZES!  

We will finish our technology weekend with Eric Szatskowksi presenting The Dark Side of Digital Technology:  the Internet, Cell Phones, and Social Media. 

Eric has been a Special Agent with the Wisconsin Department of Justice/ Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) for approximately 20 years. He’s currently assigned to the state’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force in Milwaukee.  Eric’s law enforcement experience also includes undercover murder-for-hire, homicide, cold-case homicides, tracking fugitives, and drug enforcement. 

While digital technology offers a world of educational and entertainment options for young people, it also has a dark and dangerous side we must be aware of.  This presentation on the digital exploitation of children includes real-life examples and unabashed practical advice for anyone interested in the safety and well-being of our children online or using their cell phones.  Eric pulls-no-punches as he also incorporates his experience as a husband and father of two children who grew up online. 

Attendees will learn techniques used by predators, the types of kids who are most vulnerable, and the link between the growing victimization of children and the sexualized, porn-obsessed culture.  Eric also provides a live, eye-opening demonstration of what takes place in chat rooms.

Sunday morning we will begin the day with an energetic and humorous speaker, Roger Fish.  Roger’s enthusiastic, humorous and positive delivery style will challenge you to pursue a positive outlook on life and its many challenges.  His philosophy of building strong relationships – both professional and personal – along with his belief that “It’s your attitude, it’s your day . . . make it a good one” will set you on a course of accountability for your life.  If you are not “humor impaired” you will leave with a smile on your face.  Roger guarantees to make a difference or you can have your old frustrations back!

We will close the weekend with Sharon Abel.  Sharon is an instructor for Lakeshore Technical College, has been responsible for the Adult Basic Education for the Incarcerated Project in Sheboygan County, Wisconsin, since 1991.  Her commitment to correctional education has made her program a model for others to emulate.  Her research on post-release inmates, funding sources, and diversity has been published in professional journals. 

Bring along your questions.  Thanks to her students (current and former inmates of Sheboygan County,) Sharon Abel has over twenty years of stories from which to draw her answers.



WCRA will be conducting two student seminars at the convention in Sheboygan.  They will include a mock deposition, a panel of freelancers, CART, captioners, and officials, and more. We hope to make these seminars informative, exciting, and well attended.  However,  student funding has been cut dramatically.  The students need sponsors.  Your donation of the $40 student convention fee, or even a portion thereof, would be greatly appreciated.  Please check the “student sponsor” area on your registration form.  You may also contact Dannielle Cox at dannielle.cox@gmail.com and let her know you will be a sponsor.

Students are the future of the stenographic profession! 


Friday, April 27

4:30 p.m. - 6:15 p.m.  Early Registration

7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.  Social Gathering  (cash bar)

Saturday, April 28

7:00 a.m. - Registration & Continental Breakfast

8:15 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.  STUDENT SEMINAR

8:15 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.  PC PROTECTION  (.15 CEUs)

B y Quinn Copeland

10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.  STUDENT SEMINAR

10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. MICROSOFT OFFICE 2010 (.15 CEUs)

By Quinn Copeland

11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.  LUNCH & BUSINESS MEETING

(Lunch included in registration)

1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.  REALTIME: CONQUER YOUR FEAR

 (.10 CEUs)   By Karla Sommer and Lisa Weber

2:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.  BREAK & RAFFLE DRAWING



By Eric Szatkowski


 (CONT’D.) (.1 CEUs)

By Eric Szatkowski

Sunday, April 29

8:15 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. IT’S YOUR DAY, IT’S YOUR ATTITUDE . . .


By Roger Fish

10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.  THESE PEOPLE ARE OUR NEIGHBORS   (.15 CEUs)

By Sharon Abel

Total CEUs applied for:  1.00


(Online registration is preferred! If you wish to pay by check, complete the registration page online, print out the registration page, choose "Manual Pay" and mail in a check payment along with the registration form to the address below.)

Registration form and payment must be received by Saturday, April 14, 2012.  

If mailed after April 14, please add the late fee of $25 to your payment.

Mail to:          

Dannielle Cox Copeland

N104 W14063 Donges Bay Road

Germantown, WI  53022


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On-Site Registration

On-site registration is available on Saturday, 7:15 a.m. through 5:30 p.m.  The additional late fee is $25.


A $25 cancellation fee will apply to cancellations.  

E-mail Dannielle Cox Copeland at  dannielle.cox@gmail.com 

to cancel.


Steno Machine Cleaning Available at Convention

If you missed the opportunity to have your machine cleaned and tuned up at the past two conventions, don’t worry.  You will have another opportunity in Sheboygan. Steve Worth, from Worth Business Equipment near Chicago, will be present on-site to do machine cleaning and tune-ups.  He will be available on  Friday, April 27th, starting at 11:00 a.m. until Sunday at noon.  He works on most steno machines, with a couple of exceptions.  This has been a very popular addition to our conventions over the past year because drop-off and pick-up are within hours and you don’t have to worry about it getting damaged during shipping.  If a reporter knows that they need a specific part or parts (paper tray, tripod, display, etc.), he would like to have that information beforehand  so that he can bring those parts with him.  Each cleaning takes from 45 minutes to an hour to complete.  We have heard many compliments regarding his service.  The cost will be $208 + cost of parts.  Schedule a time to bring your machine in with Steve directly.  Spaces are limited.  You may contact him at (773) 777- 1474 or at   worth4154@msn.com.

If you have any comments, concerns, or questions about our association, or you would like additional information about court reporting as a profession, please contact us at president.wcra@gmail.com.

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