MESSAGES FRoM THE ADMINISTRATOR
Dear CLD members:
Hope this finds you well again in the holiday season. I want to provide further updates of the activities and recent developments in our Division. I hope to keep our members informed and engaged so they know what's going on and how to contribute to our growth in their own way.
Congratulations on a Successful Conference
As announced in my recent broadcast message, we had a very successful ATA's Annual Conference in Boston and 75 CLD members attended the Conference. I want to thank again all the attendees for their time and participation. I want to thank specifically our Division Distinguished Speaker, Mr. Bok Kow Tsim, who gave us a very detailed presentation of the translation work at the United Nations. All our speakers were well organized and impressive in their presentations. If you missed the Boston Conference and want to get a feel of it or subscribe to its econference, here is the link to ATA's website: http://www.atanet.org/conf/2011/
Shortly after the Boston Conference, I emailed our Leadership Council members and our Nominating Committee members about what we achieved at the Conference. It's important to note that it was a team effort and we need to keep it up at our next or any future ATA conference.
To that end and to energize our Division's larger role, here again are the members of the CLD Leadership Council and their functions:
Mr. Bin Liu: Administrator, serving as the principal representative of the Division.
Mr. Di Wu: Acting Assistant Administrator, serving as the Chair of our Division's Chinese to English Certification Workgroup.
Ms. Katie Spillane: CLD Newsletter Editor, responsible for the solicitation, compilation and editing of our Division's newsletter and/or other digital or print publications.
Ms. Evelyn Yang
: CLD Newsletter Layout Editor, responsible for the format and design of our Newsletter and/or Division image projection. Garland
Ms. Liping Zhao: Administrative Coordinator, responsible for our Division's clerical work as well as the function of Conference Participation and Presentation.
Mr. Huilin Gao: Webmaster for CLD's soon-to-be-developed website.
Mr, Todd Cornell announced his resignation as CLD's Assistant Administrator shortly after the Boston Conference. In accordance with ATA's Division Governing Policy, Mr. Di Wu was appointed the Acting Assistant Administrator for the remainder of the 2010-2012 term.
Mr. Wu will assist me in running the general affairs of the Division, and will assume the duties in my absence. We will welcome your continued cooperation and support. We especially would like to seek more volunteers to work on our Chinese to English Certification Workgroup. If you feel as strongly as we do that Chinese to English Certification is a worthy goal for our members, please step out and offer your valuable service. To join this Workgroup, please contact Mr. Wu at your earliest convenience at firstname.lastname@example.org. I want to thank you in advance for your volunteerism and selfless contributions.
To facilitate the election of our next Administrator and Assistant Administrator at ATA's Annual Conference in San Diego, we have formed a Nominating Committee. We now have three voting members who volunteered to serve on the Nominating Committee and here are their names and contact info:
Ms. Hua (Barbara) Robinson
Ms. Xiaolei Kerr
Mr. Xianjun (Edward) Liu
Ms. Robinson will be the Chair of the Nominating Committee. If you would like to run for the position of Division Administrator or Assistant Division Administrator for the 2012 - 2014 term, please don't hesitate to contact our Nominating Committee members listed above. You can also recommend qualified candidates to the Nominating Committee for consideration. Per ATA's Division Governing Policy, "[p]reference shall be given to candidates with previous involvement in the activities of the Division’s Leadership Council."
Other Division News
The Chinese Language Division has experienced growth during the past few months. Based on the ATA's Division count that I received on November 16, 2011, our membership stands at 814. I saw many new faces at the Boston Conference, which is a sign of the fresh strength we are drawing to our Division. We need to promote more our image and further enhance our standing. I encourage each member to spread the word among your friends and colleagues so they will join our ranks.
In late July, on my trip back to China, I visited the Headquarters of the Translators Association of China in Beijing. I met with Ms. Changqi Huang, Assistant to President, Mr. Yonggang Jiang, Executive Deputy Secretary General and later Mr. Youyi Huang, President of TAC. I had an extensive discussion with Ms. Huang and Mr. Jiang. I learned a lot about TAC's membership, services and training programs. I was truly impressed with the scale and impact of some of their organized events. I touched upon the possibility of dual membership between our organizations and I raised the prospect of ATA offering its English to Chinese Certification Exam in China. TAC was very open to either idea and we agreed to explore this and other areas of cooperation further in the near future.
On August 1, 2011, at the venue of FIT's Congress in San Francisco, Ms. Evelyn Yang Garland, one of our Leadership Council members, coordinated a successful networking dinner with the delegation of the Translators Association of China headed by Mr. Yonggang Jiang and Ms. Changqi Huang. They picked up the above topics and a few more. (For details, please read the relevant article in the Newsletter.) Here I want to congratulate Ms. Garland for her tremendous effort and success. She demonstrated to all of us that with a strong unwavering public spirit and plenty of good hustling, each of us can lead and achieve a lot of things. Apparently, Ms. Garland did just that. Earlier in spring, she coordinated the Translation Company Division's Annual Conference in Washington, DC. At the Boston Conference, she was appointed TCD's Acting Assistant Administrator. I want to applaud Ms. Garland on her multi-tasking skills and cross-divisional achievements.
In closing, let me welcome all the new members to our Division as well as all the new members to our working committees. Thank you all for your hard work and team spirit. We look forward to another year of good work and good growth.
Bin Liu, ATA Chinese Language Division Administrator (2010-2012)
English to Chinese Translator
ATA Annual Conference 2011: Bok Kow Tsim (Distinguished Speaker) and Yian Yang (Speaker)
ATA Annual Conference 2011: CLD Dinner
A Message from the Nominating Committee
Dear Fellow CLD Members:
I am honored to become a member of CLD’s Nominating Committee joined by Mr. Edward Liu from Toronto.
ATA membership dues allow us to join different divisions. How can you get the most out of your association and division, to make your membership worthwhile?
The best way is to get involved. Your participation will help to shape our profession and our perspective. Volunteering is very much the essence of American culture, a culture we all come to embrace. It is also one of the most rewarding and satisfying experiences you can ever have, especially when working with talented and like-minded fellow volunteers.
Edward, Xiaolei and I are confident that the Nominating Committee will identify and present highly qualified leadership candidates to the membership for the 2012 CLD elections. We will update you on our progress in the next newsletter.
Hua (Barbara) Robinson
Nominating Committee Chair
Nominating Committee Chair