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Jerry Kelley awarded the 2012 NCRA Distinguished Service Award

August 10, 2012

Jerry Kelley awarded the 2012 NCRA Distinguished S

2011 Distinguished Service Award recipient Arnella Sims, RPR, CRR, of Los Angles, Calif., announced the winner of the 2012 NCRA Distinguished Service Award, Jerry Kelley, FAPR, RPR, CRR of McKinney, Tx. The following was her speech announcing the winner, which was given on Friday morning during the Premier Session of the NCRA Annual Convention and Exposition.


Good morning. As the immediate past DSA recipient, I am pleased to present this year’s award. The DSA is the highest honor an NCRA member can receive. Since 1960, 52 individuals have been so honored. Will all Distinguished Service Award recipients here today please stand for a well-deserved round of applause?

I want to tell you a little something about the person who has been chosen to receive the 2012 NCRA Distinguished Service Award, the highest honor our association can bestow upon a member. Our recipient has been a court reporter for over 35 years, as both a freelancer and an official.

Some of you might know this person because of her or his dedication to court reporter technology. Others might know this person because of his or her many realtime presentations, speeches, and articles, or this person’s work on various local, state and national committees. You might have met our recipient at the many conventions they have attended.

Our recipient has worked tirelessly for their local, state and national reporting associations in various capacities. This person is also the recipient of their own state’s distinguished service award and is a Fellow of NCRA, so we know our recipient is a very accomplished person.

This court reporter from one of the larger states has been described as a “true visionary,” someone with “the highest standards and integrity.” This person keeps abreast of and is a leader in the field of court reporter technology. This person treats everyone with deference and utmost respect.
Have you guessed who it is yet?

Well, let me tell you a little more. This person is someone who has devoted their entire career to helping others be the very best professional they can be and who touts the merits of stenographic court reporting to anyone who will listen. He not only talks the talk but he walks the walk. Many of us have picked up something new and innovative by reading the daily emails he takes his own time to distribute to a large number of interested court reporters around the country.

Ladies and gentlemen, it is my deep honor and privilege to announce the winner of the 2012 Distinguished Service Award: Jerry Kelley, RPR, CRR, FAPR.