REPORT: ANNUAL BUSINESS MEETING OF THE NEW YORK CIRCLE OF TRANSLATORS (NYCT)

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On January 29, 2024, the Annual Business Meeting of the New York Circle of Translators (NYCT) took place at the Independent Translators Union headquarters. The meeting was attended by a diverse group of experienced translators and interpreters, students, and translation agency owners, representing various languages, specialties, and companies. The event was chaired by the newly elected members of the NYCT Board of Directors.

The meeting began with a warm welcome from the Board members, who introduced themselves and outlined the agenda for the evening. A PowerPoint presentation provided attendees with an overview of the Association’s activities and achievements in 2023, along with year-end financial results.

The recently appointed Editor, Rodrigo Sandoval, was asked to take the floor to formally introduce himself, alongside his assistant Editor, Ms. Beatriz Cerveira. With palpable enthusiasm, Rodrigo extended a warm welcome to all attendees, expressing heartfelt gratitude for the opportunity to serve in their new roles. Amidst the atmosphere of anticipation, Rodrigo encouraged each participant to contribute to the vibrant discourse by submitting articles for publication or proposing compelling topics for future exploration. He indicated that “Shaping the editorial direction and content of our publication, The Gotham Translator, is a task meant for all of us”.

Key milestones were highlighted in the presentation, such as the growth in membership numbers, successful initiatives like the proposal of a Code of Conduct, and the ongoing support from the Stern Fund for Member Professional Development. Attendees were encouraged to engage in discussions, ask questions, and share recommendations for future endeavors.

Networking and Discussions

Delicious snacks and refreshments were provided, fostering a relaxed and pleasant atmosphere conducive to networking and collaboration. Attendees took advantage of the opportunity to connect with other language professionals, exchange ideas and experiences, and forge new partnerships.

Lively debates ensued, covering a wide range of topics related to translation and interpretation, professional development, and industry trends. Attendees expressed appreciation for the opportunity to gather and exchange ideas, fostering a sense of camaraderie and mutual support within the NYCT community.

Membership Statistics

Membership in the NYCT experienced a significant increase in 2023, reflecting growing interest and recognition of the Association’s value among language professionals in the region. In contrast, the American Translators Association (ATA) witnessed a decline in membership during the same period, underscoring the unique appeal and effectiveness of the NYCT within the local translator community.

As of December 31, 2023, the NYCT boasted a substantial number of individual and corporate members, while the ATA reported a slowdown in its membership ranks.

Code of Conduct Proposal

A notable development in 2023 was the proposal of a Code of Conduct within the NYCT. This initiative aims to establish clear guidelines and ethical standards for members, enhancing professionalism and integrity within the Association. The Code of Conduct reflects the NYCT’s commitment to maintaining high practice standards and fostering trust among stakeholders.

Stern Fund for Professional Development

The Stern Fund continued to play a crucial role in supporting the professional development of translators and interpreters within the NYCT community. This grant, available to both experienced professionals and students, allows recipients to pursue advanced training, attend conferences, and participate in other activities aimed at expanding their skills and knowledge. The Stern Fund underscores the NYCT’s dedication to pushing the boundaries of professional excellence and innovation.

Networking Events and Programs

Throughout 2023, the NYCT organized a series of events, workshops, and networking programs designed to facilitate member advancement and foster meaningful connections within the field of translation and interpretation.

Guest Speaker Conferences: The NYCT invited an interesting array of guest speakers to present lectures on topics aimed at enhancing translators’ skills and staying abreast of industry trends.

In addition, an event is planned for February 26: a meeting at Hunter College. Next month, the NYCT will host a gathering at Hunter College, providing members with the opportunity to build relationships and exchange ideas in a highly collaborative environment. Visit the NYCT’s webpage for further information.

Financial Performance

The financial performance of the NYCT remained strong in 2023, enabling the Association to invest in its members and expand its range of offerings. Solid finances reflect the effectiveness of NYCT initiatives and the support of its members, partners, and leadership.

Recommendations

Given the dynamic landscape of the translation and interpretation industry, the NYCT encourages all language professionals to explore growth and collaboration opportunities. In particular, the Independent Translators Union offers a wealth of resources and networking opportunities for freelance translators and interpreters. With its free membership, diverse development programs, and access to coworking spaces, the Freelancers Union presents an invaluable resource for individuals looking to enhance their skills and expand their professional networks.

For more information about the Freelancers Union and its offerings, please visit www.freelancersunion.org.

Conclusion

The NYCT’s Annual Business Meeting was a resounding success, thanks to the active participation of attendees and the dedication of both outgoing and newly elected Board members. The event provided a valuable platform for reflection, debate, and planning, laying the groundwork for continued growth and success in the coming year.

As the meeting concluded at 7:45 p.m., attendees departed feeling inspired and encouraged, with a renewed sense of purpose and anticipation for future events and initiatives. The NYCT remains committed to serving its members and advancing the field of translation and interpretation, guided by the principles of professionalism, collaboration, and excellence, fostering a vibrant and inclusive professional community in the New York area.

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