November 9, 2010

Adios FLD

Virginia Fox
Dear fellow members of the FLD,

Mylène and I are concluding two exciting and wonderful years as the administrators of the French Language Division. We have been very proud to serve our over 2,000 members for the last two years, and are particularly happy with the wonderful speakers we presented at the ATA conferences in New York and Denver. We are also very pleased with the dynamic new administration team elected during the Denver conference.

We wish to thank everyone who has helped make our tenure so successful, in particular:

Dominique Blachon
, the discreet yet highly efficient moderator of our very useful and dynamic list

David Heath, our wonderful webmaster

Elisabeth Lyman, the former newsletter editor and now fantastic blog editor

Karen Tkaczyk (and the other members of the nominating committee) for finding such strong candidates this year to lead our organization over the next two years

And also a big thank you to those who made the Denver conference so special and successful. Firstly, the soul of the conference our incredible speakers:

David Jemielity (this year's Division Distinguished Speaker or DDS, senior English translator and head of translations at Banque Cantonale Vaudoise in Lausanne, tenured faculty member at the University of Geneva's School of Translation and Interpretation, with special interest in target-text effectiveness in financial translation and translation process design and management), Grant Hamilton (former DDS, owner and manager of Anglocom, Inc., an agency located in Quebec mainly serving advertising agencies; Grant also teaches FR to EN translation for marketers and advertisers at New York University), Frédéric Houbert (former DDS, teaches legal translation at the University of Cergy-Pontoise in France; he is also the author of Dictionnaire des Difficultés de l'Anglais des Contrats and Guide Pratique de la Traduction Juridique), Betty Howell, Véronique Ponce, Bruce Popp, Karen Tkaczyk and Agnes Meilhac, and Marianne Reiner.

More detailed presenter bios can be found here, and abstracts of their sessions can be found here.

If you missed the conference, I highly recommend that you listen to the sessions on the conference CD that will soon be made available by the ATA.

And last but not least, we would like to thank Corinne McKay for organizing a delicious and very pleasant dinner at the Rodizio Grill. She kept her cool while accepting last-minute reservations and made sure everyone had a great time. It's amazing how much work is involved in planning a successful dinner; thanks Corinne!

Please help us welcome the new administrative team: Bruce Popp and Anne Goff.

Bruce Popp, our new administrator, has a PhD in astronomy from Harvard University. He is a US Patent and Trademark Office Registered Patent Agent, a freelance translator specialized in the translation of patents from FR to EN, and a former member of the board of directors of the New England Translators Association (NETA), based in Massachusetts, near Boston the site of our next ATA conference!

Anne Goff, our new administrative assistant, has an MA in French translation from the University of Surrey in England. She is currently a freelance FR to EN translator specialized in marketing and human resources. She intends to increase the visibility of the FLD and expand the information provided to members via modern networking tools such as Twitter. She is based in Sacramento, California.

It is a great pleasure to be able to hand over the administrative duties to such a strong team, and we are looking forward to supporting them over the next two years.

Finally, thanks to all of you out there for your continuing and renewed support of our division. You are the heart of this organization, and your contributions are its true value. The administration provides the structure, but the members provide the content: we need your feedback, suggestions, conference reviews and impressions, blog entries and other contributions.

We know we're leaving the French Language Division in good hands. We wish you all the best.

À bient sur la liste et le blog !

Virginia Fox and Mylène Vialard
Outgoing administrators of the FLD


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