The goals of the WSRID are to educate, to support and to promote the certification of interpreters/transliterators and to provide information to the general public. The principal purposes of this corporation are to initiate, sponsor, promote and execute policies and activities that will further the profession of interpretation and transliteration.
On September 21, 1968, 65 people from throughout the State of Washington attended a meeting organized by Mildred Johnson and Don Pettingill to hear Al Pimentel, Executive Director of the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID). This meeting, held at the Seattle Speech and Hearing Center, was to inform interpreters and potential interpreters of the national professional organization of interpreters and to discuss the possibility of establishing a state chapter in Washington. The people attending the meeting voted to create a state chapter of RID, thereby becoming one of ten state chapters. Officers were elected, a formal name selected, membership dues of $3.00 established, and a by-laws Committee was selected.
The officers elected at this organizational meeting were:
The Bylaws Committee was composed of:
The year of 1969 was a year of firsts for the 51 charter members of the Washington State Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (WSRID) with the publication of the first newsletter in January and the first workshop and formal business meeting for interpreters in Washington in November.
WSRID Contributions to RID