The purpose of the Association is to promote professional recognition and growth opportunities through educational and training initiatives geared toward translators and interpreters in the State of Florida. You can read more about this in the Bylaws.
Your first responsibility is to yourself. Make sure The Association is delivering what you expect by reading its published materials and emails, and familiarizing yourself with the Bylaws and Articles of Incorporation.
Your second responsibility is to your clients. By keeping ATIF’s Board of Directors on their toes, you ensure that professionalism and quality are maintained in the membership enrollment, published material, and educational programs.
Your third responsibility is to ATIF itself. Your active participation in the organization, its activities, volunteering at its programs, and sharing your knowledge and experience with colleagues through its publications and presentations, are important steps to ensuring that ATIF will continue to thrive.
A volunteer association is only as strong as the involvement of its members.
ATIF will make every effort to assist members by promoting the T&I professions, keeping members informed of developments of interest, organizing and promoting educational and training opportunities, and maintaining high standards of membership so that belonging to ATIF will remain a mark of professionalism.
Besides the blog, the use of a professional email-blast system, and the website, a number of committees have been created to carry out specific objectives.
Volunteers are the lifeblood of the Association, and ATIF’s Board of Directors welcomes your comments, suggestions, and offers of assistance. If you send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, you will receive a prompt response. Make clear in the subject line of your email the event or publication for which you want to volunteer; if you have suggestions, be specific about the area to which it applies (educational programs for interpreters, for translators, both, services, etc.).
All Active members of ATIF may serve on the Board of Directors. We suggest that candidates familiarize themselves with the latest edition of Robert’s Rules of Order so they will know how meetings are conducted and the basic requirements of each position. All candidates must be familiar with the ATIF Bylaws.
You can use the website’s Professional Directory to locate colleagues, and the blog provides a forum and platform for colleagues to communicate with one another.
ATIF was awarded Chapter status by the American Translators Association in November of 2011. If you are an ATA member and want to join the Florida Chapter, please scroll down to the next section to learn about the types of membership offered by ATIF.
Joining ATIF does not automatically make you an ATA member.
Membership in ATIF is granted to individuals who meet the membership criteria.