Roger G. Flygare
Roger has been a dedicated professional in the court reporter community and has tirelessly given time in support of education by serving on reporter education committees at Green River Community College (the sole remaining court reporter education program in the state) and Bates Vocational Technical Institute (which was the only other state supported program).
Over the years, he has steadfastly served for various local associations. He has been a member of WCRA and NCRA since 1978, having been vice president for two terms for WCRA as well as fulfilled Area 1 Director duties for two years and served on a multitude of committees for WCRA. Presently, he is assisting WCRA gather the necessary support to pass a mandatory continuing education program aimed at keeping Washington’s court reporters at the cutting edge of not only technology but educationally as well.
Roger was elected and installed as President of the Washington Court Reporters Association on October 3, 2009 at the Tri-State Court Reporters Convention. This was the first time that the three states of Idaho, Oregon & Washington had ever help their conventions together in their combined histories. It was at Roger’s suggestion and his hard work that brought this event forward where he served as Convention Chair and Master of Ceremonies as well.
Roger is a past president of the Washington Freelance Shorthand Reporters Association.
He was chairman for the Washington State Department of Licensing Court Reporter Advisor Committee for its entire duration, helping draft the RCW’s and WAC’s which govern the profession. During times of administration of the requisite Washington state certifying exam, which is given twice a year, he helps oversee the test and grading of those exams. He currently also acts as a liaison with the reporting community and the Department of Licensing.
He currently also serves as Deputy Commanding General of the Association of Washington Generals, a non-profit state sanctioned organization, that operates under the umbrella of the Lt. Governor’s Office as well as the Commission for Trade and Economic Development.
As a former director of Secure Justice, he helped formulate strategies to prohibit offshore outsourcing of the duties and responsibilities normally attributed to qualified court reporters. Secure Justice is pursuing a ban on offshore transcription of deposition and hearing transcripts which always contain highly confidential and personal information which could be harvested and used for illegal means.
In the Legislature: Roger sponsored the following to bills before the Washington Legislature in 2010 and they have both passed and will become law 90 days following the regular session. He dedicated himself to very long days, weeks, months, and actually years to bring these to their final fruition.
Oath & Affirmation Bill: Washington Certified Court Reporters will now be included in RCW 5.28.010 as persons authorized to administer an oath or affirmation. Information can be located at this hyperlink: http://apps.leg.wa.gov/billinfo/summary.aspx?bill=2861&year=2009
Continuing Education Bill: Information concerning Mandatory Continuing Education for Washington Certified Court Reporters can be found at this hyperlink: http://apps.leg.wa.gov/billinfo/summary.aspx?bill=6450&year=2009