While the Chicago Area Translators and Interpreters Association was active in the linguistic global community, I was invited to participate by a colleague Patti Jacobs, a co-worker at Public Information Access, Inc., also known as PIA, Inc. in Chicago. Patti Jacobs was a member of CHICATA which met at the Sulzer Public Library on Montrose and Lincoln Avenue in Chicago, Illinois. I attended CHICATA meetings on Saturday afternoons and paid professional membership dues, also volunteering as an active contributor for the CHICATA newsletter. During one of the CHICATA meetings, a guest speaker from I.W.O.C., discussed the Independent Writers of Chicago, then I joined the independent writers group as a freelance writer and contributor to the newsletters.
Since 1994, I became an active communications professional, participant, and presenter in conferences for the Illinos Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (I.C.T.F.L.), the American Translators Association (ATA), the Federation of International Translators (FIT), in Colorado Springs, Colorado, Nashville, Tennessee, San Francisco, California, Montréal, Québec, Toronto, at the Orillia Conference Center in Ontario, and Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Then, I travelled to Strasbourg, France, Berlin, Germany in Europe for the FIT conferences in Europe.