None of them quite hit the mark of what we had envisioned to replace the logo that has served our Association so well since 1922.
The Board agreed we should give it more thought and continue to explore other options. We also agreed that we wanted a logo that will stand the test of time for another 100 years.
After the mid-year meeting, Robin Tabora, one of our new Board members, gave the logo some additional thought. She worked with her son, Christopher Tabora, and Justin Beardsley, an IT Technician from her court in the District of Connecticut. After several iterations, the Board voted to approve and adopt Robin, Christopher and Justin’s submission as the new FCCA logo.
It is interesting to note that Christopher Tabora has no affiliation or knowledge of the Federal Court Clerks Association. When Robin asked him to brainstorm, he looked at our current FCCA “Quill Pen” logo, our website, and our mission statement, and he came up with the basis for the new logo. Within a day Chris sent a rough sketch to Robin and stated:
“In my mind, it seems all other federal government entities have a seal of some sort and I thought the FCCA should as well. My initial thinking was that there should be a hand on a bible to show the integrity of your organization and I thought that most clerks must have to take an oath of office to become a clerk. I added fifteen leaves on a vine to represent the fifteen original founding members of the organization. I added the words Professionalism and Integrity, which I think exemplifies the characteristics of the members of your organization. I think the seal and what it represents can easily be transformed into other formats for the website and other printed material. The centerpiece can be changed along with everything else.”
Building on this idea, Robin substituted the hand on the bible with the scales of justice. And, at the suggestion of some of the Board members, she added the word “Service.”
I share this information with you so there will be a record a hundred years from now about the history and thinking behind this new logo.
Here’s to a new logo and another 100 years of the FCCA!
Thomas G. Bruton, President
Federal Court Clerks Association