With sweat rolling off their brows, listening intently to each other, and taking detailed notes, the team discussed issues, possible solutions, and action items. Sometimes the air was tense as people gently disagreed. And sometimes the room was full of laughter when someone shared an amusing story. Sounds like an Agile meeting? Or could it be a group of surgeons discussing a patient? Well, it’s none of the above. This is what goes on at monthly STC New England Council meetings!President Emily Alfson When Emily Alfson took the responsibility of President in the summer of 2013, she rolled up her very capable sleeves and did an excellent job of pulling together a team. She provided agendas, asked for input, and spearheaded many exciting things. With Emily’s vision, we brought back InterChange and the annual competitions. Emily has even more exciting ideas so keep checking the New England Chapter website so you don’t miss out! Vice-President Nancy Allison Nancy Allison took over as Vice President and chair of the Programs Committee. started working on our programs and workshops last July 1, her first day in office. By Labor Day, Nancy had most of the program year scheduled with awesome presenters and exciting topics. Check out what’s planned for 2014. Immediate Past President Rick LippincottAs the Immediate Past President (a couple of times), Rick Lippincott provides the Council with advice and historical (sometimes hysterical—I couldn’t resist!) information. When Rick found out that we needed a chair for the annual two-day InterChange Conference, he raised his hand high in the air. You can read more about the InterChange Conference below. Secretary/Treasurer Rose JamesonRose Jameson takes meticulous minutes at our meetings and records our action items to keep us on track. She makes sure that nothing falls through the cracks and gently reminds us when necessary! Accountant Cindy CooksonTalk about accountability (no pun intended!), Cindy Cookson, our accountant, watches every nickel we spend and constantly looks for ways to decrease expenses. She negotiates our events at locations, manages our budget, sends information to Society, submits our taxes, orders our food, and more! If you want to attend a program or webinar, or if you need to cancel your reservation, please contact Cindy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Council members manage projects and report accomplishments, issues, and goals at Council meetings. Read on to learn more about the projects we are working on for you. We’d love to have you join us! If you want to help or if you have ideas for additional initiatives, please send them to Emily Alfson, our chapter’s Prez, at email@example.com.
The Standing Committees
Here are the standing committees and their chairs. All of them are glad to welcome helpers, whether you are an experienced hand or a tyro ready to learn something new for your resume. You are welcome to attend a Council meeting to see if this is something you would like to do next year. (It’s only a 1-year commitment and no training required.) If you are interested, contact VP Nancy Allison.Newsletter Committee – Art Campbell, Chair You’re reading the “newsletter” now! Newsletters are sooo last-century, don’t you think? Professional communicators can do better, and we are. You can help! This news site is built on the popular open-source content management system, WordPress. If you want to extend your WordPress skills or if you enjoy reporting on news that matters to your colleagues, consider joining the Newsletter Committee. Sponsorship Committee – Iris Friedman, Chair STC New England is actively reaching out to previous and new sponsors! Sponsors stabilize chapter finances and lend prestige. Potential sponsors include software vendors, recruiters, and educational institutions. Sponsorship levels range from Single Program to Platinum Plus; see the rate card for current rates. For their financial contribution, sponsors enjoy varying degrees of visibility to you, our valued members. Channels include our web site, social media, and face-to-face interaction at chapter functions including InterChange, our signature event. InterChange 2014, which takes place on March 29 and 30, affords a superb opportunity for direct dialog between sponsors and conference attendees.
Partnering with sponsors is key to the resurgence and ongoing success of our chapter. Are you connected to companies or organizations that might be interested? Please feel free to contact Iris Friedman, Advertising & Sponsorship Chair, if you can help with outreach.Membership Committee – John Sgammato, Chair The New England Chapter is where the value is for you and for your career. Your experienced and connected colleagues in the New England Chapter can help you to take your career to the next level with continuing education, the annual Interchange conference, occasional one-day seminars, the annual competitions, networking opportunities, endorsements on LinkedIn, building your resume with projects and committee activity, building your professional reputation by presenting at programs and conferences, and more!
If you want to take your career to the next level, The New England Chapter is where the opportunities are, and the friends and colleagues to help you get there! Competitions Committee – Kurt Kroeber, Chair The popular annual tech pubs competitions are back! The competitions take place every autumn, so the 2013 competitions are over now, but it’s not too early to plan for a 2014-2015 submission. The competitions are an excellent and cost-effective way to have your best work reviewed by professionals who know what to look for and how to provide truly useful constructive criticism where it makes sense. The competitions are a good enough reason for many employers to pay for their employees’ membership, and they are a great way to build your own resume by winning awards or by serving as a judge.
Programs Committee – Nancy Allison, Chair In October, 2013, Nancy organized our chapter’s 60th Diamond Jubilee Anniversary party. We had a fabulous turnout, an excellent presentation, and re-met lots of long-lost colleagues. The schedule for the rest of the winter and spring is already published; be sure to check the New England Chapter website calendar for upcoming programs!
InterChange Conference Committee – Rick Lippincott, Chair The annual two-day InterChange Conference will be March 29 and 30, 2014, at the UMass Lowell campus. If you are interested in submitting a proposal to speak at InterChange, send a title, synopsis, and any special presentation needs to firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to save the date!Scholarship Committee – Taryn Light, Chair Students are the most exciting people! They are hungry to learn and eager to perform. It’s a blast to visit colleges and universities to tell them about the wonderful world of Technical Communications as well as enlighten them about how STC can help in their job searches… and beyond. If you know a Technical Communications instructor, please send his or her contact information to Taryn Light so she can make arrangements to visit their classes.
MarComm and Website Committee – John Sgammato, Chair The chapter website got a complete overhaul last spring. If you haven’t seen it, you really must check it out. The Jobs Bank is back and flourishing, there’s a live Events calendar and a Members’ Area with resources for working writers.
The chapter is also very active in the social media world, with a busy Facebook page, over a thousand tweets from our Twitter account, a LinkedIn group, a Pinterest page, and more. If you are adept at any of these tools, we can use your help. If you made a New Year’s resolution to finally learn about them, tap into our expertise!