Jun 152014
 
This entry is part 6 of 9 in the series Prez Says

2013-2014 has been a banner year for STC New England. Under Emily Alfson’s inspired leadership, we’ve brought back both the competitions and Interchange! In October, we celebrated STC’s 60th birthday with a groundbreaking program that blended the creativity of technical communication with science fiction. Our programs have been well attended and well received, and we’ve extended our reach globally by offering webinars to enchance most live presentations. The Job Bank keeps a constant stream of new job offerings, and the STC New England News web site came online last fall.

You have responded to these offerings with interest and enthusiasm, and you are the reason the Council of STC New England works so hard. Our entire purpose is to offer professional support to our members in the form of learning opportunities (monthly programs, workshops, Interchange), services (the Job Bank, the news site, and the competitions), and professional outreach (student outreach), and networking (all of the above, plus Scribbling Tipplers).

How We Do It
You might be surprised to find out how few people pulled off all this work: Most of the time, a core of two or at most three determined people was involved in each project.

They did it because:

  • They knew technical communicators in New England could use an infusion of professional support
  • They are personally committed to strengthening our profession.
  • Most of the time, they had fun doing it.

And finally,

  • They had the leadership and support of Emily Alfson, who encouraged us when a more timid leader might have pulled back. Emily’s vision for the Council was instrumental in everything we achieved.

As the new STC New England President, I will continue these initiatives and strengthen our reach. If you have been excited by any of them and want to contribute, please get in touch with me or any Council member, and we will be glad discuss your interests and possible time commitment.

A New Initiative: Speakers’ Boot Camp
Keep your eyes open for a new initiative that is dear to my heart: Speakers’ Boot Camp. I want to help a new generation of people develop professional presentations that they can deliver to STC New England and other organizations as well. If you’ve thought about presenting, but have never had a strong reason to work up a presentation, Speakers’ Boot Camp is for you! Please consider saving a Saturday in October for this workshop – and stay tuned, more information will be coming in the summer!

Elections Are Coming
In the next few weeks, we will be holding an online election for Council members. If you are interested in serving as a Council member, or as a volunteer who is not formally on the Council, please get in touch with any Council member. We will be glad to hear from you.

Come to the Celebration
On June 18, we will hold an end of year celebration at Waxy O’Connor’s in Lexington, MA. Come to hear about the past year, think about the coming year, network, and have some fun. We will have dinner and an open bar. If you haven’t come to a program so far this year, come to this one! It will be a relaxed, happy gathering, and everyone there will understand your tech-writer jokes!

See you there!

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