Jun 242015
 
This entry is part 10 of 10 in the series 2014-15 Program Chronicles

The end-of-year meeting of the STC New England Chapter was a chance to celebrate the accomplishments of the year past and help plan the year ahead.

The event was held at Waxy O’Connor’s Irish Pub and Restaurant in Lexington, MA on Tuesday evening, June 16. After a cocktail reception and an excellent dinner, Chapter President Nancy Allison thanked this year’s administrative council members Emily Alfson, Art Campbell, Mark Decker, Patty Gale, Kevin Johnson, Steve Jong, Kurt Kroeber, Trish Robertson, Pam Sarantos, John Sgammato, and Dorothy van Lingen. Then she reviewed the highlights of the Chapter’s accomplishments this year:

  • A full set of programs and workshops
  • Competitions
  • A sellout InterChange in March
  • The establishment of a successful mentoring program
  • A healthy job bank
  • Expansion of the monthly Scribbling Tipplers social get-together from Waxy’s to new locations in Nashua, NH and Providence, RI
  • STC recognition of the Chapter’s efforts with a Community of Achievement Award of Excellence
Photo of Patty Gale leading brainstorming for next year's eventsRick Lippincott

Patty Gale led attendees in a brainstorming exercise

Council member Patty Gale led a brainstorming exercise to gather ideas for next year’s programs, workshops, news articles, networking events, and community activities. Attendees came up with dozens of ideas and even took a straw poll on the results. Patty commented that there was “lots of energy in the room. And we gathered lots of great ideas for next year’s programs.” She will survey the full Chapter membership soon to get a stronger sense of what the Chapter should offer.

Nancy then formally recognized this year’s volunteers for their work on the Council, the Competition, the web site, mentoring, or InterChange. Nancy got everyone involved: she asked attendees to come up and read the citations, and then those recognized drew from a basket of small plastic medals with labels such as “Super!” or “Way To Go!” The simple ceremony was well received. These volunteers attended the meeting and were recognized (the rest will be contacted after the STC Summit):

President Nancy Allison (center) watches as volunteer Karen Giventer (left) is recognized

  • Regina DeAngelo
  • Mark Decker
  • Paul Duarte
  • Patty Gale
  • Karen Giventer
  • Steve Greffenius
  • Steve Jong
  • Cynthia Joyner
  • Kurt Kroeber
  • Marguerite Krupp
  • Neil Perlin
  • Trish Robertson
  • Pam Sarantos
  • Deb Sauer
  • John Sgammato
  • Eric Strachan
  • Pam Taylor
  • Will Tripp
  • Dorothy van Lingen
Photo of Kurt Kroeber with Landers/Carbrey AwardRick Lippincott

Kurt Kroeber received the Landers/Carbrey Award

To cap off the evening, Nancy announced Kurt Kroeber, Chapter Secretary, as the winner of the Landers/Carbrey Spirit of Volunteerism Award. Kurt served on Council for two years, and this year oversaw both the Community of Achievement application process and the Competitions, two of the biggest jobs in the Chapter. Kurt was nonplussed to receive the award, and later said, “It was an absolute honor to receive it, and as many of you witnessed last night, I was knocked speechless when I accepted the award.”

The new Chapter year starts in September, but there will still be activities over the summer: the Council election, Scribbling Tipplers (the second Tuesday of each month), and the crossover meeting to kick off work on programs and workshops. If you’d like to volunteer for the upcoming year, contact Nancy at president@stcnewengland.org. She would love to hear from you, and who knows? You may find yourself being recognized next year.

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