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We Need Competition Committee Volunteers!

We are making plans for the WDCB 2016-2017 Technical Communication competition. We have a new competition manager, Richard Bogacz <email hidden; JavaScript is required>. Richard is looking for new volunteers who would like to help with this year’s competition.

The first position we need to fill is the entries manager, because we need to set up an entries mailing address for the opening announcement and flyers. Opening day will be 8 August 2016 and the deadline for entries is 21 October 2016.

Help Wanted graphic of hands in the airA list of all positions on the committee is at http://competition.stcwdc.org/competition-committee/

Committee positions to fill:

Entries Manager: http://competition.stcwdc.org/competition-committee/#ENTRY

Judging Manager: http://competition.stcwdc.org/competition-committee/#JUDMNGR

Recognitions Manager: http://competition.stcwdc.org/competition-committee/#RECMNGR

Awards Celebration Location Manager: http://competition.stcwdc.org/competition-committee/#BANQCOORD

Committee Meetings Location Manager: http://competition.stcwdc.org/competition-committee/#MTGS
(Make arrangements for the judge’s training and pickup meeting and for the consensus judging meeting.)

Be part of team—we need you!

To volunteer, send a message to email hidden; JavaScript is required or fill out the Volunteer Signup form at http://wdcb.stcwdc.org/about-us/volunteers/volunteer/

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ACM SIGDOC 2016 Conference in Silver Spring, MD, Sept. 23-24

ACM SIGDOC 2016 conference logo

ACM SIGDOC is holding their annual conference in Silver Spring, MD, on September 23-24, 2016.

The conference venue and hotels are conveniently located off the Red Line of the Washington Metro:
Sheraton Silver Spring Hotel
8777 Georgia Avenue
Silver Spring, MD 20910
U.S.
Phone: 1-301-589-0800

The program for SIGDOC 2016 is now available:
https://sigdoc.acm.org/conference/2016/conference-program/

The program lists the times, dates, and rooms for all panels, talks, keynotes, and workshops. It's an exciting and diverse lineup but also a packed one, so please take a look and plan accordingly.

Early registration runs through September 6.
https://www.regonline.com/builder/site/?eventid=1871175

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Bloomery Plantation Distillery Tour 2016

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The Washington DC-Baltimore chapter of STC returns to the Bloomery Plantation on August 27th. We had so much fun last year (see photos of 2015 and photos of 2014), we’re doing it again this year.


Bloomery Plantation is a 12-acre farm steeped in history–and moonshine! A former ironworks, today it is a charming mini-distillery where they make artisan cordials by hand from their farm’s own lemons and raspberries.


What does this have to do with technical communication, you ask? Well, it turns out running a business like this requires a lot of labeling. The process of creating SweetShines, as they call their artisan cordials, is quite technical. That’s our story and we’re sticking to it. We will enjoy a tour of the grounds and hear about the slightly tarnished past of this neck of the woods while we strengthen our ties to one another as a network of technical communicators.


Despite the focus on spirits in the Bloomery’s tasting room, this is actually a great event for families, with lots of land to explore.


Food is not available at the Bloomery Planation but you can bring your own picnic (be sure to include food, non-alcoholic drinks, and paper products; be prepared to carry out your own trash) if you’d like. Nearby restaurants include Alfredo’s, KFC, Subway, and Chick-Fil-A.


Bloomery rules:

  • Don’t bring in any other alcohol, per WV law.

  • GPS will get you lost. Use Google or Mapquest.

  • Dress casually. High heels will get you stuck in the soil.

  • Feel free to bring kids and kid-friendly drinks. 



Agenda

3:00 Arrive and gather with our group 

3:15 Tour of grounds and history

4:15 Tasting 

5:00 Hang out and network

6:00 Official event end and live music begins

8:00 Live music ends and Bloomery closes

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WDCB Technical Communication Competition Opens 8 August 2016

Chesapeake Bay and Mid-Atlantic StatesPhoto credit: NASA/USGS/Landsat

The Washington, DC – Baltimore Chapter's Technical Communication Competition opens today, 8 August 2016. Information about the competition is at http://competition.stcwdc.org. Entry forms and judge applications are available for downloading from the competition website. The entry deadline is 28 October 2016 so we're giving you plenty of notice. Prepare now to participate in the competition and send your entries in as soon as they are ready—deadlines have a pesky way of sneaking up on you so please don't leave it to the last week. 🙂

Note: We are currently looking for an Entries manager. The address for sending your packages to will be posted on the competition website in a few days.

For questions, contact the competition manager, Richard Bogacz, at email hidden; JavaScript is required.

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