Rachel Houghton, Candidate for STC Secretary

Candidate’s Statement

By Rachel Houghton, Candidate for STC Secretary

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Rachel Houghton

The secretary is an officer of the Society and not a mere note-taker at board meetings. The secretary must be prepared to capture actions and significant information during deliberations, and should participate fully in the discussions. According to the Bylaws, Article IV, Section 3C, “The Secretary keeps minutes of all Society, Board of Directors, and executive committee meetings and distributes them in accordance with the Board of Director’s policies and procedures; and performs such other duties as the president or the board of directors may assign.”

I want to serve as Secretary so I can continue give back to the Society and to my profession at the highest possible level. I believe my skills and qualifications are the perfect match for the position: I am detail-oriented, highly organized, and aware of the challenges facing STC in the coming years. My STC job responsibilities have steadily increased over the years, and provided me with the ability to listen, the ability to take detailed notes, and the ability to process information from multiple sources and make it a cohesive whole, all while meeting strict deadlines.

I have been actively involved in the Society since late 1998. At the local level, I served on the Willamette Valley Chapter administrative council for 11 years, in a variety of leadership positions including chapter president, and chaired many meetings where we observed Robert’s Rules of Order. At the society level, I am currently the program chair for the 2010 STC Technical Communication Summit in Dallas, Texas, and a member of the Community Achievement Award Executive Committee. I was elected to the Nominating Committee in 2006, and I have written leadership articles for the Leadership Community Resource (LCR). I served as a judge for multiple international publications competitions, which I greatly enjoy. I received the distinguished chapter service award in the 1999–2000 program year, and earned the distinguished SIG service award in the 2006-2007 program year. I’ve also received an Outstanding Service Award from STC for my work on the program committee for the 2008 and 2009 STC conferences.

Outside of STC, I have volunteered my services as a newsletter editor and article contributor for multiple organizations. I graduated from Portland State University in 1996 with a Bachelor of Arts in English Language and Literature and a minor in Professional Writing. I have been a technical writer since December 1996, working as a contractor, instructor, and senior technical writer.

I will be grateful for your vote for Secretary.

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Fellow of the Society for Technical Communication. STC member since 1974.