A Great Day for #TechComm: Our Bloomery Plantation Distillery Tour and Open Mic

August 30, 2014

If you missed the event on Saturday, you missed something special. Technical communicators from all over the area gathered at the Bloomery Plantation Distillery in Charles Town, WV for history, hooch, and hospitality.

The event began under the big tent at the Bloomery, where our host Rob Losey treated us to an assortment of delicious cordials including Cremma Lemma, Ginger Shine, and (my personal favorite) Chocolate Raspberry. Rob told stories and filled us in on the history of the plantation and some of the details of the manufacturing process as well as the regulations and restrictions.
Photo of Rob Losey holding the tasting tray

After the tasting, we took a tour of the grounds, and then stayed for the open mic entertainment. Some of us even participated.

Photo of Carolyn Kelley Klinger with her guitar.

Photo of several people relaxing under the shade of a large umbrella.

Many thanks to everyone for a great event. See all of our photos on Flickr.

Photo of the full group at the Bloomery

Ideas and Notes from STC WDCB Summer Vision Day 2014

Photo fo a seat at the beach with a chair, sunglasses, coconut drink with an umbrella

The recording for Summer Vision Day 2014 in in our list of podcasts in the sidebar.

Download the Summer Vision Day 2014 PowerPoint Slides (3.2 Mb .pptx).

During the meeting, we asked members to post ideas and needs for future events. Please use our WDCB website as a forum for sharing ideas.

  • What kinds of events would you like to see in the coming months?
  • What kinds of topics should we cover?
  • For what kinds of speakers should we look?

We asked to hear from you, the membership, and we mean it. What’s on your mind? What do you need?

Please share your thoughts here.

Photos of the 2013 Technical Summit in Atlanta, Georgia

Photos from the road trip that Carolyn Kelley Klinger and Cynthia Lockley took to the Atlanta Conference are up. Watch the photostream at https://www.flickr.com/photos/stcwdc/.

We are interested in adding more photos from other chapter members who attended the conference. If you have some to contribute, please send them to email hidden; JavaScript is required and please identify the location, people in the photo, and who took the photo. They will be added to the photostream.

Chapter Election Results and Admin Council Transition

We are pleased to announce the results of the chapter elections held in December 2012. Yes, this announcement is a bit late but fixing our hacked websites took up more time than expected.

Here is our new Administrative Council for 2013.

Name and Additional Appointments / Responsibilities

President Muniza Arifin
Corporate Outreach

1st Vice President
Ann Ray
Events Committee Manager, Society Liaison Officer

Secretary Mary Saunders
Maintains Administrative Council minutes and records

Treasurer Minhaj Arifin
Finance Committee Manager

At-Large Director Ugur Akinci
Publicity Committee Manager

At-Large Director Cynthia Lockley
Website Team Manager, Bylaws Committee Manager, Publicity Committee member, Stationary Design

Immediate Past President Carolyn Kelley Klinger
Prepares chapter achievement application and Society nominations

12 January 2013 Transition Day

photo of Admin council at lunch
Administrative Council Transition lunch

We held the Transition meeting between incoming and outgoing administrative council members on 12 January 2013 and celebrated the old and coming year with a luncheon. The luncheon was held at the Yoko Japanese Restaurant in Oakton, VA.

See the rest of the photos from this luncheon on our Photo Album sidebar on the right or on the Photo Albums page at https://www.flickr.com/photos/stcwdc/sets