New Chapter Admin Council

As a result of the June 2018 election for chapter leaders on the Administrative Council, the following shows our new Admin Council for 2018-2019.

The new chapter officers for 2018-2019
2018-2019 WDCB chapter officers

The Chapter Officers page has live links to their chapter contact address and to their biographies. Check it out and get to know your admin council.

Volunteer on a Committee or Two

Some of the new officers have taken on managing a chapter committee. We have many openings for serving on the chapter committees and opportunities to become part of the chapter leadership, learn new skills, share your expertise, show your stuff, learn more about STC and how the chapter operates. Bring us your ideas. See the Chapter Committees page.

Please review the committee openings. An important role we are looking to fill is the Events Manager. Click on the position title to find out what is involved for helping with that role. Some are small tasks and may be only be a one-time effort—you may want to volunteer for more than one. That’s great. The more roles we can get filled, the smoother the chapter will operate. We like volunteers. We reward you for your efforts in various ways (such as a certificate of appreciation, a free attendance for working an event, a gift, flowers, we’ll think of something). We’ll let your boss know about you.

Review the list of Current chapter volunteer openings and read the job descriptions. To sign up as a volunteer, fill out the Volunteer form.

Event Review: Chapter Technical Communication Competition Awards Celebration and Chapter Recognitions

The annual Technical Communication Competition Awards Celebration and chapter volunteer recognitions event is the highlight of the STC Washington, DC-Baltimore (WDCB) chapter's events calendar. This year's event was a standout dinner event, combining outstanding food and hospitality, a great speaker, and awards.

On April 18th, the WDCB chapter held its annual awards celebration at Il Positano Ristorante in Bethesda. Il Positano provided impeccable hospitality, delectable Italian food, sumptuous desserts, plenty of wine, and space for competition awardees to display their work. The writing team from Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab, who won the 2017-18 competition's Best of Show for Defining Innovations: A History of Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab, discussed their book, the years of effort that went into its creation, and how it was created. The book is an outstanding technical achievement.

Wendy Wagner-Smith from the U.S. Dept. of Treasury wowed with her keynote about how technical communicators are all plain language warriors. Her talk inspired everybody in the room to go forth and use plain language in their professional lives.

The dinner provided a great opportunity for competition awardees to display and discuss their respective works, including challenges faced and overcome. Attendees discussed job opportunities, career paths, new software, caught up with friends, or made new friends. The students from Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology impressed everyone with their knowledge and poise, and with their journal, Teknos, which won an award in the chapter's technical communication competition.

The evening concluded with the WDCB chapter giving out its chapter awards in recognition of volunteer services, including the President's Award to Ugur Akinci for his meritorious contributions to STC and the WDCB chapter.

It was a great night, and we hope to see you at next year's WDCB Technical Communication Competition Awards Celebration in 2019.

Photo of some winners and attendees at the awards celebration
Winners and attendees at the awards celebration

WDCB Chapter is an STC 2018 Pacesetter Winner

Graphic for the STC 2018 Pacesetter Winner badgeThe Washington, DC – Baltimore Chapter is pleased to announce that we earned an STC 2018 Pacesetter Winner award, which recognizes innovative and successful community initiatives. Unlike STC's other Community Achievement awards, which recognize communities for consistent strength in many varied activities, the Pacesetter Award recognizes the successful implementation of a single beneficial innovation that may be implemented by other STC communities.

The Pacesetter Winner certificate will be presented to chapter representatives during the Leadership Program (on Sunday, May 20) at the 2018 Summit in Orlando, FL. All chapter members attending the 2018 Summit are invited to take part in a group photo with the certificate after the Honors Program.

Our citation will read:

For organizing the Summit Dine Around, which brought small groups of conference attendees together in a casual setting to enjoy local cuisine and network with other Summit attendees.

STC Pacesetter Award Evaluation Committee

Congratulations to the entire membership of the Washington, DC – Baltimore Chapter, to our administrative council, our 2017 summit planning committee, and to our hard working volunteers.