Welcoming Jenny Staley, Membership Manager

In our last email, we put out a call for an interim Membership Manager. We were incredibly fortunate that Jenny Staley answered our call. She is currently serving in this role and will be on our ballot for Second Vice President in early April. You can find out more about Jenny at https://www.linkedin.com/in/jennystaley

Announcing our 2015 Officers

As Nominations Chairperson, I am pleased to announce our chapter’s leaders for 2015, following a tally of the responses to our election survey, which was managed by Survey Monkey. The election survey was open from October 14, 2014 to November 3, 2014. Of the 234 people invited to participate, 51 did so, a response rate of 28%.

The following chapter members will serve our chapter from January 1 to December 31, 2015.

President: Sean Stevenson
1st Vice President and Events Committee Manager: Liz Herman
2nd Vice President and Membership Manager: Becky Todd
Treasurer: Annette Reilly
Secretary: Lori Meyer
Director-at-Large and Social Media Manager: Viqui Dill
Director-at-Large and Webmaster: Cynthia A. Lockley
Director-at-Large and Competition Committee Manager: Gary Wayne

Our new officers will be supported by many of our longtime and new volunteers. Please consider joining us by contacting an officer (contact information for each officer is in the bio link above), attending an event and talking with us, or by taking a look at our Current Chapter Volunteer Openings.

Here’s to a great new year for the chapter!

UPDATE: 22 November 2014

Unfortunately, At-Large Director, Gary Wayne, has resigned for health reasons. At-Large Director, Cynthia Lockley, will fill his place as the competition manager for this year.

Won’t You Be Our Treasurer?

We are looking for one or more Chapter Treasurer candidates to serve a term of office of two years starting January 1, 2015.

Do I Qualify?

Candidates for Treasurer must be STC and Washington, DC – Baltimore Chapter members in good standing. They should be be well-organized and attentive to detail. Previous experience as a treasurer is greatly helpful.

What Do I Have to Do?

The Treasurer has the following duties:

  • Attend all administrative council and extended council meetings and submit a monthly fiscal status report.
  • Receive and disburse chapter funds (as authorized by the administrative council).
  • Submit budgets as required by the President or council, including the annual financial report to the Society’s Treasurer.
  • Maintain paper and electronic records of the chapter’s income, expenses, and checking accounts. This includes the check register and a file containing all canceled checks and statements.
  • Maintain copies of all statements, bills, and reimbursement requests.
  • Maintain books and records so they can be inspected at any time by the administrative council or an independent auditor named by the administrative council.
  • Submit a statement of the chapter’s financial status to the membership annually. The report to the membership may take the form of a statement published on the chapter’s blog.
  • As soon as possible after June 30 of each year, and in accordance with the STC Bylaws, prepare the end-of-year Chapter Financial Report and submit it and supporting chapter financial records to the STC Treasurer before the September 30 deadline.

What’s in it for Me?

Chapter Treasurers are part of the chapter’s administrative council, a group of people with whom you will work toward common goals and who will support you professionally and personally. You will have a vote on all matters requiring one and will be able to propose significant activities and/or changes in direction. You will be able to attend most chapter events for free or at least a very reduced rate.

Chapter Treasurers are not required to attend all chapter events but are always welcome. This is the perfect job for those of you who cannot often attend evening events. All of your responsibilities can be done electronically. Most administrative council meetings are handled over the phone.

If you would like to be considered as a candidate or would like to talk through your decision with someone who has been there, contact email hidden; JavaScript is required as soon as possible.

Calling All Mentors!

There's a time to take and a time to give—and for you, the time to give is now.

You're a skilled technical communicator. Remember how it was when you were just starting out?

Remember all those who held your hand, and encouraged you to carry on when you stumbled and fell, answered your calls, and shared all they knew the best they can?

It's time to change hats and become an angel yourself. Yes, you can!

Thanks to our Chapter's mentoring program, you can now become a point of light to help young students take strong steps in the right direction for a solid future in technical communication.

If you are at a point in your career and life when you feel the stirring to help our younger brothers and sisters succeed, this is your moment under the sun!

Visit this link to register as a mentor:

https://wdcb.stcwdc.org/prof-dev/mentoring/mentor-enrollment-form/

And if you know students who can benefit as mentees, encourage them to do the same by registering from this link:

https://wdcb.stcwdc.org/prof-dev/mentoring/mentee-enrollment-form/

Think of all the ways we can all win in this worthwhile enterprise…

  • The student considers a lucrative and stable career in technical communication, something that might not have been on their radar—until you showed up with years of experience and a road map of the opportunities and challenges ahead. The student wins by the gift of your wisdom.
  • You feel the glow of helping a young mind stride towards a feature where he or she will have the pleasure of organizing information and data for an excellent career while having fun! You win by playing a part in shaping that future.
  • Our Chapter wins because we'll be contributing to a better world by giving back generously with our time, energy, and knowledge to our community.
  • The university or college, our mentoring partner, wins too because they will be pointing at one more future alternative for their students in this competitive marketplace and guiding them with authority thanks to the high caliber of our experienced mentors.

Please visit the following link for more information about this wonderful opportunity:

https://wdcb.stcwdc.org/prof-dev/mentoring/

Also, take a look at our FAQ page for questions that you may have in mind:

https://wdcb.stcwdc.org/wp-content/uploads/stc_wdcb_mentoring_program_faq.pdf

If you have just an hour a week, take that first step to do real good that will count, last, and matter. Complete the mentor application form today. We will all be better for it.

Our Chapters in the New Year

Happy New Year, STCers!

Merger News: The Washington, DC and the Metro Baltimore chapters are merging. The logistics are being worked out now with STC, so we’ll have more news as the process unfolds. The leaders of both chapters have polled their members and received a favorable response to the merger proposal. We believe we can offer our members better services and more value through combined resources and cooperative efforts. New candidates running for office represent our larger geographic area. The events committee is planning to offer events throughout the greater Washington-Baltimore area. New synergies will benefit us all.

Naming Contest: We will need a new chapter name to reflect our new geographic composition. Submit your suggestions to email hidden; JavaScript is required by midnight Sunday, 1/9/11. Then we’ll include the suggestions on the ballot when voting begins for new chapter officers. The person who submitted the winning name will win a $100 cash prize.

Chapter Elections: We will hold elections via electronic survey ballots beginning 1/10/11. We now have candidates for all positions, and we’ll be posting their bios and pictures here on the blog. To review the responsibilities of each office, please see the Job Descriptions for the Chapter’s Administrative Council.

Upcoming Events: So far, we have plans for events in each of the first four months of the year. The first one, on January 18, is an exciting panel discussion with academics in technical communication. See the blog post about it and click to register. Check our Upcoming Events list periodically for updates, as the other events get posted.

Law and Order: STC WDC

We are now offering STC WDC member pricing to members of the American Independent Writers at next Tuesday’s event, Law and Order: STC WDC. The American Independent Writers is the new name for the Washington Independent Writers, an organization that has been supporting independent writers since 1975. We have also improved the description of this event.

Register for this event!

Just as a reminder, although the event officially begins at 5 p.m., the presentation begins at 7 p.m. The member price of $10 includes admission to the museum, dinner, and the presentation.

Hope to see you there!