STC Board Elections Voting Starts Today

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Vote Now through 18 March

The 2022 STC election starts today, 7 March. Voting runs through 18 March at 5:00 PM EDT. You are eligible to vote if you paid your dues by 31 January of the election year. All eligible members will receive an email from ​email hidden; JavaScript is required with your username (your STC member number) and password to vote.

The 2022 STC election Slate

President

  • Aiessa Moyna will automatically succeed from the office of Vice President.

Vice President (1 candidate for one position; three-year commitment)

  • Timothy Esposito

Secretary (2 candidates for one position; two-year term)

  • Li-At Rathbun
  • Paula Robertson

Treasurer (two-year term)

  • No elections for treasurer this year

Director (2 candidates for two positions; two-year term)

  • Lori Meyer
  • Danielle Villegas

Nominating Committee (3 candidates for two positions; two-year term)

  • Shayla Corprew
  • Kylie Jacobsen
  • Mirhonda Studevant

Want to know more about the candidates before you vote? Visit the STC Election Candidates page.

Send any questions about the elections to email hidden; JavaScript is required. Remember, voting ends at 5:00 PM EDT on Friday, 18 March. Make sure your voice is heard in the 2022 STC Election.


Join or Renew with STC and the WDCB Chapter

STC's 2022 Membership Season is Open Till 31 December 2021

Join or Renew your STC membership today to continue receiving exclusive benefits such as the member rate for the 2022 Summit in at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare, in Rosemont, Illinois (outside of Chicago) (STC's annual conference and exposition).

Please Note: Your dues may be tax deductible. For information, see https://www.stc.org/membership/deduct-your-dues/

All STC memberships operate on a calendar year cycle and expire on 31 December. For new memberships or memberships that have lapsed more than one year, there is a $15 enrollment fee.

Table of STC membership rates for 2022

Membership Category 2022 Rate
Professional & Academic $225
New Professional $180
Student $75
Retired $145
Gold $395
15-year Sustaining Member See the Sustaining Member levels of membership
Corporate Value Program: teams of 5 or more See the Corporate Value Program levels of membership

You may join any number of STC chapters and SIGs at the followinig rates:

  • $25 per chapter (emerging nations: $10)
  • $10 per SIG (emerging nations: $5)

We encourage you to add the Washington, DC – Baltimore Chapter as your home chapter or add it in addition to other chapters and SIGs you may join.

Why should you join STC and the Washington, DC – Baltimore Chapter? The Washington, DC – Baltimore Chapter offers many opportunities to network with others in your field in the Washington, DC metropolitan area such as (when in-person gatherings are available) First Friday Lunches, Happy Hours, and chapter events. You can explore your interests and expand your education and skills by attending virtual or in-person webinars, workshops, and TC Summer Camp. You are also invited to participate in chapter committees and our technical communication competition. See Why Should You Join the WDCB Chapter? for more reasons to join the chapter.

Membership Benefits

See the full list of technical communication education and training programs, career development, professional networking opportunities, and exclusive member benefits at https://www.stc.org/membership/benefits/.

How to Join

See the following links for more information about STC and how to join:

Adjusted Dues

If you join later in the year, STC membership rates are adjusted to accommodate for the smaller amount of time your calendar year membership will be active. For more information on the adjusted rate for membership, see Dues Schedule Policy.

Countries and Territories with Adjusted Dues

For members who are residents in emerging countries and territories, you are eligible for reduced membership rates in the Professional & Academic and Student categories. Any other category can be purchased at the standard rate. For more information on eligibility and rates, see Adjusted dues for Emerging Nations: Countries and Territories with Adjusted Dues

Retired Membership Dues

To qualify for retired membership, you must be 65 years of age or older, working 20 hours or less in the field, and be a consecutive member of STC for 10 years or more.

Join Us!

Why should you join STC and the WDCB Chapter? The WDCB chapter offers opportunities to network with others in your field, to explore your interests, and to expand your education and skills.

You can explore your interests and expand your education and skills by attending virtual webinars, TC Summer Camp, and participating in chapter committees and the STC Alliance Competition. (Pre-pandemic activities included First Friday Lunches, InfoDecDC Meetups, Happy Hours, and a variety of chapter events. These will return when the pandemic is over.)

STC has the resources you need to help you do your job better and move your career forward. Through education with STC, you can become a Certified Professional Technical Communicator™ (CPTC).

STC Membership Information

President’s Message From STC Washington, D.C. – Baltimore Chapter

Greetings STC WDCB Family,

Our hope is that you are finding and improving on ways to face the challenges of the times. We strive to be a positive reinforcement for the importance of a supportive community and thank you for tuning in. Your time spent with us is valued and we are pleased to update you on the events created for your enrichment and enjoyment. In commemoration of Black History Month, we wish you balance, upliftment, love for yourself, love for your neighbor.

For there is always light
If only we’re brave enough to see it
If only we’re brave enough to be it.
-Amanda Gorman

Announcements

The Masterclass in TechComm Webinar Speaker Series

Sign up for The MasterClass in TechComm Webinar Speaker Series, which features prominent figures in the technical communication (TechComm) industry offering candid discussion on crucial topics, trends, and skills within our field. Why should you tune in? Because thought and practitioner leaders embark on ways to challenge themselves for refinement, inspiration, and mentorship. Join us!

February 2021

Matt Reiner – Writing Documentation in an Agile Environment
With various agile framework options available, and the agile manifesto itself stating that agile doesn’t value “lengthy documentation,” it’s hard to understand where content creation fits. We will explore this and how agile product development teams can rapidly develop and deliver content alongside their product.
Webinar: Wednesday February 10, 2021 @ 7-8 p.m. ET

<Jack Molisani – TechComm Trivia Night!
Come join us for an evening of networking and fun brain teasers to stretch your techcomm IQ!
Webinar: Wednesday February 17, 2021 @ 7-8 p.m. ET

March 2021

Angela Trenkle – Scientific Technical Writing in the COVID-19 Era
A deep dive of the topic will include the type of skills that scientific writing requires, how to venture into the specialty, and the various types of opportunities that working in this area of expertise can open up for those up for the challenge.
Webinar: Wednesday March 10, 2021 @ 7-8 p.m. ET

April 2021

Sean Stevenson – How to Slay an RFP
Learning how to develop proposals is essential to creating bids to win new business, which is the cornerstone of business development. Come learn how to knock out a response to a request for proposal (RFP).
Webinar: Thursday April 1, 2021 @ 7:30-8:30 p.m. ET

May 2021

Adam Bradley – The Foundation of Technical Illustration

Discover how to determine when your content should be communicated graphically. Learn how to communicate with graphic artists and illustrators with the use of common terminology. Understand what the fundamentals are to create technical graphics in order to effectively instruct authors on what requests to make from graphic specialists.
Webinar: Friday May 28, 2021 @ 10:00-11:00 a.m. ET

Our chapter uses the GoToMeeting platform to host webinars. All registrants will receive the link to the event in their e-ticket. Please download the free GoToMeeting app to attend on your smart device, or attend by pasting the event link into your web browser. If you have any questions, please contact: email hidden; JavaScript is required.

The Masterclass in TechComm Podcast

Our January 2021 feature was rescheduled to our February 2021 Episode Starring: Angela Trenkle – Discourse with a Tech Writer Working on Covid-19 Pre-Clinical Trial Work

Listen to a tech writer working in the bioresearch industry, share how her career path led her into pre-clinical trial work for COVID-19 research.

Listen to The MasterClass in TechComm Podcast on Sunday February 28, 2021 @ 8 p.m. ET
This podcast is also offered via the following outlets:

Anchor
Spotify
iTunes

Please subscribe to The MasterClass in TechComm Podcast to support this growing professional development initiative. If you are an active, or a retired technical communicator that would like to be featured on the podcast, please contact email hidden; JavaScript is required to discuss.

STC WDCB TechComm Competition

STC Alliance Competition

STC WDCB Chapter joined forces with the STC Alliance Competition team and entry judging is underway! For updates on the entries, award winner selections, and judges, subscribe and check out STC Alliance Competition for details.

STC Alliance Competition – Schedule of Events
November 11, 2020 – STC TechComm Roadshow
December 8, 2020 – Deadline for Judge Entry Forms
January 15, 2021 – Deadline for Entries
January 25, 2021 – Training / Refresher for Judges (virtual)
February 1, 2021- Judging Phase Begins
April 17, 2021 – Consensus Day
April 28, 2021 – Awardees Announced
June – September 2021 – Awarding Conducted

Online Resources

Sign up to Receive Event Notification Emails
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Our chapter website offers job listings, a LinkedIn network, and much more. View chapter updates via Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram.

Networking and Volunteering

Would you like to team up with members of the STC WDCB Administrative Council?
Please consider volunteering to network, share your talents, and lend your support.

STC WDCB Chapter Membership

Renew Your STC WDCB Membership
Not only do we want to continue to serve you with professional development events and opportunities to network, we would love for you to give us feedback on our programs and events. We’re also interested in collaborating with you on professional development initiatives and projects, so please email the address below to set up a time to discuss the concept that you have in mind. If you haven’t already, please Renew Your STC Membership for 2021 and allow us to continue serving you by selecting STC WDCB as your home chapter.

Thank you for your energy. We greatly appreciate you.

Kind regards,

Tavia Record
President and Professional Development Director
STC Washington, D.C. – Baltimore Chapter
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