Ideas and Notes from STC WDCB Summer Vision Day 2014

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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.

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 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.

New Job Descriptions for the Chapter’s Administrative Council

We’ve revised, streamlined, and focused the job descriptions for our elected officers and directors who serve on our chapter’s administrative council. The voting period to elect new officers will begin in the next few days. Please see these new job descriptions, which replace the descriptions currently posted on the chapter’s website.

2009-2010 STC WDC Chapter Elections Now Open

The STC WDC chapter elections for the 2009-2010 Administrative Council year are now underway. An email message has been sent to all members with a link to the election survey. The election will remain open through August 14, 2009, with results being tallied by August 16, 2009. All members are encouraged to respond to the election survey.

This year’s election involves voting for the 2009 – 2010 chapter officers (also called the Executive Administrative Council).

In addition, this year, the voting will include the approval or rejection of our new Chapter Bylaws and the election of one or more At-Large Directors. An At-Large Director is a new position on the Council required by the new Bylaws. An At-Large Director will have voting rights on Administrative Council issues. For additional information, see the Administrative Council Election Slate page.

If you are a chapter member and did not receive an e-mail with a link to the ballot, please contact the Elections Manager, Jennifer Bonaguide, at