31 Dec. Deadline to Apply for Membership Dues Awards

What is the STC Recovery Package?

For the 2010 membership year, the Marion Norby Fund is enabling STC to offer a new program to help up to 400 members affected by the economic recession. STC will award up to 100 Full Recovery Packages and up to 300 Subsidy Recovery Packages.

* Full Recovery Package: Basic dues—a $215 value ($160 value for those in the developing countries listed in the STC membership application)
* Subsidy Recovery Package: The difference between the Basic dues rate of $150 (2009 dues) and $215 (2010)—a $65* value for all members regardless of location

Eligibility Requirements

Full Recovery Package

The Full Recovery Package is designed for members who:

  • Have been unemployed, on medical disability, or underemployed (less than 15 hours per week) since 30 June 2009
  • Are self employed or contractors and whose income for the period of 30 June through 31 December 2009 is less than 25% of what they earned for the same period in 2008

Subsidy Recovery Package

The Subsidy Recovery Package is designed for members who consider themselves in financial need.

*The subsidy is for $65 regardless of the country where the member lives. Awardees in most countries would pay $150 when they renew; those in developing countries would pay $95.

All candidates will be on the honor system. By applying for either package, candidates are pledging their eligibility status.

Renewal Process

Candidates for either Recovery Package are asked NOT to renew their membership until they are notified of the judges’ decision. All candidates will be notified via email by 11 February 2010. Awardees will be given specific directions for renewing. Candidates who have not been selected can renew using STC’s online or paper application system. All STC members must renew their membership by 28 February 2010 in order to be eligible to vote in the Society’s election. (Please note that under each Recovery Package, chapter membership, SIG membership, and Technical Communication and Intercom print subscriptions are available for an additional fee. Awardees will also be sent information on how to purchase a la carte menu items.)

Application Process

Candidates for either Recovery Package must submit a message of 75-150 words on ONE of three topics:

  • How my work as a technical communicator added value for my employers or clients (current or past)
  • What I believe are the most important skills technical communicators need for the future
  • A specific example of how being a member of STC has made a difference in my career

STC may use your message or excerpts of your message on the STC website or blog. Candidates need to notify STC when you apply if you wish your message to be identified with your full name or your initials, or if your message will be identified as “anonymous.”

Criteria for Judging Messages

Messages will be judged on these criteria:

* Clarity
* Originality
* Style, grammar, punctuation, and usage
* Organization

Messages should not contain any confidential or proprietary information.

The Rules

* Applicants can only apply for one of the Recovery Packages.
* Applicants will submit a message of 75-150 words, in English.
* STC board members, student members, and retired members are not eligible to apply.
* New members cannot apply for either Recovery Package; only renewing members may apply.
* The deadline for submission is 5 PM EST (GMT-5) Thursday, 31 December 2009.
* A task force of members will judge the entries. The decision of the judges is final.
* Messages should be sent via email to email hidden; JavaScript is required.

Apply Using E-mail

To apply for either the Full Recovery Package or the Subsidy Recovery Package, please send the information detailed below in an e-mail to email hidden; JavaScript is required.

* Use the subject line of your email to indicate which Recovery Package you are applying for.
* In the top left corner of the email, enter your first and last name, member ID number, phone number, how your message will be identified (full name, initials, or anonymous), and which one of the three topics you select.
* Type your message in the body of the email below the topic.

Send your message and information mentioned above in an e-mail to email hidden; JavaScript is required. All applications must be received by 5 PM EST (GMT-5) Thursday, 31 December 2009.

All submissions will be confirmed by 5 PM EST (GMT-5) Tuesday, 5 January 2010. If you do not receive a confirmation by that date, please contact email hidden; JavaScript is required.

Example of Email Content to Apply for Either Recovery Package

Subject: Full Recovery Package
Name: John Smith
Member ID: 55555
Phone: +1 (703) 555-1212
Identification Type: Full Name

Topic: What I believe are the most important skills technical communicators need for the future

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Happy New Year’s Membership Appreciation Event Discount

The STC Washington, DC chapter appreciates its members, who power our organization. Members know that now is the time to renew your membership. A token of our appreciation for your renewal, or new membership, is a $5 discount towards any event of ours you attend from February through June 2009. The catch is that you must attend the January 13 event (6-8:30 p.m.) to receive the discount.

On January 13, Joe Welinske, president of WritersUA and an internationally known speaker on user assistance, will present “Software User Assistance: The Latest Trends, Tools and Technologies” at the NRECA conference center in Ballston (a Metro-accessible location).

To receive the discount, at the registration desk at the January 13 event, show your STC membership card or the email STC sent you when you renewed or joined. You will receive a discount code by email that you can use when registering online for any future event through June. For more information about the discount, contact Carolyn at email hidden; JavaScript is required.

Events we plan to offer this spring include the competition awards banquet with keynote speaker Ginny Redish, a demonstration of MadCap Flare, a presentation about getting into information architecture, an interactive discussion about Wikinomics, and a volunteer appreciation luncheon.

To register for the January 13 event, click the Register link in the Cvent summary page. Download a PDF of the event description and registration information.

Not only will this event provide you with an excellent opportunity to network with others with an interest in technical communication but you will also enjoy a delicious dinner, which is included in the cost of the event (see fees below).

Most importantly, you will learn all this and more that evening:

  • The value of technical communication with mobile devices, including the iPhone
  • The impact of structured authoring and DITA
  • The convergence of technical communication and training
  • New job opportunities with API documentation and mash-ups
  • How web-apps have changed the rules for Help
  • New Help developments from Microsoft
  • Results of the latest WritersUA Skills and Technologies Survey
  • Social networking, the Google effect, and the Chrome browser

The fee to attend includes dinner. Fees are:
Chapter Volunteer: $10
STC WDC Member: $15
Nonmember: $20
Student: $10
Student Guest of Paid Attendee: Complimentary

Looking forward to seeing you on January 13! Thanks for supporting STC WDC, the Capital Chapter.

STC Mission

STC advances the theory and practice of technical communication across all user abilities and media so that both businesses and customers benefit from safe, appropriate, and effective use of products, information, and services.