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Community Update from the Washington, DC – Baltimore Chapter

May 2022

STC 2022 Community Award (CAA), Platinum badge
STC 2022 Pacesetter Community badge
Good day to all our subscribers.

Here's the latest news from the Chapter.

Chapter Awards

STC Community Achievement Award

Congratulations to the entire membership of the Washington, DC – Baltimore Chapter, to our administrative council, and to our hard working volunteers. Our 2022 badges are displayed on the left.

We're very pleased to announce that the Washington, DC – Baltimore (WDCB) Chapter received a Platinum level award for the 2022 STC Community Achievement Awards (CAA). The award is based on the activities and programs offered throughout the 2021 calendar year.

The citation reads: "In recognition of your efforts to promote STC membership, encourage current and future volunteer opportunities for leadership, and your collaboration with other communities." 2021 Chapter president: Tavia Record.

STC Pacesetter Award

We're also very pleased to announce that the chapter earned the 2022 STC Community Pacesetter Award, which recognizes innovative and successful community initiatives during the 2021 calendar year. Our citation reads:

"In recognition of your effort to encourage informal mentoring to help community members have a trusted mentoring resource throughout the stages of their career." 2021 Chapter president: Tavia Record


Check out STC's Upcoming Webinars and Online Courses

STC Annual Virtual Leadership Program: The STC Deep Sea Adventure

When: Wednesday, June 8, 5:00–7:00 p.m. ET
Hosted by the STC Community Affairs Committee (CAC).

Join the Community Affairs Committee (CAC) at STC's Annual Virtual Leadership Program as we take a deep dive into building vibrant STC communities and celebrate STC's true treasure: our dedicated leaders and volunteers.

The CAC invites all STC leaders, volunteers, and members who are interested in becoming more active in STC communities.

Join us as we recognize STC's award winners and provide community updates. Learn about the CAC's activities and plans to support STC communities. Take a deep dive into strengthening your community by attending one of the program's five breakout sessions.

Learn more about the Deep Sea Dive program and register for your treasure hunting adventure.

Request for Website Assistance

Our web diva, Cynthia, is looking for some help with two issues concerning the chapter website. If you think you can help, please contact her through the Contact Us page at https://events.stcwdc.org/contact-us/.

Problem 1

We used to be able to simultaneously share a WordPress.org post to our Facebook Page but that stopped working some time ago. There used to be a WordPress.org plugin that did that but it no longer works. I’ve tried various things to get it to work again with the changing Facebook sharing requirements but I’ve failed. I created an app that is supposed to simultaneously share a WordPress post to our Facebook page but I cannot get it through the Facebook App Review process even though I’ve followed every one of the Facebook steps to do this.

Problem 2

Several new chapter-related items have been created to sell in our CafePress store but there is a presentation problem. When going to the store catalog and clicking on a product to view, the user should be able to see the product and the various size and color options for it. But instead of that, only the chapter logo is showing and the user can’t buy the item. The help available for this is through the CafePress forums and no one has been able to explain why this is not working as it should.

Reminder about STC Membership Options

Just a quick reminder that STC offers a number of membership levels to fit different stages of your journey in the field of tech comm. Whether you're retired, a professional or academic, or a new professional, there are options that fit everyone.

Remember: As a member of a professional society, your STC dues are tax deductible in the U.S.A. Refer to the chart of membership levels and dues at STC Membership Levels and Benefits for how to figure the rates for new and renewing members.

Requirements for membership

Professional and Academic Member
To be eligible, you should be a more seasoned professional with four or more years of experience.
Retired Member
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.
Student Member
To be eligible for student membership, you must be enrolled in an accredited university, college, community college, or technical school; taking at least two courses or the equivalent each term; and preparing for a career in technical communication.
New Professional Member
To qualify for the New Professional Member rate, you must have graduated from a college/university within the past three years and/or are new to the tech comm field.

Learn more at the STC Membership Categories and Rates page.

STC Alliance Competition

Remember, the deadline for entries is September 12, 2022. The STC Alliance committee is in the planning stages for the competition. Work continues on the new website and updating and improving rules and assessment forms.

See the STC Alliance Competition website for more information.

If you are interested in being a competition judge, you can apply now. The deadline for judge applications is September 9, 2022. Use the Judge Information form to apply. (Please note that you must use the Google Chrome browser to complete and submit the judging form.)

If you are interested in helping with social media, marketing, awards, and updating the website, you can contact the organizers by email at 2022competitionmanagers at stcnymetro dot net.

For updates on how to enter the competition and volunteer as a judge, see our Competition website and subscribe to the Call for Entries mailing list for details.

The current schedule for the competition is

  • September 12, 2022 – Deadline for Submission of Entries
  • September 26 – November 19 – Judging Phase
  • December 10 – Consensus Day

STC WDCB Resources

  1. Sign up to Receive Event Notification Emails
    1. Go to the STC WDCB Events & News website.
    2. Scroll down to enter your email address in the Subscribe to New Posts by Email panel in the sidebar.
  2. Look for jobs and career information on our WDCB Jobs Board website
  3. Follow us on our social media accounts at
    1. Facebook
    2. 𝕏
    3. Pinterest
    4. Instagram
    5. Flickr Albums
    6. Join our LinkedIn group to network with others in the technical communication field

Reminder: Mentoring Available!

Need a mentor? We've got you covered! If you are looking for advice on furthering your existing career or entering a new career in technical communication, we'd love to help! Contact Adam Bradley through his LinkedIn profile or by email at adam at mailyard dot net, if you're interested.

STC WDCB Leadership Opportunities

Would you like to team up with members of the STC WDCB Administrative Council?
Please consider volunteering for a committee, run for a chapter office, or volunteer for community service work. By volunteering, you can network, share your talents, lend your support, develop transferrable leadership talents, or carve a new path.

Thank you for all your support!

Contact Us

Please reach out anytime to share your comments, or to request assistance: Contact Us

Best regards,

Maeve Wiegand
Secretary & Communications Manager
STC Washington, DC – Baltimore Chapter
pr_communications at stcwdc dot org

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