The Prez Says, March 2019

I have exciting news to share with you this month. STC has recognized the New England Chapter with a Community of Achievement Silver award! This is the first time in four years that the Chapter has received an award. The citation reads: “For engaging with an external organization to recruit social media members, and for membership outreach to former chapter members to entice them to rejoin.” I am pleased that the Society has acknowledged the hard work by the Administrative Council and volunteers over the past year to provide value to our members.

STC New England will be recognized during the Leadership Program (on Sunday, May 5, from 8 am–12 noon) at the 2019 Summit in Denver, CO. If you’re attending the Summit please let me know, because we can designate a community member to accept the certificate on behalf of the Chapter. In addition, we encourage all STC New England members to attend the Honors Event (on Tuesday, May 7, from 5:00–6:30 pm), as the Community of the Year and Most Improved Community will be announced during that time.

Competitions wrap up: The region publications competition co-hosted by the New York Metro, Atlanta, Houston, Philadelphia Metro, Rochester, and New England Chapters has come to a successful conclusion. Thanks to Mike Nelson for serving as our coordinator, and to all of you who entered or judged.

Workshops: On Saturday, April 27, in Chelmsford, MA, we are running two interrelated workshops. Karen Giventer is running a morning workshop on “Job Seeking/Job Landing Strategies That Really Work,” and I am running an afternoon workshop on “Working Across the Generations.” I can personally attest that Karen’s workshop is great. If you need a job, or about to start your career, you should attend. If you want a new job, you should attend. And even if you already have a job and aren’t at risk of losing it—are you sure? You should still attend. My own workshop is of value to anyone working with, or for, people of different generations. Anyone who’s ever said, “I don’t understand my coworkers any more,” or is about to enter the workforce, will get useful information. These workshops are of value not just to technical communicators. If you know someone who wants to enter the workforce, find a job, or understand younger (or older) coworkers, pass this announcement along.

We’ve priced the workshops so you can attend both of them, morning and afternoon, for one reduced price. You can register for both workshops from the Eventbrite listing for either Karen’s workshop or my workshop. I hope to see you there!

STC Roundtable: STC has begun a new service, the Roundtable, offering curated monthly content. From now until the end of April, STC is providing registrants with a free monthly content. I encourage you to check it out.

Steve Jong

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