Things You Can Do from Home

Steve Jong

What a year this month has been! Events have overtaken us all, and if you’re like me you’re sitting at home wondering when you can go out again and what you can do in the meantime.

Needless to say, we were forced to change our plans for InterChange. We faced the choice of canceling the conference outright, postponing it to an uncertain future as other regional conferences have done, or changing its format. We have decided to go ahead with a one-day, virtual conference on the original date: Friday, 24 April 2020. Most of our speakers are still presenting, so we will still have an excellent lineup. Most sessions will be recorded, so you can receive their value even if you can’t attend on that day. We even have ideas for “social” networking. We’ve reduced prices as well. If you weren’t planning to attend because of the travel involved, or if you’re ready to interact with new people, this is a unique opportunity to participate in a truly regional event. Go to Eventbrite to register. I’m really looking forward to InterChange this year!

As an appetizer, just before the conference, our April program is geared toward anyone who uses social media to promote nonprofits or other organizations. Liz Fraley, a good friend of the Chapter, handles social media for multiple groups, and she will share tips on “How to hack repetitive publicity tasks and get your life back.” The webinar is on Wednesday, 22 April at 6:30 pm. Register on Eventbrite.

After the STC Summit (which will also be held on the original dates in May, but virtually), the Chapter traditionally has an end-of-year celebration. I’m unsure if we will be in a celebratory mood then, and I’m thinking about how to have an event at a social distance. I have some ideas but I’d like to hear from you. What would you suggest?

Finally, though everything seems paused now, I’m optimistic that sooner or later someone will press PLAY and we’ll be able to resume more normal activities. The future of the Chapter won’t be in my hands then but in yours. We need new leadership to take us forward. Please think about what you’d like to see STC New England doing, and then step forward and help do it.

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