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October 2002 > Director-Sponsor
Volume 42, Issue 2
Letter from Linda
Catching Up and Moving Forward
by Linda Oestreich, Director-Sponsor, Region 5
Dearest Region 5 colleagues,
This is the first “Letter from Linda” of many.
Well, after the flurry of activities last May when I assumed the role of your
director-sponsor, I spent a summer learning just what it was that I was supposed
to do. The learning continues.
I visited the Phoenix chapter to
help them honor their annual award winners (June) and I visited the Austin
chapter, where I helped with a leadership workshop (July). Both trips were fun
I have to admit, though, that flying to Phoenix
was less harrowing than driving to Austin.
My automatic transmission went on the lam during my drive up there. And to top
it off, so did my cell phone! I’m pleased to say that my phone, my car, and
my chapters are doing quite well. Suzanna had taken care of all of you so well,
my biggest concern is making sure you don’t experience withdrawal from her TLC!
So, what’s coming up? An STC board meeting in Boston
at the end of September, followed by the Region 5 Conference in Oklahoma
City (October 3 – 6). This conference promises to be
one of great learning, fun, and excitement. The folks in OK City have really
stepped on the gas to ensure that this conference will offer just what you need
just when you need it. The “Mother Road”
backdrop gives us a sense of American history that will be fun to explore, and
the “Geared for Success” presentations will enrich us in our work and in our
If you’re still up for a good time, stick around until Sunday morning and attend
the leadership workshop. It’s free, and I promise it will be fun. Thea Teich,
the Society’s first vice president.; Judy Glick-Smith, the Society’s immediate
past president; and I will be leading this workshop. You can be sure it will
give you some new ideas and an occasional chance to laugh—be there and be part
of the fun! I have a trip to the Tucson
chapter planned for November, and I have presentations scheduled for the Lone
Star chapter and the Alamo chapter in early 2003.
I’ve spoken with our newest chapters to the region, those in Utah
(Intermountain, Utah State,
and Brigham Young), and I’m hoping to visit them in late Spring. (I’ve lived
most of my life in warm climates. I think I’d better wait for their snow to
melt before I visit!)
For all of you who are struggling with membership, don’t feel alone. The struggle
is happening throughout the Society. The Board of Directors is looking at ways
to help the chapters, and, in turn, the Society. I know that many of you have
wonderful ideas that have been working. Feel free to send them to me or to the
STC office at email@example.com. Your ideas will be gathered
and made available to other chapters in the coming months. We’re all in this
together. STC has a proud record of pulling together in hard times. So, grab
hold of the rope and pull!
Blessings to you all!