From the President
Strengthening Our Community
by Cindy Pao, Information Developer, BMC Software,
What’s that buzz you hear around STC? It’s the transformation.
The dues structure is changing, and we’re hearing a lot more about communities.
chapter is a community. So are the special interest groups (SIGs) to which
you may belong. In some cities, students may have their own community.
you hear the word community, what do you think of? Do you think of a close-knit
group of people, like the neighborhood in which you live or the church you
attend? I do, and I think that’s why the society chose this word. They
want to bring us together and strengthen the organization.
This is the theme that I have chosen for STC Houston this year. I think it
suggests so much for us as a chapter!
I like defining our chapter as a community. Ever since I got involved in STC
Houston, I’ve felt like I’m part of a close-knit group. All of
the people I know in our community care so much! We share ourselves to better
ourselves. We help when there is need. We reach out to the next generation
of technical communicators. We recognize each other for outstanding work.
to tell the truth, the transformation scares me a little, too. What will happen
to our great chapter if many members decide that they don’t want
to belong? That they’d rather belong to a SIG instead of to our chapter
and a SIG?
Simply put, we must keep the chapter great so that we retain the
community we have. We need to make the chapter so strong that there isn’t
a question in anyone’s mind about renewing their membership with us.
We must also reach out to the technical communicators who are not members,
show them what
an awesome thing we have, and invite them to join.
How will we do this? Here
are some of the ways:
Reorganize the Administrative Council so that the Directors’ work is
more evenly distributed.
- Rewrite the job descriptions for positions within
the chapter; make these
jobs easier to perform.
- Complete STC’s rechartering questionnaire and
take a good look at our goals, strategies, and activities.
- Match the activities
we have chosen to the chapter’s strategic plan;
ensure that we carry out those activities that we have identified as important
to our members.
- Put a spotlight our local SIGs. Start some new local SIGs.
- Recognize each
and every volunteer who gives time and talent to this chapter.
I hope that
this year is a huge success for the STC Houston Community. I’ll
be working hard to make sure that it is.
If you have ideas and suggestions,
please get in touch with one of the Administrative Council members. You can
send me an e-mail message at firstname.lastname@example.org or find the e-mail address of the other members in the masthead of this newsletter.
look forward to hearing from you!