Vol 45, Issue 1

September/October 2005


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STC Houston - Dateline Houston - September/October 2005

From the President

Action, Not Words

Cindy Pao, Information Developer, BMC Software, Inc.

Several weeks ago, I joined the Reform STC group on Yahoo! I'm pretty much just a lurker, but I've picked up on a tidbit or two while reading through the posts. I think that the purpose of this Yahoo! group is to improve STC at the international level, but that's not what I'm taking away from it. I'm trying to find ways that we all can improve STC Houston.

Words

Make your opinions known:

  • Send me an e-mail message.
  • Send everyone on the Admin Council an e-mail message.
  • Post a thread in the STC Houston online Forums (at http://forum.stc-houston.org/).

Action

Then turn your words into actions:

  • Judge the annual competitions.
  • Line up a speaker for a monthly meeting or share-the-knowledge (STK) session.
  • Help out with the Channel 8 pledge drive.
  • Write an article for Dateline Houston.

Take some action this year to make STC Houston a better organization.

Not Just Words

I understand that words are an important part of what we do, but they aren't everthing. For every book we write, we probably include some pictures. We must also publish the book. For every newsletter article I write, I must send it to a newsletter copy editor. Then the layout editor must incorporate it into the newsletter.

For every complaint, I hope we can identify an action to fix it and an STC Houston member who will lead the way.

I Have a Point to Make

STC Houston is a volunteer organization. No one in STC Houston gets paid for working for STC Houston. Furthermore, everybody has something else to do besides STC. When things don't go 100% right, don't give up. Give it another chance. I'll be talking to you.

Enough said? You can talk to me, too. I'm available by e-mail at president@stc-houston.org, or you can call me at work at 713-918-5272.

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