Staying in Touch With Your Community November 4, 2016

adobe-connect-bwUpdate: Watch the recording via Adobe Connect at

Note: Due to technical difficulties the first ten minutes are not available, but the slides cover the material.

Slides from the presentation are available for viewing now (Adobe Presenter) at:

The MailChimp tutorial recommended by Toni (54 minutes) is at:

The email information website recommended by Toni is 

Attendee Tim Esposito mentioned some posts on Google Docs and Google accounts on the CAC website:

Special thanks to our speakers, Erika Frensley and Toni Ressaire, and to Elaine Gilliam and Ben Woelk for resolving the difficulties.


Fri, November 4, 2016 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EDT

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About the Webinar

Coordinating with members, volunteers and administration council members across a large geographic or metropolitan area can be challenging. STC Houston coordinates with admin council members using Skype and Google Drive, and STC France keeps in touch with members using MailChimp. Erika Frensley describes how STC Houston uses Skype and Google Drive for STC Houston meetings and business. Toni Ressaire talks about using MailChimp and principles that would apply to any email software.

This webinar will be recorded. 

About the Audience

This webinar is for STC community leaders, who are encouraged to register and attend online or watch the recording.

About the Speakers

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Erika Frensley has been a technical writer for over 20 years, and a member of STC since the mid 90s. She has worked in the medical, software, oil and gas and financial industries. In STC Houston she has been a Satellite Director, Competitions Director and Manager, Newsletter Editor and Webmaster. She is currently the President of STC Houston for the first time.


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Toni Ressaire works with companies and individuals in various countries providing consulting, training, technical documentation, and technical engineering. She is the owner/founder of Route 11 Publications, a print and digital book publishing company she started to help talented authors get their works published. Toni is the President of STC France and a founding member of Tech Writers Without Borders.

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STC Competitions Judges Training Video

STC Competition Judges: Did you miss the training webinar on October 25th? You can watch the video here.

Find out more about the STC Competitions on the STC Notebook blog.

Carolina Chapter:  
Contact:  Betsy Kent betsykentnc@nullcom

Chicago Chapter:   
Contact: MK Grueneberg

New York-Philadelphia-Atlanta-Rochester Regional Competition:
Contact: Malu Schloss competition@nullnet

Washington DC-Baltimore Chapter:
Contact: Richard Bogacz competition_manager@nullorg

West Michigan Shores Chapter:   
Contacts: Peggy Frizzo
and Sandy Balkema

IDL SIG: Student Outreach Article Competition

Update: See the related webinar on November 11, 2016. 

IDL SIG Student Outreach Article Competition


The Instructional Design & Learning (IDL) special interest group of the Society for Technical Communication (STC) invites graduate- and undergraduate-level students to become published before graduating. Here are the basics of the program:

  • Undergraduate- or graduate-level students submit an original article to us about some aspect of instructional design. If we choose to publish it in our newsletter, IDeaL: Design for Learning, the student receives a complimentary STC student membership, which includes a membership in the IDL Special Interest Group (SIG).
  • With the student’s permission, once we publish their article we will submit it to STC’s Technical Communication Body of Knowledge (TCBOK). If the editors decide to include the student’s article in the TCBOK, he or she earns an additional year’s STC/IDL membership (or an equivalent award if they no longer qualify for student membership because they’ve graduated).
  • Once published, students can link to their article from their résumé and possibly on their LinkedIn profile page—ideally gaining an edge in becoming employed after graduation.

Go to to get the entry packet for submitting an article. Kindly do the following to inform others of this offer:

  • Share this information with your friends and acquaintances who are students or who work closely with college students.
  • Stress the deadline of December 31, 2016.

We look forward to helping students take advantage of this win-win opportunity to be published before graduating!


Sylvia Miller
Student Outreach Committee Chair