Introducing Erin Gallalee’s New Role

We are thrilled to announce that Erin Gallalee is the new Staff Liaison for our communities. Elaine Gilliam will continue to share her knowledge and experience. Erin has served as membership manager for many years.

Hello! For those I haven’t yet met, I’m Erin Gallalee! I bring 17 years or membership experience to STC having worked in membership with associations since 2003. I have been with STC since August of 2016 working as the Membership Manager, but recently was promoted to Director of Membership & Community Relations. I look forward to working with each of you to help support you as community leaders, and to work together to help grow and strengthen not only our membership but your chapter or SIG as well. If there is any way I can assist, or if you have questions or concerns, please contact me at erin.gallalee@stc.org or 571-366-1914.

Association Headquarters

In February, the STC Board of Directors and CEO announced a newly formed partnership with Association Headquarters (AH), an association management company. Association Headquarters is dedicated to helping STC and its members develop a strong identity and create awareness about the profession. 

You can read more on the STC Notebook.

HTTPS and Your Website

If your community is not running its using HTTPS instead of HTTP, you should consider the upgrade, especially if you are hosting your site through STC. The STC web host offers free HTTPS through a free SSL certificate system.

Generate a New SSL

  1. Sign in to your cPanel Account, which can be found at https://ssr24.supercp.com:2083/ .
  2. Perform a search for the topic SSL.
  3. Click on the icon labeled, SSL/TLS Status.
  4. Click on the icon labeled, Run AutoSSL.
  5. Once you click on the icon an SSL certificate will be generated by LetsEncrypt.
    1. This step may take up to 15 minutes to complete.
    2. Once the process is complete you will see no errors in the certificate status.
  6. The path for this action is Cpanel > SSL/TLS status > Run autoSSL.

Activate HTTPS in WordPress

Once you have your SSL certificate, you must tell WordPress to use HTTPS when rendering your website.

  1. Sign into WordPress
  2. Navigate to Settings > General.
  3. In the WordPress Address (URL) field, change the URL to be https://.
  4. In the Site Address (URL) field, change the URL to be https://.
  5. Click Save Changes.

SSL Is Not AutoRenewing

Sometimes an SSL gets stuck when auto-renewing. In that situation, navigate to SSL/TLS and delete the keys. Then generate new SSL certificates in SSL/TLS Status as described above.

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In the STC Spotlight – Back from Break!

In May, we introduced our new blog feature “In the STC Spotlight”, where we profile either an individual or community within STC. In our first spotlight, we profiled STC Director Alisa Bonsignore. In our next article, we shine the spotlight upon Kirsty Taylor, STC Secretary.

What made you decide to become a Board member?
Being from Australia, Kirsty brings international perspective. “I decided to nominate to be considered for the Board elections so that I could hopefully provide a unique view point as a member outside North America, whose professional technical communication career has always been in Australia, even though the companies I’ve worked for have all been multinational.”

What do you enjoy most about being on the Board?
“Understanding more about the guts of the Society, and working with my fellow board members to create a strategy for our Society’s future.”

More About Kirsty
Kirsty is the Manager of Product Internationalisation for RPMGlobal, a company that creates software for the global mining industry. She works with product managers and the development teams to ensure her company’s software and content are internationalized and ready to be translated into their key languages.

In her spare time, Kirsty enjoys reading, knitting, “endlessly scrolling through items on [her] iPad, introducing as many Aussie slang terms to as many bemused foreigners as possible”, travelling, eating cupcakes, and singing loudly to John Farnham’s “You’re the Voice”, any Beyoncé song, and Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You” while in her car.

“When I combined my love of travel with singing at a Karaoke shop in Tokyo,” Kirsty explains, “I discovered my singing sounds a lot better in my head or when I’m alone in my car than it does with a microphone.”

Kirsty lives in Brisbane, Queensland with her husband and their daughter. “We do not yet have any pet Drop Bears,” Kirsty comments, “though we have a number of possums who roam our backyard at night and eat many of the herbs and veggies that I try to grow. Also – google Australian possums. There’s good reason Dame Edna Everage used “possum” as a term of endearment. Aussie possums are not related to American opossums.”

“Like 80% of the Australian population, I live on the east coast, specifically in Brisbane (pronounced Briz-bunn, not Bris-bain), which is the capital city of Queensland. Queensland is the sunshine state, and we mostly enjoy a sub-tropical climate, but perhaps not so much in mid-summer when it’s too hot to think, and it’s so hot and humid your eyeballs feel like they’re sweating.”

Interesting fact about Kirsty
She was born in a small outback town in Queensland, where researchers for the first Jurassic Park movie studied how dinosaurs stampeded; in the 1970s, a set of dinosaur stampede tracks were found about 100km outside of the town.