January 2021 Leadership Webinars: Strategy Planning for STC Communities

Happy New Year

 

January is a time of renewal and setting goals for the next year, which means you couldn’t have a more appropriate time to plan your community’s strategy for this year. 

We’re offering two leadership webinars this month on this topic–one for chapters, and one for SIGs (COPs/COIs). Register today (see below) to take advantage of the guidance these can provide! (And remember, every webinar you register for counts towards the STC Leadership Incentive Program!)

Strategic Planning for Chapters

Join STC chapter leaders Alex Garcia, Debra Johnson, and MK (MaryKay) Grueneberg for an informative and lively conversation about strategy planning for STC chapters. The panelists will begin the program by providing a brief overview of the Florida and Chicago chapters’ processes as two examples of strategy planning. The remainder of the program will be dedicated to Q&A and info sharing among attendees and panelists. The program will be recorded.

Please note: While this program is focused on STC chapters, SIG leaders are welcome to attend.

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Attendees are welcome to send questions prior to the program to Ann Marie Queeney

See you at our first CAC program of the new year!

Panelist Bios

MK (MaryKay) Grueneberg

Photo of MK GruenebergMaryKay has been a professional technical communicator for 37 years. She is a writer and editor and has ten years of team management experience. She is a Certified Professional Technical Communicator and an STC Fellow. She is currently the Sponsorship Manager, Webinar Manager, and Competition Co-Manager for STC Chicago and the editor of the chapter’s newsletter, Byline. She has previously held the position of chapter secretary, nominating committee, web manager, program manager (many years), and has been chapter VP/president twice. 

MK is a Senior User Assistance Developer at SAP and is a remote employee working with multiple global teams. She has presented at LavaCon, Spectrum, Leadership Days at STC Summits, STC Chicago meetings, and various STC chapter meetings.

Alex Garcia
photo of Alex GarciaAlex Garcia is the current Vice-Chair of STC’s Community Affairs Committee, specializing in chapter outreach. Professionally, he has over 13 years’ experience documenting hardware systems in the aerospace and defense industry.

An STC member for 16 years, he has held just about every role in the STC Florida Chapter. As a student member, he was president of the Future Technical Communicators (FTC) organization at the University of Central Florida and served as co-manager of the student mentoring program. As a professional member, he served as the Jaffe Award Committee chair, editor of the Memo to Members chapter newsletter, chapter treasurer for two years, and then two terms as chapter president. For his leadership and dedication, the Society awarded him the Distinguished Service Award for Students (DSAS) in 2006 and the Distinguished Chapter Service Award (DCSA) in 2013 and 2015. Alex presented at the 53rd Annual STC Summit in Las Vegas in 2006 and the 65th Annual STC Summit in Orlando.  
 
Debra Johnson
photo of Debra JohnsonDebra Johnson is the current President of the STC Florida Chapter. A member since 2010, she has held multiple offices and roles in the chapter. In her service to STC, Debra served on the Society’s 65th Anniversary Summit Committee and attended five Summits. She has presented at Washlines, organized 26 monthly chapter programs, and joined with other key members of the chapter to transform the local chapter into an increasingly successful virtual chapter across Florida and other states.

Under her Presidency, the Chapter has earned Chapter of Distinction three times, Community of the Year twice, the Pacesetter Award twice, and the Platinum Community Achievement Award.  Debra mentors Tech Comm college students getting ready to graduate, developing a student member a year for the past seven years. For her leadership and dedication, the Society awarded her the Distinguished Chapter Service Award (DCSA) in 2018. She was awarded the Gloria Jaffe Outstanding Technical Communicator Vision Award in 2011. Debra has 26 years of professional experience across a wide range of industries and has led teams of Technical Communicators.

Strategy Planning for STC SIGs (COPs and COIs)
 

Join Ann Marie Queeney, CAC Chair and former SIG leader, for a webinar on strategy planning for  Special Interest Groups (COPs and COIs). The webinar will be held on January 27 from 2:00 – 3:00 PM EST. There will be time for Q&A and info sharing. The webinar will be recorded.

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Please note: While this program is focused on SIGs, chapter leaders are welcome to attend.

See you at the webinar!
 Presenter Bio
photo of Ann Marie QueeneyAnn Marie Queeney has held several SIG leadership positions and is happy to share her strategy planning experience. She serves as the Chair of the CAC (Communities Affairs Committee) and a 2020-2022 STC Board member. Her STC presentation experience includes several Summits and SIG webinars.  

Ann Marie has over 20 years technical communication experience in the medical device industry. She is the owner of A.M. Queeney, LLC where she focuses on procedures.

CAC Virtual Yoga/Relaxation Meet-Up – December 9, 6-7 PM EST

The CAC invites you to a special virtual meet-up on December 9, 6:00-7:00 PM EST. Lisa Perry, a professional yoga instructor, will guide attendees in several easy yoga exercises and a relaxation session. Lisa is generously donating her time. Participants should dress comfortably and have a carpet space or mat. They should also have a chair, couch or wall and extra blanket available to use during the session. The session will last 20 minutes.

After the session, we will have time for conversation. After a stressful 2020, let’s end the year with relaxation and conversation with our STC community. See you there!

Register here.

Lisa Perry, owner of Yoga at the Farm, (now Yoga from Home Studios) is currently teaching online from home and hybrid classes from Valley Crest Farm in Lebanon, NJ. Lisa has taught yoga classes in the Hunterdon County area for 17 years.

Lisa’s instruction experience includes: group and individual classes for people with special needs and considerations, classes for students and staff in schools, programs with the county parks system, volunteering at nonprofit organizations and corporate training programs. Lisa also offers workshops in meditation, restorative yoga, singing bowls, therapeutics and yoga hikes.

For more about Lisa, check out Lisa’s Facebook page.

Dec. CAC Webinar: 2020 STC Community Reports Review

As a community leader, are you unsure about STC’s community reports and how you can use the information they provide?

Or are you a new leader and perhaps did not know that STC has community reports available for you to use?

Join Erin Gallalee, STC’s Director of Membership & Community Relations, as she presents a webinar on December 1 (3:00 – 4:00 PM EST) on the community leaders’ essential tool for community management: STC Community Reports.

Erin will review:

  • All the community reports available to community leaders
  • Where you can track your community’s current membership, and
  • How you can use the data for your member recruitment and retention projects.

There will be time set for the reports review, and for Q&A.

We hope to see you there!

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Reminder: Don’t forget your 2020 CAA & Pacesetter Awards applications!

     
As the days grow shorter and the end of the year approaches, I want to send some helpful reference information as you prepare your 2020 CAA and Pacesetter Award applications.
 

Community Achievement Award

The Community Achievement Award (CAA) recognizes a SIG/COP, professional, or student chapter’s outstanding accomplishments in achieving the Society’s goals through a wide range of programs and activities.

The CAA application provides a fantastic roadmap that helps your community work toward goals throughout the year, and it is also a way to formally showcase the work your volunteers have done in your community. It recognizes activities completed during the 2020 calendar year, and all communities are encouraged to apply! The CAA process determines the “Most Improved Community” award and the prestigious “Community of the Year” award.

The CAA application is a Word document. You can submit your application in Word format, .PDF format, or any other format you feel most comfortable with, as long as you do not change the order or wording of the original application. When you are ready to submit the final application, you have a couple of options:

  1. Create a shared drive (Google Drive, Dropbox, other) and submit a Word document or zip file with the written responses and corresponding links to supporting evidence.  
  2. Include the application and supporting evidence in a zip file and send to the committee.
Please remember: read the guidelines carefully and check all links to supporting evidence before submitting your application.

Applications are due: 31 January 2021 

Get the application (Word doc) and guidelines here:

https://www.stc.org/community-achievement-awards/

Community Pacesetter Award

STC’s Community Pacesetter Award recognizes innovative and successful community initiatives. Unlike the CAA award, which recognizes communities for consistent strength in many varied activities, the Pacesetter Award recognizes the successful implementation of a single beneficial innovation that may be shared with and implemented by other STC communities. During this unprecedented year, we have seen many examples where our community volunteers are finding new and innovative opportunities to connect, educate, and inspire our members. This is your chance to be recognized for those innovations! 

Applications are due: 31 January 2021 

Get the web form application and guidelines here: 
https://www.stc.org/community-pacesetter-awards/ 

If you have any questions about the application process for these awards, please do not hesitate to contact me at caa@stc.org.

On behalf of the CAA and Pacesetter Awards Committee, sincere thanks to all of you for your dedication to the STC and for your incredible volunteer efforts throughout the year!

Wishing you a safe and healthy holiday season,

Alison Phillips
Chair, STC CAA and Pacesetter Awards Committee
Nominations Committee, STC Michigan Great Lakes Chapter