Letter From the Immediate Past President

Greetings everyone,

On July 1, I turned the STC/SM Council over to our new president, Sharon McDonnell. We have just wrapped up a successful program year and will be attending to a few administrative tasks between now and the start of the 2016–2017 program year, so this seems like a good time to look back at the last two years.

  • Our membership has stabilized.
  • We worked with the UX community and AMWA in the interests of cross-pollinating ideas.
  • We had networking events at every time of day, and virtual and realtime programs all over the area.
  • We reexamined the Council meeting schedule. The two biggest changes are winter Council meetings online and a big Sunday afternoon meeting at the beginning of the program year to layout the schedule and to start to fill in programs.
  • We earned two Pacesetter Awards, in 2014, for our website revamping process, and in 2015, for our Choose Your Own Learning Adventure programming in midwinter that introduced members to an STC member perk—webinars—and built a networking event on the theme of the webinars we selected for viewing.
  • We brought home a bronze Community Achievement Award (CAA) for 2015. We are working towards using the CAA rubric as our basis for planning, as the CAA is meant to reward responsiveness to member needs and good planning.
Sharon McDonnell presents a commemorative gavel to Pat Martz.
Sharon McDonnell presents a commemorative gavel to Pat Martz at the End-of-Year Potluck on Sunday, June 26, 2016.

Thank you to our Council members for all their work in the last two years. Sharon McDonnell, our new president, was a a real help and sounding board as vice president. I’d also like to thank past presidents Maryann Bowen and Mary Jo David, who apprised me of chapter history and precedent and mentored me through my presidency. I appreciate your help and support very much; your counsel helped me to leave things somewhat better than I found them.

Alison Phillips, our new vice president, has agreed to serve as Secretary Pro Tem until someone steps into the job. Thank you Alison; you’ve done a terrific job, and we appreciate your willingness to continue.

However, if you, dear reader, think you would like to assume a leadership role, secretary is a great place to start. The most important part of this role is writing and distributing minutes for our meetings. Please email president@stc-sm.org for more information.

With that, we are in hiatus until our transition and planning meeting on Sunday, August 28, 1:00 p.m. Have a good summer.

Election Results for 2016–2017

The results of the recent STC/SM election of officers for the 2016/2017 program year are summarized below.

  • Total number of ballots sent out on electionbuddy.com: 37
  • Total number of ballots cast: 11
  • Percentage of members who voted: 29.7%

Based on the votes cast, the winning nominees for each office were:

  • Vice-President-Elect: Alison Phillips
  • Treasurer-Elect: Maryann Bowen

As noted previously, Sharon McDonnell, who served as STC/SM Vice-President in 2014/2015 and 2015/2016, will transition to the office of STC/SM President as provided by our chapter by-laws.

Congratulations to our newly elected officers, and thank you for running for office and being involved in the governance of our chapter. Continue reading “Election Results for 2016–2017”

STC Summit 2016: Reactions From a First-Time Attendee

by Alison Phillips

It was a pleasure and privilege for me to attend the STC Summit in Anaheim, California this year. As a first-time Summit attendee, I had no idea what to expect and wasn’t even sure if the conference would be worth the time and expense involved. An introvert by nature, I was also unsure whether I could feel at ease in such a large group setting.

I am pleased to say, however, that I came away with more inspiration and information than I can summarize in this short article. I left the Summit overflowing with ideas and could fill pages just trying to recap some of the things I learned and the topics I discussed with the many people I met. Instead, I want to take a few moments to encourage those of you who have not attended the STC Summit or other STC conference that participating in such events is well worth it! Continue reading “STC Summit 2016: Reactions From a First-Time Attendee”

Members, Remember to Vote!

by Tom Glennan,
Immediate Past President
2016-2017 Nominations Committee Chairperson

This is a friendly reminder to all STC/SM members that the election of the 2016/2017 program year Executive Council officers and Nominating Committee members is now underway. If you have not done so already, please be sure to vote by no later than Tuesday, May 31, at 11:00 p.m. If you are currently an STC/SM member but have not received an email from Election Buddy with a link to an election ballot, please send me an email so that we can address any problems and secure a ballot for you before the election closes.

STC/SM Chapter Elections Are Open

If you are a member of our chapter, you should have received the ElectionBuddy online ballot for the 2016–2017 STC/SM officer elections. The election is open now through Tuesday, May 31, at 11:00 p.m.

You should have also received an email notice of balloting from our Immediate Past President, Tom Glennan, even if you have asked not to receive regular email from STC/SM. STC requires us to notify every dues-paying chapter member of elections. If you are aware of anyone who should have received an election notice email but did not, please notify pastpresident@stc-sm.org.

STC Summit 2016: Leadership Program Recap

by Alison Philips

Photo of Emily Alfson and Alison Phillips at the 2016 STC Summit
Emily Alfson (l.) and Alison Phillips (r.) at the 2016 STC Summit

Greetings from Anaheim, California! I’m here at the STC Summit and just attended the annual Leadership Program that kicks off the Summit each year. Some of the highlights were:

  • The basics of running a community — Emily Alfson (also an STC/SM member!) delivered an informative talk about some of the many tools available to STC members looking to gain information about running successful STC communities. These resources include the Community Handbook, the Treasurer’s Handbook, the STC website, the CAC website, social media, and more!

Continue reading “STC Summit 2016: Leadership Program Recap”

Local AMWA Chapter Conference on May 14

The American Medical Writers Association Michigan Chapter Conference will convene at Weber’s Inn in Ann Arbor on Saturday, May 14, 2016. Registration will be at the door.

We got a note from Mitchell Seymour, Chapter President, asking that you please let him know if you will be coming by the end of business on Wednesday, May 12, so they will have an accurate head count for food.

STC/SM Officer Nominations Update: May 6

by Tom Glennan, Immediate Past President, Nominations Committee Chairperson

The election of STC/SM chapter officers for the 2016/2017 program year will be underway soon, but we still have no nominations for the office of chapter secretary. We are also seeking candidates to fill the two elected (but non-officer) nominating committee member positions which are up for election each year. It is urgent that we find candidates to fill these positions to ensure the ongoing leadership for moving our chapter forward.

Continue reading “STC/SM Officer Nominations Update: May 6”

STC/SM Officer Nominations Update

by Tom Glennan Immediate STC/SM Past President

Nominations are still open for the upcoming election of STC/SM officers for the July 2016 – June 2017 program year. Since my last posting, our current treasurer, Maryann Bowen, has agreed to run again for that position, and our current secretary, Alison Phillips, has agreed to run for the position of vice president. With current vice-president Sharon McDonnell set to assume the post of president, the position of secretary is the only council seat remaining without a nomination. So one or more candidates for this council position are still being sought, and additional candidates for the other council seats are still welcome as well (the more, the merrier, as they say).

The chapter officer elections will be opened in the next few weeks, so please watch for the announcement and be sure to vote for the candidate of your choice. And if you have a chapter member in mind that you think would make a great officer (and that can include yourself!), we encourage you to send your ideas or any questions to nominations@stc-sm.org. Please note that candidates must be chapter members.