Letter from the Immediate Past President

In late June, we held our annual awards program combined with the changing of the guard, the last event of our program year. The program took place at my home and included a potluck luncheon. Volunteers were recognized with a letter of appreciation and Pat Martz received the Distinguished Chapter Service Award. The gavel was passed to our new president, Alison Phillips, and I was presented with a personalized gavel.

We felt very good about our chapter’s accomplishments this year:

  • We revised our chapter bylaws.
  • We achieved the silver Community Achievement Award.
  • We mentored our intern, Sasha Strait.
  • We developed a program evaluation form to gather statistics from our programs.

We continued our practice of scheduling networking events in various locations:

  • Happy hour at D’Amato’s in Royal Oak
  • Holiday Mixer at Conor O’Neill’s in Ann Arbor
  • Breakfast at Sweetwater’s Café on Plymouth Road in Ann Arbor
  • Networking after the close of the Internet User Experience conference in Ann Arbor, and
  • Happy hour at Doc’s Sports Retreat in Livonia.

And we had some interesting program topics:

  • What Is the User’s Experience?, at BCBSM in Southfield
  • Mindfulness, at Washtenaw Community College in Ann Arbor
  • Trends in Technical Communication, a panel discussion at Lawrence Tech in Southfield
  • Using Camtasia: A Video-Creation Tool for Documentation Professionals, at Washtenaw Community College in Ann Arbor

Thank you to everyone who worked so hard to make my term as president a success and so enjoyable. I am grateful that our chapter will be in Alison’s very capable hands, and I look forward to serving our chapter as Immediate Past President.