Election Results for Council 2017–2018, and More

We had three positions on the ballot, all running unopposed, and all accepted by all 11 voters of the eligible 32 who received ballots:

  • Heather Shelly, Secretary
  • Pat Martz, Treasurer
  • Maryann Bowen, Nominations Committee member

A turnout of 34% is pretty decent. Thank you to all who voted.

In addition to the elected seats, we have two succession seats—the President becomes our Immediate Past President, and the Vice President becomes President. No one ran for Vice President, which now becomes the first big issue of our new Council. Our planning year runs from  July 1 to June 30, so this roster will be effective on July 1.

Executive Council, 2017–2018

  • Alison Phillips, President
  • —No Vice President—
  • Heather Shelly, Secretary
  • Pat Martz, Treasurer
  • Sharon McDonnell, Immediate Past President

Nominations Committee, 2017–2018

  • Sharon McDonnell, Chair
  • Maryann Bowen

Volunteering With STC-SM

Council positions are volunteer positions, but you don’t have to be on the council to be helpful. What could you do?

  • Help at the registration desk for a program.
  • Write for this blog; for example, you could recap an event that you attend or write a book review.
  • Host a networking meeting.
  • Send a program idea.
  • Offer to arrange for a program site.

We will have our end-of-the-year potluck on Sunday, June 25. Members are welcome, but you must register to attend. July is our quiet month. We will do our program planning in August, so if you would like to help, or have ideas for the coming year, send an email to your council.

Check Your Email: Council Elections Are Open

Greetings members,
This morning you will find an e-mail from Electionbuddy Elections with the subject line “Vote in the STC-SM 2017–2018 Council Election.” That’s us! If you don’t see it, please check your junk mail and spam mailboxes.

You should receive a ballot even if you have asked not to receive regular communications for us. STC requires that we notify every dues-paying chapter member of our election.

We use Electionbuddy because it issues ballots with unique keys for each potential voter to help ensure the integrity of the election. All you have to do to vote is click on the link provided.

If you have not voted before, here are three things you may not already know:

  • The current vice president succeeds to the presidency.
  • The current president becomes the immediate past president and Nominations Committee manager.
  • There is information for each candidate in the ballot.

If you have any other questions about the election, please e-mail me, especially if you cannot find your ballot.

Please vote! The election closes at 11:45 p.m. on May 31; results will be announced the following day.

STC-SM Earns Silver CAA Award

the STC Silver Community Achievement Award logo
We received a very nice note from the Community Achievement Award Evaluation Committee congratulating all members of STC-SM for earning a silver CAA award:

For continuing to provide quality programs to your members by offering a full schedule of face-to-face programs and by participating in and hosting an STC multi-chapter virtual/live TechComm Showcase.

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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 lay out 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”

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/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.

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