Greetings and welcome to 2017! While this is the beginning of a new year, PMC is already half way through our event year. We’ve had some fun events, such as
- the Delaware River Canoe Trip last summer,
- the kickoff social at Conshohocken Brewing,
- our holiday party.
Additionally PMC scheduled educational events, such as:
- the Joe Welinske webinar,
- our meeting on Localization,
- and the mobile storytelling presentation in November.
As a bonus, STC-PMC was a sponsor of TC Camp last July, near Washington DC. This free un-conference was a great time, and I hope it comes to the east coast again, and that you have the chance to attend. These events have been chronicled and their presentations stored on our Past Events page. So if you missed an event, I urge you to look there for the slides and notes given to us by the presenters.
While those events are in the past, PMC is looking to the future! Our calendar is already filling up with a webinar in January, a free joint session with Philadelphia New Media Association (PANMA) for our second year, an educational session in March, two workshops with a full-day conference in March/April with CONDUIT, our year-end banquet in June, and maybe something fun in between.
All of this planning is done by dedicated volunteers. Some, such as President, VP, Treasurer, and Secretary, are elected. Others, such as Publicity, Academic Outreach, and our Webmaster, are volunteers. I’ve been volunteering with PMC since 2005 when I was asked to create and manage our old scholarship program. Since then, I’ve worn just about every hat you can in the chapter. It has been an exciting and fun time, and I’ve worked with some truly incredible people. You may not realize this, but STC-PMC is one of the premiere chapters in STC. Very few other STC chapters offer the range of programming and activities that STC-PMC provides, from its meetings, to its conference, to the professional competition, to student outreach, and to its networking opportunities. STC has some really great chapters out there, and PMC is one of them, thanks to the hard work and dedication of its volunteers.
One of the best ways to take advantage of the opportunities offered to you by STC-PMC is to volunteer with the chapter. Many volunteer opportunities exist, each with its own skillset. Want to learn how to connect with people? Help with our newsletter and publicity. Feeling fiscally responsible? Try out for Treasurer. Don’t like our current meetings and speakers? Run for VP and create your own agenda. Good at project planning? Help run CONDUIT. Let us know if you want to volunteer.
While STC-PMC has proven itself based on past and current leaders, it needs new leaders to continue its success. This upcoming year, like many years, will be one of transition in leadership for PMC. We need new volunteers to help guide our chapter into the next year. That way next year can be even better than this one.
2016-2017 STC-PMC President