Well, another STC year is about to wrap up. And what a year it has been for Philadelphia! I’d like to review the highlights of our chapter for the past season.
- Canoe trip and luncheon on the Brandywine
- Webinar on Managing the MarComm/TechComm Showdown
- Presentation on Creating Professional-Quality Screencasts on a Shoestring Budget
- The Escape Room Social event
- Holiday Potluck Party
- Popup Event at the Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books, and Manuscripts
- Joint Chapter Event with PANMA – Putting Your Good to Use
- Spring Webinar – Millennial Documentation: Analyzing the Intersection of Content and Gratification
- South Jersey Networking Group hosted by Gary Sternberg
- Lunch & Learn Webinar – Slack for Technical Writers and Editors
- CONDUIT Mid-Atlantic Tech Comm Conference
Whew! That’s a lot! Our leadership team put in a ton of hard work this year, not just on programming and the conference. We also awarded a scholarship to a student and sponsored two student STC memberships. PMC’s new mentor program paired nine new technical communicators with our experienced volunteers in the Philadelphia area. Additionally, PMC now has two members on the STC Board of Directors: Jessie Mallory and Todd DeLuca. The past Society President, Adriane Hunt, is a PMC member. I chaired the Distinguished Community Service Committee and sat on the Scholarship and the Community Affairs Committees at the society level. Meanwhile, Steve Adler served on the Community Achievement Award Committee. No matter how you look at it, the Philadelphia Metro Chapter was a driving force in the tech comm community, both locally and internationally.
All our work did not go unnoticed as we were awarded the Platinum Community Award for all our chapter programming and outreach. Additionally, our innovations with gaining sponsorship for our conference won us our third Pacesetter Award. On an individual level, PMC awarded Ellen O’Brien the Distinguished Chapter Service Award, a lifetime achievement award for chapter volunteers. And the final feather in our cap was being awarded Community of the Year at Summit, which is a great honor, and one which we had never received prior to this year.
PMC could not have had such a banner year without the hard work and dedications of the following volunteers:
- Vice President, Conference, Sponsorship: Danielle Villegas
- Treasurer: Ellen O’Brien
- Immediate Past President: Jessie Mallory
- Conference and Mentor Program: Karen Levine
- Newsletter and Publicity: Madison Hughes and Victoria Stanton
- Academic Outreach: Carolyn Luttrell and Colin Peterson
- Webmaster: Laurie Marshall
The time has come to talk of many things. Besides the usual shoes, ships, and sealing wax, it is time to talk about the future. This is the end of my PMC leadership tenure. My volunteering with the chapter started in 2005, when I was tricked into running for president. Fortunately, I lost to Lori Corbett who set me up as the scholarship manager. From there, I was treasurer for several years, along with webmaster, vice president, acting secretary, membership manager, and president. So now it is my turn to take on the one role I haven’t tried yet – Immediate Past President. I leave you in the capable hands of Danielle Villegas, Karen Levine, Madison Hughes, and Jen Meservey who are next year’s President, VP, Treasurer, and Secretary, respectively. I’m very happy with the balance between experienced and newer volunteers on the board. The key to a successful community is volunteers. Please consider volunteering to help PMC continue to be the powerhouse community that it has become.