Hello STC-PMC members,
We haven’t had a big update on things going on in the chapter for a while, so that needs rectifying. Because we had absolutely no candidates for president and only one candidate for treasurer, we could not hold our elections for a new council. We had held the nomination period open for at least six weeks, and with the only qualifications being that you had to be both a member of the STC and a member of the PMC, it was incredibly disappointing that no one who was eligible stepped up. Jen Meservey fulfilled her role as president for the past year but declined to run again nor continue as she will be pursuing her PhD this coming year.
Because I could see where this was going fast, I contacted the STC Community Affairs Committee (CAC) Chair for guidance. The options were to start steps to close the chapter or figure out something else. It didn’t seem fair that with at least 40 members currently and a very healthy treasury that we should throw in the towel too quickly. If we closed the chapter, not only would we leave 40 people interested in belonging to our chapter in a lurch, but we’d also be losing our treasury money. When a chapter closes, the treasury reverts to STC, and we cannot get it back if we restarted the chapter later. With this in mind, the CAC Chair and I joined forces to find other solutions.
The solution—for now—is that we’re starting over in some respects. The CAC Chair asked me to return as “acting President” and have our current treasurer, Steve Adler, remain as “acting treasurer”. As two veteran STC-PMC past presidents, she knew we could be relied on to keep things alive and safe. In my role as acting President and with the CAC Chair’s approval, I’ve formed a small provisional committee that will keep things together until we can grow our current membership and volunteer base so new people can come in and confidently take up the council mantle and continue to move us forward.
I’ve also put in place what I call, “The Clean Slate Protocol”. If you’ve ever seen Iron Man 3, you know that after the final battle of the movie, Tony Stark (aka Iron Man) decides to start over, and he blows up every Iron Man suit he’s built to date to start over—a clean slate. That’s what we’re doing here. We’re starting over. While we have a small membership in place, being that we are in a large tech region, we should have a LOT more members than we have, despite any pandemic or economic issues going on, especially now that things are starting to improve in the industry, economy, and people are getting back to work. This provisional committee that I’ve formed is spending the summer focused on putting together strategies to pull in more members as well as get all members more involved. We’re going to approach this as if we are starting new and build from there.
We have a good foundation. We’ve continued to win awards, produce prominent leadership from this chapter that have moved up high in the STC, and we continue to make connections locally that not only bolster our professional network, but—as our recent Year-End Picnic proved—many friendships as well. This provisional committee is made of STC-PMC veterans who I’ve chosen that share that same drive to put things right and go to great lengths to do it—including trying some very different approaches not done before with this chapter. We can be so much more and do so much better. We need to bring in a fresh council to move us forward. This committee is going to be focused on bringing our membership forward in this respect.
Stay tuned for updates on programming that we’re going to pull together for you. This will include both educational and social opportunities. All is not lost, and the 2021-2022 program year might be off to a quiet start, but we don’t plan to end the program year that way.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me at email@example.com.
The chapter appreciates your continued support, and we look forward to seeing you at our chapter events this upcoming year!
Until our next update,
Danielle M Villegas
Acting President, STC-PMC