by Cindy Currie, STC Region 1 Director Sponsor
When I decided to run for Region 1 Director, I took the slogan the times; they are a changiní thinking mostly at that time about the Transformation and STCís new operating model. But, boy, the times are a changiní even more than I was thinking! And, here in southern New Hampshire, my home for the past 17 years, the first telltale signs that autumn is on the way are already evident—that initial blush of fall colour is just starting to paint the leaves on the trees in my yard. Thus, change is on my mind, the kind that bursts into glorious fall colour! And, yes, Iím referring to the STC here as well as autumn.
The Search for an ED
By now, most of you are aware that Peter Herbst, STCís Executive Director (ED), tendered his resignation in early July. Pete will continue to serve as ED—a position he has held since Bill Stolgitisí retirement in 2003—until early October of this year. Pete served the STC as its Deputy Executive Director for many years prior to serving as ED. We truly wish Pete all the best in whatever the future may bring him.
The Board now has the opportunity to hire a new Executive Director. This is very exciting and challenging! Current STC President, Suzanna Laurent, has organized an ED Search Committee, chaired by past STC President Annette Reilly, which has been hard at work for several months now mobilizing for the search and determining the hiring criteria. An interim ED may be needed until a permanent ED is found, so there is also a committee, chaired by past STC President Thea Teich, which is working on this possibility. Look for Suzanna to distribute more information and announcements as these committees continue their work.
Rechartering, if not a fait accompli for your chapter, should be a goal for this upcoming year. There are a number of chapters in the region that have rechartered already, so there are experienced boards and councils and lessons learned to be shared with those of you who have not rechartered yet. If you would like assistance (even a sanity check to be sure youíre on the right track!), please be in touch with me by sending email to email@example.com. The STC Rechartering Committee would like to see more communities recharter this year and Iíd like to see great representation from Region 1 in this important STC activity.
Board Changes and Meetings
The next STC Board of Directorís meeting will be held September 21-25 in Denver. Yes, the Board meets face-to-face three times as year: May (always in conjunction with the Annual Conference), September, and January. The minutes of this meeting as well as those of the January 2005 and May 2005 Board meetings are available online at http://www.stc.org/chapterResources.asp and all future Board meeting minutes will be posted as well. I encourage you all to read them as the reports are full of details that both members and leaders seem to be looking for frequently.
There have been a number of changes to the Board of Directors since early summer. These include:
See http://www.stc.org/PDF_Files/OrgChart.pdf for an updated org chart of the 2005-2006 STC Board of Directors.
Lastly, one of my goals for this STC year is to revitalize the Region 1 website, which you can visit at http://www.stcregion.org/region1. I will be using this site as a hub for my communications to Region 1 communities and will posted items, such as a monthly message to you all, on this site. I will also distribute my article directly to newsletter editors and webmasters; however I encourage you all to look into RSS feeds so that you can receive updates from both the STC website and the Region 1 website automatically. I am slowly but surely making decisions about the type of information Iíd like to see this site contain and Iím openly asking for your ideas as well. The webmaster, Rich Feitelberg, has been just great in helping me get started and heís quick to implement all that Iíve given him thus far, so we need design ideas and content suggestions. Thanks!
Some of the focus areas for the 2005-2006 Board include:
Your ideas and suggestions on any of the above are most welcome. I am usually available by email or telephone and am happy to discuss any of your STC issues or concerns (or hear all about your successes—I know that these stories are out there too!), so please be in touch by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org or calling (603) 884-1249.
In this issue:
Contents | President's Message | General Meeting Announcements | Council Meeting Minutes | Evolution of an Editor: From Quill to Quarry to Qantas | Director Sponsor's Message: The Seasons and the STC are a Changin' | Freelance 101: Chronicles for the Self-Employed | Council Spotlight: Student Awards & Volunteer Coordinator | Membership Update | Information Architecture and Content Management | View from the Other Side: What I Did on My Summer Holidays... | Launch of the STC Training Program