Boston Broadside
July/August 2001
Vol. 58, No. 6

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President's Message

A Tremendous, Stupendous,
End-over-Endous Adventure

By Hans Fenstermacher

Those were the words Richard Lederer used to describe the English language at the STC Conference in Chicago this past May. Truer words were never spoken! We're all in the business of making our way through that fascinating "adventure" called the English language to communicate complex ideas to broad audiences. It's fascinating, isn't it?

It's also a challenge, frankly. Fortunately, the Society for Technical Communication exists to help us meet that challenge in many ways. It is my distinct pleasure (and a challenge of another sort) to take up the post of President of the Boston Chapter for 2001-2002. I'm looking forward to that responsibility and to working with you to make our contribution to the STC a valuable, educational, informative asset in our members' professional lives.

Great Team

Let me introduce to you the rest of the team that will help move us forward this year. The other Chapter Council officers for 2001-2002 are:

  • Taryn Light, First Vice President
  • Michelle Borelli, Second Vice President
  • Bonnie Jo Collins, Secretary
  • Cindy Cookson, Treasurer
  • Denise Dunne, Immediate Past President

We also have a remarkable group of At-Large Council Members:

  • Doris Hathaway
  • Steve Jong
  • Jim Lidington
  • Anna Pratt
  • Jennifer Rose
  • Joel Sklar

I'm sure you recognize some familiar names in those lists, including Denise, Taryn, Bonnie Jo, Jen and Joel, who served the 2000-2001 Council so superbly last year. There's a lot of energy on the new Council, so stay tuned for plenty of dynamics.

Great Ideas

Having crossed the threshold into the 21st Century, we're going to build on our past successes in several areas: promoting technical communication and the STC in new and exciting ways, expanding our outreach to new members and new information communities, and strengthening our ties with corporations and related organizations.

How can we achieve these things? Through a tremendous series of content-rich programs and workshops. Through a brand-new, state-of-the-art multimedia Chapter brochure. Through a campaign to increase the visibility of the Chapter and the tech comm industry. Through continued development of our Web-based efforts to take full advantage of technology and provide new tools for our members.

SIN 2. Workshop Hat-Tricks. InterChange. Competitions2001. Communicators in Concert: a Regional STC Conference. You'll be hearing about all these and a lot more in the months to come.

Great Expectations

In the end, STC exists for you. The Council and I will work hard on your behalf. After all, you're the reason we're doing this. But to do it well, we need your help. What in the dickens are you waiting for? Give us your input! Visit our Web site. Attend a Council meeting. Join us at Chapter programs. Get involved with Competitions. Volunteer for the Chapter and help shape its activities. Most important of all, become an STCvangelist!

We'll be polling you throughout the year, both on our Web site and in other ways. So, please share your ideas with us. And if you have a special STC achievement, publication, or development we should know about, tell us that, too. Feel free to contact me any time at with questions or comments.

STC Boston: The adventure continues!


Hans Fenstermacher is President of the Boston Chapter STC. In his day job, he is president and founder of ArchiText Inc., a provider of localization and globalization services.