Boston Broadside
May/June 2003
Vol. 60,  No. 5
 Newsletter of the Boston Chapter of the Society for Technical Communication


Copyright © STC Boston 2003

President's Message

2002-2003 End-of-Year Status Report

What Did Your Council Do for You?

The great American baseball player, Satchel Paige, once said in jest, "Don't look backsomething may be gaining on you." In contrast, George Santayana, a Spanish thinker and writer, noted in 1905, "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." So which is it? Do we move on and not look back? Or do we look back and move on? Well, it's the end of the 2002-2003 Council's term, and I think it's a good time to look back and consider what was accomplished for you.

Looking Inward

One of our major goals was to look inward and assess what each committee does and how each communicates with the others. This might sound trivial, but just think about how Engineering, Tech Support, Sales, Tech Pubs, Training, and Marketing all try to communicate with each other. The Boston Chapter has over 15 committees that focus on increasing productivity, reducing tasks, streamlining responsibilities, and improving processes. The Council merged and eliminated some committees to improve efficiency.

Looking Outward

When the Council looked outward, we improved services for you, increased the number of SIGs, acted on your suggestions, and provided excellent programs. Look at what this year's Council did for you.

  • Posted the Salary Survey
  • Offered three new SIGs, bringing the total to five
  • Held a reception for new members
  • Promoted STC through press releases, STC-infos, news flashes, and our Web site
  • Stimulated growth in the Art Competition
  • Celebrated a Competitions Awards Banquet
  • Offered stimulating and informative programs
  • Published excellent issues of the Boston Broadside
  • Published employment opportunities in the Job Bank
  • Promoted membership profiles
  • Updated our Chapter bylaws

I am very pleased with what the 2002-2003 Council accomplished. I also want to thank you for the privilege of serving as President of the Boston Chapter.

When we count our many blessings, it isn't hard to see
that life's most valued treasures are the treasures that are free.
For it isn't what we own or buy that signifies our wealth.
It's the special gifts that have no price: our family, friends, and health.

(Author unknown)

Taryn Light, President of the STC Boston Chapter, is the Content Solutions Manager at ArchiText in Methuen, MA. You can reach her at .

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