Boston Broadside
July/August 2003
Vol. 60,  No. 6
 Newsletter of the Boston Chapter of the Society for Technical Communication


Copyright © STC Boston 2003

Director/Sponsor's Message

May Board Meeting Held in Dallas

By Linda Oestreich

Wow! What a conference, and what a board meeting (held on Saturday, May 17, in Dallas, Texas) to precede it! The general topics of discussion included:

  • The upcoming retirement of STC executive director Bill Stolgitis, and the selection of Peter Herbst as his successor.
  • The realignment of membership dues and rebate structure.
  • Chapter loans and grants.
  • The state of the Society in relation to the changing world we live in.

Ed See, now our immediate past president, shared his thoughts about the past year and extended his heartfelt thanks to the board for successfully navigating a tough year that included budgetary reductions, decreases in expected conference attendance, and the selection of a new executive director for the Society.

Actions Taken

The following actions were taken at the May board meeting:

  • Approved the minutes from the previous two board meetings.
  • Approved chapter rebates as follows: Each chapter will receive $30.00 USD per member for the first 150 members on their rosters; $20.00 USD per member for each member over 150; $13.50 USD per member for student members, and $100 USD per sustaining member.
  • Approved membership dues as follows: regular membership per year will be $140; student membership dues will be 40% of regular membership dues; and retired membership dues will be 50% of regular membership dues. This dues structure is effective with the dues for the year beginning January 1, 2004.
  • Approved a chapter loan in the amount of $3,000 to the Alberta chapter for the 2003 Region 7 conference, with repayment to begin no more than 60 days after the conference.
  • Accepted the Society treasurer's financial report.
  • Approved the formation of a special committee to recommend to the board a means of transforming STC's operational model so that the Society can better support its many communities of practice, enable growth, and stabilize revenue. Mary Jo Stark, STC treasurer, manages this ad hoc "transformation committee".
  • In addition, the board, in executive session, selected recipients of the Chapter of Distinction and Chapter Pacesetter Awards.

Items Discussed

The following items were discussed at the board meeting:

  • During the discussion that led to the appointment of the transformation committee, the board insisted that the foremost principle of any new approach to STC governance would be to "do no harm" to current processes and entities. Rather, the objective is to look at ways to strengthen the communities of practice within STC and explore how the Society can respond to and support those communities, including the geographical communities that are represented by STC chapters.
  • Because of the present global economy and the importance of membership growth to the Society's strength and stability, the Board discussed several tactics for increasing membershipboth on the Society level and by helping chapters work toward that goal locally.

If you have questions or comments about the STC board of directors or any of the items mentioned in this article, then contact your director-sponsor or the STC office.

Linda Oestreich is Director/Sponsor of Region 5. You can reach her at .

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