Boston Broadside
September/October 2003
Vol. 61,  No. 1
 Newsletter of the Boston Chapter of the Society for Technical Communication


Copyright © STC Boston 2003

Program Report

STC Boston Chapter is Poised for Continued Success

End of the Year Banquet

By Gigi Vert

There is just one word to describe this year's Boston Chapter STC End of the Year Banquetinspiring. About 80 people were present to celebrate the past year's accomplishments and hear about the chapter's future goals. Attendees included incoming and outgoing Boston STC council presidents, members and officers, Regional Director-Sponsor Jon Baker, several past presidents, members of various committees, many STC members, and family and friends.

The hostess of the evening, outgoing president Taryn Light, acknowledged the presence of distinguished guests. Nan Fritz, founder and chairperson of nSight, the evening's corporate sponsor and an exhibitor, brought with her Phil Sullivan, VP of Recruitment and Placement; Jason Crea, Business Development Manager; and Dan Cote, Director of Marketing. STC Fellow Marguerite Krupp was also introduced.

After enjoying an excellent meal in the lush surroundings of The Hartwell House in Lexington, the attendees heard an insightful speech from guest speaker Dr. Carole Cowan, President of Middlesex Community College. Dr. Cowan spoke of the challenges facing the public higher education community in its attempts to develop a diverse workforce.


Middlesex Community College President Dr. Carole Cowan addresses STC members.


Next, awards were presented to members and other supporters for their outstanding contributions to the STC Boston Chapter. Taryn and immediate past president Hans Fenstermacher presented "thank you" gifts to the outgoing 2002-2003 Council, and others who support the Boston Chapter. Certificate awards were given to managers of the following committees: SIGs, the Membership, Programs, and Competitions.

Special awards were presented to Barbara Casaly, who received the Carol A. Landers Award of Volunteering; and Cheryl Magadieu, who was this year's Distinguished Chapter Service Award winner. Both members were lauded for their dedication to the Boston chapter.

Taryn announced the chapter was awarded the titles of "Chapter of Excellence" and "Chapter of Distinction"the latter for the second year in a row! Click here to see a complete list of past and present award winners.


Outgoing Chapter President Taryn Light passes the gavel of leadership to incoming President Jim Lidington.


With a fond farewell speech in which she told attendees, "When you get involved, you realize how much there is to do," Taryn introduced incoming president Jim Lidington. Jim accepted the "official" president's gavel saying he was enthusiastic about serving as president. Jim presented the new council, who pledged to "give more to get more" by working together to grow services in order to provide more value to memberships.

The evening concluded with lively entertainment from The Boss Tunes, direct from the Dallas conference. Everyone enjoyed the group's rousing rendition of "R-E-S-P-E-C-T."


Anna Pratt, Taryn Light, Hans Fenstermacher, and Steve Jong of the "The Boss Tunes" in action.


The 2003 Boston Chapter STC End of the Year Banquet was a success because it celebrated the chapter's notable accomplishments and provided attendees with the opportunity to share an evening of laughter and inspiration. One member summed it up best when she said, "there are tremendous opportunities to get involved."

Gigi Vert is a professional in the IT industry.

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