Hope your 2014 is off to a great start because the NEO is off and rolling at full speed into a great new year.
Accomplishments for January include:
- Budget approved by National and funds received (thanks Debbie Mekker)
- CAA submitted on time (thanks Lisa, Janean, and especially Claudia)
Our January meeting was well attended and successful. Alan Houser presented a terrific program on the Adobe Technical Communication Suite that was both informative and entertaining.
Our February meeting will be a real treat for two reasons. Anytime the community gets to visit a facility like Keithley, one of Cleveland’s major players in the tech community, that is a privilege.
Secondly, as in previous presentations this year (Janean Voss, and Denise Kadilak in November), I am jazzed when we get great presentations from NEO's local talent. The reason the NEO is one of the strongest communities in the STC is the talent and expertise within its own ranks. Tricia Spayer and Claudia Thompson will be presenting a discussion entitled "What is Author-it?" Author-it is a staple in the tech comm community and familiarity with it is invaluable, even if you don't currently use the application.
For more information and to register, click here.
As always, if you are interested in getting more involved as a volunteer, please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
PS. This month's lady is a bit unique. She is the SS Normandie; the first French ship introduced in this column. She was built in Saint-Nazaire, France, for the French Line Compagnie Générale Transatlantique and entered service in 1935. Many consider her to be the greatest Ocean Liner ever, though I do not fall in that group. What I find fascinating about her, and you see this in the ships from the English, German, and French lines, is how the stereotype of the culture is reflected in their architecture. The French produced stout, well-designed ships but with a distinct nod to elegance and style. Her chief rival was the RMS Queen Mary, also elegant but clearly a working gal, whereas the Normandy was just beautiful. Her rounded, wider smoke stacks and raised bow gave her a more finished, and sleeker look. In 1942, she caught fire after the United States seized her to use as a troop transport and was subsequently deemed a loss in 1946. Too short a life for arguably one of the most beautiful ocean liners ever.