I wrote last month that we submitted the annual Community Achievement Award application to STC International. The community achievement award (CAA) program recognizes STC communities and special interest groups (SIGs) for exceptional accomplishments in meeting goals set by STC International. The award not only acknowledges that the obligations of a properly functioning community and SIG have been met, but that the winning communities and SIGs have performed well beyond expectations.
I am proud to formally announce and congratulate the NEO STC Community for achieving the Community of Distinction award for 2013: "For outreach to the community, non-members, and members through service, promotional activities, and member recognition."
There are three CAA recognition levels (Community of Merit, Community of Excellence, and Community of Distinction), and the Community of Distinction is the highest level of achievement. The NEO STC community has been recognized annually by International for the CAA for over 10 years, and we last achieved a Community of Distinction in 2009.
This achievement is possible due to the hard work and efforts of our NEO community volunteers. Our volunteers orchestrate monthly educational programs, participate in community outreach activities, plan annual competitions, organize networking lunches, run bi-monthly book clubs, stay connected with academic programs, publicize our community to the public, set up workshops and webinars, welcome new members, write newsletter articles, seek sponsors, maintain a website, and much more! Thank you to our volunteers!
We will be presented with the award at the Honors Banquet at the Technical Communication Summit in Atlanta in May, and will recognize this achievement at our own NEO STC Annual Community Awards Banquet and Election in May. If you are attending the Summit, we welcome you to share in this achievement with us! Otherwise (or in addition!), please join us in May for our local celebration!
In other news, our semi-annual board meeting took place at the Warrensville Heights Library on January 28. Meeting minutes are being finalized and are available to NEO STC members upon request. We discussed progress on our committee plans for the 2012-13 year, and any new or modified plans.
If you ever have comments, questions, or suggestions about NEO STC, or you’re interested in becoming a community volunteer, please write to me (firstname.lastname@example.org). I look forward to seeing you again soon at an NEO STC event!
NEO STC Community President