Nominations are now open for the July 2016–June 2017 program year elections, with voting planned for mid-May. If you have a chapter member in mind that you think would make a great officer (and that can include yourself!), we encourage you to send your ideas or any questions to email@example.com. Please note that candidates must be chapter members.
My own service as an STC/SM leader and volunteer probably stems from the closest thing I have to a hobby, which is collecting short, to-the-point bits of wisdom and advice from others. Humorists, authors and noted speakers like Will Rogers, Mark Twain, and even Henry Ford (“Whether you think you can or whether you think you can’t, you’re probably right”) often cause me to smile while pondering their inherent insight. But my favorite has to be Mahatma Gandhi’s admonition to “Live as if you were to die tomorrow (but) learn as if you were to live forever.” His words encourage us to seize the moment, live life to the fullest, and be involved in those things we are passionate about. Conversely, he admonishes us to “take the long view” and strive to learn endlessly in all we do. Taken together, these two perspectives have had a profound impact on my personal and professional lives.
I’ve also found that getting involved and contributing to your STC community is a great way to practice this philosophy; you help others and contribute to the growth of your profession, while also learning and improving upon your professional network, job-related skills, and resume at the same time. And you even get to meet and work with a great team of people in the process—what a bargain!
The most obvious opportunity—and the most critical, immediate need—is to run for one of the chapter officer positions (Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer) or one of the two elected (but non-officer) Nominations Committee positions. Chapter bylaws specify that our vice president is to transition into the role of president, so we already have that role filled for next year in the person of Sharon McDonnell.
If you’re not quite ready to commit to elected office, there are plenty of other ways to get involved in chapter activities. For example, you can volunteer to manage or serve on one of our council committees, including Membership, Blog, Nominations, Programs, Publicity, and the Website. See “Volunteer Opportunities” on the chapter website, or contact any council member for more information.
Other ways to get involved include:
- Join our groups on Facebook and LinkedIn, and follow @STCSM on Twitter.
- Attend a program meeting or networking event.
- Serve as a greeter at a program meeting.
- Host a networking lunch—or breakfast, or happy hour—in your local area.
- Plan to attend all or part of the STC Summit, May 15-18 in Anaheim, CA.
- Ask your employer to sponsor a program meeting or event. (Various levels of sponsorship are available; for example, providing meeting space free of charge.)
- Write an article for the chapter blog.
Serving and contributing to your STC chapter in the various ways listed above is your opportunity to practice the “living and learning” ethos Gandhi expresses above. And who knows – it may even lead to a few bits of wisdom of your own.
Immediate STC/SM Past President