We are excited to announce that the STC West Michigan Shores chapter and the STC Southeastern Michigan chapter will merge to become an STC chapter representing all of Michigan as the STC Michigan Great Lakes Chapter, STC-MGL.
Why merge chapters?
We hope to increase our chapter member base, deepen our pool of active volunteers and chapter leaders, and broaden our outreach to technical communications students and professionals in the Great Lakes region. Our goal is to engage and connect as many people as we can to fortify and sustain a strong STC chapter presence in Michigan for many years to come.
How will I participate?
Now more than ever, we are embracing the ability of virtual tools to keep us connected when we can’t meet in person or when physical distance is too great. While we will still organize in-person events and networking opportunities across the state, we will offer many virtual events so you can stay just as engaged from the comfort of home. STC-SM already connects with members in our chapter’s Slack workspace and through virtual book clubs, networking events, coffee breaks, open houses, and speaker presentations. For the new chapter, we plan to include a virtual component in as many of our in-person events as we can so members from any location can participate.
When will the merge be official?
We have approval from the STC Board of Directors to merge chapters this year, and we will hold elections for the STC Michigan Great Lakes chapter executive council officers in May. The 2020-2021 program year begins on July 1, which will be our year of transition as we come together to create our new chapter identity.
Who will lead the Michigan Great Lakes chapter?
The current West Michigan Shores and Southeastern Michigan executive council members are preparing an election slate with candidates from both chapters. Nominations are open through May 15. We are always looking for talented, motivated people to grow with us, and this will be an exciting year. We have a number of short and long-term opportunities for you to lend your talent and engage with other technical communicators. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about these opportunities.
What if I have questions or feedback?
If you have any questions about the chapter merge or if there is any additional information you would like to know about the transition plans, please let us know and we will be more than happy to speak with you. You can contact email@example.com for more information about the merger.