President’s Column (May, 2023)

As I sit down to write my last President’s column, I can hardly believe how quickly time has flown by. It seems like only yesterday that I was first elected to lead our chapter, and yet here we are at the end of another successful year.

One of the highlights of this past year was our partnership with the Policies & Procedures SIG. Through this collaboration, we were able to learn more about Planning, Organizing & Managing Content and how to Create a Form in Microsoft Power Apps. These were just a couple of the many valuable programs that our chapter provided over the past year.

We also hosted a few other programs, including Where Technical Writers Meet Agile, Organizing Content with Mind Maps, and Folding Accessibility into Documentation. These programs helped our members stay up to date with the latest trends and best practices in the field of technical communication.

Looking ahead, we are excited about the upcoming STC Summit in Atlanta May 14 – May 17. This year our chapter will be recognized with the Gold Community Award “for creating a stronger technical communication community through collaboration and a focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI)”. Tricia Spayer will be honored as a Fellow for her sustained and significant service to STC. Kelly Webb Bronstrup will be recognized with the Distinguished Community Service Award for sharing her wisdom and experience while serving as a mentor. And finally, I’ll be awarded the rank of Associate Fellow. That’s four recognitions for our Ohio chapter!

We are also looking forward to our chapter’s awards event in early June, where we’ll also hold chapter elections. I sincerely hope that you can make the event.

Speaking of elections, I am thrilled for Paulette Tiggs as she takes over as chapter President on July 1. Paulette has been an active member of our chapter for many years, and I have no doubt that she will do an excellent job leading us forward.

As my time as President comes to an end, I want to express my gratitude to all of our members for their support and hard work over the past year. It has been an honor to serve as your President, and I look forward to seeing all of the great things that our chapter will achieve in the years to come.

By Lisa Adair