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Growing and Getting Busier
1996, April (June 18, 2008)
By Bill Albing, Chapter President

As the year progresses, we are becoming a bigger chapter, better able to provide more benefits to members. When prospective members call, I now mention that our chapter has over 380 members, has a 24-hour telephone information line, provides job listings over the phone, in the newsletter, and on the Net, and will soon be offering HTML and FrameMaker training. Our chapter newsletter is now published monthly to a growing circulation. The planning of our summer conference is under way and there are plenty of attendees at our monthly meetings.

The Pubs Competition was, I think, especially significant because we showcased both online and hard-copy publication winners. Perhaps next year we can have a regular program where interested members display their online documentation and share ideas for good design. The chapter leadership is investigating the possibility an Internet listserver where Chapter members could exchange information locally, much as technical communicators do internationally on TECHWR-L.

In March, a group from our Chapter, lead by Chris Benz, our chapter’s public relations chairperson, volunteered to answer phones in support of WUNC-TV’s fundraising effort. At the Page One Book Festival in Cary we set up a booth and promoted our profession in the greater writing community. On April 1, many of our members attended East Carolina University’s third annual Information Exchange Day. These members answered questions about STC, their own companies and industries, and the technical communication profession in general.

In early April, I am meet with professors of technical writing programs at various universities and with fellow presidents of chapters in North Carolina. Your chapter leadership is increasingly reaching out to the students, other professionals, and the community at large in pursuit of the chapter mission to promote the technical communication profession.

I am sorry to see Michael Ocampo step down as Education committee chair. His move to New Bern, NC was a good move professionally, but we will miss his immediate involvement in leading the chapter. End of article.

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