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Chapter Achievement Awards
The Chapter Achievement Award recognizes a chapter’s outstanding accomplishments towards the goals of STC. This award is presented only to chapters that have distinguished themselves by exceeding ordinary expectations. Beginning with the 2001 awards, chapter achievement awards were separated into three categories: Merit, Excellence, and Distinguished.
2018 — The Washington, DC – Baltimore (WDCB) Chapter received a Gold level award for the 2018 STC Community Achievement Awards (CAA). The award is based on the activities and programs offered throughout the 2017 calendar year. The citation reads: "For your contribution to STC leadership initiatives, promotion of the Society, active community outreach, and leadership transition plan, as well as for your active support in hosting STC Summit 2017." 2017 Chapter president: Greta Boller Buskirk.
2015 — The Washington, DC – Baltimore (WDCB) Chapter received a Community of Excellence Award in April 2015 for the 2014 chapter year. The citation reads: "For reaching out to wider communities and providing greater value for its members by providing several educational opportunities, creating a mentoring program and by forming several strategic partnerships with other companies." 2014 Chapter president: Ugur Akinci.
2014 — The Washington, DC – Baltimore (WDCB) Chapter received a Community of Excellence Award in March 2014 for the 2013 chapter year. The citation reads: "For your substantial program offerings, your Vision Day planning, innovative resources such as Meetup.com, another successful Tech the Halls event, your beautiful new web site, and for fostering an overall sense of chapter pride." 2013 Chapter president: Muniza Arifin.
2013 — The Washington, DC – Baltimore (WDCB) Chapter received the annual MindTouch list of top influencers in techcomm. 2013 Chapter president: Muniza Arifin.
2012 — The Washington, DC – Baltimore (WDCB) Chapter received a Community of Distinction Award in May 2012 for the 2011 chapter year. The citation reads: "For your successful merger of the Washington DC and Baltimore chapters, your inaugural James Madison University event, and continuing a decades-long tradition of hosting an STC Summit Awards Technical Communications Competition." 2011 Chapter president: Charlotte Glenn.
2009 — The Washington, DC – Baltimore (WDCB) Chapter received a Community of Distinction Award in April 2009 for the 2008-2009 chapter year. The citation reads: "For your collaboration with related organizations, your unique membership promotion, your use of social networking to increase community visibility, and your extremely accessible website transformation." 2009 Chapter president: Marylyn King.
2008 — Four years in a row! The Washington, DC – Baltimore (WDCB) Chapter received a Community of Excellence Award in May 2008. The citation reads: "Community of Excellence presented to the Washington, DC – Baltimore (WDCB) Chapter for implementing successful online chapter webinars and continuing to refine the program." Chapter president: Kristen Sweet.
2007 — Three years in a row! The Washington, DC – Baltimore (WDCB) Chapter received a Community of Excellence Award at the 54th Annual Conference, May 2007. The citation reads: "Community of Excellence presented to the Washington, DC – Baltimore (WDCB) Chapter for excellence in member programs and communication with members, cosponsoring important events with other organizations, and taking advantage of your unique opportunity to interact with STC office staff." Chapter president: Kristen Sweet.
2006 — We did it again! In the chapters with over 600 members category, the Washington, DC – Baltimore (WDCB) Chapter received a Chapter Achievement Award of Excellence at the 53rd Annual Conference, May 2006. The citation reads: "For providing excellence in programs, achieving significant membership growth, and establishing effective communication between your community's leaders and members." Chapter president: Eddie Vanarsdall.
2004 — We did it again! In the chapters with over 600 members category, the Washington, DC – Baltimore (WDCB) Chapter received a Chapter Achievement Award of Excellence at the 51st Annual Conference, May 2004. Chapter president: Daree Woodard.
2003 — In the chapters with over 600 members category, the Washington, DC – Baltimore (WDCB) Chapter received a Chapter Achievement Award of Merit at the 50th Annual Conference, May 2003. The citation reads: "For exemplary and tireless leadership that not only provides excellent chapter service, but also serves as an inspiration to your members." Chapter president: Carolyn Kelley Klinger.
2002 — We did it again! In the chapters with over 600 members category, the Washington, DC – Baltimore (WDCB) Chapter received a Chapter Achievement Award of Excellence at the 49th Annual Conference, May 2002. The citation reads: "For visionary leadership, exemplary service to your members and your community, and for exceptionally generous support of STC, other organizations, and the technical communication profession at all levels from local to international." Chapter president: Carolyn Kelley Klinger.
2001 — In the chapters with over 600 members category, the Washington, DC – Baltimore (WDCB) Chapter received a Chapter Achievement Award of Excellence at the 48th Annual Conference, May 2001. The citation reads: "For using a combination of proven techniques, innovative ideas, and creative fundraising to effectively and appropriately respond not only to your own member's needs, but also to the needs of other chapters, the Society, and your community at large." Chapter president: Cynthia A. Lockley.
The chapter's grant requests for $1500 each to replenish our two memorial awards, were also awarded.
1988 — The chapter received a Chapter of Achievement Award for chapters with over 600 members. Chapter president: Annette Reilly.
Note: There were no levels of achievement (distinguished, excellence, or merit) at that time.
Chapter Pacesetter Awards
The Chapter Pacesetter Award recognizes chapters for outstandingly innovative and successful activities. Unlike the Chapter Achievement Award, which recognizes a chapter for exceptional strength across many activity types, the Chapter Pacesetter Award is designed to celebrate excellence in a specific activity or event.
2018 — "For organizing the Summit Dine Around, which brought small groups of conference attendees together in a casual setting to enjoy local cuisine and network with other Summit attendees." Chapter president: Greta Boller Buskirk
2013 — "For jointly planning and executing Tech the Halls! Holiday Party in coordination with local communication organizations to celebrate the DC area's status as a tech mecca while providing STC Washington, DC – Baltimore members with management experience, networking opportunities, and exposure to diverse groups of professional communicators" Chapter president: Muniza Arifin
2003 — "For developing an inclusive leadership education and planning model
that serves both STC chapters and other organizations alike." Chapter president: Carolyn Kelley Klinger.
1995 — "For hosting the 42nd Annual Conference." Chapter president: Charles Fisher.
STC Newsletter Competition Awards
Newsletters play an integral role in communicating news and information between STC chapters, communities, and SIGs and their members. These newsletters also help both members and nonmembers develop an interest in Society goals and activities at both the chapter and Society levels. The STC newsletter competition honors chapter and SIG newsletter producers who strive to achieve these goals and excel in newsletter publication.
Entries in the newsletter competition compete for five awards: Most Improved, Merit, Excellence, Distinguished, and Best of Show. Newsletters are classified according to community type (chapters, student communities, and SIGs) and size (based on membership as of July, the start of the fiscal year).
The final score for each newsletter is the sum of its scores measured against the award criteria specified in the Rules for the STC Newsletter Competition. Newsletters whose final score accounts for 94.5 percent or more of the total available points receive awards of Distinguished Technical Communication. Newsletters that score between 84.5 to 94.4 percent receive an award of Excellence, while those that score between 70 and 84.4 percent receive an award of Merit. To qualify for a most improved award, a newsletter must meet the minimum entry requirements and earn a final score greater than or equal to the lowest Merit award score earned in the previous year's competition (71).
By combining creativity, individuality, and dedication, the competition winners have distinguished themselves in service to their chapters and SIGs. These award-winning newsletters illustrate the importance of the skills and talents of hard-working, perceptive editors.
The editors, writers, and other contributors to these publications deserve much praise for their time, energy, and perseverance in publishing a quality product. Copies of our archived Capital Letter newsletters are available in PDF format.
- 2006 Excellence for chapters with membership counts above 600
- Bobbie Dofflemeyer—Managing Manager
- Carolyn Kelly Klinger—Newsletter Advisor
- Jennifer Reed—Production Manager—Member Voices Column Manager
- Jennifer Singleton—Rave Reviews Column Manager
- Jim Cammisa—Copy Editor
- John Curry—Copy Editor
- Tom Witherspoon—The Way We Work Column Manager
- E.C. Eklund, Sarah Gill, Cynthia Lockley, Leslie Reed, Patricia Srinath, Kristen Sweet, and Eddie VanArsdall—Contributers
- 2004 Excellence and Most Improved for chapters with membership counts above 600
- Kathy Bell, Managing Editor
- Bobbie Dofflemeyer, Production Manager
- Pam Daily, Contributor
- 2003 Merit
- Pam Daily, Managing Editor
- Joe Halleman, Production Editor
- 2002 Excellence
- Doreen Mannion, Managing Editor
- Lee Blue, Production Editor
- 2000 Merit
- Doreen Mannion, Managing Editor
- Lynn Gandy, Editor
- Lee Blue, Production Editor
- 1997 Achievement
- Tamye Lyles, Managing Editor
- Jon Russell, Editor
- Lee Blue, Production Editor
- 1986 Merit
- Michelle A. Didier, Managing Editor
- George West, Paula Hollingsworth, Judi Daidson Wolf, Thereasa Sanders, Assistant Editors
STC Public Relations Competition Awards
Publicity attracts technical communicators to the chapter. Publicity gets members involved and draws new members.
- 2002 Excellent
- "STC Public Relations Competition Award of Excellence in the category of Chapter Public Relations Program presented to the Washington, DC – Baltimore (WDCB) Chapter for a clear and consistent vision."
- Carolyn Kelley Klinger, Publicity Manager, and Cynthia Lockley
- 2000 Distinguished
- Specific Event or Service Publicity—"For an overall excellent campaign that combined a clear, focused plan with well-executed public relations and documented results."
- Norma Emery, Publicity Manager, and Mary Beth Hebert
- 1986 Outstanding Performance
- Suzanne Porter-Kuchay, Publicity Manager