• Proof Sheet STC Rochester Chapter

June – August, 2019 Volume 60 Numbers 10-12

Next Meeting

Date and time: September, 2019 Time to be announced
Program: 2019-2020 Kickoff
Location: To be announced
Details: To be announced
Register: Link to be announced

President’s Prose

by Kelly Schrank, President

Happy Spring! Those of us who attended Summit in May have recovered and I have been busily recruiting for Council. Elections are upon us for the chapter, so please vote! The incoming and outgoing Council members will be getting together at the Crossover meeting on June 13, which is always a nice time to share experiences and best practices and motivate the whole Council.

We still need volunteers for Spectrum and on Council if you are interested. The Spectrum co-chairs will need lots of volunteers, and we could really use someone in the PR and Marketing Manager position (or a small group or committee to handle the responsibilities). So please let me know if you want to get involved. In case you missed the news, Spectrum 2020 will be on March 22-24, 2020.

Speaking of news, while at Summit, in addition to the receiving the Platinum Award and the Pacesetter Award, we also received Community of the Year! There are many Platinum Award-winning chapters in contention for the Community of the Year award, so this is a great honor.

Summer is typically a slow time for the chapter, so we can get out and enjoy the weather, but we’ll get back in action in the fall. Enjoy your summer!

Redact Room

by Ann L. Wiley, editor

Members have received a link to the ballot to vote in chapter elections. Please be sure to vote. Our focus now is on recruiting volunteers and transition between this year’s and next year’s officers. Watch this page, blog posts, and Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn for news over the summer. Messages will go out with any special news or announcements. As always, feature articles and other contributions to the newsletter are welcome. Contact the editor

Meeting Report

Date and time: May 21, 2019, 6:00 to 8:00 PM
Program: “RoboCop” and “HLMT” Redux? Don’t Repeat the Mistakes of the Past, Neil Perlin
Location: Party Room at Otto Tomotto’s, Victor, NY with remote attendance option
Details: Dinner was followed by a remote presentation focusing on avoiding mistakes as information 4.0 revolutionizes technical communication, just as online help and the web did. Those attending explored mistakes we made with online help and the web to see what lessons we can learn for the future. They looked at mistakes in areas like justification to management, misunderstandings in terminology and technology, and others, illustrated with real examples (unfortunately) like “RoboCop” and “HLMT”. Finally the group looked at how these mistakes might recur under Information 4.0 and how to avoid them. The goal? Don’t repeat past mistakes while moving into the future.

Council Notes

The Council meets online each month on the second Wednesday at 7:00 PM to review committee reports and identify action items and who will be responsible. Reports are reflected in the Chapter Chronicle.

Date and time of the next Council meeting: June cross over meeting
Contact: Chapter president Kelly Schrank

Chapter Chronicle


The Rochester chapter has 78 members, with 53 members renewed for 2019 and one new member since January 1. Renew today and enjoy member rates on programs and the Summit.


The 2018-19 Heritage Award in Honor of Edline Chun cycle is complete. Carmel Prior-Garlock and Kelly Schrank represented the chapter at the Gates/Chili School District Careers in Demand Days on May 17.


If you would like to be a mentor or to have a mentor, contact mentoring manager Bobbi Werner.


Employment manager Laurie Fiaretti sends notices of job opportunities to the chapter employment mail distribution. Chapter members may request to be added to the distribution. Opportunities include job openings received from employers and recruiters, and job openings Laurie has found on job boards using key words including technical writer, technical editor, documentation specialist, and editor, as well as a broad range of roles in technical communication such as project manager. Laurie also posts job openings on the chapter website.


Webmaster Sarah Rowe and web team member Ann Wiley continue working on improvements to the site. This is a large site with a lot of older material that is not needed online, but is being archived. As this work proceeds, there may be some missing images or broken links. If you find something missing, please notify Ann, the newsletter editor.


Be sure to enter the 2020 competition when the call for entries comes out this fall, and consider volunteering as a judge too. Please contact Bobbi Werner with any questions. Bobbi is the Rochester Chapter representative and Awards Manager for the competition.

Spectrum 2020

The 60th annual chapter conference, Spectrum 2019, was held March 24 to March 26, 2019. The 2020 conference will be held March 22 to 24, 2020. If you would like to volunteer, contact

Community Achievement Award and Pacesetter Award

The Rochester Chapter has won the Platinum Community Achievement Award and a Pacesetter Award. The Community Achievement Award application documented all of the chapter’s work in the year 2018. The Rochester Chapter has also been named 2019 Community of the Year. The 2019 applications are being prepared.

Visit the STC Notebook blog for information about all the winners of the CAA and Pacesetter awards.


Members have received a link to the ballot to vote in chapter elections. Results will be announced after the election closes on June 7.

Educational Opportunities

Visit the STC website to see all of the Society’s current educational offerings. STC offers a webinar each Wednesday from 2:00 to 3:00 PM ET. Recorded webinars are available for purchase through STC by members and by non-members (at a higher price).

Society News

Join or renew via the STC website.

Visit STC’s Notebook for the latest STC news.

Resource Reviews

Reviews of resources are published periodically.

Feature Articles

The chapter invites original articles for the blog on this website. The newsletter links to these features and they are archived with each issue. Contact the editor. The September, 2018 feature article by Jack Molisani reveals a number of resume secrets and tells how to prepare a resume that shows you match what the reader is looking for.

STC and Rochester Chapter Links

Companies Represented in the Rochester Chapter

Alstom Signaling, Inc., American Medical Association, Ann L. Wiley Consultants Inc., Autodesk, Azteca Systems, Inc., Bosch Security Systems, Inc., Emhart Glass, Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield, Harris Corporation, Jorsek LLC, Lenel Systems Inc., Mehr Essential Knowledge, Melissa D Hellman, writer and editor, Nokia, Procedure Creations, Quality Vision International, Rochester Institute of Technology, Shenouda Associates, Inc, SUNY Buffalo State, Technical Information Solutions, Texas Tech University, The Raymond Corporation, Ver-Mac Inc., Welch Allyn, Inc., Wingz Creative & Technical Group

Newsletter Exchange

Northeast Ohio Lines and Letters

North Texas Lone Star Chapter Lowdown

Philadelphia Metro News and Views

Phoenix Chapter

Proof Sheet Archive

The Rochester Chapter is fortunate to have a PDF of every issue of the Proof Sheet. There are links to all of these issues in the archive. The news archive since 2010 is also available.

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