STC Rochester: 2013 STC Community of the Year!


Well, maybe not the BEST ever, but it certainly was noteworthy for STC Rochester. The Society for Technical Communication recognized us earlier this year as one of four Communities of Distinction. (We achieved Community of Distinction through our participation in the Community Achievement Awards (CAA) program.) In 2011 and 2012 we were recognized as a Community of Excellence and won Pacesetter Awards for our innovative activities. At Summit 2013, we were recognized as the Community of the Year!

Although we knew earlier this spring that we had been recognized as a Community of Distinction, the Community of the Year and Most Improved Community awards are held in secret until announced at the Honors Banquet at the Summit. The other communities in the running for Community of the Year were Northeast Ohio, Houston, and Orlando. (There are around 100 STC communities around the world.)

The Community of the Year announcement

The Community of the Year announcement. Photo courtesy of R.J. Lippincott.

Community of the Year is awarded to the chapter with the highest score in the Community Achievement Awards program. The application for the award is quite extensive and is primarily focused on how communities are serving their members and advancing the profession of technical communications. The award recognizes activities during the 2012 calendar year, so for Rochester, it includes the work of the 2011-12 and 2012-13 administrative councils.

STC Rochester had a strong contingent of attendees at the Honors Banquet, including Immediate Past President Marilyn Woelk, Education Manager Ben Woelk, John Lukes, Bobbi Werner, Vice President and Spectrum Co-Chair Lori Meyer, Chyna Trible, Andy Malcolm, and Phylise Banner.

STC Rochester receiving Community of the Year award

The happy Rochester contingent receives the Community of the Year award. Photo courtesy of R.J. Lippincott.

It’s exciting for STC Rochester to be recognized for the service that we provide to our members, the profession, and to the Society! We have a hardworking council that is dedicated to providing outstanding opportunities for our members to grow.  A special thanks to Marilyn Woelk and Steph Fuchs for leading the Rochester chapter so adeptly in calendar year 2012!

Join us this fall as we kick off a new season of programming, participate in chapter activities, and join us April 13-15, 2013 at RIT for our annual Spectrum conference. Watch for the Call for Proposals this fall.

For more pictures from the 2013 Summit, visit the STC Rochester Facebook page or view R. J. Lippincott’s Summit 2013 photostream.


Community of the Year Award Certificate