• Proof Sheet STC Rochester Chapter

April, May, June 2020 Volume 61 Numbers 8, 9, 10

Next Meeting

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President’s Prose

by Kelly Schrank, President

The chapter recruited new Council members and election results will be announced on or before June 15. Learn about the opportunities in Kelly’s April message and consider volunteering to work with any of the Council members.

Redact Room

by Ann L. Wiley, editor

The chapter’s attention is focused on the transition from the 2019-2020 Council to the new officers and managers. Work resumes this summer on Spectrum 2020, which takes place September 19 to 21. The Rochester Chapter invites you to join STC and the chapter, and to volunteer. Experience the rewards of working with the chapter’s dedicated team. We always welcome more volunteers to help. We have a new feature article providing tips for effective online meetings that help with in-person meetings too. As always, feature articles and other contributions to the newsletter are welcome. Contact the editor.

Meeting Report

See the January, February, and March issue for the February meeting report. The March meeting, Spectrum 2020, was postponed until September 19-21 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. There was no April meeting due to the pandemic. On May 12 the chapter held a virtual meeting, Job Search during COVID-19: What you need to do ASAP! with Hannah Morgan. The program was free and there were more than 30 attendees.

Council Notes

The Council meets online on the first Tuesday of most months at 7:00 PM to review committee reports and identify action items and who will be responsible. The Council last met on May 5, 2020.

Thank you to the members of the 2019-2020 Council:

  • President, Kelly Schrank
  • Immediate Past President, Bobbi Werner
  • Co-VP and Conference Chair, Ann L. Wiley, Kim Chmielewicz
  • Secretary, Christine Christensen
  • Treasurer, Richard Poydock
  • Program Manager, Marilyn Woelk
  • Membership Manager, Lori Meyer
  • Education Manager, Carmel Piore-Garlock
  • Member at Large, Johanne Lavallee, Allison de Rose
  • Competition, Bobbi Werner
  • Employment, Laurie Fiaretti
  • Mentoring, Bobbi Werner
  • Website Manager, Sarah Rowe
  • Newsletter Editor, Historian, Community Achievement Award Champion Ann L. Wiley

Date and time of the next Council meeting: Crossover meeting, June 23.
Contact: Chapter president Kelly Schrank

Chapter Chronicle


As of June 8, the chapter had 51 members, with another 20 members not renewed for 2020. The Rochester Chapter values your membership–every member matters. If you haven’t yet renewed, please renew now and enjoy another year of membership benefits.

Through August 31, 2020, STC is reducing its dues by 30% for all membership levels. No promotion code is needed; when you complete the application process, the discount will be applied automatically.

STC offers membership categories for current practitioners, students, and retirees. All categories offer valuable benefits such as access to the STC job bank, discounts on the Certified Professional Technical Communicator exam, webinars, the annual conference, and online courses, and access to digital STC publications. In addition, you can join one or more STC chapters and Special Interest Groups (SIGs) for a nominal charge. Gold membership now includes access to the STC Roundtable events and web content each month, as well as the archive for past months.

Find out more about membership options and pricing and join on the STC website. You can complete the membership application online, or download a PDF of the application. When you complete the application, be sure to select Rochester as a chapter, and be a part of this vibrant professional community!

Rochester Chapter past president Wendy Ross is leading a new advisory panel to the STC Board on diversity, equity, and inclusion.


The Heritage Award college scholarship will be offered again for 2020-2021.. For more news of interest to students, see Educational Opportunities and Society News.


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


Chapter members may request to receive chapter employment emails with notices of job opportunities. These include job openings received from employers and recruiters, and job openings that employment manager Laurie Fiaretti has found on job boards. Laurie uses keywords for a broad range of technical communication roles including technical writer, technical editor, documentation specialist, editor, and project manager. Laurie also posts job openings on the chapter website.

Website and social media

The site is updated and backed up and a new design for the site is being developed. Website Manager Sarah Rowe will be asking for feedback from non-Council members in the next stage of design.


This year the STC Alliance Competition includes the Washington DC-Baltimore, Atlanta, New England, New York, Philadelphia, South-Central Texas (formerly Houston), and Rochester chapters.

The competition received a total of 61 entries in early December. There were 49 judges in 16 teams, with 4 additional judges to fill in when needed. All of the judging teams were composed of multi-chapter judges working remotely.

Entries came from the US, Italy and Canada. One of the team leaders is based in Saudi Arabia. The competition resulted in awards for 41 of the 61 entries, 67%. Awardees received the newly branded badges designed by the team of Laurie Fiaretti, Julie Wing and Bobbi Werner of Hillrom, Inc.

There were six entries from the Rochester and CNY chapters, and four won awards of Merit:

  • Bucher Emhart Glass. FleXinspect T Site Preparation & Installation Manual.
  • Bucher Emhart Glass. FleXinspect BC with SCOUT Technology Job Change & Inspection Setup Manual.
  • Hillrom Inc. Welch Allyn Universal Mobile Stand Assembly Instructions.
  • Hillrom, Inc. Spot Vision Screener Quick Reference.

Four people from the Rochester and CNY chapters served as judges: Allison DeRose, Donna Cuyle, Howard Speck, and Laurie Fiaretti. One also served as a team lead, and one filled in when special help was needed to complete the judging.

Please contact Bobbi Werner with any questions. Bobbi is the Rochester Chapter representative and Awards Manager for the competition.

Spectrum 2020

The 61st annual chapter conference, Spectrum 2020, The Expanding Spectrum of Technical Communication, will be held September 19 to 21, 2020, virtually and at RIT, public health measures permitting. The keynote speaker is Kirk St. Amant. Visit the program page for more information. If you would like to volunteer, contact

Community Achievement Award and Pacesetter Award

The Rochester Chapter has won a Platinum 2020 Community Achievement Award and a 2020 Pacesetter Award. The Chapter was also named Community of the Year.

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.

The STC Summit, held in May, was a virtual event for the first time. It was an excellent educational and networking experience.The archive is available until August and you can purchase access.

STC has released a statement on racism and inequality. Rochester Chapter Senior Member and Past President Wendy Barnhart Ross has provided a report about the statement.

Visit STC’s Notebook for the latest STC news.

Rochester Chapter at the Summit

STC held its first virtual Summit this year, staging the event online due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Rochester Chapter members Ben Woelk, Christine Chrisensen, and Amanda Patterson weer presenters. Kelly Schrank was a host of the Monday and Tuesday morning networking lounges. Richard Poydock and Ann Wiley attended the Summit. Marilyn Woelk joined for several social events, including the President’s Reception on May 16. Carmel Priore Garlock attended the honors event and was recognized as a new Associate Fellow.

Leadership Day was held separately on May 27. The event was free and at least 100 people attended including Ben Woelk, Kelly Schrank, and Ann Wiley.

Ben Woelk completed his service as STC President at the annual meeting, which was held separately on June 3. Rochester Chapter members attending the annual meeting were Kelly Schrank, Ann Wiley, Wendy Ross, Christine Chrisensen, Lori Meyer, and Sarah Rowe.

Chapter Election

The Rochester Chapter election for 2020-2021 officers and council members was open from June 6 to June 13. Chapter members received a link to vote. Thank you to Immediate Past President Bobbi Werner for assembling the slate, posting the ballot, and notifying members of the result. The 2020-2021 Rochester Chapter elected Council members are:

  • Lori Meyer, President
  • Kelly Schrank, Immediate Past President
  • Ann L. Wiley, Vice President and Spectrum Manager
  • Johanne Lavallee, Secretary
  • Richard Poydock, Treasurer
  • Donna Tunguz-Zawislak, Program Manager
  • Roberta (Bobbi) Werner, Program Manager
  • Christine Christensen, Membership Manager
  • Carmel Priore-Garlock, Education Manager
  • Marilyn Woelk, Member at Large

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 June, 2020 feature by Nancy Larbi provides tips for effective online meetings that help with in-person meetings too. The September, 2019 feature by Wendy Ross discusses diversity, equity, and inclusion in technical communication. Wendy is a senior member ans past president of the Rochester Chapter, and now leads an advisory panel to the STC Board on diversity, equity, and inclusion.

STC and Rochester Chapter Links

Companies Represented in the Rochester Chapter

Alstom Signaling, Inc., Ann L. Wiley Consultants Inc., Azteca Systems, Inc., Bosch Security Systems. Inc., Excellus BCBS, Jorsek LLC, Lenel Systems Inc., Microflex 2001 LLC, Melissa D Hellman, writer and editor, Mikun Documentation Solutions Inc., REDCOM Labratories, Inc., Rochester Institute of Technology, SUNY Buffalo State, SUNY Research Foundation, Technical Information Solutions, The Raymond Corporation, Ver-Mac Inc., Welch Allyn, Wingz Creative & Technical Group, Xerox

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