President’s Prose March 2021

Lori Meyerby Lori Meyer

A new year is well under way, and STC Rochester continues to be an active community in a time of great challenge.

A hopeful turn of fortune in the fight against Covid-19

There has been virtually no individual, group, or organization that has not been touched by the ravages of Covid-19. For many of us in STC, the virus hit home for loved ones and friends who fell ill or who lost their lives. Many jobs have been lost as well. STC communities have made the difficult adjustment to all-virtual programs. Despite these challenges, STC Rochester been able to continue offering excellent programs, thanks to our top-notch leadership team.

Fortunately, vaccines to combat the virus are becoming more widely available, providing greater hope that we’re finally on our way to victory over this pandemic. We’ll be doing virtual programming for a while longer, but we’re looking forward to the day when we can meet in person once more.

My prayers are with all who have been infected or who have lost loved ones to Covid-19.

Join us for Spectrum 2021, April 17 – 19, 2021

STC Rochester will hold the 62nd year of its popular annual conference, Spectrum, on April 17 – 19. The conference will again be all virtual, and there is a great lineup of presentations by respected experts in our profession from many areas. The conference will kick off with workshops on Saturday the 17th, and will continue with a leadership program on Sunday the 18th, followed by the main conference program on Monday the 19th. Visit the Spectrum Conference pages to find out more about the speakers and program.

To register for Spectrum 2021, go to Eventbrite and complete the registration form. We look forward to seeing you online at Spectrum 2021!

Can you still renew your STC and chapter membership for 2021? YES!

If you didn’t renew your STC and Rochester Chapter membership for 2021, you might be wondering if it’s too late to renew. No, it’s NOT too late! You can renew your membership today with no reinstatement fee. Go to the Membership page on the STC website and click the Renew Your STC Membership link. Log in with your current STC credentials (they’re still valid), and complete the enrollment form. Be sure to check off Rochester as your community, so you’ll be included in the chapter database. Your active member status should be restored within 48 hours after you submit your renewal form and payment. We’ll be looking forward to having you back as a member!

If you have any questions about your membership, email our membership manager, Christine Christensen (,) or me (

STC general elections starting soon – be sure to vote

STC members who renewed on or before January 31, 2021 will be eligible to vote in the STC general election that starts March 1, 2021. This is your chance to help select YOUR Society leaders for the coming year. Election information and a ballot will be coming to you by email, and candidate information will be posted on the STC web site.

Chapter leadership opportunities for the coming program year

This program year has zipped by, and before we know it, STC Rochester will be electing and appointing a new leadership team for 2021-2022. Several elected and appointed leadership positions are available, and one might be just the right fit for you! Take a few moments to visit our Leadership Opportunities page and find out about the positions available. We’ll be holding elections in May, and installing our new leaders in June. Feel free to email me ( if you’d like to find out more about how you can be involved in chapter leadership!

Lori Meyer
President, STC Rochester