April was National Volunteer Month, and, as it happens, when our chapter hosted InterChange, our regional conference. InterChange took a lot of volunteer work to pull off, and I have been thinking of late about STC volunteers. Like many of you, I volunteer time and professional services to STC, at both the chapter and Society levels. STC isContinue reading “What is the Value of a Volunteer?”
[Revised 12/2/2009–sfj] I spent last Friday and Saturday at the STC Board meeting. This year the board has been meeting virtually at least twice a month and sometimes even more frequently, but this November meeting was the only face-to-face meeting the Board has had since the May conference.
“My other piece of advice, Copperfield,” said Mr. Micawber, “you know. Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure nineteen nineteen and six, result happiness. Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure twenty pounds ought and six, result misery.” –-Charles Dickens, David Copperfield As a writer, most of my professional acquaintances are with word people, and by ourContinue reading “Accounting for Tech Writers”
STC has adopted a new, pay-as-you-go business model, about which I’ll write more later. STC needs to run at break-even from year to year (or a little better, so we can invest in the future). This has triggered discussion about chapter business models. Should chapters try to run at break-even?
Q: How will chapters operate if we no longer have funds to rely on in the future? A: You are keeping 15 months of revenue, so we’re leaving you in better shape than the Society itself! But anyway, we are committed to ensuring that the chapters do have funds for the future: We plan toContinue reading “Another FAQ on STC’s Financial Situation”
STC is using surplus chapter funds to make up for 2009 losses. Here’s a question that’s come up several times: Q: Next year there will be no more chapter funds to draw upon. What is your plan going forward (2010) to ensure that this kind of financial crisis doesn’t happen again? A: The economic meltdownContinue reading “FAQ on STC’s financial problems”