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Writing the Next Chapter — 2 Comments

  1. One of the things that I think the Atlanta STC Chapter is doing successfully is providing meetings and other events with a wide variety of subject matter and types of presentations. They break up the educational meetings with a couple of purely social ones each year. Last year they had a Saturday Jobs workshop.

    In a large chapter with a diverse membership, all the topics will not appeal to everyone, but diverse offerings bring in different mixes of members who are interested in specific topics. Old-timers don’t want “the same old thing” every month, but newcomers are turned off if everything is over their heads. Get a good Program Chairman and give that person all the support that you can to plan an exciting, educational, and diverse schedule.

  2. Techquestioner,
    We’re working to add variety in both formats and content, but are also working to publicize the events better among sister organizations and networking groups. We began integrating purely social events a couple of years ago, in part to maintain contact during our really cold and gray months.

    One factor I omitted in the post was that we were unable to fill the Program Chair position through chapter elections and are relying on council members to fill the gap.

    I didn’t want to give the impression that we’re finding this to be an insurmountable obstacle. It’s not, although it does lead to some interesting debates.

    All of the STC Communities are facing challenges this year.