Prez Says 

Steve Jong, October 2018

September was the start of the Chapter year, and we've kicked off a lot of activities that I want to tell you about.

Immediate Past President Paul Duarte and his team are making final preparations for the InterChange regional conference Friday and Saturday, October 26–27, at the UMass Lowell Inn and Conference Center. There are excellent presenters coming (disclaimer: I'm one of them), and for a very reasonable price you can attend talks that have been or will be presented at the Summit, as well as content unique to InterChange. If you're planning to attend, don't wait any longer, because 19 October is the last day to register.

September's program in Boston was excellent and very well attended, thanks to our host, Sonos; our presenters, Deb Sauer and Sam Park; and Vice President Jen Bergus-Sesay, who pulled everything together. On November 7, Karen Giventer will present on job searching strategies. This is an evergreen topic whether you need a job or already have one. (Hey, you never know.) We are also planning additional programs, social events, and workshops for later in the year.

We have completed a cleanup of our contacts list, partly to comply with privacy laws and partly to reduce our vendor costs. If you're a current Chapter member nothing has changed. If you're visiting our site and would like to be included on our mailing list for Chapter announcements and events, please use our opt-in form.

We have been paying an annual fee to have the News website, but our recent member survey said that relatively few of you visited it. We've decided we can use the money better elsewhere, so we've taken the site offline in preparation for the general website move to STC.org. For now, articles like this one will appear on our main website. After the transfer, we will set up a new site dedicated to Chapter news.

As I mentioned last time, STC's annual membership drive is in full swing. From now until the end of the year, you can renew your Professional and Academic membership for $199, a significant savings over the regular rate. Go to STC.org to renew. Don't forget to add STC New England to your community package; contact erin.gallalee@stc.org if you need help.

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