From the Editor’s Desk


Nick Ducharme

Technical Communicators of Florida and Beyond,

Welcome to the ’17/’18 chapter year! Ours is a never-ending story, but I can’t help calling this year a climactic sequence in our chapter’s legacy. Virtually everything we do from now through May will be geared toward one overarching goal:

A successfully-hosted 2018 STC Summit in Orlando!

Speaking of our chapter’s legacy, this month’s chapter meeting will be presented by one of our returning favorites: content strategy guru Jack Molisani! His topic this time is What I Learned from Facebook for Business, and there is some recommended media to watch beforehand.

Please join us this Thursday, August 24th, either online or at UCF’s University Boulevard IHOP. Click here to RSVP.


I also have an exciting announcement about the future of this newsletter, but…that can wait ’till next time. Gotta keep you coming back, after all. ;)

Many thanks,

Nick Ducharme
Manager, Communications Committee

Facebook for Business




The President’s Corner

Alex Garcia

Alex Garcia

By: Alex Garcia
(Orlando Central) Florida Chapter, STC

Hi everyone, and welcome to your STC Orlando Central Florida Chapter’s marquee year. That’s right! All eyes are on Orlando, Florida from now until May 2018, when we host the 2018 STC Summit.

In July, your administrative council, made up of committee leaders and elected officers, met at the UCF Technical Communication Lab at Colbourn Hall. We would like to thank Dr. JD Applen and the Future Technical Communicators Club at UCF for graciously hosting us. We had a really productive day planning the most important year in Chapter history.

As we get ready to host the summit, I’ve appointed responsibilities to the following chapter leaders:

  • RD Sharninghouse and Karen Lane will co-chair the STC Summit Committee. This umbrella organization will oversee everything Summit related, from event planning, to promotion, and volunteer coordination. If you would like to be involved, please contact Karen at
  • Nick Ducharme, your Memo to Members editor, will oversee the editorial process for a series of six articles scheduled to be published in STC’s Intercom magazine from November 2017 through April 2018. Nick’s editorial ability and drive is very much welcome.
  • Debra Johnson will represent your Chapter on STC’s 65th Anniversary Task Force. There are many events planned to celebrate this momentous occasion, all ending with a party in Orlando around the time of the Summit. Thank you to Debra for taking on this international-level role.
  • Karen Lane, Jon Kessler, Bethany Aguad, and Emily Wells are currently undertaking a soup to nuts redesign of, so that the Chapter can put forth its best digital foot. More details on the launch as we get ready to go-live.

As you can see, we’ve been hard at work all summer to make the Summit a success. However, the work continues all the way through May 2018. We invite you to get involved and give back to your profession!




If You Missed June’s Meeting

Crystal Brezina

By: Crystal Brezina
Orlando Central Florida Chapter, STC

On Thursday, June 15, the STC Orlando Central Florida Chapter celebrated at Liam Fitzpatrick’s Irish Pub for their end-of-the-year banquet.

STC members came together to network with peers, acknowledge each other’s work in the chapter, and cast their ballots for the coming year’s officers. Awards were given for this year’s most active members and their contributions to the chapter.

One of the awards given to members each year is the STC active member shirt. Members receive these shirts by contributing their efforts to the chapter to earn a predetermined amount of points. Each year, the color of the shirt is revealed the night of the banquet, proceeded by oohs and ahs of all who attend. This year, the active member shirts were blue, the color linked to consciousness and intellect.

Members who have served the chapter in addition receive awards to show the chapter’s appreciation. President Alex Garcia presented several awards to members of all experience levels to show the diverse group of professionals committed to technical communication.

Combining the June banquet with the chapter election, Orlando Central Florida Chapter members voted in a landslide election for Alex Garcia as President, David Coe as Vice President, Bethany Aguad as Treasurer, and David Coverston and Karen Lane as Directors. The chapter also welcomed Crystal Brezina as our new Secretary for the 2017-2018 year.