From The Editor’s Desk

Hello everyone!  I hope you enjoy this issue of Memo 2 Members.  This will be the last issue until next year!

Please remember that the new year is upon us and good deals on membership renewal are ending this week.  Be sure to check out the article by David Coverston on renewing your membership.

Also, this Thursday December 12th, is the STC Orlando Central Florida Reunion at the Orlando/Lake Mary Marriott.  Find more information in the article “A View from Number Two,” by Sarah Baca.

Here are some Live Web Seminars for this month and January 2014:


Judith Shenouda

Wedneday, 11 December | 1:00–2:00 PM EST (GMT-5)

When the Great Recession hit several years ago, the presenter had the gift of time to think about ways to transition from a schedule filled with writing and editing publications, managing projects, and keeping a business humming along to a calendar that also included speaking gigs. To help make this transition, she mapped out a process that became a book and continues to fuel new ideas. From this reservoir, she identified 12 steps you can follow—one step each month—to transition from where you are to where you want to be. Get ready now to make this year your year!


Rhyne Armstrong

Thursday, 12 December | 4:00–5:00 PM EST (GMT-5)

Taking the wrong road can be dangerous. If you go too far without making sure you are in the right direction, you might end up somewhere that can be harmful to your organization, your team, or even to yourself. You know where you want to go and where you are supposed to go, but how can you be sure you are taking the road that is the best possible choice? What if different participants need to take different roads?


Cory Lebson

Friday, 17 January | 1:00–2:00 PM EST (GMT-5)
Rescheduled from 3 December

In this webinar, user research expert Cory Lebson will introduce attendees to a number of tools and techniques for conducting qualitative user research to assess Web content.In this webinar, user research expert Cory Lebson will introduce attendees to a number of tools and techniques for conducting qualitative user research to improve your Web content. Find out when and why you should conduct focus groups to assess a Web strategy. Learn how you can better understand your users with ethnographic research or interviews and test your assumptions with a usability study. Assess the organization of content with a card sort. And consider the best ways to get stakeholder buy-in for your research initiatives.

I wish everyone a Happy Holiday!  Be safe, have fun, and I will see you next year!

R.D. Sharninghouse
Editor, Memo 2 Members Newsletter

A View From Number Two

Sarah Baca

By Sarah Baca
Vice President
Orlando Central Florida Chapter STC




For the third year in a row, the STC Orlando Central Florida Reunion is at the Orlando Lake Mary Marriott. We hope you can join us for our annual holiday banquet and reunion!

The reception is Thursday December 12th, from 6:30 – 7:00 in Cobalt’s Lounge, outside the Bistro 1501 Alcove. Guests can order cocktails with individual checks. Dinner will then be served at 7:00 pm inside Bistro 1501 Alcove.



Choice of Salad
Bistro Salad
Mixed Greens, Tomatoes, Cucumbers, Croutons with Citrus Vinaigrette
Caesar Salad
Hearts of Romaine with Asiago Cheese, Herbed Croutons with Caesar Dressing

Choice of Entrée
Herb Roasted Turkey Breast
with Pan Gravy*
Herb Seared Chicken Breast
with Tarragon and Chardonnay Cream Sauce*
Seared Medallions of Filet Mignon
with Goat Cheese and Balsamic Syrup*
 Pasta Primavera
*Served with Garlic Mashed Potatoes and Fresh Seasonal Vegetables

Chef’s selection of Holiday Dessert

Choice of Beverage
Coffee, Decaffeinated Coffee, Select Hot Teas, and Iced Tea

$30 per person, inclusive
These above menu pricing is inclusive of FL tax (currently at 6%), and a taxable service charge of 18%. All food and beverage served in the Hotel must be purchased from the Hotel.

Please RSVP at so we have a proper head count. For more information, e-mail

If You Missed The Last Meeting…

Mary Burns

By Mary Burns
Orlando Central Florida Chapter STC




If you missed the last meeting…

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Gratitude is a powerful emotion. It benefits the body as well as the spirit, according to a pamphlet sent by my medical insurance company praising the healthful effects of being thankful.

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One more reason that the chapter’s “Give Thanks” dinner is such a great tradition. This year’s event was held November 19 in the Trophy Room at Culpepper’s Restaurant. Thirty-three members and guests attended, including many University of Central Florida students and alumni.

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President Debra Johnson gave a short talk on Thanksgiving, noting that although its origins are “poorly documented” (laughter), clearly this year’s holiday is witness to many good things that 2013 has brought us—personally, professionally, and organizationally.

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It was an evening of good food and spirited conversation, with best wishes for the holiday rounding out another successful observance of this chapter custom.

Membership Renewal

David Coverston

David Coverston
Orlando Central Florida STC
Membership Manager


Important membership renewal information!

The early renewal discount ends December 12th. You can save $30 by renewing early! Here some important information you will need: Use the promo code STC2014

This discount code was sent out in an email, but quite honestly, I found it easy to overlook. So here it is again: Use the promo code STC2014

Note that the Member Get  a Member promo ends on December 13th.  Based on the number of members you recruit, you’ll be entered to win a prize. Enter your name in the “Referred by” field on the new member’s application to receive credit. More details at

If you work with a group of writers, you may want to consider the Corporate Value Program. This program offers discounted Classic memberships for company employees, and memberships are transferable to new employees if someone leaves your company. See for more details or contact Stacey at with your questions.

Join or renew now at

The Mentoring Program

92 M&M Pairings Since 2003
Mentoring Program Enters 11th Year
With Halloween-Themed Kick-Off

By Terra Jarvis, Contributing Editor

Pumpkin for Terra's article

The internationally recognized student mentoring program that pairs professionals in the Orlando-Central Florida STC chapter with undergraduate, graduate, and recently graduated technical communication students at the University of Central Florida and other schools launched its 11th year October 29 with a colorful pumpkin-carving kickoff meeting.

For details on the kickoff meeting, this year’s pairings, and the history of the program, hit this link to an in-depth photo-feature by one of this year’s mentees.

By Terra Jarvis
Contributing Editor