A View From Number Two

Sarah Baca

By Sarah Baca
Vice President
Orlando Central Florida Chapter STC




Did you know that, according to Inc., the Internet publishing industry is expected to double in the next five years? The industry is expected to reach $72 billion in revenue before 2020.

If you are interested in taking advantage of this growing industry, join us for our May meeting. Jen Selix and Jen Juneau are speaking in a panel about this rapidly growing market. They will share tips for finding projects, creating successful layouts, and turning a profit.

We hope you can join us for this exciting panel.

Thursday, May 15th 6:30 p.m.
Perkins Restaurant & Bakery

6425 University Blvd.
Winter Park

For more info, please contact

If You Missed The Last Meeting…

Mary Burns

By Mary Burns
Orlando Central Florida Chapter STC




STC If you missed last meeting….

It’s the onset of hurricane season in Central Florida, and the ritual of laying in supplies that we hope we won’t need for a supersize rainy day. We didn’t get hit with an early hurricane, but on the day of the April meeting, Mark Kilby, our scheduled speaker, had to cancel.

Dan Voss saved us from the speaker equivalent of canned food and bottled water with his presentation “How to Write a Winning Proposal: ‘Near Misses’ Only Count in Horseshoes and Nuclear War.”

Wearing a coonskin cap, Dan walked us through the Wild Frontier of bidding, planning, developing, and producing a proposal. The presentation itself illustrated many of its points, including:

  • Don’t focus on your product; focus on your customer. Non-proposal-writing technical communicators’ needs were addressed by discussion of the many different “flavors” of proposal that TCs may need to work on, such as SOWs, job applications, and ideas to sell to the boss.
  • Don’t just start writing; plan, write, and edit your proposal. In an organized fashion, Dan covered such nuts-and-bolts components as outlines, storyboards, thematic heads, thesis statements, cherry boxes, and action titles.
  • Don’t forget to have fun! Besides the suggestions for adding fun, the presentation’s humorous touches were enjoyable. My favorite aphorism was “Feed the elephants (involve major stakeholders) early, or they will attack at the eleventh hour!”


Member News

One of our members, Candace Du Lac, Pellegrin Scholarship winner 2013, STC Distinguished Service Award for Students recipient 2014, has taken a position as a religious missionary with the Southern Baptist Convention.  She has already started her training to prepare for the 22 month long mission in Veracruz, Mexico.

Candace gave a summary of her experiences that lead up to this moment.

“I graduated from UCF with a double major in English and Spanish and looked forward to being able to use the Spanish I had learned for short term missions.  When I learned of a two-year paid program with the Southern Baptist Convention, I applied and was accepted.

I am now in Virginia where I am training and preparing mentally, physically, and spiritually for moving to a rural village in the state of Veracruz, Mexico on June 19.  In Mexico, my teammate Ellen and I will be building relationships with the people there, learning the indigenous language (Nahuatl), and translating Bible stories into their language.”

Congratulations to Candace with her success and on behalf of the Orlando chapter STC, I would like to wish her a safe and exciting journey.


R.D. Sharninghouse
Editor, Memo 2 Members Newsletter