A View From Number Two

Mary Burns

Mary Burns

By: Mary Burns
Vice President
Orlando Central Florida Chapter, STC
vicepresident@stc-orlando.org

Happy June! It’s time again for our end-of-year banquet. I love this chapter tradition. The camaraderie flows as we raise a fork and a glass, share news and jokes, applaud chapter and member accomplishments, and await the unveiling of this year’s active member shirt!
I wear my shirt to work twice a month—for the administrative council and chapter meetings—and my boss usually comments, “Oh, you’re going to a meeting tonight.” Then he often asks what we’ve been doing. The shirt is visible affirmation that I’m using the investment my company has made in my membership.

The dividends continue to roll in. Just this week, I went back to the Intercom article “Editing Modular Documentation: Some Best Practices” by Michelle Corbin and Yoel Strimling to reinforce my commitment to clearly defined topic types for a new documentation project.
I end this chapter year with mixed feelings. I’ve enjoyed serving as Vice President and am grateful for mentoring by seasoned leaders, but for personal reasons, I am not running for office for next year. However, I plan to continue serving the chapter and doing what I can to keep making it the valuable resource that it is.

I hope you will join us at the banquet. We’ve got a great venue and menu lined up. What better way to start the summer professionally?

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