By: Alex Garcia
(Orlando Central) Florida Chapter, STC
Hello everyone and welcome to the combined Fall edition of President’s Corner. Personal and professional deadlines precluded me from submitting an article in October, but here we are. November is shaping up to be a most interesting month in the Garcia household: we are moving to the itty-bitty southeast Orange County city of Belle Isle, FL. This municipality surrounds the Conway Chain of Lakes, and features 10 public parks within its 5 square mile radius. Soon enough, I’ll be decorating my new home for Christmas.
Speaking of which! As the holiday season starts ramping up, it’s time to renew your STC membership! First, you choose your membership type, and then your Chapter. Please, please, please, don’t forget to add your Orlando Chapter (as we are listed on the renewal interface) to your membership when you renew. Chapter renewal is not automatic; you must opt in each year.
NOTE: you MUST add to cart after selecting Orlando Chapter for your selection to be accepted.
This year, STC made some changes to the levels of membership and their pricing, as follows:
- Gold Member (Dues – $395.00)
Quickly becoming one of STC’s most popular categories, Gold membership includes access to all Professional & Academic (formerly known as Classic) member benefits, plus 10 printed issues of Intercom magazine, free registration for five webinars, additional 20% discount on all online courses, free access to the Salary Database, Early Bird rate for the Summit until 1 March, and one chapter and all selected Special Interest Groups (SIGs) of your choice. Additional chapters can be added for a fee of $25 each.
- Professional & Academic Member (Dues – $199.00 [Previously $225.00 in 2017])
STC’s Professional & Academic(formerly known as Classic) membership category is for the more seasoned professional with four or more years of experience. Those who choose Professional & Academic membership have access to the online versions of Intercom, Technical Communication, STC’s Salary Survey, and other ePublications. They can also take advantage of member-only discounts on all STC educational webinars, online courses, STC’s certification exam, annual conference registration, and corporate partner products and services. The Professional & Academic membership also includes a personalized Education Report Card, and Job Bank and Mentor Board access. Additional communities can be added for a fee.
- New Professional Member (Dues – $160.00)
New Professional members receive all Professional & Academic benefits at a discounted rate. To qualify for the Professional membership rate, individuals must have graduated from a college/university within the past three years.
- Student Member (Dues – $65.00)
Student members receive all Professional & Academic member benefits, plus one professional chapter, one student chapter, one Academic and one additional Special Interest Group (SIG) membership. To be eligible for student membership, an applicant must be enrolled in an accredited university, college, community college, or technical school; taking at least two courses or the equivalent each term; and preparing for a career in technical communication. Additional communities can be added for a fee.
- Corporate Value Program
Does your organization have 5 or more technical writers on staff wanting to join STC? If so, look into our Corporate Value Program (CVP) membership to save on dues for your staff. Click here for details.
- Retired Member
Retired membership renewals must be completed by paper form, or by contacting STC offices at (703) 522-4114. Online renewals for retired members is not available. To qualify for retired membership, you must be 65 years of age or older, working 20 hours or less in the field, and be a consecutive member of STC for 10 years or more. For more information about our retiree membership, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hope to see all of you renewing Orlando Chapter members at our upcoming November and December chapter meetings!