by W.C. Wiese
Nominating Committee Chair
Orlando Chapter STC
It’s good to be an STC Orlando Central Florida Chapter member. Real good.
To prove it, you’d have to look no farther than the recent annual Summit, held this year in Atlanta on 5-8 May.
The conference started with an extraordinary surprise for Dan Voss, who has been active member of the Community Affairs Committee and a vocal advocate for collegiate mentoring and recruitment of students into STC. Society President Alan Houser gave two President’s Awards during the opening ceremony. The first went to former Society President Ken Cook – a successful businessman with a long record of support. The second, unexpectedly but very appropriately, went to Dan. Dan’s advocacy for student engagement has provided benefits to college programs and professional communities in STC.
“It was extremely gratifying to receive this honor, because it provided a strong vote of confidence from STC leadership on the STC student outreach initiative that I have worked so hard to promote over the past 3 years, along with my incomparable mentees from UCF, Sarah Baca and Bethany Bowles, said Dan. “Without their support, there is no way we could have achieved all we did.”
[Editor’s Note: Dan Voss wished for a picture of him and Bethany Bowles to be included here but it is copyrighted and can not be hotlinked. We invite you to view the image, and other from the Summit at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/rhoughton/8762641902/sizes/c/in/photostream/]
Other members were recognized in absentia. Two – actually three –leaders were recipients of the Distinguished Chapter Service Award for their contributions at the chapter level. Sarah Baca and Alex Garcia, both newly elected members of the Orlando Administrative Council, were cited for their local work in past years. Distance member Lori Corbett, former Board member and past president in Orlando and Philly Metro, was also recognized.
The Orlando Central Florida Chapter kept its impressive string of top recognitions going by again being named a Community of Distinction. Now a seven-time recipient, Orlando likely leads all chapters with the most recognition at this level. The record is even more impressive because it had never been cited for Excellence or Distinction until 12 years ago!