The month of June is a time of celebration for our chapter. We hold our annual awards banquet to recognize peoples’ accomplishments over the past year, and to usher in our new elected leadership.
…I guess this June is just a little peculiar. We do have several things to celebrate as a chapter. But, our greater Orlando community is also still in mourning of the Pulse Nightclub tragedy. There is nothing I could possibly say, especially in a few short paragraphs, to make the pain go away or to speed up the healing process. An act of hate ended 49 lives, harmed 53 more, endangered over 300, and broke countless hearts. Some of us know someone who was directly affected. Some of us, myself included, were faced with the grim realization, “that could have been me who was targeted.”
Yet, just as I cannot ignore this single senseless act of evil and its far-reaching repercussions, I must also acknowledge the several million acts of love and kindness that have resulted. Orlando (and our state, our nation, our entire world) has united together to face the horror head-on. We have held our vigils, donated our time and money and blood, and worked tirelessly to figure out the hows and whys. We have tried to carry on and resume our lives, lest we allow hate and fear to rule over us.
It is through our common, enduring humanity that we all now prepare to come together and celebrate, despite the lingering heartbreak. The Orlando Central Florida chapter of the Society for Technical Communication has accomplished so much over the past 12 months! Now the time has come for us to honor those accomplishments. In doing so, perhaps we can also passively honor all those ever affected by violence and hate. Perhaps we can show that love perseveres—that love wins.
As usual, Memo to Members will be taking a break for the summer. I suspect our next issue will be in September.
Editor, Memo to Members