Join STC Florida for 2021

We would love to have you as a member of the Florida Chapter of the Society for Technical Communication this year! We look forward to an exciting year and encourage you to take advantage of the programs and services we offer. As STC Florida leaders, we have all enjoyed the opportunity to grow as a technical communicator and make connections with other people like you in the profession.

We typically hold monthly educational meetings on the third Thursday of each month online. All of these events benefit our community and promote a strong camaraderie among our members. You can view our upcoming events and additional resources here on our website. We want to make sure you are aware of all the Florida chapter membership benefits available:

  • Reduced educational program meeting fees ($6 for educational programs)
  • Leadership development opportunities
  • Job listings
  • Networking with a variety of technical communicators
  • And more!

If you are joining or renewing, please select the Florida chapter as your community for all of these benefits. When you are signing up or renewing your membership, make sure you scroll down and check the box for the Florida chapter! It will not be checked by default even if you are already a member. By checking that box, you become a member of our chapter when you sign up or renew your membership. We hope to speak with you at one of our meetings!

JHT is Hiring a Technical Writer

Category:Technical Writer Location:Orlando, FL Education:4 Year Degree Required Experience/Skills: Excellent working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite and Adobe Acrobat.Experience working […]

This content is restricted to STC Florida chapter members. If you are a member and you have not been provided the password, please email adco@stcflorida.org.


Call for Presenters: Inclusive Technical Communication

We are looking for people with personal stories and experience with inclusive communication to join our upcoming panel on the evening of Thursday, January 21: Writing for Everyone: Inclusive Technical Communication. Please click here to volunteer by Monday, January 11, if you are interested in sharing your knowledge and perspective. 

Julia Southwick and Bethany Aguad will be working with volunteer presenters to craft a series of presentations that will highlight different facets of inclusive technical communication to show our members new perspectives and give them the tools to improve their communication. Following this call for volunteers, they will follow up to schedule time to develop the presentations.


If you are interested in sharing your knowledge and perspective on the evening of January 21, 2021, please let us know by filling out the form. Panelists will need a webcam and microphone to join our call through Zoom. The networking time begins at 6:30 PM Eastern Standard Time, and presentations will begin at 7:00. We would plan to wrap up around 8:30.

A Message from the President

Technical Communicators and Friends of our Chapter: It’s the time of year we give thanks for all our blessings and think of ways to help others.  If you are looking for different avenues in which to help, we have a few suggestions. Mike Murray’s “Make a Difference” ScholarshipThis scholarship honors our long-time member and leader, Mike Murray, and supports his dream to Make a Difference in the field of communicative disorders. The Fund helps graduate students in communicative disorders who will work with patients like Mike whose lives are impacted by Parkinson’s Disease, stroke, and other debilitating diseases, and it yields a potential double benefit of also supporting research and possible future breakthroughs. The scholarship is part of the UCF Foundation, which means contributions to the scholarship are eligible for employer matches and possible tax deductions since the UCF Foundation is a 501(c)3 corporation. One hundred percent of your donation will go to this specific scholarship fund; there are no administrative fees.

Origins of the scholarship
https://healthprofessions.ucf.edu/news/mike-murray-make-a-difference-scholarship-honors-legacy-and-inspires-recipients-to-use-their-voice-to-help-others/

2020 scholarship recipient – Dani Schwam
I’m sure you will be inspired by her story:  https://healthprofessions.ucf.edu/news/first-recipient-of-the-mike-murray-scholarship-shares-perspective-of-focusing-on-abilities/

Donating
Donating is easy and can be done online in a few moments:
http://ucffoundation.org/MikeMurray

This scholarship and our chapter can make a difference to untold numbers of future therapists, researchers, and patients. 

Second Harvest Food Bank COVID-19 update: Second Harvest has made significant operational changes to meet double the need since the pandemic began. To maintain social distancing standards and operate at the highest level of efficiency, they are not accepting community food donations.
What you can do is donate funds or volunteer. Visit Home – Second Harvest (shfb.org) for more details.

Ronald McDonald house. This charity provides a home away from home for families with children receiving treatment at hospitals and medical facilities in Orlando.  They have multiple Amazon wish lists, making it easy for people to choose where to donate.  
https://www.rmhccf.org/how-to-help/other-ways-to-help/wish-list

St Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The mission of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is to advance cures and discover means of prevention, for pediatric catastrophic diseases through research and treatment. Consistent with the vision of our founder Danny Thomas, no child is denied treatment based on race, religion, or a family’s ability to pay.
Click Here for Ways to Give 

These are just a few of the many fine organizations whose missions are to support patient care or help those in need. If you are able to help others who may not enjoy the advantages of good health and sufficient means, please open your heart and be warmed by knowing you have supported a worthy student whose future contributions to patient care can make all the difference to countless post-stroke or Parkinson’s patients, or you have helped someone in need of food, medical care, or lodging who is struggling to carry on.

Sincerely,


Debra Johnson
President, STC Florida Chapter