the value of STC membership

Subject: the value of STC membership
From: Brenda Huettner <bphuettner -at- WSICORP -dot- COM>
Date: Fri, 29 Sep 1995 09:01:56 EST

I have been a member of STC for 12 years or so. I used to think it
was valuable just for the mailings - quarterly and monthly national
publications, monthly local newsletter, annual listings of other
members, salary survey results, etc. It was through an STC
publication that I learned about this list. I also received notice of
Saturday workshops and monthly presentations, and could pick and
choose which ones I would attend. As a contractor, every dollar came
out of my pocket, but I never regretted spending the dues. I learned
about topics such as indexing, page design, and new software
essentially for free.

Recently, however, I've started _participating_ in STC by
volunteering, proposing presentations, even writing an article for the
national newsletter (same issue as Eric's HTML article - I feel in
good company). I attended the national conference last year for the
first time (at my new "permanent" employer's expense) and decided that
I want to go every year - even if I have to take vacation and foot the
bill myself. It was so worthwhile that I was able to write up a four
page trip report that conviced my boss to agree to send me again.

The exposure, networking, and opportunity not just to learn but to
prove my abilities to other people in my field has been invaluable -
I would recommend membership to anyone serious about a technical
communication career.

Brenda Huettner
bphuettner -at- wsicorp -dot- com

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