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President's message, September 2003

by Geoff Hart

Previously published as: Hart, G.J. 2003. President's message, September 2003. Connections, the newsletter of STC Montreal 20(1):1, 6.

Welcome back! I hope your summer's been more relaxing than mine, and that you've had enough downtime away from work to face your fall workload with equanimity and perhaps even with some enthusiasm. In this article, I'd like to briefly bring you up to speed on some of the challenges we face this year, whet your appetite with a taste of some of the programs we'll be offering, and encourage you to get involved in STC Montreal.

Challenges

Monthly meetings

Our monthly meetings are held on alternating Tuesday and Wednesday nights so people with night classes and parents involved in evening activities with their children won't have to miss all meetings. If you've been unable to attend because neither night works for you, let me know; if there's sufficient demand for another night (e.g., Thursday), we'll try to schedule at least an occasional meeting on that night.

Similarly, most of our meetings are held in the downtown core because historically this has proven convenient for the majority of members. But our annual West Island meeting is always well attended, and that suggests other locations outside the core area might be popular. If you'd like to propose alternative locations for our meetings, let me know. I'll try to determine whether there's enough demand to justify a few new meeting locations.

Because it's not always easy to reach meetings such as those held on the West Island, we're working to find a simple way of connecting people who plan to drive to a meeting with people who need a lift and are willing to share the costs. If you're willing to carpool to some meetings, let me know and we'll try to hook you up with compatible souls.

Upcoming speakers and programs

We're planning to present talks on accessibility and usability, writing for magazines, information design for tight spaces (e.g., PDA screens), on-disk videos and training, and running a small business or consultancy. Plus a few others. Stay tuned for more details! In addition, here are a few other things we're working on:

Board members

I'd also like to take this opportunity to introduce you to the members of the STC Montreal Executive Board. These are the people (all unpaid and often underappreciated volunteers) who help us deliver the annual program:

Look us up at the monthly meetings and let us know how we're doing, and what we could be doing better.

Administrivia

Don't forget to update your contact information with STC's Head Office. If you don't tell them how to reach you, we can't reach you either. Keep an eye on our Web site (www.stc-montreal.org) to find out about coming events. If you're currently looking for work, investigate our job bank (www.stc-montreal.org/jobbank-e.shtml) and consider signing up for the free e-mail announcement of vacancies; you'll get an announcement at least a week before the ads appear on the Web site, which is a nice benefit from membership in STC. You'll also find many other goodies on the site, including archives of past presentations (www.stc-montreal.org/archives-e.shtml), so I encourage you to pay us a visit.

The coming year looks to be an exciting one, and I look forward to working with all of you to make it a memorable year.

Geoff Hart
President, STC Montreal (2003/04)


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