It’s renewal time in STC (and the SIG). Here’s a page of practical information about renewing your STC membership (and a handy “Renew Now!” button).
Do you have a colleague or friend who is not a member? Share this page of practical information about joining STC for the first time.
Existing members feeling the financial pinch should look at the STC recovery package offered by the Society.
If you’re torn between buying some software and paying for your membership, Madcap has a tempting offer – paying for your membership!
We hope to see you in STC in 2010!
STC officials have initiated an option for members to split their dues into four equal payments spread over four months. This optional payment plan is available for both new and renewing members and for all categories of membership except students.
Payments must be made by credit card (Visa, MasterCard, or AMEX). Checks are not accepted for split payments because payments are manually processed by staff and cannot be completed by the applicant online.
The payments will begin with the receipt of the membership application or renewal. A charge is made on the day of receipt for one-fourth of the total amount owed. A second one-fourth charge is made one month later, the third payment another month later, and the final payment is charged in the fourth month.
STC Director of Membership Lloyd Tucker outlined an example of what happens: “If a person sends in their request for split payment on 2 April for classic dues totaling $175, STC charges one-fourth of that amount ($43.75) on 2 April. One month later, on 2 May, a second $43.75 is charged to the card. Then, on 2 June, the third payment of $43.75 is charged, and the final payment of $43.75 is charged on 2 July.”
“This is an experimental program that we’re offering during these tough times,” explained Tucker. “I think our members will appreciate being able to spread out their payments over four months.”
The split-payment option is well-timed. The membership renewal period ends 31 March. No renewal fees will be incurred if you renew before 31 March. However, you are not eligible to vote in the current STC society-level election if you did not renew by 28 February.
Here are a few New Year Resolutions you might like to add to your personal list:
Visit the Europe SIG’s updated web site regularly
This is the easiest resolution to keep because you’re here already – just take a look round our brand new site and come back as often as you can. If you’d like to contribute, please contact our web manager, Karen Mardahl (email@example.com)
Renew your STC membership
Although money is tight for everyone this year, STC membership gives you access to a worldwide community of technical communicators, writers, editors, illustrators, and educators, that you simply can’t get anywhere else. If you want to keep moving forward with your career, can you afford to let your professional affiliation lapse?
Volunteer to help the STC Europe SIG
You can get even more out of your STC membership not only by staying a member of the Europe SIG, but by giving up a little of your own time and effort to help the SIG move forward. We are still STC’s youngest and smallest Special Interest Group, and we need as much help as we can get. Being a SIG volunteer means that you help decide what kinds of activities the SIG promotes, and how we communicate with our members. So please, even if you can only manage a couple of hours a month, do get in touch. If you’d like to help with the SIG elections please contact Derek Torres (firstname.lastname@example.org). If you’d like to help with anything else, please contact me (email@example.com) or Jen O Neill (firstname.lastname@example.org).
With sincere good wishes for the coming year,
Have you renewed your membership in STC? You still have time. Head over to the membership page of the STC site and click the “Renew Online” link. Remember: all memberships expire on 31 December, but there is a very liberal grace period. However, if you do not renew by 28 February, then you cannot vote in elections. The process is quick, so why not renew today and have one less to-do for the new year?
Not an STC member? Are you considering joining the Society for Technical Communication, home to technical communicators employed in a wide range of job disciplines including writers, editors, graphic artists, illustrators, translators, managers, educators, students, independent consultants, and photographers? Learn about some of the benefits of STC membership, and then sign up on the membership page of the STC site, where you can click the “Join Online” link.
We look forward to meeting returning and new members in STC – especially here in the Europe SIG of STC!