IDL SIG Receives Bronze Community Award

We are excited that we have received the Bronze Community Award for our community’s activities in 2020. The citation on the certificate reads:

For your impressive educational programming for your SIG and at the STC Summit, creative inclusion of students through your competition, and effective communication via your social media outlets and newsletter.

On Wednesday, 19 May, from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. EDT., our community will be recognized during the 2021 STC Summit Leadership Program.

IDL SIG members can attend the virtual STC Summit Honors Event on Tuesday, 8 June, from noon to 1:00 p.m. EDT, where the Community of the Year and Most Improved Community will be announced. You can view the details for the 2021 STC Summit here.

Lori Meyer Receives Distinguished SIG Service Award

We are proud to announce that Lori Meyer has received the STC Distinguished SIG Service Award (DSSA). The DSSA, Distinguished Chapter Service Awards (DCSA), and Distinguished Community Service for Students Awards (DCSSA) are given annually by STC to members who have offered extensive service and exemplary commitment to their communities. Each community nominates one or more of its members for an award. The nominations are submitted to STC and evaluated, and nominee recommendations are presented to the STC board of directors for approval. Lori is the ultimate volunteer.  In her breakout role for the IDL SIG, she volunteered as secretary. Et voilà! A few short years later, she stepped up as SIG co-manager. Whatever the role, she has endeared herself to us all through her charming ways, thoughtful leadership, and love of cats! Lori is an innovator. She developed a Planning Guide that provides SIG Communities' leadership with a strategy to meet yearly Community Achievement Award (CAA) requirements. Additionally, she created an internal award program for volunteers who may not meet all criteria for a DSSA (or who may already hold a DSSA), but deserve recognition for their volunteering spirit within the community. Lori continues to support the SIG through her position as membership manager. And while Lori volunteers for many positions in chapters and SIGs throughout the STC community, we are glad she chose us. Lori’s citation reads: For your dedication to the Instructional Design and Learning SIG, your unfailing commitment to leadership, and for displaying compassion and wisdom, in calm and troubled circumstances. Congratulations, Lori!

Recognition opportunities from STC

By: Lori Meyer, Membership Manager

STC provides many opportunities to recognize and honor the hard work and accomplishments of its members. Here are two such opportunities:

The Distinguished Community Service awards (Distinguished Chapter Service, Distinguished SIG service, and Distinguished Service for Students) provide communities the opportunity to nominate one of their members for exemplary service to their community. Community leaders can submit a nominee to STC, which evaluates each nominee and determines their qualification for recognition. Any senior STC member in good standing with a record of service to their community can be nominated. Nominations are typically submitted by the community in October, and recipients are announced early the following year.

For more information about these awards, visit the STC distinguished community service awards page.

Associate Fellow and Fellow honors are given to long-term STC members who have demonstrated an exceptional record of contributions to their community, to STC, and to the profession.

Candidates for Associate Fellow must have been STC members for at least 10 years, and have 15 or more years of experience in technical communication, or technical communication and a closely related field. Associate Fellow candidates can be nominated by any STC senior member in any community, or they can nominate themselves.

Candidates for Fellow must have been Associate Fellows for three or more years, and must demonstrate a continuing record of service to their community, STC, and the profession since becoming an Associate Fellow. Candidates for Fellow must nominate themselves; they cannot be nominated by any other STC member.

Application forms for Associate Fellow and Fellow, Class of 2020, will be available on the STC website soon. Applications are typically due in October, and the honorees are announced early the following year. Honorees are officially recognized at the Summit conference, where they are presented with award certificates.

For more information about these honors, visit the STC Honors page.

For more information about additional individual and academic awards given by STC, visit the STC Awards page.


Lori Meyer
Lori Meyer

Lori Meyer, an STC Fellow, has more than 20 years of experience as a technical writer, editor, and help developer. She began her technical communication career in Rochester, NY, and relocated to the San Francisco Bay area in 1998. Lori has been active in STC since the early 1990s, starting with the Rochester Chapter, where she created the chapter's first Web site.

Since then, she has held in many volunteer positions, including employment manager, secretary, conference co-chair, membership manager, director-at-large, and SIG co-manager. She has delivered leadership presentations at the STC Summit international conference and via webinar.

On the community level, over the years Lori has served as a director at large for the Carolina Chapter, secretary and president of the Washington DC-Baltimore Chapter, membership manager of the Rochester, East Bay, and San Diego Chapters, and president of the East Bay Chapter.  Lori stays involved with these communities, and also volunteers for the Technical Editing and Consulting and Independent Contracting SIGs.

IDL SIG announces its first SIG award recipients!

By: Lori Meyer, Membership Manager

The IDL SIG is proud to have its first recipients of our newly-minted SIG awards! These awards provide us with an additional opportunity to recognize the volunteers who work so hard to make our SIG the excellent community that it is. Two awards are given:

Volunteer Achievement, which recognizes the services of a SIG volunteer over time. Our first  Volunteer Achievement award goes to Jamye Sagan, a long-time SIG member who has served in many volunteer capacities, including co-manager, social media and surveys manager, and treasurer. Jamye's award citation reads:

For being a shining light of service to the IDL SIG through your outstanding work as a SIG leader in many roles over the years, and for always being there with your able helping hands and solid wisdom.

New Volunteer, which recognizes a SIG member who has demonstrated exemplary service as a first-time volunteer. Our first New Volunteer award goes to Kelly Smith, who became editor of our SIG newsletter, IDeal, in 2018, and has worked tirelessly to provide an informative, value-adding communication piece for the SIG. Kelly's citation reads:

For your hard work and organizational skills that have enabled us to continue providing a quality newsletter to our community every quarter.

Heartiest congratulations to Jamye and Kelly, and we look forward to naming next year's award recipients!


Lori Meyer
Lori Meyer

Lori Meyer, an STC Fellow, has more than 20 years of experience as a technical writer, editor, and help developer. She began her technical communication career in Rochester, NY, and relocated to the San Francisco Bay area in 1998. Lori has been active in STC since the early 1990s, starting with the Rochester Chapter, where she created the chapter's first Web site.

Since then, she has held in many volunteer positions, including employment manager, secretary, conference co-chair, membership manager, director-at-large, and SIG co-manager. She has delivered leadership presentations at the STC Summit international conference and via webinar.

On the community level, over the years Lori has served as a director at large for the Carolina Chapter, secretary and president of the Washington DC-Baltimore Chapter, membership manager of the Rochester, East Bay, and San Diego Chapters, and president of the East Bay Chapter.  Lori stays involved with these communities, and also volunteers for the Technical Editing and Consulting and Independent Contracting SIGs.