An Open Letter to my STC Colleagues

Update: Most of you will already know that I was re-elected with a nice proportion of the vote. Unfortunately, participation in this year’s STC election was slightly down from last year, at 14.98%. I had really hoped that more STC members would vote.


Dear Fellow STC Members,

As you know, voting began today for the STC Elections. Most of you know I’m a candidate for re-election, but this is not about my candidacy. This is a plea for you to cast your vote – for whomever you think is the best candidate.

Last year, only 16% of our members voted. This is more or less average for association elections these days, but I wonder if we can’t do better.

I remember before I became involved in Society governance, that the elections seemed distant to me. I didn’t recognize candidates’ names, they were folks across the ocean. I knew little or nothing about society affairs, and it all seemed unimportant to me. Then I began reading the candidates’ statements. Honestly, that only brought society matters a little closer to me. There was no grand ephiphany. But just reading the candidates’ positions on issues that maybe I only partly understood helped me to get a sense of who they were. And once I did that, I started to make choices about which of them I wanted to see on the board of directors.

Today, STC faces many difficult issues, and though we have made progress, we are not out of the woods. Fortunately, all the candidates are dedicated people who care deeply about STC and its future. Each has a slightly different vision of what that might be and how to get there – and your selection will determine the course that STC takes in the next year or two.

I urge you, then, to please take the time to read all the candidate statements, make your own independent choice, and cast your ballot. If we can raise the number of voters, we automatically raise the strength of the mandate our winning candidates receive.

Like any candidate, I hope folks vote for me – but I prefer for you to vote for another candidate than to abstain from voting. Please don’t wait – take some time to learn about each of us, and add your voice. You, as an STC member, will be the beneficiary.

About Ray

Ray Gallon is co-founder of The Transformation Society, a research and consulting company, and owner of Culturecom, a company that provides business process improvement through communication. He has over 40 years as a communicator, first as an award-winning radio producer and journalist, then in the technical content industries. His management experience includes a stint as program manager of WNYC-FM, New York City’s public radio station. Ray has always been interested in the meeting point between technology and culture, and has used his broad experience to advantage with companies such as IBM, General Electric Health Care, Alcatel, 3M, and the OECD, as well as in smaller companies and startup enterprises. He has been quoted as saying, “Since the beginning, I have been, paradoxically, communicating and shooting myself in the foot. I find that this combination leads to fascinating outcomes that have made me one of the most fortunate people I know.” Ray is a university lecturer and a speaker at events throughout the world. He has contributed articles and chapters to many books and periodicals and is the editor of the recently published “Language of Technical Communication” (XML Press).
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8 Responses to An Open Letter to my STC Colleagues

  1. Larry Kunz says:

    Amen, Ray. Amen, amen, amen! I hope that every STC member will take these words to heart.
    You could have mentioned (but you didn’t) that you were elected to the board two years ago by a margin of one vote. Every vote most certainly does matter.

  2. Ray says:

    Larry, thank you for your comment. It really is important. If people want to know more about candidates, they can find my own pages here on my blog, or link to the official STC election site:

  3. Great post, Ray! I’ll definitely vote!

  4. Really well put, Ray! The Lone Writer SIG is currently discussing the election (yes, really!). I will post this link to the thread.

    • Ray says:

      Thanks, Mike – I’m really glad to hear that a SIG is taking the time to discuss the elections. I hope that it’s a profitable discussion for you, and that it helps you and your fellow members to come to some good individual decisions and cast your votes.

  5. Ray, congratulations for making it as ‘Director’.
    However, it is unfortunate that the voter turnout dipped further this year, to 14.98%.

    • Ray says:

      Thanks, Vinish, I agree it’s a shame that more STC members don’t exercise their right to vote. I suppose we on the board have the responsibility to motivate them.

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