Each of the candidates for the upcoming STC election were invited to submit a blog post to STC’s Notebook in support of their candidacy. Below is the post submitted by Ben Woelk, candidate for Director. Click on his name to take you to his election page, or visit the main STC election page for information about all candidates.
Why Your Vote Matters
STC and other professional organizations are facing common challenges as the workforce shifts from the Baby Boomers to Generations X and Y. This shift is forcing STC (and others) to evaluate everything we do in order to be a vibrant, relevant organization. I believe this year’s Board of Directors has us well on the way. Two of the Directors (and others) are at the end of their terms and it’s time to elect the next set of leaders. Your vote matters because each candidate brings different strengths and perspectives. We’re committed to helping STC succeed. You need to decide who can best lead STC to success.
Why I Want to Serve as Director
I want to make a difference. The Society is facing tremendous challenges as it adapts to a culture where volunteerism is waning. I believe my ability to analyze problems and devise solutions, understand customer requirements, and willingness to make tough decisions will serve the Society well.
I believe that the degree of satisfaction we gain from involvement in a professional organization is directly related to the depth of our involvement. One of the most rewarding ways to serve is in leadership. I’ve been able to make a difference in the Rochester Chapter as an active leader and as the architect and team lead of the Outreach program of the Community Affairs Committee. Although it’s been challenging, it’s also been incredibly exciting and fulfilling.
I want to be a change agent and help STC reinvent itself to keep pace with a changing profession and society.
For more information about my candidacy, visit benwoelk.com and click on the “Ben Woelk for STC Director” link. Voting in the 2013 election begins 11 March and ends 22 March at 5:00 PM EDT (GMT-4). Visit http://www.stc.org/election for details.
Whether you choose to support me or not, please vote. In the last two Director elections there’s been a 1-2 vote difference between being elected or not. Your vote will make a difference. We have three candidates for the position, with two seats to be filled.
Candidate for Director
Outreach Team Lead, Community Affairs Committee