President’s Column: Here’s a Resolution: Get More Active!

The champagne may be uncorked but there still is plenty to celebrate with NEO STC for the new year! We have some interesting and unique activities planned, starting with the January meeting. This will be a hands-on experience that you don’t want to miss. We hope you will join our friends at Keithley Instruments on January 10. If you cannot attend the meeting, our monthly luncheon is January 17. See the web site for details.

The local newspaper printed the top stories of 2018, which got me thinking. I believe the top moment for me this past year with NEO STC was Bernard Aschwanden’s visit for a one-day seminar. I had the chance to get to know this technical wordsmith better. He is an optimistic sort who has learned to embrace each opportunity presented his way. The scenarios that don’t play out for him, he just learns how to improve for the next one. So, my resolution this year is to be bolder and get out of my comfort zone. Learning and trying new things never gets old.

Speaking of resolutions, what are your goals this year? If you’re not sure, here are some suggestions:

  • I’ll volunteer for one activity to get to know NEO STC members better.
  • I’ll take a committee lead to increase my leadership skills.
  • I’ll attend more NEO STC meetings (yes please!).
  • I’ll talk to my boss about attending the STC Summit in Denver.

Let us know your thoughts, and we’ll see about printing some of the ideas in the next newsletter. We can look back next year to see our progress together. We enjoy hearing about an activity that was useful or something we need to try, or do better. Suggestions are the life blood of any volunteer organization.

On behalf of the officers, we wish you and yours a happy and prosperous new year!


If you have not done so already, please take a few minutes to view the mini webinar that our Immediate Past President, Jason Vensel, presented recently on the 2019 STC Summit in May. Jason offers his unique travel experiences in and around the Denver area, plus proven ways to maximum the learning and networking opportunities at Summit. These brief webinars will continue this year as our efforts to offer more membership benefits.

Jason’s YouTube link is on Slack. Not a member of Slack? Contact me at or Tricia at for a link to easily access this social, member-only platform.


One of the best rewards of being bat boy for the Cleveland Indians was getting to know the players as individuals. They have aches and pains and family issues just like the rest of us. However, they must overcome everything to play a game because, well, fans have paid good money and expect the best from their heroes. Sometimes, though, it’s hard to watch a player struggle when you know more than meets the eye.

This lesson helped me as a sportswriter, as well as Addie Joss. The lanky, flame-throwing righthander with a pinwheel delivery also was a sports writer in the off-season for a Toledo newspaper. Joss could personally relate to setbacks on the diamond, himself battling back problems and even malaria. Unfortunately his story ends tragically.

Joss died in 1911 at the age of 31 from meningitis. It was a devastating loss for the Naps (Indians) and the baseball world. Joss was respected as a college-educated family man and ballplayer, compiling a won-loss record of 160-97 and 1.88 ERA (second lowest in history) over nine seasons. In 1978, the Hall of Fame Veterans Committee waived its 10-year service requirement so Joss could be admitted into Cooperstown. I recommend reading Addie Joss King of the Pitchers by Scott Longert. It’s a story of unselfish triumph and heartbreak on and off the mound.

By Bob Young