President’s Column: Recap and Upcoming News

One Bernard presentation plus eight wooden pumpkins equal an educational and fun start for our expanding NEO STC circle! (See exciting membership news in this column.)

Bernard Aschwanden, past president of STC and recognized publishing technologies expert, kicked off our program year in September with a full-day seminar packed with information, insightful tips, and software skills. Special thanks again to Aschwanden and our sponsors Adobe Tech Comm team, STAR Group, and host Devore Technologies. (See the accompanying seminar reviews in the newsletter.)

Good laughs and warm smiles helped heat up spirits on a chilly evening for the October social event. Members used their ‘expert’ map-reading skills to circumvent a spooky corn maze. To everyone’s delight, we found all eight hidden pumpkin markers (despite one that was missing; apparently walked off by itself).

If you couldn’t make the first two events, we hope you’ll join us on November 8 at Keithley Industries in Solon. NEO Associate Fellow Kim Lindsey will present an interesting topic on finding the right words to inspire eLearning scripts. See meeting details at

Also, circle December 13 on the calendar for our annual holiday party. We’ll celebrate from 5 – 8 p.m. at the Burntwood Tavern in Lyndhurst. More information will follow, including some Santa surprises.


Toward our goal for increasing membership, we’ve added meetups to our activities. These mini-webinars are 30-minute conversations on varying topics of interest. We have scheduled the monthly meetups for noon so you can grab a sandwich and listen in via GoToMeeting. Yours truly hosted the first discussion that described my three most important membership benefits. The recording is available on the NEO STC web site.

We believe the meetups are another avenue for drawing interest from younger members as well as seasoned communicators. Staying current with trends (my No. 2 STC member benefit) provides a vast number of topics of interest. Let me know if you would like to host a mini-webinar at

We also encourage members to join Slack, which is a simple, collaborative social application and an NEO STC member exclusive benefit. This site is an open line of communication to members and the officers. Plus, you can read news from other chapters, such as STC writing competitions that are currently available. Log into and check out the instructions here:

It’s my privilege to welcome the following new members:

  • Jeanne Fullerton
  • Jennifer Giordano
  • Paul Joseph
  • Valerie Stafford
  • Mark Timm
  • Deborah Tokin
  • Lisa Adair, who previously was active in the chapter and presented several times at the STC Summit, has rejoined us.

New members will be welcomed and receive a complimentary dinner at our November 8 meeting.


Well, the short playoff run by the Cleveland Indians now marks 70 years since the Wahoo’s won a World Series title. That year (1948) the Tribe also faced difficult playoff odds after finishing tied for first place in their division with the Boston Red Sox. Cleveland, despite losing pitcher Don Black earlier in September, prevailed 8-3 to win the American League pennant. Black had collapsed at home plate, suffering a brain hemorrhage. He survived but never pitched again.

Cleveland stayed in Boston to play the Braves, the National League counterpart to the Red Sox. The Braves featured the pitching duo of Warren Spahn and Johnny Sain. The lefty-righty duo was so good on the mound that the saying became ‘Spahn and Sain and Pray for Rain!’

Tribe pitchers Gene Bearden, Bob Feller, and Bob Lemon helped the Indians win the Series, 4 games to 2. Since then, Cleveland has lost three World Series (1995, 1997, 2016) appearances. Let’s hope the Series drought ends soon!

By Bob Young
NEO STC President