The Montreal chapter of Society for Technical Communication has formally announced the results of its vote to disband the chapter, which occurred January 31, 2012 at STC-Montreal’s final business affairs meeting on January 31, 2012. According to the chapter website “At the end of a 90-minute discussion, the attending members voted unanimously to sever ties with STC, and to allow the chapter to reconstitute itself as an independent organization.” According to the chapter’s bylaws (effective since 1991), dissolution requires approval by a 3/4 vote of the members at a meeting.
Discussion at the meeting, centered on the issues surrounding lack of volunteers to serve on the board. According to STC bylaws, officers of local chapters must be members in good standing. The chapter had only two officers as of January 31st meeting, which was called by STC-Montreal President Andy Gural on January 19 in an email announcement to the entire STC-Montreal membership.
The meeting was attended by both members and non-members, who voiced concern over the continuing situation, which includes good attendance at technical communication program meetings by non-members, but nearly zero attendance by members. The chapter has an active email list of non-members active in the local technical writing community. Former STC President and STC Fellow Saul Carliner put forward a motion “to sever the relationship between STC-Montreal and STC International.” The six members and 14 non-members in attendance voted unanimously in favor of the motion to sever.
According to the current website, the existing administrative council will take the necessary actions enact the resolution to sever, and to ensure that a transition to a new governing structure be accomplished quickly. Several volunteers who attended the meeting have volunteered to assist with the transition, to be coordinated by webmaster Jim Royal.
STC-Montreal will cease to function as a chapter of STC at the end the February. The organization will continue operating its technical communication events, job bank and workshops under a new name that is yet to be determined.