Honoring our Rocky Mountain Chapter DCSA Winners

By Martha Sippel

I’d like to tell you about three of our colleagues who received individual honors recently.

Distinguished Chapter Service Award Winners

The Distinguished Chapter Service Award acknowledges the work of chapter members who provide exemplary service to the Society through their dedication to the chapter and its activities. This year’s recipients are Carmen Carmack, Katherine (Kit) Brown-Hoekstra, and Deborah (Deb) Lockwood.

Carmen Carmack
Carmen has been instrumental to the Northern satellite’s success since she moved here with her family in 2004. Shortly after they arrived, Carmen began looking for an STC chapter to which she could connect and volunteer. (Previously, she had served in various leadership roles in the Heartland Chapter.) Carmen’s vision, determination, and consistent leadership have allowed the northern Colorado group to grow.

During the 2006-2007 chapter year, Carmen assisted in the compilation of the Rocky Mountain Chapter’s Community Achievement Award nomination. Because of her efforts, we submitted the completed application on time and received the Community of Excellence award. Her citation reads: “In recognition of your leadership and dedicated service to the Rocky Mountain Chapter, to its members, and to the northern Colorado technical communications community.”

Katherine (Kit) Brown-Hoekstra
Throughout the 20 years Kit has been involved in the STC RMC, she has continually shown a willingness to contribute both time and information to help and mentor others in our chapter. Kit has shared her professional experience and knowledge on our discussion list over the last several years. In this capacity, Kit imparts information about everything from international issues to client and professional experience to software and virtual tool suggestions.

In addition, Kit has presented to the STC RMC several times, most recently last June. Kit also served the chapter before she moved to Idaho. In 1993-1994, Kit served on the STC RMC Nominating Committee with Al Kemp. Her citation reads, “For your ongoing contributions to the Rocky Mountain Chapter discussion list, your willingness to share your knowledge and experience on several important topics, and for mentoring others in our profession.”

Deborah (Deb) Lockwood
Deb has been active in the Rocky Mountain Chapter (RMC) since 2001. She first served the chapter by providing a detailed facilities assessment for a potential Region 7 Conference, and has been the STC RMC mentoring manager since 2001. Deb has been instrumental in providing leadership and guidance for the chapter as a whole in addition to mentoring many individual members and potential members. She served as Vice President, President, and Past President. Deb also worked on the STC RMC Strategic Planning Committee that developed and implemented the chapter’s first long-term strategic plan.

She serves on the STC RMC Website Redesign Committee and as Seminars Co-Manager. Deb also presented at many chapter meetings. Since 2002, she has authored more than 45 articles for the STC RMC newsletter, Technicalities, and was part of the team that won STC Newsletter Excellence Awards in 2005, 2006, and 2007.

In addition to these responsibilities and accomplishments, Deb attends almost every council and regular membership meeting. Her citation reads, “For sustained contributions to and outstanding leadership of the Rocky Mountain Chapter — for willingly sharing your knowledge and advice and providing support and encouragement as a mentor in our chapter and profession.”

Recognizing Our People
The STC RMC is about people working together to achieve a common goal. We strive to create an atmosphere where you can be successful. Carmen, Kit, and Deb have each provided leadership, mentoring advice, and consistently make professional suggestions to improve our chapter and how we accomplish our goals and objectives. Thank you to this triumvirate of successful volunteers!

The STC RMC is pleased to congratulate all three of our members on their well-deserved honor!

Other Awards
Please attend our annual business meeting in May, where we will recognize and honor our volunteers. Our volunteer leadership is instrumental in providing all the STC RMC information you receive and your participation is important to the chapter. This meeting will be May 21 at the Tivoli where the illustrious Bill Horton will be speaking. See the STC RMC Web site and your email for more details.

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