by Noel Atzmiller and Raye Mcgowen

At the March lunch, we had more attendees than usual —  about 20, the most in recent memory; many were “crossovers” from other industries.

The majority of the “newcomers” probably attended because someone informed the Between Jobs Ministry (BJM) people about our luncheon, which is great!

We did not poll the attendees, but probably over half were not employed or were employed only part-time. Everyone to whom we spoke was appreciative of the event and our willingness to allow “non-STC people” to attend.

The Houston job market, based on the comments we heard, is still in the doldrums, but there are tiny lights of hope.

About the north Houston lunches
The north side STC networking lunch is held once a month. A reminder is sent each month to the STC Yahoo group, which includes the meeting location. The idea is to meet informally with peers to network, exchange ideas, and perhaps discover a solution to a thorny problem. You don’t have to be an STC member to attend.

For more information, or to RSVP (for seating purposes only) for the next lunch, email

Noel is the Technical Publications System Manager in the Baker Hughes Global Marketing Group. His 26-year career as a technical writer includes work in the petrochemical engineering and construction, natural gas transmission, IT, and oil&gas industries. Noel has also authored several articles for corporate and trade magazine publications, and has won awards from the STC and IABC for his work.

Raye has over 15 years of experience in technical communication and related project management. Her most recent position was with a financial software firm. She is an editor of Chen Pan-Ling’s Original Tai Chi Chuan (Tai Chi Chuan Chiao Tsai), a martial arts textbook.

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