Welcome to the December edition of ePRo, the electronic newsletter of the Houston chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA Houston). Join us each month for great programs, networking and professional development opportunities that can’t be beaten.
Join us for PRSA Houston''s Mingle Bells
the holiday season started right with PRSA Houston’s Mingle Bells
holiday mixer! Instead of our typical luncheon, in December we’ll
gather for a festive evening of networking, spirits and fun at The
Drop by between 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Wed., Dec. 6,
to celebrate a great year, catch up with your PR buddies or make some
new ones. Admission price includes two drinks and heavy appetizers. Register today - we look forward to sharing some holiday cheer.
January Luncheon: Corporate Social Responsibility and Diversity
of the holiday schedule, our January luncheon will be Jan. 10 at the
Courtyard at St. James Place. Amy Miffin, manager of corporate social
responsibilty for Marathon Oil Company will be speaking about how
corporate social responsibilty and diversity impact companies'' bottom
lines. It is bound to be an informative luncheon.
We''d like to thank our first sponsor for the new year, Image Resources Group. Other sponsorships are available. For information, please call Paula Ruth, APR, at 281-870-1717 or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
February Luncheon: Your Reputation is Everthing
seen him as a guest commentator on Fox News Channel, CNN, BBC, MSNBC,
CNBC, ABC, CBS, Court TV, ESPN, Sports Illustrated, Associated Press,
Reuters, U.P.I., N.Y. Times, Wall Street Journal, National Public Radio
and many others. Now, see him courtesy of PRSA Houston. Mike Paul, “The
Reputation Doctor,” will be our featured speaker on Feb. 7 at the
Courtyard on St. James Place.
Paul is the president and senior counselor of MGP & Associates PR
(MGP), founded by Mr. Paul in 1994. The New York-based boutique firm
provides senior counseling services to top corporate, government,
non-profit, sports and entertainment clients in both good times and
bad. No junior employees work at the firm. Mr. Paul is known for
building excellent teams of senior PR counselors and exceeding clients’
expectations. A few of the clients Mr. Paul has counseled include
Citicorp, Merrill Lynch, Goldman Sachs, United Airlines, Verizon, Time
Warner, Pfizer, Baxter Healthcare, Manor Care, Libby Ross Breast Cancer
Foundation, Timberland, Dunkin Donuts, Duracell, The Jackie Robinson
Foundation, boxing legends Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier, NY Giant
greats Phil McConkey and Rodney Hampton, NY Jet legend Mark Gastineau,
The Queen of Soul-Aretha Franklin, New York University, State
University of New York, New School University, The King''s College,
American Red Cross, Young Life, City Covenant Coalition and Vigilante
Advertising, BrightLine Partners, Stratus Environmental and M7 Turf.
You can read Mr. Paul''s blog at www.mikepaulblog.com. Lyondell Chemical Company has already committed to sponsor Mr. Paul, but others are available.
For information, please call Paula Ruth, APR, at 281-870-1717 or e-mail her at email@example.com .
November Luncheon Thanks
opposition, community resistance, delays and distortions are what
usually greet anyone today who brings progress or change to any
community. Thank you to all our members who joined us for the PRSA Houston
professional development workshop and luncheon featuring Jim
Lukaszewski, ABC, APR, Fellow PRSA as he discussed "Overcoming
Opposition: Building Community Support" and "Becoming a Trusted Advisor."
Many thanks to the sponsors for this event: Halliburton, Fleishman-Hillard and ChemRisk. To the left, you can see representatives of the sponsors, including PRSA Houston board member Terri Larson, Fleishman
Hillard; Dr. Mark Harris and Laurie Haws of ChemRisk, and PRSA Houston Foundation President Mabel Menefee, Halliburton.
Give Your PR Profession a Gift this Holiday Season
Support the PR Foundation of Houston
as little as $25 you can help grow your local PR Foundation of Houston,
which provides annual scholarships to area college students and awards
to educators teaching PR and communications. And here’s a bonus. Your
gift keeps giving because it becomes part of a permanent endowment that
grows and builds over time.
Please make your check payable to the:
Greater Houston Community Foundation
Public Relations Foundation of Houston Fund
4550 Post Oak Place, Suite 100
Houston, Texas 77027-3131
PARTY: Professional Assemblage for Revelry and Transorganizational Yuletidishness
free (to PRSA members) Houston Communications Alliance bash will be
5:30 to 11 p.m., Nov. 30, at the Courtyard on St. James. This party
represents the contributions of 14 communications organizations who
each kicked in to sponsor it. Enjoy the entertainment which includes
Love of Peace from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. in the ballroom, with Harbor
Lights Chorus featured from 7 to 7:30 and Tianna Hall from 7 p.m. to 11
p.m. in the Garden Room. A cash bar will be available from 5:30 p.m.
to 11 p.m., but all food is free. To RSVP for this event, send an
e-mail to Tad@BranditMarketing.com.
Assembly Delegates Represent PRSA Houston at Salt Lake City
Houston President Sally Ramsay was interviewed by Jack O’Dwyer prior to
the Assembly meeting about how the Houston delegates were going to vote
on the controversial Amendment No. 5. This amendment was spearheaded by
Central Michigan and wanted to increase the powers of the Assembly in
relation to the national board of PRSA by making the Assembly the
ultimate policy authority. Sally told Mr. O’Dwyer that Houston
delegates were going to the Assembly with an open mind, ready to hear
arguments on both sides. Mr. O’Dwyer perceived Houston with its five
Assembly votes as carrying a lot of weight at the Assembly. Houston
delegates voted with the majority in turning down the proposal. They
perceived the administrative costs of including an assembly with over
260 members in every action as far too costly and cumbersome for the
organization. Numerous other amendments were considered. The Assembly
actions are available at this link: http://media.prsa.org/article_display.cfm?article_id=945. In conclusion, no increase of dues are expected for 2007.
Be a Luncheon Sponsor in 2007
Sponsorships are available for every PRSA Houston
luncheon. Lisa Martin at Lyondell has taken the lead with a $1500
sponsorship of our February luncheon. Others are available for that and
for every lunch. Our luncheon sponsors make it possible to bring in
speakers from around the country, if necessary, and still maintain a
break-even luncheon price for our members. Please call Paula Ruth, APR,
at 281-870-1717 if you are interested or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org. In return for your $500 at lunch, we offer the following opportunities:
- Mention in promotional e-mail sent to database of subscribers
- Mention and text link in ePRo, the PRSA Houston newsletter
- Text/Logo link on PRSA Houston Web site for one month
- Ability to distribute materials to all luncheon attendees
- Table in back of room to talk with luncheon attendees before and after the event
- Opportunity to speak to the luncheon gathering (no more than 3 minutes)
- One lunch registration at the President''s table
- One set of paper mailing labels for all 450 PRSA Houston members or one-time use of electronically provided membership list (if desired).
- For larger sponsorships, we can discuss tables.
Find Your Best Employees at www.prsahouston.org
Whether you are adding your first employee or filling a slate of new roles, the PRSA Houston
job bank is the best place to find qualified people. After registering
on the site, click on “Job Bank,” then “submit a job.” Payment is
generally with a credit card, though checks may also be mailed and
invoicing is available upon request for members.
Holiday Cheer with the New Pros
a year of successful networking and events, the New Pros will reflect
on past accomplishments with new friends and colleagues this holiday
season. Be sure to join us on Thursday, December 14, at the Houston Museum of Natural Science.
Sally Ramsay with Pierpont Communications will be the keynote speaker.
Following Sally''s presentation we want to thank our New Pro members
for their great support this past year by inviting everyone to join us
at Pappasito''s for good snacks and great holiday networking. Snack and
soft drinks provided by New Pro''s. Alcohol purchases will be the
responsibility of the individual.
Where: 6:30 p.m., Thursday, December 14, 2006
When: Houston Museum of Natural Science
One Hermann Circle
Houston, TX 77030
New Pros Sports Night with the Houston Aeros
Proceeds benefit the Public Relations Foundation of Houston
PRSA Houston''s New Pros recently attended a Houston Aeros
game at the Toyota Center. Among the applause, yells, and music at the
center, the New Pros group was there cheering on our hometown hockey
team and lending their support to the Public Relations Foundation of
Houston. The New Pro''s were able to raise $128 for the Foundation. The
contributions made to the foundation further the New Pros commitment in
supporting the PRSA mission and future PR practitioners. In addition,
New Pros remains a proud partner of Houston''s name in hockey - the
Houston Aeros. We thank all those who attended!
|Welcome to These New Members!
Jan N. Hester, Arnold & Langrand Communications
Rick R. Rainey, Enterprise Products Partners, LP
Nancy Beaty, SUEZ Energy North America, Inc.
Malissa Annette Hamblett
Ryan J. Matthews
Newman, APR, vice president and co-owner of Newman & Newman, Inc.,
recently spoke at professional development conferences for the West
Palm Beach, Florida, and Omaha, Nebraska chapters of PRSA. In addition
to plenary session presentations of “The Power of Emotion in
Communications Messages,” Kelli presented concurrent sessions on
“Defining the Comprehensive Value of Broadcast Public Relations” at
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