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December ePRo - Happy Holidays

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

BellsGet 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 Plaza Club.

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

Because 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

February Luncheon: Your Reputation is Everthing

Mike paulYou’ve 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.

Mike 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 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 .

November Luncheon Thanks

Jim lewiszewski lectureActive 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."

November sponsors 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

For 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

The 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

Assembly Delegates Represent PRSA Houston at Salt Lake City

PRSA 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: 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 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

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

After 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.

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

Member News Kelli 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 each event.

ePRo is the electronic newsletter of the Houston chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA Houston), and is a tool for you. Deadline for submitting items for the January newsletter is December 18, 2006. We love hearing your thoughts and news, so send generously to Stephanie Pertuit at

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