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ePro June edition

PRSA Houston ePro
June 10, 2004

Welcome to the June edition of ePRo, the electronic newsletter of the Houston chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA Houston).   PRSA Houston has a great summer planned: we’ve got an all-out awards celebration, we’ve got a meeting with the Mayor….certainly too much fun to miss out on.



Instead of June Monthly Luncheon....the 2004 Excalibur Awards!

PRSA Houston and Presenting Sponsor GCI - Read Poland invite you to attend An Enchanted Evening, Celebrating the Magic of Communications on Thursday, June 17, 2004, at 6:30 in the evening.  The evening’s exciting festivities will take place at Hotel Icon, 220 Main Street (at Congress).


As the Wizard Merlin and Vivienne, Lady of the Lake, once awarded the magic of Excalibur to Young King Arthur, so shall they host the Excalibur Awards to Houston''s own ‘Wizards of Communication.'' Amid the chivalry and romance of a magical age, Gold, Silver and Bronze Excalibur Awards will be awarded to talented public relations professionals in 61 categories, along with the presentation of the Grand Excalibur Award, to benefit a communication virtuoso worthy of the legendary King Arthur himself.  


*Due to an overwhelming response, we are happy to report that the event is sold out.  For those still interested in attending, please contact Paula Ruth to get on the waiting list: (281) 870-1717 or


Additional sponsors for the 2004 Excalibur Awards include Clear Channel Communications, Sullivan Group and Action Graphics, LLC.

July Monthly Luncheon: Mayor Bill White to Address PRSA Houston Members

On July 15*, Mayor Bill White will be PRSA Houston’s guest speaker at our monthly luncheon, which will be at 11:30 a.m. at the Hilton of the Americas Downtown.  We know you don’t want to miss it, so register NOW as space is limited. 


*Note: this differs from our regular meeting schedule and location. (July 15th is the third Thursday in the month.)


Luncheon fees if reservations are made before July 14 at 5 p.m. are $40 for members, $40 for guests and $25 for students. Luncheon fees if reservations are made after July 14 at 5 p.m., or for walk-ins, are $45 for members, $45 for guests and $30 for students. All "no shows" will be billed. Please bring your check payable to PRSA Houston to the meeting.


To register to attend this great event, register online at or call (281) 870-1717.


The July monthly PRSA Houston meeting with Mayor Bill White is sponsored by Business Wire, Multivision, Pierpont Communications Inc. and Time Warner Cable.

Fabulous Prizes and Auction Items for  2004 Excalibur Awards

Last call....


The Public Relations Foundation is still accepting items for the silent auction being held June 17th in conjunction with the Excalibur Awards. Everything from general gift certificates, event tickets, sports memorabilia, dinner for two, and high-end calculators to pen and pencil sets, etc. - even with logos - are all perfectly acceptable. The proceeds from the auction support the Foundation''s scholarship activity. Thank you to anyone who can help us this year.  For more information, contact Cindy Suggs at (713) 636-1783 or  (

PRSA Houston Job Bank: Growing Like Crazy!

Fueled by a rash of new listings to the PRSA Job Bank, job seekers are flocking to PRSA Houston''s Web site and establishing new records. On Monday, June 7, the PRSA Houston Web site logged a total of 463 job views, more than on any other single day since the site went live more than two years ago. The reason? Clearly, it''s summer and new graduates are scanning the Web looking for positions. However, the site has enjoyed steadily increasing traffic since the beginning of the year, an indication that the Job Bank has become an instrumental part of the Houston public relations scene.


"We have hit a point where employers know they can count on the PRSA Houston Job Bank to deliver a large number of highly qualified candidates," said Dan Keeney, APR, president of PRSA Houston. "As a result, we are getting more job listings, which attract more job seekers. It''s a very positive trend and real benefit for Houston''s public relations community."


Employers can post a job listing for three months on the PRSA job bank for $100. That money helps offset the costs associated with constantly upgrading and hosting PRSA Houston''s Web site, which is considered one of the best PRSA chapter Web sites in the country. Recently, those upgrades have included the addition of free listings for public service volunteers for qualified 501 (c)(3) organizations.

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