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ePro - Special Excalibur Awards edition

 Special Edition ePro
June 21, 2004


2004 Excalibur Awards

On the evening of Thursday, June 17, 2004, PRSA Houston and Presenting Sponsor GCI - Read Poland celebrated a fun and memorable evening that acknowledged talented public relations professionals and their award-winning work at the annual Excalibur Awards ceremony.  The exciting event, “An Enchanted Evening, Celebrating the Magic of Communications,” took place at Hotel Icon.

King's Court sponsors included A&E Complex, Brookwoods Group Inc., Gilbreath Communications and Shell Oil Products. Knight of the Round Table sponsors included Chevron Phillips Chemical Company, GlobalSantaFe, Hill & Knowlton, the Public Affairs Staff at NASA - Johnson Space Center, Vollmer Public Relations and Ward Creative Communications.      

The 2004 Excalibur Awards could not have taken place without the hard work of the Awards Committee co-chairs Anne Bryan Peebles, APR, of Shell Oil Products and Clare Sullivan of the Sullivan Group.  As well, the special thanks went to Awards Committee members, which include Melanie Scalley at Action Graphics, Clear Channel Entertainment, Floral Events, Judy Fro's Show Biz, LD Systems, Monica Kressman Photography, Schipul - The Web Marketing Company and Sullivan Group.

The master of ceremonies was Tom Koch, News Anchor at KTRK-TV. 

Big News of the Evening
The event was sold-out and attendance was up 50 percent from last year's PRSA Excalibur Awards. For many in attendance, it was the first time they had walked through the beautifully restored Hotel Icon in downtown Houston.

Nicole Cloutier-Lemasters of NASA - Johnson Space Center won the evening’s biggest prize, the Grand Excalibur Award, which represents the best of show for the media relations campaign, “A Taste of Space.” It was a big night for the team from NASA - Johnson Space Center, as Daniel K. Carpenter was named Public Relations Professional of the Year. The winner of the Young Public Relations Professional went to La Chanda Jenkins of Texas Southern University.

At the start of the evening, PRSA Houston honored former PRSA President (1989) Will Osterloh, APR, Fellow PRSA, with the Legacy Award, which honors a senior practitioner whose service to the chapter and the profession were instrumental in creating the legacy of our chapter. Osterloh was introduced with touching and humorous comments by Bob Haine, APR, who served as PRSA Houston president in 1986 and 1988.

The list of winners can be found at

In Other News:

PRSA Houston Members to Vote on Bylaws Change

The PRSA Houston Board of Directors has voted to hold a special referendum to consider changing the Chapter’s bylaws in advance of slating candidates for board positions later in the year. Currently, the bylaws require that the board include no more than three non-accredited board members. Members will vote on whether to drop that requirement.

Last year, the membership voted overwhelmingly to drop the requirement that the Chapter’s officers be accredited.

“The Chapter leadership remains committed to promoting the benefits of professional accreditation for public relations practitioners,” said Dan Keeney, APR, PRSA Houston president. “However, we believe the membership should have the ability to consider whether to tie professional accreditation to representation.”

Referendum ballots will be sent via e-mail in early July.

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 13 at 5 p.m. are $40 for members, $40 for guests and $25 for students. Luncheon fees if reservations are made after July 13 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 register online preceding the event.

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.

The “Must-Attend” Event for Public Relations Professionals

PR Day 2004, "Blueprints for Success in PR", is this year's “must-attend” event for public relations professionals…and it just got better.  

Not only will you hear headliner Jim Lukaszewski LIVE and IN PERSON and have the opportunity to pick the brains of area reporters and journalists to get their point of view – now all this and MUCH more comes to you at a very low Early Bird cost of $150 for a full-day and $100 for a half-day session. Make sure to look for the Early Bird registration table at the July and August PRSA monthly luncheons, because it’s the ONLY place to get this special pricing.

Congratulations to Clarissa L. Valdez, media/public relations coordinator for Multicultural Education and Counseling through the Arts (MECA), who won a free full-day registration at the May luncheon. Drawings will also be held at the July and August luncheons – be there, business card in hand and ready to win a free full-day registration to PR Day 2004.

Special thanks to our event and door prize sponsors, Swank A/V, Wise Consultants, Business Wire, PR Newswire, Planned Parenthood, Hill & Knowlton, Prime Zone Media Network, CPY, Etheria Day Spa and Salon, Hyatt Regency Downtown, Greater Houston Partnership and PRSA Houston. Many thanks go as well to Phil Chrzanowski for donating his graphic design services and Bayside Printing for providing in-kind printing services.

To register for PR Day 2004, or to get more details on our powerhouse speaker line-up and sponsorship opportunities, visit us online at

PRSA Houston Member News

Join us in congratulating the talented communicators of the Katy Independent School District as they have just won a 2004 Gold Medallion, the National School Public Relations Association's top award (analogous to the Silver Anvil in PRSA).  The winning program, led by PRSA Houston Immediate Past President Kris Taylor, “Leadership Katy ISD,” was one of only 11 programs recognized throughout the nation and the only one in Texas.  This is Katy's first-ever Gold Medallion, but the program was also recognized in February with the 2003 Platinum Award, designating it as the single most outstanding school public relations initiative in Texas by the Texas School Public Relations Association. 

Houston PR Firm Wins Two National Awards from PRSA: A big congratulations to the team at Vollmer Public Relations for bringing two PRSA Silver Anvil Awards of Excellence back to Houston. The awards gala was held at the Equitable Tower in New York City on June 4, 2004.

Vollmer was recognized in the Public Service - Associations/Nonprofit Organizations category for work on behalf of the Texas Council On Family Violence. The winning program was named "Break the Silence."

Vollmer was also recognized with a Silver Anvil Award of Excellence in the Marketing Consumer Services - Travel and Tourism/Hospitality category for work on behalf of Travelocity. That winning program was titled, "Know Before You Go: Travelocity's TotalPrice For Cars."

The Silver Anvil Awards program has grown in scope and stature since its inception in 1946. With the addition of a new category in 2004, Brand/Reputation Management, Silver Anvils are now awarded to programs in 54 categories. In the 57 years since the inception of the Silver Anvil Awards program, more than 1,000 organizations have received Silver Anvils for excellence in strategic public relations planning and implementation.

Comings and Goings:
PRSA Houston member Lauren Hammit has recently joined the communications team of the National Space Biomedical Research Institute (NSBRI) as Senior Communications Specialist. Funded by NASA, the NSBRI is a consortium of institutions studying the health risks related to long-duration space travel.  As Hammit is the current editor of ePro, the monthly electronic newsletter of PRSA Houston, please feel free to contact her at her new digs:  (713) 798-7595 or

Looking For Candidates with “The Right Stuff”

Halfway between the New Hampshire primary and the November showdown, PRSA Houston members will cast their votes for 2005 leadership positions.  On the ballot will be four seats on the Board of Directors and one Assembly Delegate.

The nominating committee, which will be meeting in July to put together a slate of candidates, is looking for ten members who are ready to be involved in chapter governance for the next three years. If you are interested in serving or know of someone who would like to take a leadership position, contact Kris Taylor, immediate past president and chair of the 2005 nominating committee.  Please make sure that the person you are nominating is a current member of PRSA Houston.  Candidates for assembly delegate must be accredited.

Nominations can be submitted through the end of June to:
Kris Taylor, APR
Katy Independent School District

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 July newsletter is July 8, 2004 . We would love your thoughts and news, so send to

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