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Still Time to Enter the Excalibur Awards – Final Deadline this Thursday


The official deadline has passed, but there is still time to submit Excalibur Award entries and nominate your colleagues in one of several special awards categories. All entries will be accepted until 5 p.m. this Thursday, April 15. There is a $50 late fee for each entry that will be added to your final cost. (Just think of it as buying a little extra time.)


Don’t forget - it’s only $25 to nominate individuals and teams for the special categories:


  • Public Relations Professional of the Year
  • Young Public Relations Professional of the Year
  • Communications Team of the Year
  • CEO Communicator of the Year

Drop off or mail entries to FrogDog Communications’ office: 4707 Eigel Street


Contact Eric Herrera (713-867-9807) if you have questions about your entry submittal.


Downloads and Details

Event Page

Call for Entries Package

Online Submissions and Entry Form

How to Create a Winning Entry Presentation (presented by Julie Fix, APR)


Contact: Ed Davis


Calling All Sponsors

Download the 2010 Excalibur Awards and Dinner sponsor package


Thanks to our presenting sponsor


PR Day Committee Member Positions Still Available


PRSA Houstons PR Day 2010 a one-day workshop and expo event - needs your time and talents to bring members a worthwhile professional development and networking experience.


Please join the committee for its first planning meeting Wednesday, April 14 at the United Way Resource Center at 50 Waugh Dr., from 2 – 3 p.m. Committee contributions include programming, logistics, communications and more.

ContactLady Oliver or Paula Ruth, APR, 281-870-1717, for more information.

Register for the 2010 PRSA Southwest District Conference


You have two business days left to register for the 2010 PRSA Southwest District Conference. Hosted by PRSA Oklahoma City, this year’s conference will be held at the Sheraton Hotel in downtown Oklahoma City April 15-17.


Themed Your Network is Your Net Worth, this is one of the top conferences of the year. Don’t miss this jam-packed program filled with PR strategies, tactics and tips, covering more than 15 topics such as:


  • "Relationships Matter: How to Develop Relationships with The Media To Generate Ongoing Press Coverage"
    "10 Tips to Make Networking More Productive"
  • "Social Media – Iron Chef Style"
  • "Message Management and Communication during a Crisis"
  • "Including Diversity in Your Communications Strategies"
  • "Convincing Clients to Say "Yes" to Social Media"
  • Social media case studies and how-to tactics
  • Relationship building
  • Crisis management
  • Messaging




May 5: Houston Chronicle’s Jeff Cohen to Address PRSA Houston

PRSA Houston welcomes one of Houston’s foremost leaders in journalism to its May luncheon. Jeff Cohen, executive vice president and editor of the Houston Chronicle, will address the epic changes taking place in the news business. He will identify trends with an eye on how PR pros can more effectively succeed in this new environment.


Cohen, a Wyoming native, spent his childhood in Houston and has a special interest in state and city affairs. He is a graduate of Bellaire High School and a journalism graduate of the University of Texas. Cohen began his career as a sportswriter for the San Antonio Light then made his way up the ladder as an award-winning editor of the Albany Times-Union. He joined the Houston Chronicle – the seventh largest newspaper in the U.S. – in 2002. Cohen is a pioneer in newspaper website design and management. has won many awards.


Register now


Day:                Wednesday, May 5, 2010
Time:           11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Location:      Briar Club


Sponsorships available


ContactPaula Ruth, APR, 281-870-1717

Interviews with April Luncheon Sages

PRSA Houston Board of Directors member, Ed Davis, interviewed several of Houston’s PR thought leaders who served as guest speakers at the April 7 luncheon. Find out what they said.

These PR gurus shared secrets to success and facilitated table group conversations about what it takes to get ahead during challenging times and what PR trends are on the horizon.

PRSA Houston thanks the following April luncheon speakers for their time and insight:


·         Chris Bozman, communications manager, Shell Deer Park

·         Sharon Dotson, APR, Bayou City Public Relations

·         Cyndy Garza-Roberts, director for Public Affairs, HEB

·         Henry de la Garza, APR, founder, de la Garza Public Relations

·         Terry Hemeyer, executive counsel, Pierpont Communications

·         Thaddeus Herrick, general manager, Burson-Marsteller Houston

·         Barbara Hyman, APR, Hopkins & Associates

·         Carolyn Mayo, APR, president, VOLLMER

·         Stephen Stuyck, APR, vice president for Public Affairs,
 UT M. D. Anderson Cancer Center

·         Gretchen Weis, APR, Owner, Weis Communications

·         Tony Wyllie, vice president for Communications, Houston Texans


April 17: PRSA Houston's Girl Scout PR Workshop

PRSA Houston’s New Pros group and Program Committee will host its next PR workshop for Houston-area Girl Scouts Saturday, April 17 to earn the Girl Scouts of the USA's PR Interest Project Award.


The workshop will cover four key areas - press kits and campaigns, social media, the written and spoken word and event planning. In one jam-packed afternoon participating girls will learn PR lingo and participate in role-playing activities based on crisis scenarios.


Eight volunteers are needed to facilitate this event. A brief volunteer orientation will take place prior to the workshop. Bring your creative hat, and be prepared to have fun while teaching public relations.



Location:     Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council
                   3110 Southwest Fwy., Houston, 77098          

Date:           Saturday, April 17, 2010

Time:           1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Contact:       Vinnika Johnson
or David Casey, 713-560-9721 (event day facilitator)

April 22: Google Comes to Houston for Marketing Luncheon


PRSA Houston is proud to support the Business Marketing Association-Houston (BMA Houston) for a special luncheon - Rules for B2B Marketing in a Digital World - featuring John Kelley, Sector Lead at Google. Kelley will talk about today's trends and innovations in digital marketing and their implications for B2B.


Register today and join us April 22 at the Omni Hotel Westside to find out:


  • How is the internet changing businesses?
  • How are business decision makers spending their time online, and how can I reach them effectively?
  • What is Google's point of view on the future of digital marketing?

PRSA Houston members will receive the BMA Houston member rate! Pre-registration rates:


  • $30.00 - BMA Houston Members / PRSA Houston Members
  • $45.00 - BMA Houston Non-members / PRSA Houston Non-members


Location:      Omni Hotel Westside, 13210 Katy Fwy., Houston, 77079

Date:           Thursday, April 22, 2010

Time:           11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Contact:       Linda Ives

April 27:  Free Social Media Boot Camp Workshop for PRSA Members


Are you a member looking for a free overview of PR social media usage for B2C and B2B? We’ve got you covered. Join other PR professionals looking to boost their skills Tuesday, April 27, for Social Media Boot Camp - a hands-on, coffee-infused, wireless-networked overview, presented by Houston’s Social Media Club co-founder and PRSA member Kami Watson Huyse, APR.


Huyse is the president and chief operating officer of Zoetica Media. She is a national leader in the use of social media for PR and an award-winning blogger (Communication Overtones) on public relations and social media strategy. Huyse’s work has earned her the SNCR's 2008 Reputation Management award and IABC's 2009 Gold Quill of Excellence Award.


Limited seating is available. So, bring your laptop and get logged-in to skills and case studies to help you use social media skills for your client, employer or personal brand.


Register now



Location:     Valentino at Hotel Derek, 2525 W. Loop South, Houston, 77027

Date:           Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Time:           10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Contact:       Jennifer Evans, 832-692-7615 or Paula Ruth, 281-870-1717

April 30: Join PRSA Today, Get Houston Free

Through April 30, you’ll receive a free one-year Houston Chapter membership when you join PRSA. With so many great reasons to become a PRSA Houston member, you can’t afford to miss this opportunity.


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Erin Schwartz
(713) 563-4920
Author: Erin Schwartz
Phone: (713) 563-4920
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