|Welcome to the November 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.
Risk Mitigation: Building & Maintaining Community Trust
PRSA Houston''s November Luncheon
opposition, community resistance, delays, and distortions are what
usually greet anyone today who brings progress or change to any
community. Please join us for a PRSA Houston
professional development workshop on November 8, featuring Jim
Lukaszewski, ABC, APR, Fellow PRSA as he discusses "Overcoming
Opposition: Building Community Support" and reveals the patterns of
resistance, and the mistakes and errors that trigger or enflame
opposition and counteraction.
You''ll walk away with key strategies to overcome persistent bad news
and community opposition, and a plan to overcome community opposition
and achieve the objectives you set in the community.
Jim will also serve as keynote speaker for the PRSA Houston monthly luncheon following the workshop; the topic for the luncheon is "Becoming a Trusted Advisor."
Many thanks to the sponsors for this event: Halliburton, Fleishman-Hillard and ChemRisk. To register for the workshop and the luncheon, please visit us online at www.prsahouston.org.
Wednesday, November 8
Workshop: 8:00 – 11:30 a.m. (breakfast buffet included)
Luncheon: 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Doubletree Hotel, 400 W. Dallas (downtown Houston)
PRSA Houston members:
Workshop only, $75; Luncheon only, $30; Workshop & Luncheon, $100
Non-PRSA Houston members:
Workshop only, $85; Luncheon only, $40; Workshop & Luncheon, $120
Additional sponsorship opportunities are still available – please
contact Paula Smead at 713-664-8526 or email@example.com or Paula Ruth, APR, at 281-870-1717 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Proceeds from the workshop and luncheon will benefit the PR Foundation
of Houston, a non-profit organization that supports the growth and
development of the public relations profession by awarding scholarships
to college students and providing grants and awards to educators. More
information on PRFH is available online at http://www.prsahouston.org/en/cms/?40
PRSA Houston Supports Student Trips to International Convention
Because of the support of all its sponsors this year as well as continued membership renewals, PRSA Houston
was able to give $7,200 to four different PRSSA Chapters to enable
their leadership to attend the PRSA 2006 International Conference in
Salt Lake City in November. The board of PRSA Houston responded to
funding requests from University of Houston, Texas A&M, Sam Houston
State University and the University of Texas Pan American University
(Edinburg). The board weighed the requests carefully and agreed to
amend the budget to invest in the additional needs of students whom we
hope will be our leaders of the future.
Going to Salt Lake City?
Help Young People Learn to Network at Free Event
have the opportunity to help support PRSSA at this year’s International
Conference. We hope that those of you who are as passionate about
supporting future professionals will consider joining them from 6 – 8
p.m. on Saturday, November 11, for a speed networking event and dinner.
During this “speed networking” event, students will rotate in small
groups among professionals representing various areas of expertise.
Your insight and knowledge in the field will add to the students’
experience that evening and at the Conference overall. The relaxed
setting, which includes a buffet dinner, is certain to be a highlight
of the PRSSA National Conference. Thanks to a sponsorship by General Motors, the dinner is complimentary for all participants.
In order to reserve your spot, please fax or mail the this form to PRSSA Headquarters.They will be in touch shortly with more information on the event.
Thank you in advance for your consideration to participate in the speed
Watch the mail!
Communications Alliance will be hosting a holiday party, Nov. 30, at
the Courtyard on St. James. This party represents the contributions of
14 communications organizations who each kicked in to sponsor it. The
event should be free to all of our members.
PRSA Holiday Party is Dec. 6
will be recognizing our sponsors and leadership at a party, at 5:30 – 8
p.m., Dec. 6, at the Plaza Club, 910 Louisiana in downtown Houston.
Sponsor prices are $500. For information, please call Paula Ruth at
Note: We will not be having a luncheon in December.
October Luncheon Thanks
highly contentious gubernatorial, congressional and state legislature
races in our state, Texans have a lot to talk about when it comes to
the upcoming November election. Many thanks to Dr. Richard Murray for
speaking to us last month. In this photo, PRSA Houston Board member
Angela Young, Continental Airlines, (left) and President Sally Ramsay,
Pierpont Communications (right) greet October speaker Dr. Richard
Murray after his talk on state and national politics at the October
PRSA Houston Partners on 2007 Awards Contest
is partnering with the Texas Public Relations Association (TPRA) to
sponsor the 2007 Silver Spur/Best of Texas Awards Competition.
Chapter members may enter at the "member" rate and the chapter will
receive a share of the contest proceeds.
The Silver Spur/Best of Texas Awards Competition is the only statewide
contest for Texas public relations practitioners and recognizes
excellence in programs, projects and tactics.
Entry deadline for the 2007 competition is 5 p.m. Jan. 25, 2007.
Silver Spur and Best of Texas Awards will be presented at the annual
awards banquet, Saturday, March 10, during TPRA''s Annual Conference in
Information on the contest and conference should be available at www.tpra.com by late October. In the meantime, for more information, e-mail email@example.com or contact Julie B. Fix, APR, at 281-494-6097.
PRSA New Pros Night with the Houston Aeros:
Deadline Extended! Get Your Tickets Today!
Proceeds to benefit the Public Relations Foundation of Houston
Calling all hockey fans! Come join PRSA Houston''s
New Pros as they cheer on the Houston Aeros when they go up against the
Hamilton Bulldogs on Friday, October 27, 7:35 p.m. at the Toyota
Center. Take advantage of $20 tickets for PRSA members and $22 tickets
for non-members. Your purchase will get you one ticket to the game and
will help build support for the PRSA Houston Foundation and Houston
Thanks to your contribution, the PRSA Foundation of Houston will
further its commitment of supporting the growth and development of
future practitioners and the PR industry by awarding scholarships and
financing educational activities at surrounding colleges and
universities. Through community spirit, new practitioners can be
educated on the exciting opportunities and increasing challenges the PR
industry faces in business and society.
Tickets are limited, so registration and payments must be made online
only. The deadline to register is Wednesday, October 25. You can pick
up your tickets at will call the night of the event. If you would like
to make other arrangements for delivery of the tickets, please contact
Suzanne Lammers at 832-661-7309. We look forward to seeing you at the
When: Friday, October 27, 2006, 7:35 p.m.
1510 Polk Street
Houston, TX 77002
Register: Register for this event at http://www.prsahouston.org/en/cev/?311.
PRSA Houston to offer Girl Scout Workshop
Sponsored by KHOU Channel 11
is helping local Girl Scouts earn the Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA)
Public Relations Interest Project Award. The interest project
encourages Girl Scouts ages 11-17 to learn about the public relations
profession. To earn the GSUSA Public Relations Interest Project Award,
Girl Scouts are required to complete activities entitled Skill Builders
where they create press kits to publicize themselves, interview public
relations practitioners about their daily responsibilities and
role-play pitches as a spokesperson for a favorite cause.
We need volunteers! Give back to the public relations profession and
the community by volunteering for this educational and fun event! The
event will allow our volunteers to apply their knowledge of public
relations to the work of tomorrow''s leaders.
Who: Cadette & Senior Girl Scouts & YOU!
Where: KHOU Channel 11 Studios, 1945 Allen Parkway
When: Saturday, October 28, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
What to Bring: Examples of press kits, press clippings, promotional materials, etc. to share for inspiration.
For more details, contact Cheyenna Brehm, Pierpont Communications,
713-627.2223 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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. Sally Ramsay with
Pierpont Communications will be the keynote speaker. Complimentary
refreshments will be provided. More details are on the way, so be sure
to check the New Pros Web page for the latest information!
Be a Luncheon Sponsor
Sponsorships are available for every PRSA Houston
luncheon. 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. To be a sponsor at any luncheon in
2007, please call Paula Ruth, APR, at 281-870-1717. 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 three minutes)
- One lunch registration at the President''s table
- One set of paper mailing labels for all 430 PRSA Houston
members or one-time use of electronically provided membership list (if
desired). If you should choose to sponsor more than one luncheon in a
calendar year, the sponsorship price for two luncheons is $900, three
times is $1,200 and four times is $1,400. These multiple luncheon
sponsorships do not include special events such as PR Day.
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.
Thanks to our Volunteers
month, about 12 public relations professionals gave up part or all of a
Saturday to judge the entries from the Georgia Chapter, which had
previously judged PRSA Houston
entries in the spring. Several of these professionals volunteered to
take all leftover entries to their places of work to complete the
judging. Our special thanks goes out to all the professionals at
Pierpont Communications, The Padgett Group, Sterling Bank, GolinHarris
and Marion, Montgomery, Inc. for helping with the leftover judging.
New Re-test Fee for Candidates Effective Nov. 1
Universal Accreditation Board is introducing a re-examination fee of
$200 for APR candidates who fail the computer-based examination and
retake it within six months of the date of failure notification.The
reduced fee is offered as an incentive for candidates to retake the
examination while preparation is fresh on their minds. Candidates will
be required to complete the Examination within this six-month period.
With the reduced fee, UAB is recommending that those participating
organizations that provide rebates pay them only the first time a
candidate takes the computer-based examination. To register for
re-examination with the new, reduced fee, candidates can contact Kathy
Mulvihill at 212-460-1436 or email@example.com.
urgently need two PRSA APRs to sit on a Readiness Review Panel from 1
p.m. - 4 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 27 at Corporate Office Centers
Galleria/Uptown Location (2100 West Loop South, Ninth Floor). Due to a
conflict of interest, volunteers cannot be Pierpont Communication
Contact Karen Blanchard, APR, at firstname.lastname@example.org. More detailed information will be provided.
|Welcome to These New Members!
Michelle McCormick, Toby Stark Public Relations
Romelia Hinojosa, Conoco Phillips
Rebecca Murphy, Hill & Knowlton
Katherine Gallagher, Hill & Knowlton
Leigh Akin, Amegy Bank
Gregg Rodriguez, Burson-Marsteller
Tinsley, formerly the manager of media relations for Direct Energy, LP,
has been promoted to director of Corporate Communications.
Papinchak of Sterling Bank has been voted and recognized as one of
"Houston''s Top Professionals on the Fast Track for 2006." This is the
second year Kelly has received this honor.
|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 December
newsletter is November 21, 2006. We love hearing your thoughts and
news, so send generously to Stephanie Pertuit at email@example.com.