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PRSA Houston News, Events Aug. 3, 2011

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Nominate PRSA Houston's New Leaders
Deadline is Aug. 15

Leaders are visionaries. They have the power to inspire, but they also have a desire to serve others. The PRSA Houston chapter Nominating Committee is seeking enthusiastic candidates to serve as 2012 chapter board directors and assembly delegate.

Directors and delegates serve three-year terms and play a vital role in shaping the programs and policies that drive PRSA Houston. Any chapter member in good standing is eligible to run for a position on the board. Assembly delegate candidates much be accredited by the Universal Accreditation Board.

Thinking of someone with vision and the potential to make a positive impact in the chapter? The nomination deadline is Friday, August 12. For more information or to nominate a candidate, contact Stephanie Dedeaux, APR, 713-614-9275, or
Paula Ruth, APR.

PRSA Houston Members Asked To Approve New Bylaws


During the upcoming PRSA Houston annual election, members will be asked to approve new bylaws for the chapter. Nationally, Leadership Assembly delegates approved new PRSA bylaws in 2009 and chapters were asked to revise their own bylaws accordingly by the end of 2011.


In keeping with that mandate, the PRSA Houston Board has reviewed the suggested chapter bylaw template, made revisions to fit our chapter’s needs and now seeks membership approval for these new bylaws. To take effect Jan. 1, 2012, the bylaws must be approved by two-thirds of those voting in the annual election, and we need a quorum of 25% of our voting members to participate in the election.


So what’s new in the bylaws?

·         The most obvious changes are that our chapter officers will be elected by the membership annually and that directors will be elected to one-year terms annually.

·         Directors will be limited to three consecutive terms. Officers other than the past president, president and president-elect will be able to succeed themselves once.

·         The offices of treasurer and secretary may be combined and held by the same person, at the discretion of the board.

·         The board will consist of president, president-elect, vice president, secretary, treasurer, past president, PRSA Leadership Assembly Delegates, seven directors-at-large, and the president of the Public Relations Foundation of Houston.

·         All board members will be required to sign a conflict of interest policy.


Things that remain the same:

·         Leadership Assembly delegates will still be required to be Accredited in Public Relations and will serve three-year terms. Successive terms are allowed.

·         Bylaw amendments require a vote of two-thirds of the present members, provided a quorum is established.


But, don’t take our word for what the proposed bylaws say. This is your chapter and you should be an informed member. You can read the proposed bylaws. Please make sure to ask questions, if you have them, of the current chapter officers and directors.

Aug. 24: Clear Lake APR Study Group

s becoming Accredited in Public Relations one of your goals for 2011? No matter where you are in the process, you are invited to join the five-session Study Group in Clear Lake that will begin on August 24. Session dates and topics are as follows:


Aug. 24 - Basic Concepts of PR; Publics and Public Opinion

Aug. 31 - Communications Theory and Diffusion

Sept. 7 - Research and Research Methods

Sept. 14- Planning Process

Sept. 21 - Law and Ethics/Business Literacy


Registration for this event includes the entire series. Please register in advance as materials will be sent only to those who have registered.


Register for this event.



Date:           Aug. 24 - Sept. 21, 2011

Time:           6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Location:      Excalibur Almaz (902 Gemini St., Houston, 77573) All sessions


Contact:       Kelly George, APR, 281-575-4009.


Call for Speakers!
PR Day 2011: A Matter of Trust
Submit by Aug. 15


PRSA Houston is requesting proposals for PR Day 2011 which will be Oct. 26 at Reliant Center. This year's theme is A Matter of Trust. We are looking for presentation proposals related to the following topic areas:

·          Building Trust After a Crisis

·          Ensuring Credibility in the Age of Social Media

·          Casting a Wider Net: Communicating to a Diverse Audience

·          Taking Your Message Global

·          Boomers, X,Y,Z: Communicating Effectively in a Multigenerational Workplace

·          Measuring Your Worth


The deadline for submissions is Aug. 15.




RFP Form


PR Day 2011 Chairs

Andrea Fineman and Ann Herlocher.


PRSA Houston reserve the right to reject any and all proposals. 

Sizzling Summer Savings Offer for New PRSA Members!

Invest in your career with PRSA membership between now and the end of August, and we will waive your $65 initiation fee!* Join Online Now or mail/fax the application, and gain access to career-boosting tools, resources and expertise. Be sure to enter promotion code SUMMER11 with payment to receive this special offer. Offer not valid for Associate Members.


What Can Membership in PRSA Do for You?

PRSA is vibrant community of more than 21,000 communications professionals and public relations practitioners who represent business and industry counseling firms, independent practitioners, military, government, associations, hospitals, schools, professional services firms and nonprofit organizations.


As a member of our community, you will meet others, engage with experts, learn new public relations and communications strategies, shape your communications career and have opportunities to participate in networking and leadership at the local and national levels. Benefits include:


  • Stay on Top of Emerging Trends and Industry News.
  • Extend Your Network While Increasing Your Knowledge.
  • Keep Learning and Stay Competitive.
  • Accelerate Your Career.
  • Expand Your Options With Members-Only Offers
  • More...
Ready to join? Let's get started!

PRSA Houston’s Bozman Among 2011 College of Fellows


Chris Bozman, APR, Fellow PRSA, Communications Manager, Shell Deer Park, has been selected as one of nine PRSA members to the prestigious PRSA College of Fellows. Bozman will be inducted during an Induction Dinner, Saturday, October 15, 2011, prior to PRSA's International Conference in Orlando.


Induction into the College of Fellows represents one of the highest honors in a person’s PR career. Inductees are selected based on their continued commitment and service to the profession and demonstrated extraordinary accomplishments that advance the PR profession.


The College of Fellows was founded in 1990 as a way to recognize individuals who have demonstrated superior capabilities as public relations practitioners or educators. College of Fellows candidates must have 20 years or more of experience in the public relations industry and exhibit exceptional personal and professional qualities, while advancing the state of the profession.


About Chris Bozman, APR, Fellow PRSA

In her thirty-two years of experience in the public relations field, Bozman has served in a variety of industries, from energy and petrochemical to consumer goods and banking. She has developed expertise across a wide range of public relations disciplines, including strategic planning, executive visibility, media and community relations, organizational communication, marketing communications and crisis and issues management. 


Chris has received numerous PRSA awards from, the International Association of Business Communicators and other professional organizations for successful efforts in crisis communications, stakeholder engagement, media relations and writing. In 2008, Chris received a coveted “Gold Quill” Excellence Award from IABC for “A National Dialogue on Energy Security,” otherwise known within Shell as the “50-City Tour.” 


Chris holds a bachelor’s degree in English and sociology and a master’s degree in counseling and guidance from Trinity University in San Antonio.

We Want To Follow You

Please take a minute to follow us on Twitter @prsahouston. We are especially interested in official Houston communications agency and vendor Twitter handles.


In case you missed it, here are a couple of the tweets we have sent out recently:

Media Mixer Photos
PRSA Houston member Sarah Watson, UT M.D. Anderson, a member of the media mixer committee, chats with Greg Miller of Biscom as Ian Ord, Fifth Ring and David Michael Cohen, World Oil, listen. File uploaded by Paula Ruth, APR.


Seeking Nominations for 2012 Southwest District Board

Deadline is Aug. 12


Nominees are being solicited for the 2012 Southwest District Board. Potential candidates need to be accredited (APR). If you would like to nominate yourself or someone else, please contact Kristie Aylett, chair of the nominating committee, by Aug. 12. 

Aug. 29: Call for Speakers Deadline for PRSA Southwest District Conference

The PRSA Southwest Converence will take place in Tulsa, OK, April 11-13, 2012. Conference organizers are looking for experienced presenters who can motivate and energize an audience on the latest tools, techniques, trends and knowledge of new technology or research pertaining to public relations. Presenters are need for breakout sessions of approximately 90 minutes and keynote speakers for general sessions.

Industry experts, seasoned practitioners, academics, researchers, or public relations service providers are welcome to submit a proposal to individually or jointly present a topic relevant for PR practitioners with varying levels of experience. Organizers are open to any proposal that provides PR professionals with new knowledge, insight and ideas that can enhance their professional capabilities.


The deadline to submit proposals is Monday, August 29, 2011. The proposal must include a title, the topic, a description of the proposed presentation (200 words maximum) and three learning objectives participants will take away from the session. Please also include a biography (100 words maximum) and a list of previous speaking engagements. Programs must offer solid and authentic tactical and strategic insights, and must NOT be a commercial for products or services. Programs that are interactive and engage the audience are encouraged.


Presenters will receive a travel stipend and lodging and a complimentary registration to the conference.


Send proposals to or mail to:


Call for Speakers

Tulsa PRSA

3701-A S. Harvard, #346

Tulsa, OK 74135-2282                   

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