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PRSA Houston News, Events July 19, 2011

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July 28: Meet Energy Editors at PRSA Houston's July Media Breakfast

Event sponsor Fifth Ring to pay for first 25 corporate energy company public relations registrants.* 

With oil and gas as one of the leading industries in Houston, we are calling all communicators to come out and mingle with some of Houston's top-tier energy reporters, July 28, 2011, from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. at the United Way Community Resource Center.


Don’t miss this opportunity to build relationships and participate in a Q & A session.




·                     Brett Clanton – Energy Reporter, Houston Chronicle

·                     David Cohen – Managing Editor at World Oil

·                     Judy Murray – Editor at Hart’s E&P

·                     Linda Hseih – Editor at Drilling Contractor


This event aims to forge connections between communicators and members of the media.


The cost of the event is $5 members, $10 non-members. Breakfast will be provided.


Register by July 27. *Contact Paula Ruth, APR for the discount.


Date:         July 28, 2011
Time:         7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.
Location:    United Way of Greater Houston
                 50 Waugh, Houston, 77007 

Contacts:       Melanie Kania
Sponsored by

Aug. 3: Sages and Seekers - Advice from PR Gurus, a Mentoring Luncheon
'Ever wish you could sit with a seasoned PR/communication expert to get industry insights? Are you seeking advice about what it takes to get ahead in these challenging times? Do you wonder if you're in-tune with the latest trends? 
Now is your chance to get answers to these questions and more! Join PRSA Houston at the Briar Club Aug. 3 for its second annual Sages & Seekers – Advice from PR Gurus.  

This mentoring luncheon provides power networking with several of Houston's PR/communications thought leaders from various industries.
Bring your questions, bring plenty of business cards and get ready for lively small-group discussions with our distinguished guests.* Sages will include:


·                    Betsy Ballard, Houston Food Bank

·                    James Campbell, Memorial Hermann Healthcare System

·                    Mike Cinelli, Baker Botts

·                    Frances Jeter, Spectra Energy

·                    David McKinney, ABC, APR, former Shell Oil Company

·                    Jennier Evans, JL Evans

·                    Ward Pennebaker, Pennebaker

·                    Graham Painter, APR, Sterling Bank

·                    John Sweney, Brookwoods Group

More about the speakers (click the Speakers tab)


Date:           August 3, 2011

Time:           11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Location:      Briar Club


Contact:       Paula Ruth, APR for more information or to sponsor
                    this event.
*Registration does not include designated seating with a given sage. Seekers will change tables after entrees are finished, so they will get to sit with two sages.

July 26: Celebrate 10 Years of Supporting Houston's Future PR Leaders

Register by July 22


The Public Relations Foundation of Houston (PRFH) cordially invites you to its 10-year birthday celebration on Tuesday, July 26, 2011 beginning at 5:30 p.m. at T’afia Restaurant. Please join us for complimentary drinks and hors d’oeuvres and to celebrate the past, present and future of the foundation.

(l to r) Claudia Hualde, Dr. Khator, Samantha Johnson

Register by July 22.


PRSA Houston formed PRFH in 2001 to support the growth and development of our profession by awarding scholarships to college students and providing grants and awards to educators.


The enduring success of the public relations profession depends on preparing bright and articulate individuals to embrace it and explore its many areas of opportunity. It is vital that new practitioners be educated about how to deal with the increasingly complex challenges served up by business and society.


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Date:           July 26, 2011

Time:           5:30 p.m.

Location:      T’afia Restaurant 3701 Travis St., Houston, 77002
Thanks to our sponsors
                       Venue                      Printing

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!

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

PRSA Houston Congratulates
2011 Excalibur Award Winners

Congratulations to all of the 2011 Excalibur Awards for Excellence winners. See the complete list of winners.

PRSA Houston President Michelle McCormick congratulates Bob Hale, president and chief executive officer of the Houston Association of Realtors®, who was honored as CEO Communicator of the Year by the chapter.  

Certificate Reorders
We are using a special paper this year to print the award certificates, and you will not be able to make copies or scan the originals. Please
order your reprints by September 1.

Unclaimed Award Entries and Binders should be picked up no later than October 5. Please contact
Paula Ruth to make arrangements.

One More Round of Thanks
PRSA Houston and the Excalibur Committee would like to once again thank all of our wonderful sponsors and those who purchased tables:

Presenting Sponsor

Reception Sponsor

Champagne Sponsor

Public Relations Professional of the Year Sponsor

 In-Kind Sponsors



(Media Partner)    

(Dessert Sponsor)

 (Print Sponsor)

Touch of Elegance

(Photography Sponsor)




Table Sponsors

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