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PRSA Houston News, Events July 26, 2011

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July 28: Meet Energy Editors at PRSA Houston's July Media Breakfast
Register by July 27 or pay double at the door

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 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. at the United Way of Greater Houston Community Resource Center.

Don’t miss this valuable opportunity to build relationships and participate in a Q & A session with the following speakers:


·          David Cohen – Managing Editor at World Oil

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

·          Linda Hsieh – Editor at Drilling Contractor

·          Deon Daughtery – Energy Reporter at Houston Business Journal (Just added)

·          Greg Miller – Energy Reporter at Biznow (Just added)

The cost of the event, including breakfast, is only $5 for PRSA members an for $10 non-members. Only PRSA Houston can bring you such a great value!

Event sponsor, Fifth Ring, still has complimentary spots available for corporate energy company public relations professionals. Contact Paula Ruth, APR to secure this discount. 


Register by July 27 to avoid paying double at the door.



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.

Tonight: Join PRFH, Celebrating 10 Years of Giving

Walk-ins are welcome!
The Public Relations Foundation of Houston (PRFH) cordially invites you to its 10-year birthday celebration tonight, July 26, 2011, at 5:30 p.m. at T’afia Restaurant.  

Please join us for complimentary hors d'oeuvres and birthday cake! A cash bar will be available, and T’afia is creating a signature drink with proceeds going to PRFH.
    T'afia prefers that drinks be paid with cash.                           
A $10 donation to PRFH covers your entry to the birthday celebration.  Come celebrate the past, present and future of the Foundation.

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Date:           July 26, 2011

Time:           5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Location:      T’afia Restaurant 3701 Travis St., Houston, 77002
Questions:    Contact Suzanne Lammers, PRFH President,
Members of 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 excited about how to deal with the increasingly complex challenges served up by business and society.
Thanks to our sponsors
Venue                           Printing
Cake                     Specialty Drink


PR Day 2011: A Matter of Trust Call for Speakers
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. 

Aug. 24: Clear Lake APR Study Group Begins

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.


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                   

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