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PRSA Houston News, Events Sept. 14, 2011

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Sept. 29: September Sipper Event Offers Discounts, Networking


Snub the summer heat and join PRSA Houston for its September Sipper event, Sept. 29 from 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., to mix and mingle at Bar Münich. You and dozens of other PRSA Houston colleagues can enjoy 25% off any food purchase and $2.50 domestics until 8 p.m.


There will be a mini-networking session at 7 p.m., so bring plenty of business cards to network with Houston’s premier PR pros.


Admission is free! But, please register as space is limited.



Date:           Thursday, Sept. 29, 2011

Time:           5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Location:      Bar Munich 2616 Louisiana St, #103, Houston, 77006

                   Free parking is available onsite and across the street.


Contact:       Paula Ruth, APR, 281-870-1717


Oct. 5: Making the ‘Write’ Connection: How a Coordinated Effort Can Help Build Powerful Personal, Professional Brands


In a world full of tablets, Smartphones, computers, email, LinkedIn and Facebook, a handwritten note makes a lasting, profitable impression. At PRSA Houston’s monthly luncheon, Oct. 5, at the Briar Club, Marjorie Maxfield, national etiquette expert, owner of Tanglewood Stationery & Gifts and author of The Write Stuff, will discuss the role of the handwritten note in today’s business world and in your personal life.


Maxfield is known across the country for her expertise in wedding etiquette and personal stationery. She is an author, publisher, guest speaker and successful Texas businesswoman. Her clients include former presidents, athletes and celebrities. Along with her work in etiquette and stationery, Maxfield also has led a successful career in public relations. In 1980, she created the first financial radio and television talk show in the country. Today, the financial talk show format is the used by ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, CNN and many others.


Come hear how letter writing can make an impact in the way you do business and support the Public Relations Foundation of Houston (PRFH). PRSA Houston will generously donate all luncheon proceeds to the PRFH in support of its mission to enhance the quality of education by providing scholarships for students studying communications disciplines at local universities.


You can make an individual contribution to support the PRFH by making a donation at the luncheon with your check or credit card. Visit the PRFH webpage for more information.


Register now



Date:           Oct., 5, 2011

Time:           11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Location:      Briar Club


Contact:       Paula Ruth, APR, 281-870-1717



Thanks to our sponsors for their generosity
Sponsor a PRFH Luncheon
For more information on how your company can be a sponsor for the PRFH luncheon and other ways to support the PRFH, contact
Tricia Bentley, PRFH Vice President.



Picture L to R: Jessica Manning, Love Advertising, and Tania Cruz, Susan G. Komen Foundation, talk with 2011 PRSA Houston President Michelle McCormick, Bracewell and Giuliani, after the Sept. 7 luncheon. About 75 PRSA Houston viewed Manning and Cruz's presentation on how brand building and consistent messaging grew the Komen Houston Race for the Cure.


Oct. 1: Help Needed to Judge Cincinnati Chapter Awards


PRSA Houston is seeking volunteers to judge PRSA Cincinnati’s Blacksmith awards, which are similar to PRSA Houston’s Excalibur Awards. The judging will take place Saturday, October 1, 2011 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at FKM Public Relations office.


We need at least 20 volunteers, including 10 volunteers with APR certification. 


If you are interested in judging, please contact Meagan Guidry, 713-243-8879.


PR Day Early Registration Now Open!
Full-day, half-day, lunch-only options available

Join hundreds of Houston-area PR professionals for this exciting, one-day conference!
PR Day 2011:
A Matter of Trust will be held at Reliant Center, One Reliant Park on Wednesday, Oct. 26. 

Early bird registration is now open. Full-day, half-day and lunch-only registration options are available.

This year’s action-packed event focuses on trust and the role of the PR professional.
Don't miss out on these timely topics:

·         The X, Y, Zs of Social Media: Optimizing New Media in a Multi-generation Workplace

·         Rebuilding Trust After a Disaster

·         Creating a mobile brand strategy

·         Cultural PR: Not as Simple as it seems

·         Ensuring Credibility in the Age of Social Media

·         Casting a Wider Net: Communicating to a Diverse Audience

·         Taking Your Message Global

·         Measuring Your Worth

PR Day is a chance to enhance your career by building your networks and keeping up with industry best practices and the latest tools of the trade.

What:          PR Day 2011: A Matter of Trust

When:         Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2011

Where:        Reliant Center, One Reliant Park 


PR Day 2011 Chairs
Ann Herlocher
, (713) 758-9114 
Andrea Fineman, (713) 533-4973


Sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities are available

Looking for a way to get your brand, product or service in front of PR decision makers? Become a PR Day sponsor and reap the rewards. Contact Ed Davis for details.


PRSA Houston thanks the following sponsors





Bylaws Changes Pass with 87% Voting Members


On behalf of the Board of Directors, we would like to thank everyone who voted in the PRSA Houston election this year.  In this election, about 87% voted for the proposed changes, so they will become effective in 2012. To pass bylaws changes, we needed two-thirds of a quorum of our members vote in support of the proposed changes. 


Congratulations to Our New Board Members, Delegates!


Please join PRSA Houston in congratulating the newest members of our Board of Directors and our Assembly Delegate panel. 


The following PRSA Houston members were elected to three-year terms under the existing by-laws as PRSA Houston Board members:

·         Saki Indakwa, Fifth Business

·         Sally Ramsay, Pierpont Communications

·         Lee Vela, Clear Channel Communications

·         Sarah Watson, UT MD Anderson Cancer Center.


The following PRSA Houston members were elected to three-year-terms as Assembly Delegates:

·         Julie B. Fix, APR, Fellow PRSA, Fix & Associates

·         Laura Frnka, APR, LifeGift


If your favorite candidate was not among these, encourage that member to try again in the next election or volunteer in another role for the chapter.


Chairs, Volunteers Needed

We currently have openings as membership chair, hospitality chair, and next year's monthly programs and Excalibur Awards.  Please contact 2011 President Michelle McCormick, President-Elect Ed Davis or Paula Ruth, APR, if you have an interest in any of these areas.


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