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PRSA Houston Upcoming Events Aug. 10

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2011 Leadership Election Opens Aug. 12

Attention PRSA Houston members – you’re invited to participate in the selection of new members for our chapter’s leadership team. The election will open Aug. 12 and close Aug. 30. Results will be announced at the Sept. 1 Luncheon and Annual Meeting.
How do I vote?

All PRSA Houston members will receive an e-mail with a unique ballot ID. Members must log-in using the e-mail link provided in order to vote. Only Houston Chapter members are permitted to vote. Voting is restricted to one ballot per member.


When voting, participants must select four directors and one delegate.

There are nine members running for election to one of four open three-year Board of Director terms beginning in January 2010.

Pictured clockwise from top, left:
David Casey, Stacey Cox, APR, Kami Huyse, APR, Barbara Langham, Ph.D., APR, Rob Lazaro, APR, Trazanna Moreno, APR,  Meagan Stangle, Bronwyn Wallace, Don Young, APR.


Two members are seeking to be elected to one open three-year Assembly Delegate terms beginning in January 2010.
Pictured left to right: Laura Frnka, APR and Aaron Woods, APR.


The Board hopes members will recognize these candidates' willingness to serve our chapter by carefully reviewing each person's information and casting your votes.

The Board thanks the Nominating Committee, under the direction of Terri Larson, for producing an excellent slate of candidates.
Each candidate’s enthusiasm is appreciated.  

Election Information
Under PRSA Houston's bylaws, at least 25% of a chapter’s membership must participate in the election process for the election to be valid. 
The election candidates are being considered for positions that will determine the direction of PRSA Houston for a three-year period. In choosing a candidate, remember that a good Board requires a diverse mixture of people who work hard as well as those who will bring prestige, connections or financial support to PRSA Houston.  


All Board candidates are members in good standing with PRSA Houston. Assembly candidates are accredited or are serving as a current chapter officer. 


About one-third of the Board positions change each year.  In the case of the Assembly Delegates, these are the members who represent us at the General Assembly of PRSA which is held just prior to the International Conference. 


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


Member Survey: The Role of the Public Relations Professional in 2015

What are the skills needed for the PR Pro of 2015?  How will the profession change in five years?


PRSA’s National board is requesting input from Chapter Members as part of an ongoing effort to prepare the organization for the future.  At this fall’s international conference, the 2010 Leadership Assembly will discuss how the knowledge, skills and abilities currently used by PR professionals will change in the future.


Your feedback is very important. Let’s demonstrate a good response from the Houston chapter!


Please take a few minutes to answer the brief five-question survey by August 23.
Take the survey now.


This survey is restricted to members only. You will need to log in to complete the survey.

Click here to retrieve your password.


Your PRSA Houston 2010 Assembly Delegates appreciate your prompt participation:

Chris Bozman, APR
Julie Fix, APR
Kelly George, APR
Barbara Langham, APR   
Judi Martin, APR


Sept. 1: PR’s Role in the Future of Nonprofit Journalism

Can Evan Smith and his colleagues at The Texas Tribune save watchdog journalism in Texas? And what does its new nonprofit model mean for the state’s media relations practitioners?

Smith, CEO and editor of The Texas Tribune and former president and editor in chief of Texas Monthly, will discuss the year-old media outlet’s mission to promote civic engagement and discourse on public policy, politics, government, and other matters of statewide concern. In addition to publishing the work of its seasoned staff online, The Texas Tribune partners with organizations such as the Houston Chronicle and the University of Texas on research and investigative reporting projects.

Smith joined The Texas Tribune in August 2009 after 18 years with Texas Monthly. A New York native, Smith holds a master’s degree in journalism from the Medill School at Northwestern University and is a founding co-chair of the Texas Film Hall of Fame.

Date:           September 1, 2010

Time:           11:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Location:      Briar Club
Contact:   Paula Ruth, APR, 281-870-1717, for event information
               and sponsorship opportunities


Free ‘September Sipper’ Member Mixer


Does the idea of beating the summer heat with cool cocktails after a hard day’s work sound enticing? Then join your PR pals after work Sept. 2 for PRSA Houston’s fun, free September Sipper event.


This free member mixer is generously provided by Flora & Muse Bistro and Bar, who will welcome members with light bites, a complimentary first beverage and door prizes.


Flora & Muse is a new bar/lounge/café concept with a whimsical, neo-Victorian setting encompassing numerous indoor and alfresco seating vignettes. Opening mid-August, PRSA Houston members will be among the first Houstonians to experience this soon-to-be Houston hotspot.


Admission is free to PRSA members with advance on-line registration. Hurry, as space is limited.



Date:           September 2, 2010

Time:           5:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Location:      Flora & Muse 
                   (Town & Country CITYCENTRE Directions


Contact:       David Casey, 713-560-9721



Don’t Miss Your Chance to be a Sponsor at the Largest PR Event of the Year!


Sign-up to be a sponsor of one of the biggest PRSA Houston events of the year! PR Day 2010 is scheduled for Nov. 30 at the Hyatt Regency Downtown.


Special thanks go out to our early commitment sponsors - Conference Kit Sponsor CenterPoint Energy, Keynote Sponsor Hill & Knowlton, PR Day Swag Bag sponsor Business Wire, Exhibitor Sponsors, PR Newswire and Texas Press Clipping Bureau, and Lagniappe Sponsors, EyelitDesigns and Whitney Bank.

We also appreciate our scholarship sponsors, Discinc and Shell, and our in-kind sponsors, Graphique, Disc Pro Printing & Graphics, Flowers by Nino and Encore Printstore.


There are still several exciting ways for you to get involved as a sponsor for PR Day 2010! To learn more about becoming an official PR Day 2010 sponsor, visit the PR Day page on the PRSA Houston site, and click on our Sponsorship Guide. Sponsorship opportunities include, but are not limited to:
  • Presenting Sponsor (exclusive) $5,000 - Helps cover the operating expenses associated with providing a first-class professional development experience for PR professionals.
  • Technology Sponsor (exclusive) $4,000 - Underwrites the costs of all projector, laptop and wide-screen costs associated with PR Day 2010.
  • Breakfast Sponsor $1000 - Covers additional breakfast costs.
  • In-Kind Sponsor - Covers the costs of printing invitations, save the date cards, programs, signage, or other logistical costs for the event. 
New sponsorship perk! - In addition to the many benefits sponsors receive, this year's PR Day, will offer all sponsors the option to add a company promotional item to the event swag bags PR Day attendees will receive when they check-in for the day.


Contact:       Osjetta Gascey:

                   Angela Randolph:



About PR Day


Plan to attend PR Day 2010 November 30, 2010 at the Hyatt Regency Downtown.


The theme for this year’s one-day, action-packed conference and expo event is PRSA: Promoting Relationships, Surviving Adversity.

The popularity of social media and new technologies, such as smart phone apps, have added new ways to communicate to a broader audience. These new tools have also required PR and communications professionals to stay on their toes when crises occur. With just a click of a button, news, good or bad, can reach the public within seconds.


PR Day 2010 will focus on promoting networking with diverse audiences using these tools and other communication outlets. The program will also address how to avoid the adverse effects new technologies can produce.


Early speaker commitments include Houston's own PR pioneer and co-founder of Paper City Magazine, Becca Cason Thrash, our breakfast keynote, and Paul Taaffe, chairman and CEO of Hill & Knowlton, Inc., our luncheon keynote.

PR Day is Houston’s premiere annual professional development event. PR Day 2010 promises to have something for everyone, whether you’re just starting out or you’ve got your fair share of war stories to tell. It's a great time to get involved in PRSA Houston to build relationships crucial to your career. 


Interested in helping plan this year’s PR Day? Join the 2010 Planning Committee!


Contacts:    PR Day Chair Lady Oliver, 832-866-6608


Communications Chairs - promotions, media

Kristi Krupala: (713) 792-2096;

Kim Miller:


Sponsorships - sponsorships, vendor exhibits, donations

Osjetta Gascey:


Programming Chair - speakers, program

Cynthia Miller: (225) 610-0592;


Venue Logistics - exhibits, logistics, speaker travel

Meagan Stangle: (713) 243-8879;


 Oct. 6: Learn How PR-savvy CEO is Leading HAR

PRSA Houston welcomes one of Houston’s most PR-savvy chief executives to its Oct. 6 luncheon. Bob Hale, chief executive officer for Houston Association of Realtors (HAR), will address selling real estate and realtors through effective communication.


Despite a recession partially driven by a national real-estate bust, a month doesn’t pass without HAR making headlines with its home sales reports.


Hale not only champions HAR’s benefits to association members, he supports robust communications with consumers to help them understand the importance of including realtors in their real-estate transactions. Routinely recognized by trade media as one of America’s most influential people in real estate, Hale also received the 2010 Communication Leadership Award from IABC Houston.


Hale’s enthusiastic belief in all types of traditional and social media helps drive a million unique visitors a month to and makes HAR the largest organization of its type in the nation.

Register now


Date:        October 6, 2010

Time:        11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Location:   Briar Club


Contact:   Paula Ruth, APR, 281-870-1717, for event information
                and sponsorship opportunities


Thanks to our October Luncheon sponsor



APR Spotlight: Amy Self, APR

APR is a mark of distinction for public relations professionals who demonstrate their commitment to the profession and to its ethical practice. APR candidates are selected based on their broad knowledge, strategic perspective and sound professional judgment.

PRSA Houston talked to Amy Self, APR, director of public relations, Belmont Village Senior Living. Here, she shares his Accreditation story.

PRSA Houston:  What made you decide to become Accredited at this stage in your career?


Amy Self: Accreditation has been a goal since college - I think it's important to establish and support a standard for our profession, and it's a chance for development. I chose to do it now because I realized I had the right mix of experience and opportunity to complete the process.   


PRSA Houston: How did you prepare for the Readiness Review and computer-based exam?

Amy Self:
I used the chapter resources - an APR jump start with Julie Fix to better understand the process and the six-week study course with Kelly George, which was very valuable in helping me prepare for my Readiness Review. To prepare for the exam, I relied on the APR Study Guide download, supplemented by my notes from the study course, Cutlip and Center's Effective Public Relations, and, of course, my own experience.


PRSA Houston: What advice do you have for others who are considering Accreditation?

Amy Self:
Just do it. It takes a time commitment, but going through the process allows you to step back from life in the trenches and think strategically. It's a great refresher and helps to realign your perspective. I had several “A-ha!” moments while studying that I was able to translate to real-world projects and plans.


PRSA Houston: Do you have any other comments or suggestions for people thinking of becoming accredited?

Amy Self:
I appreciate the support that I received from our local PRSA chapter and the national organization as I moved through this process. I would encourage others to take advantage of the available resources, and reach out to fellow PR professionals. The exchange of ideas and experience is always helpful. 


Passionate About PR? Bloggers Wanted


Have an opinion on a PR issue you want to share?  Share your viewpoint with hundreds of PR professionals in the Houston area, and blog for PRSA Houston.  Become a trusted resource on some of the great PR issues of our time — from BP to teabaggers and beyond.  PRSA provides the forum.  You provide the thought leadership. Your followers provide the dialogue. 

Contact: Mike Wysatta for more information.

Luncheon Sponsorships Offer Good Marketing Value 

Are you a company looking for exposure to more than 2,000 communications professionals? PRSA Houston has monthly luncheon sponsorship opportunities available.

Thanks to MedTouch for sponsoring out August luncheon, featuring UTMB director of media relations Raul Reyes. Other sponsorships are available. Luncheon sponsors get the following benefits for $500:  

·         mention in promotional e-mail sent to database of 2000-plus subscribers

·         mention and text link in ePRo, the PRSA Houston newsletter sent to 2000-plus subscribers

·         text/Logo link on PRSA Houston Web site for one month

·         ability to distribute materials to all luncheon attendees

·         table in room to talk with luncheon attendees before and after the event

·         speaking opportunity at the luncheon (no more than 3 minutes)

·         one free lunch registration at the President's table; others available at $30 member rate

·         One time use of an electronically provided member list of physical addresses for all 440 PRSA Houston members.

Luncheon sponsorships do not include PR Day, for which we offer several exclusive PR Day sponsorship packages. Read more about this premiere event on the PR Day Page. Multi-event sponsorship agreements are also available.

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



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