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PRSA Houston Upcoming Events June 8

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Don’t Miss PRSA Houston's Event of the Season: The Excalibur Awards Gala


Join in on the honor, networking and fun! Reserve your seat now for this year's Excalibur Awards Gala, June 17, at the Junior League of Houston.
A cocktail reception sponsored by Coyne Public Relations and silent auction benefiting the Public Relations Foundation of Houston student scholarship will begin at 6 p.m. Dinner will be served at 7 p.m., followed by the awards presentations. 
PRSA Houston is pleased to have Debra Fraser, KUHF station manager and chief operating officer, emcee the event.

A Few Tables Remain

Only a few prime table locations remain. If you were thinking about purchasing a table, don’t delay! Contact Christina LaCanfora or Ed Davis for table purchasing information.


Reserve a table for your company or friends! Table pricing

Send table and sponsorship package guest lists to Paula Ruth, APR by June 11. 




Tickets are still available. Check the sponsorship packet for a special ticket package for PRSA members.


Between June 1
& June 14:
            $90 members / $105 non-members


After June 14:        $115 members and $125 non-members


Purchase individual tickets


Please note if you will need a vegetarian meal when registering.


CEO Communicator of the Year Announced

This year’s PRSA Houston CEO Communicator of the Year Award will be presented to Greg C. Garland, president and CEO of Chevron Phillips Chemical Company LP. During his 20-year career, Garland has proven to be a strategic leader and a valued asset to his company and its shareholders, Chevron Corporation and ConocoPhillips. Last year, Garland implemented his “Formula for Greatness,” a leadership philosophy that motivated his company's 4,600 employees across nine countries to be successful in the face of a global economic recession.

Legacy Award Winner Announced

The PRSA Houston Legacy Award will be presented to Kris Taylor, APR. A former PRSA Houston president, Taylor has been a communications force in Texas education for more than 30 years. Recently retired from Katy I.S.D., Taylor is known as a phenomenal strategist with the ability to engage local communities in building stronger support for Texas public schools.

Please join us at the Excalibur Awards, as we honor Garland and Taylor for their outstanding achievements.


Full event details:   Excalibur Awards site



PRSA Houston thanks all of our supporters
for making the 2010 Excalibur Awards possible
Presenting Sponsor


Reception Sponsor

In-Kind Sponsors



PRSA Houston thanks the following organizations
for purchasing tables

Knights of the Roundtable





The Vanguard
The Landed Gentry

Stephanie Dedeaux, APR


July 7 Seminar & Luncheon: What Powers Fortune 100 Communications Groups?


What differentiates the top leaders?  What's the best defense in managing change and difficult situations, or driving change?


Next month, David Grossman, ABC, APR, Fellow PRSA, will lead a morning workshop in addition to the monthly luncheon and explain how the most effective leaders and successful organizations use leadership communications to drive their business. PRSA Houston members and guests can register online for the morning seminar, luncheon, or both.


Grossman is the founder of The Grossman Group, a Chicago-based communications consultancy that specializes in organizational consulting, strategic leadership development and internal communications. He is also the author of You Can’t NOT Communicate: Proven Solutions That Power the Fortune 100.



Date:        July 7, 2010

Time:        8 a.m. - 11 a.m. (seminar)
                11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. (luncheon)

Location:   Briar Club

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


Thanks to our July sponsor
  Other sponsorships are available.
Contact Paula Ruth, APR, 281-870-1717


Donate to PR Foundation Auction


The Public Relations Foundation of Houston (PRFH) will host its annual silent auction June 17 as part of the 2010 Excalibur Awards for Excellence. You can support the future of our profession by donating items to the auction or purchasing an item at the event. 


Some of the donations that will be available at the auction include:


·              St. Arnolds Brewing Company gift basket

·              Overnight get-a-way for two at the Houstonian Hotel

·              Chi hair care products from Farouk USA

·              Bowling party at Lucky Strike Lanes & Lounge

·              City-wide family membership to the YMCA of Greater Houston

·              Houston Rockets jerseys from Gulf States Toyota

·              Ensemble Theater tickets

·              Performance tickets from the Houston Ballet

·              Membership to the Museum of the Fine Arts 


Supporting PRFH is a win-win for everyone involved. The Foundation awards a $3,000 scholarship to support a local, deserving student studying PR or communications each year. The Excalibur Awards auction is PRFH’s largest fundraising event.  


Contact: Tricia Bentley or Ania Czarnecka



APR Study Group Scheduled June 9 – 15

Want to become accredited? Only five sessions remain in the APR Study Group. These sessions will cover everything to prepare you for the exam. Remaining dates and subjects include:

Wednesday, June 9   Communications Theory and Diffusion
Wednesday, June 16 Research and Research Methods
Thursday, June 24    Planning Process
Thursday, July 8       Law and Ethics
Thursday, July 15     Business Literacy

Register for the remaining sessions today. Registration includes the entire series. Study Group materials will be sent only to those registered.

Time:           6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Location:      University of St. Thomas Basilian Room, Welder Hall, 1st Floor

Parking:       Street parking minimal; Moran Center parking garage available near W. Alabama/ Graustark

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



APR Spotlight: Suzanne Ogle, 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 Suzanne Ogle, APR, who earned her accreditation a few months ago.

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

Ogle: I believe learning is a lifelong experience, and by stretching yourself beyond your current level, you accelerate your level of competence. Throughout my life, I have consistently set goals and hurdles to help me move along.  The APR accreditation was important to me, because it represented a level of professionalism and commitment to continued growth.


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

Ogle: I took the prep course taught by Julie Fix, and then studied with the online course. I found that helpful as it allowed me to fit studying into my crazy schedule.


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

Ogle: Study.  It was my experience that day-to-day best practices in my professional life do not always represent best practices.


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

Ogle: Houston has a large resource network of talented professionals.  It is important to take advantage of these resources, and then give back to your industry and the professional community. 


June 9: Help Plan PR Day 2010

Come network, and showcase your communications talents to others in our community! Join the PR Day 2010 Planning Committee to help make this event a hit! Volunteer opportunities include programming, logistics, communications and more.


PRSA Houston’s PR Day 2010 Source: Erin Schwartz

Erin Schwartz
(713) 563-4920
Author: Erin Schwartz
Phone: (713) 563-4920
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