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PRSAHouston News 16-Aug-11

PRSA Houston Members Asked To Approve New Bylaws


During the upcoming PRSA Houston annual election, members will be asked to approve new bylaws for the chapter. Nationally, Leadership Assembly delegates approved new PRSA bylaws in 2009 and chapters were asked to revise their own bylaws accordingly by the end of 2011.


In keeping with that mandate, the PRSA Houston Board has reviewed the suggested chapter bylaw template, made revisions to fit our chapter’s needs and now seeks membership approval for these new bylaws. To take effect Jan. 1, 2012, the bylaws must be approved by two-thirds of those voting in the annual election, and we need a quorum of 25% of our voting members to participate in the election.


So what’s new in the bylaws?

·         The most obvious changes are that our chapter officers will be elected by the membership annually and that directors will be elected to one-year terms annually.

·         Directors will be limited to three consecutive terms. Officers other than the past president, president and president-elect will be able to succeed themselves once.

·         The offices of treasurer and secretary may be combined and held by the same person, at the discretion of the board.

·         The board will consist of president, president-elect, vice president, secretary, treasurer, past president, PRSA Leadership Assembly Delegates, seven directors-at-large, and the president of the Public Relations Foundation of Houston.

·         All board members will be required to sign a conflict of interest policy.


Things that remain the same:

·         Leadership Assembly delegates will still be required to be Accredited in Public Relations and will serve three-year terms. Successive terms are allowed.

·         Bylaw amendments require a vote of two-thirds of the present members, provided a quorum is established.


But, don’t take our word for what the proposed bylaws say. This is your chapter and you should be an informed member. You can read the proposed bylaws. Please make sure to ask questions, if you have them, of the current chapter officers and directors.

Aug. 24: Clear Lake APR Study Group

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.

Sept. 7 Monthly Luncheon and Annual Meeting: Walking the Walk--How Brand Building and Consistent Messaging Grew the Komen Houston Race for the Cure

Susan G. Komen for the Cure® is well known globally as an unstoppable breast cancer organization with much of the brand’s momentum generated on the local level from its affiliates. But even strong brands can fail on the local level without strategic organization and execution.

Through consistent marketing messages, strong volunteer activation and innovative ideas, the Komen Houston Affiliate has grown from raising $34,000 in its first event to become the number one affiliate in the nation for granting the most funds to the community totaling nearly $30 million dollars in the past 20 years. Komen Houston PR Manager, Tania Cruz, and Love Advertising’s VP of PR, Jessica Manning, will share the organizational and marketing tactics used by the Affiliate to raise funds to end breast cancer forever.

Date: September 7
Location: Briar Club
Register for this event


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.
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Welcome to our New and Reinstated Chapter Members
(April 25-Aug. 10)
Lauren Doak
Daniel Cohen, University of Houston
Jessica Parnell
William Tanner
Justin Concepcion (reinstated), City of Houston Mayor’s Office
Liz Lara-Carreno, Carreno Group
Kevin Cooper, Houston Texans (reinstated)
Rickie Rosenberg, APR, Rosenberg Public Relations (reinstated)
Elizabeth Hipp Shackouls, Texas Children’s Hospital (reinstated)
Carrie Criado, University of Houston Law Center (reinstated)
Sean O’Neill, Ensco
Carol Wittman, Texas Children’s Hospital (reinstated)
Jenn Blackmer, Texas Children’s Hospital (reinstated)
Melissa Houser, Positive Force Consulting
Nicole Terry, Texas Children’s Hospital
Carolina Boyd, West Houston Assistance Ministries
Cynthia Cruz, Lopez Negrete
Robin Davidson, Insperity (reinstated)
Quesia Arrington, Primeway Federal Credit Union
Elizabeth Clouatre, Rain Cii Carbon
Hayden Lewis
Yokima Davison, GE Energy
Jennifer Hart (reinstated)
Leslie Hiltabrand, Direct Energy
Marcella Coronado, Kraton Polymers
Shawn Lindsey, University of Houston
Jonathan Frey, Galena Park ISD
Leah Martinez, Foster Marketing
Kristen Meyer, Boardwalk Pipeline Company
Abraham Silva, Hill & Knowlton
Laura Tolley, University of Houston
Alice Brink, ABC, APR, A Brink & Co. (reinstated)
Karyn Guerrero, Shell Oil Products
Ana Perez
Beth Dombrowa, Dow Chemical
Dr. Talal Saklou, Saudi Arabian Chevron
Dennis Spellman
Stan Luckoski, Chevron USA
Drew Case
Melanie Samuelson, Chevron Phillips Chemical (reinstated)
Nancy Porter, APR, Fort Bend ISD (reinstated)

Member News

Gretchen Krueger is now Principal, Media Relations, at El Paso Corporation.

Congratulations to Bill Zander, BG North America LLC, on the birth of Audrey Grace on June 7.

Best wishes to Rochelle Gaskins Salinas, Love Advertising, and to PRSA Houston Board member Meagan Stangle Guidry, Hopkins & Associates, on their recent marriages.

Katherine Winslow is now an Account Manager for de La Garza Public Relations.

Lesa Spivey is director of public relations and media relations for Houston Community College.

Karen Barbier is now Assistant Director of Media Relations for University of Houston-Clear Lake.

Erin Schwartz, PRSA Houston Communications Chair, is now Program Manager at U.T. M.D. Anderson Cancer Center.

Congratulations to PRSA Houston Assembly Delegate Chris Bozman, APR, Fellow PRSA, Shell, in being named a Fellow.

Please send your member notes to Paula Ruth, APR.

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                   

Paula Ruth, APR
(281) 870-9939
Author: Paula Ruth, APR
Fax: (281) 870-9939
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