President’s Corner | January 2018

“The achievements of an organization are the results of the combined effort of each individual.”

~ Vince Lombardi

I’m honored and humbled to take my turn as president of the PRSA-WV Chapter for the upcoming year. Many amazing leaders have held this position, and I strive not only to fill their shoes but also to continue to move our chapter forward positively and productively.

For those who don’t know me, I’m a big fan of quotes and use them frequently – and this statement from Vince Lombardi could not be more true. My theme for 2018 is “Back to Basics.” What does this mean to me? That only by working together and strengthening the foundations of our chapter – programming, committees, membership and so on – will we succeed.

I challenge each member to make a New Year’s resolution to help us reinvigorate our chapter. Come to a meeting and get involved! To our veteran members: newer members could benefit greatly from your knowledge and experience. To our newer members: take advantage building envelope jobs of the opportunities our chapter presents to learn and network with others in your field. No matter your skill level, value can be found by joining with colleagues and advancing the future of our profession.

Please do not hesitate to reach out if you have questions or comments. If you want to get involved but don’t know how, we can find a spot for you! If you have ideas and want to assist in implementation, call or email! The only way we will become a better organization is by members taking an active interest in making it better.

Happy 2018, and I can’t wait to see everyone on Jan. 23!

Chapter & Verse | January 2018

Please visit our January issue of Chapter & Verse for information on the January 23 meeting focused on the 84 Lumber Super Bowl commercial.  Additional articles address helping your career through PRSA-WV Chapter volunteerism, the chance to win a gift card in 2018, repurposing the SWOT, a listing of 2018 chapter leaders, upcoming meetings and a message from President Kyra Harris.

President’s Column | December 2017

Time is the one constant that will not stop, nor can we bring those moments back. With that thought in mind, I remember as if it were only yesterday, receiving the call to be asked to serve on the Board of Directors. The days and years have gone by quicker than I could have imagined.

Alas, this column marks my last as the President of the Public Relations Society of America’s West Virginia Chapter. I’ve learned so much, and grown professionally and personally from my experiences in PRSA-WV. Isn’t that the unique purposes of a professional organization?

The answer is yes. We are charged with enhancing the public relations professional for our members. We are charged with the continued growth of our profession by providing members with professional development and engaging our communities and businesses. As with all our endeavors I believe we have had great successes this year along with occasional learning moments.

I want to use this space to thank the PRSA-WV Officers and the Board of Directors for their dedication and support throughout the past year. Our Committee Chairs have also done a stellar job this past year.

Thank you for allowing me this fantastic and unique experience, and I look forward to doing what I can to continue to enhance the importance of public relations in West Virginia.

Sincerely,

Chapter & Verse | December 2017

Please visit our December issue of Chapter & Verse for articles on the “Lights, Camera, Action!” event, installation of the 2018 leadership team, 2017 in review, a welcome to 2017’s new members, upcoming meetings and a message from President Brandon Totten.

PRSA-ECD Diamond Awards Deadline EXTENDED to Sept. 29

We’re excited to announce that it’s time for the 2017 East Central District Diamond Awards!  Click here for complete information. The East Central District of the Public Relations Society of America is once again calling for shining examples of public relations campaigns and tactics for its 40th annual Diamond Awards competition.

The Diamond Awards are presented to public relations practitioners who have successfully addressed a communication challenge with exemplary skill, creativity and resourcefulness.

The Diamond Awards are open to any public relations professional who is a member of the 17 chapters of PRSA East Central District, or any nonmember whose place of business is within the district’s boundaries. The East Central District covers the states of Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

We’re also pleased to announce that the Central Michigan PRSA chapter is leading the Diamond Awards process this year and next and has some great plans in store. This year we are using an online entry program, Omni Contests, that will allow you to enter and pay for your entries completely online netent casinos.  You can also start your entry at one time, then complete it at a later date.  Also, if your chapter uses the Omni Contest system, you can use your same user name and password from your chapter competition to enter the same award at the District level! Be on the lookout for messaging support soon within your chapters for the Diamond Awards!  In the meantime, we would ask that you share this Call for Entries with your chapter members.

Speaking of which, the final entry deadline has been EXTENDED: Extended Entry Deadline:  Friday, September 29, 2017

Now is an excellent time to begin reviewing your campaigns and tactics for submission. If you’ve already won at the chapter competition level, this is the perfect opportunity for the potential of additional professional recognition.  Remember that strategic, multifaceted public relations campaigns that exemplify the four-step process and meet specific goals are ideal for campaigns. A single project designed to accomplish a specific purpose that may be part of a larger campaign is perfect entries for tactics.

Start your planning now! We’re so looking forward to seeing all of the entries and winners this year. For more information, contact ecdprsadiamondawards@gmail.com.

President’s Corner | September 2017

With the beginning of September, the end of my time as President as PRSA-WV, is quickly approaching. The next three months we have some incredible programming with Ethics Jeopardy in September, Professional Development in October and Emmett Pepper from the West Virginia International Film Festival and Underground Cinema along with the installation of our 2018 officers.

With the end of the year in mind, I want to emphasize the many opportunities we have for members to get involved in PRSA-WV through committee service. Our committees offer a wonderful opportunity to build on skill sets, boost your resume, and network with other public relations and communications professionals.

We will be sending out information to our entire membership this fall detailing the committees and other opportunities to be more involved in PRSA-WV.

Our recent partnership with the American Advertising Federation – West Virginia (AAF-WV) Chapter for the first AAF-WV and PRSA-WV Trivia Night shows what we can accomplish for our membership by partnering with other organizations. The evening event, hosted at Recovery Sports Grill in Charleston, was a unique blend of a social mixer along with the fun of trivia night. Members of both organizations gave positive comments and remarks for the successful event, and we hope this will become an annual event.

Again, thank you for your membership in PRSA-WV.

ECD Awards OPEN

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We’re excited to announce that it’s time for the 2017 East Central District Diamond Awards!  Click here for complete information.

The East Central District of the Public Relations Society of America is once again calling for shining examples of public relations campaigns and tactics for its 40th annual Diamond Awards competition.

The Diamond Awards are presented to public relations practitioners who have successfully addressed a communication challenge with exemplary skill, creativity and resourcefulness.

The Diamond Awards are open to any public relations professional who is a member of the 17 chapters of PRSA East Central District, or any nonmember whose place of business is within the district’s boundaries. The East Central District covers the states of Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

We’re also pleased to announce that the Central Michigan PRSA chapter is leading the Diamond Awards process this year and next and has some great plans in store. This year we are using an online entry program, Omni Contests, that will allow you to enter and pay for your entries completely online.  You can also start your entry at one time, then complete it at a later date.  Also, if your chapter uses the Omni Contest system, you can use your same user name and password from your chapter competition to enter the same award at the District level! Be on the lookout for messaging support soon within your chapters for the Diamond Awards!  In the meantime, we would ask that you share this Call for Entries with your chapter members.

Speaking of which, take a moment to Save the Dates below to ensure you’re planning accordingly (each deadline has a separate entry fee):
Early E
ntry Deadline: Friday, September 8, 2017
Regular Entry Deadline:  Friday, September 15, 2017
Extended Entry Deadline:  Friday, September 22, 2017

Now is an excellent time to begin reviewing your campaigns and tactics for submission. If you’ve already won at the chapter competition level, this is the perfect opportunity for the potential of additional professional recognition.  Remember that strategic, multifaceted public relations campaigns that exemplify the four-step process and meet specific goals are ideal for campaigns. A single project designed to accomplish a specific purpose that may be part of a larger campaign is perfect entries for tactics.

Start your planning now! We’re so looking forward to seeing all of the entries and winners this year. For more information, contact ecdprsadiamondawards@gmail.com

One of Our Founders Passed Away

BRIDGEPORT — Raymond Jack Powers, age 81, went to be with the Lord on Saturday, August 5, 2017. Jack was born in Huntington, West Virginia, on February 16, 1936. He was the son of his two beloved parents, Orval and Hazel Powers.

He was one of the founding members of the West Virginia Chapter of PRSA.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Jacqueline “Jackie” Powers, along with his son Jerry Powers and his wife Mary, and daughter Jenny Gee. He will be greatly missed by his four grandsons, Josh Gee and wife Jessica, Justin Gee and wife Rachel, RJ Powers and Ryan Powers and wife Sarah, two granddaughters, Jessie Gee and Michael, and Jackie Gee and Justin, and seven great-grandchildren.

After graduating from Marshall with a teaching degree, Jack worked as a 4-H Extension Agent, was the Public Relations Manager at Consolidated Gas, Mayor of Bridgeport and built his real estate company with his son, starting out as Your Property Center on Main Street, Bridgeport, which after a few years became Re/Max Property Center with Jerry still involved as Broker. Jack was active in the Lions Club and Jaycees, was on the Clarksburg Library Board and attended the Bridgeport United Methodist Church.

Jack was an avid hunter, golfer and fisherman and enjoyed spending time doing these things with his family and friends.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association West Virginia, 1601 Second Avenue, Charleston, WV 25387.

Online condolences may be made to the family at www.FORDFUNERALHOMES.com.

Chapter & Verse | August 2017

Please visit our August issue of Chapter & Verse for articles on the “PRSA at the Park” event, opportunities to enter the PRSA – East Central District Diamond Awards competition, our August 16 “Trivia Night” event with AAF-WV, the upcoming calendar and a message from President Brandon Totten.

President’s Corner | August 2017

It is hard to believe it is July already and we will soon be looking at cooler days, school buses and hearing football practices as we continue through our chapter’s 38th year.

Our “PRSA at the Park,” courtesy of Jeri Matheney, APR, Fellow PRSA and AEP, is a wonderful event that allows our members an opportunity to meet outside of our normal meeting atmosphere and enjoy some great food and baseball.

As I look down the road towards the end of my year as President of PRSA-WV, there are some fantastic opportunities for our chapter and our membership. In August, we will join with American Advertising Federation – West Virginia Chapter for a social networking event and September PRSA-WV members will participate in the United Way’s Day of Caring event.

In October, we return to the campus of Fairmont State University for our second Professional Development Day of the year.

Also, as part of your membership with the PRSA-WV Chapter, you have free access to almost 20 webinars through the national PRSA website.  The cost for these training webinars are $200 for non-members and feature topics from writing to reputation management to today’s practices in media pitching and more.

Please stay tuned to your e-mail, and the PRSA website and social media for updates on our August event with the AAF–WV. We have a few details to finalize for the upcoming event and we hope to see everyone there for this unique occasion.

Again, thank you for your membership in PRSA-WV,

Brandon S. Totten