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! Visit 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

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

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.