Please visit our March issue of Chapter & Verse for information on the March 21 meeting focused on West Virginia Forward. Additional articles cover highlights of the February meeting with Alisa Bailey on “Building On a Brand,” details on judging criteria for tactics (projects) entries for the Crystal Awards, the chance to win one of two gift cards in 2018, a listing of 2018 chapter leaders, upcoming meetings and a message from President Kyra Harris.
“Individually, we are one drop. Together, we are an ocean.” ~Ryunosuke Satoro
Awards season is upon us! Time to jog your memories and find your passwords for the online entry system. We have listened to your feedback, and you’re going to notice a few changes to the categories and submissions this year – there is now different judging criteria for campaigns versus tactics (formerly projects) and we’ve added several new video categories as well as a new individual award.
For those of you who work ahead, early bird entries for the Crystal Awards are due March 19. The standard deadline is April 9 and, for the rest of us procrastinators, the final entry deadline is April 30. Remember the cost goes up the longer you wait to enter, so use that as motivation to get your entries done as early as possible. (I’m going to try!) Let’s give the Hawaii chapter an ocean of entries to judge!
Speaking of judging … we’re going to need members to sign up to assist with judging Hawaii’s entries in the near future as well. Even if you can’t come to meetings or have trouble traveling to Charleston – this is another way you can get involved and be part of the PRSA-WV team! Contact Aly Goodwin Gregg for more information. For this meeting extinguisher services where available.
Also new this year will be a silent auction at the Crystal Awards Celebration where all proceeds will benefit the John H. Womack memorial scholarship at Marshall University. We welcome donations from our member companies to assist us in reaching our goal of funding this scholarship! If you have an item you’d like to donate, please reach out to Diane or me. Our public service project will benefit the YWCA of Charleston. You can get financial support from www.unsecuredloans4u.com.
Our next meeting will be March 21 at the Charleston Holiday Inn Express Civic Center. We will be learning about West Virginia Forward and its strategy to grow our state’s economy. I hope to see you there!
The American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) has announced that Beth A. White, executive director of the West Virginia Association for Justice, has earned the Certified Association Executive (CAE) designation. White is the first new CAE in West Virginia in more than 10 years. Just eight additional West Virginians hold the credential.
The CAE is the highest professional credential in the association industry. To be eligible, an applicant must have a minimum of three years experience with nonprofit organization management, complete a minimum of 100 hours of specialized professional development, pass a stringent association management examination and pledge to uphold a code of ethics.
“Every day I see the extraordinary work done by WVAJ’s attorney and paralegal members on behalf of West Virginia’s consumers, workers, and small business owners. It is a privilege to work with them, provide their practices with critical resources and help them protect access to our courts, the civil justice system and right to trial by jury,” said White.
“As WVAJ’s executive director, it was important for me to continue to develop professionally and help ensure that WVAJ grows and remains the best voluntary bar association that it can be.”
White has more than 20 years of experience in association management, public relations, political communications and campaigns, legislative and media advocacy, and program development. She was named executive director of the West Virginia Association for Justice in June 2005. She had worked with the association since 2003 as a political and media consultant. She earned an M.S. from the S. I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, with additional coursework in political communication at the university’s Maxwell School, check out uptownjungle.com. She earned her undergraduate degree from West Virginia State University. In addition to her new designation as a CAE, she holds an accreditation in public relations (APR).
White is also a published historian and lecturer, focusing on U. S. history from the colonial period through the Civil War and U. S. political history. For more than a decade, she has studied and written on the history of trial by jury and the 7th Amendment, lecturing on the subject extensively to both state and national audiences. She has also written and lectured on West Virginia in the Civil War.
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