Moving West Virginia Forward

To see the complete West Virginia Forward presentation from the March 21, 2018 meeting, please click here.

Would You Like To Be 10% Better?

When you set a goal, do you aim for 90 percent improvement, or even 75 percent? Find out why you may be engaging in self sabotage and setting yourself up for failure.

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Save the Date: WVU Keynote Speakers

Chapter & Verse | March 2018

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.

President’s Corner | March 2018

“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.

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.

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!

Are Other People Pushing Your Buttons?


Are Other People Pushing Your Buttons?


We’ve all been there. Someone makes a random comment, and it drives you right up the wall. Whenever something impacts us in such a deep way, it’s usually because we have that same belief or fear on some level. And when it gets verbalized, it gets on our very last nerve.

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President’s Corner | February 2018

“Coming together is a beginning, staying together is progress, and working together is success.”
~Henry Ford

2018 is off to a raring start! For those of you who couldn’t join us for the January meeting, Steve Radick’s story of the 84 Lumber Super Bowl commercial was fantastic – a great representation of how public relations and advertising work hand in hand to create an overall campaign for a client. Working jointly with Ad Club in West Virginia, we had more than 40 folks in attendance and it was a great way to kick off the year.

But as Henry Ford’s quote above suggests, coming together for one meeting is only the beginning. Let’s keep attendance up and see even more members and potential members get involved as the year progresses. We are upping the ante for attending meetings beyond networking and learning — something the chapter hasn’t done in several years. If you didn’t see the note in the most recent newsletter, we are offering two incentives this year for attending meetings. The first is simply for showing up – for every meeting you attend, you will get an entry into a prize drawing at the November meeting. The second incentive is for helping us recruit new members – for every meeting you bring a guest who could be a member of PRSA-WV, you will get an entry into a second prize drawing that also will take place at the November meeting.

As I wrote in January, I wholeheartedly believe the only way we will succeed and grow as an organization is by working together and having more of our members taking an active interest in the future of our chapter.

Our next meeting will be February 21. Alisa Bailey from the Charleston Convention and Visitors Bureau will be speaking about “Building on a Brand.” We will be meeting at the Charleston Holiday Inn Express Civic Center in February, and as a special note, there is free parking. I hope to see you there!

Chapter & Verse | February 2018


Please visit our February issue of Chapter & Verse for information on the February 21 meeting focused on building on a brand with Charleston CVB’s Alisa Bailey.  Additional articles cover information for your Crystal Award entries, 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.

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 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.