September Fun with United Way Day of Caring

In lieu of a traditional meeting, PRSA-West Virginia participated in the United Way Day of Caring in the Charleston area. The Day of Caring was about mobilizing the caring power of people in our community. We gave an hour or two on a Wednesday when we painted the floor of the Nitro Food Pantry…and we didn’t even wind up wearing the paint!!!

    

September is “Ethics Month”

September is Ethics Month for PRSA
SmartBrief – the monthly publication by PRSA national – publishes various articles that our members should find interesting to read, and possibly file away for future reference. Please take a few minutes and review the following:

August 28, 2018    When Passion Meets Ethics
September 6, 2018    Ethics and You: Leading the Way
September 13, 2018    Saying “No” to Your Boss: Building your Ethics Portfolio

PRSA’s website has a large repository of informative and educational articles covering ethics in public relations. Please use this valuable tool.

President’s Notes | September 2018

“Diamonds are nothing more than chunks of coal that stuck to their jobs.”
– Malcolm Forbes

It’s back-to-school season, when kids everywhere are getting new books, returning to their routines and studying. … It’s a good time for us to do the same.
September is national ethics month – and while ethical concerns happen daily across our profession, it’s never a waste of time to review our PRSA code and pledge. Do you remember our professional values? What about our provisions of conduct? Not to worry, we’ll sweep out the dust and go through the highlights at our September meeting – Noon Sept. 19 at the Charleston Holiday Inn Express Civic Center.
Don’t have time to come to the September meeting to attend our annual chapter review? Download the PRSA Ethics app and read through the materials the next time you are waiting for a meeting to begin or as you sip the first cup of coffee to start your day. The prsa.org website has a section devoted entirely to ethics, including resources and case studies. It’s great for reminders and additional information as well.
While you are reviewing ethics, think again about working toward your APR. We’ve got a few folks studying now, and it’s always easier to work as a team, so I encourage you to think about joining them. Contact our Accreditation Committee Chair Jennifer Goddard at
jgoddardwv@gmail.com to learn more!
Hope to see you in September!

 

Chapter & Verse | September 2018

Please visit our August issue of Chapter & Verse for highlights of our August event at Power Park, sponsored by Appalachian Power, information on entering the PRSA-East Central District Diamond Awards (with an early deadline of September 17), highlights of PRSA-WV member benefits and a reminder on how to win a gift card.  Additional articles cover details of the September 19 “Changing Field” event and the United Way Day of Caring Event, plus a note from President Kyra Harris.

Chapter & Verse | August 2018

Please visit our August issue of Chapter & Verse for highlights of our July meeting with Ann Green, ways to implement your strategic plan, highlights of PRSA-WV member benefits and a reminder on how to win a gift card.  Additional articles cover details of the August 15 “PRSA at the Park” event, sponsored by Appalachian Power, upcoming meetings and a note from President Kyra Harris.  Thanks to intern Alisha Jarrett for producing this issue.

President’s Notes | August 2018

“Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could do only a little.”
– Edmund Burke

It’s hard to believe it’s the end of July. The year is flying by. Let’s take some time to relax and enjoy what’s left of summer by enjoying a hot dog and taking in a baseball game together. Our next meeting will be our annual “PRSA at the Park,” Aug. 15 at Appalachian Power Park. Join us for a casual evening on the Party Deck as we watch the West Virginia Power take on the Columbia Fireflies. A big thanks to our sponsor, Appalachian Power, for making this evening possible.

We have some great events planned this year beyond our August social get-together. Our yearly ethics review will be in September, along with the Day of Caring community service event, and October will take us to Morgantown for the fall professional development workshop. Watch the website and our social media channels for more information.

In addition to our upcoming local events, how many of you take advantage of the benefits available through your PRSA membership? There are webinars and workshops, discounts for car rentals to business services, enewsletters and newsletters, the national job posting network and the online community, just to name a few! I encourage you to visit the website, prsa.org, to see what’s available.

See you in August!

 

State Journal Coverage of Crystal Awards Celebration

For nearly 40 years, West Virginia communications professionals have come together to hone their skills and learn how they may better serve their employers or clients.

The Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) is the nation’s largest professional organization serving the communications community with a mission to “make communications professionals smarter, better prepared and more connected through all stages of their career.”

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President’s Notes | July 2018

“The best teamwork comes from men who are working independently toward one goal in unison.” 
– James Cash Penney

Congratulations to the individuals and teams that were honored at this year’s Crystal Awards celebration! We saw some amazing projects and campaigns from professionals and students across the state. I want to personally thank the Awards Committee for a great night.

To everyone who won, don’t forget to enter the East Central District’s Diamond Awards – you can use the same Omni system login and write-up information, so it couldn’t be easier! Put your work up against other chapters from across the East Central District – this includes Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, western Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

I also want to thank all of the volunteers who helped judge the Hawaii awards recently. Many hands make light work – this was the smoothest and most fun judging experience we’ve had in many years. Again, thanks go to Aly, Bryna and Melanie for all you’ve done for the chapter in the past few months! Way to go, team!

The Crystal Awards may be over, but the year is still young. We have several great speakers and events yet to come. Our next meeting will be July 18 at the Charleston Holiday Inn Express Civic Center. We will be hearing from Ann Green as she discusses key messages from her book, “True Spin: The Industrial Manager’s Guide to Effective, Honest Public Relations.” I hope to see you there!

Chapter & Verse | July 2018

Please visit our July issue of Chapter & Verse for highlights of the Crystal Awards Celebration and honorees.  Additional articles cover details of the July 18 “True Spin” luncheon meeting with Ann Green, upcoming meetings and a note from President Kyra Harris.  Thanks to intern Alisha Jarrett for producing this issue.

President’s Message | May 2018

“Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort.”
– Franklin D. Roosevelt

Help us celebrate as we recognize outstanding projects and campaigns at this year’s Crystal Awards Celebration! The collective hours of work by professionals, educators and students across the state is astounding and deserves to be honored – and I don’t just mean during the award entry process!
We have some amazing entries this year, and I can’t wait for our team to be able to share them with all of you.

In addition to the Crystal Awards and honorable mention certificates, we have several awards to recognize outstanding individuals in our field. We are introducing a new special award category this year, Outstanding Journalist, to honor a member of the media in West Virginia who provides outstanding coverage of news and issues. In honor of our former member, friend and colleague who recently passed, the board has resoundingly approved renaming this the Chris Stadelman Outstanding Journalist Award. Come to the event to find out who wins the inaugural award.

Brand new this year at the Crystal Awards Celebration will be a silent auction where all proceeds will benefit the John H. Womack memorial scholarship at Marshall University. Remember to bring your checkbook and help us fund this worthy cause!

In addition, this year we will be collecting items for the YWCA Charleston. Please help us support its programs and services by bringing an item (or two or three) to donate! Snacks, art supplies, and more are needed; a full list is available on our website, prsawv.org.

Join us June 13 to cheer one another’s successes at the Culture Center in Charleston. I hope to see you there!