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!

 

CreateAthon@WVU | May 2018

WVU Professor Geah Pressgrove shared details on the energy, creativity and caffeine surrounding this year’s CreateAthon program at WVU’s Reed College of Media. The concept, originally developed at a public relations agency in another state, is now part of her capstone class.  As part of their class, students divide into teams and are assigned to one of the three nonprofit organizations selected for the semester.  She said students meet with clients to understand their issues, needs and desired outcomes, conduct research and generate strategic plans prior to the 24-hour CreateAthon event.  Pressgrove works to get donations of food and caffeine for the event. She showed examples of the outstanding work created by the teams during the intensive period of a day.  Teams created printed materials, web sites, videos and more from information learned and resources gathered throughout the semester.  The three organizations will be using the work created, and Morgantown Printing & Binding even donated in-kind services to the winning team. For help with financing check out online payday loans without credit check

President’s Corner | April 2018

“Great things in business are never done by one person; they’re done by a team of people.” – Steve Jobs

Have you ever helped judge another chapter’s awards? It’s an amazing opportunity to learn…not only about new and different strategies and creative concepts but also about how to write a better entry of your own. If someone else’s entry stands out during your judging process, you can absorb valuable information on how to answer the more complicated questions and score more points.

This year we have a reciprocal judging arrangement with the chapter in Hawaii. While the judging will be virtual and does not include an all-expenses-paid field trip (I wish!), we need chapter members to sign up to help. They are estimating 170+ entries, and we will be getting them in May. The more members we can get to sign up, the less each person will need to complete. Speaking from experience, having an overwhelming number of entries to judge is difficult at best.

As I’ve been saying since December, we need to work together to become a better organization.

This is one of the ways members can get involved and be part of the chapter, even if they are unable to attend meetings or take on other responsibilities. Contact Diane Slaughter, Aly Goodwin Gregg or me for more information.

Our next meeting will be a professional development seminar at the Diane Slaughter Lab at West Virginia State University. Following the year’s “Back to Basics” theme, we will be covering topics that can serve as refreshers for professionals of all skill levels. I hope to see you April 18!

 

Chapter & Verse | April 2018

Please visit our April issue of Chapter & Verse for highlights of the April 21 meeting focused on the West Virginia Forward initiative with Rochelle Goodwin and Sara Payne Scarbro.  Additional articles cover best practices in governance, details of the April 18 “Back to Basics” professional development seminar, the chance to win one of two gift cards in 2018, a listing of 2018 chapter leaders, upcoming meetings and an invitation to judge entries from PRSA-Hawaii from President Kyra Harris.

Moving West Virginia Forward

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

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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 | FEB 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. 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!

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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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