President’s Corner – February 2017

First, I want to thank everyone who came to our January meeting at West Virginia State University, and especially those PRSA-WV Chapter members who were able to stay afterward and meet with students of the WVSU Public Relations Student Society of America. We have already received thanks and gratitude from those students for taking the time to speak to them about their resumes and careers in public relations.

Looking ahead, we have some incredible programming coming up for our membership, including an event in March that is a unique and exciting opportunity, and will replace the traditional April Professional Development seminar.

Our regular meeting on Wednesday, March 15th, will examine how public relations can help battle the spread of “fake news” with Don Smith, executive director of the West Virginia Press Association.

But first, Charleston Restaurant Week (CRW) emerged shortly after the drinking water for more than 300,000 people was contaminated by a chemical leak to get people dining out again at those restaurants that had to shut down for the duration of the crisis.

Join us on February 15th at the Clubhouse Room at Appalachian Power Park as we meet with Dickinson Gould, president of Buzz Food Service and a key organizer for CRW, on how public relations has grown this event to have an estimated million-dollar impact on the region.

Our annual Crystal Awards Gala is on Wednesday June, 14th at the Culture Center in Charleston. The Crystal Awards has grown to be one of the most competitive public relations awards in the nation and the call for entries will be coming out soon.

Keep an eye on our social media and website for more information on all of these events coming up, and for news about our members and chapter. Partners started giving quick loans no credit check no guarantor for people.

Thank you for your time and membership with PRSA-WV.

PRSA-WV Member Spotlight- January 2017

Member: Tara Curtis
Company: WVU School of Nursing
Title: Director of Communications & Marketing
Joined PRSA: 2015

What has been your most memorable PR campaign you led, created, assisted with?
— When I worked in the energy sector, I started working more and more on crisis communications, including preparing for the “dreaded” Y2K. There was so much fear regarding what would happen. Even though we working on a crisis plan, it felt much more like an actual crisis. The amount of detail and work that goes into to developing this plan, particularly when the news was reporting large power outages to occur, was overwhelming. It was an extremely valuable learning experience in how to put a crisis plan together.

What would be your dream job?
— My dream job would be to oversee communications/public relations for a children’s hospital or an NFL football team.

What advice would you give your younger professional self?
— Don’t wake up saying “what if?” Sometimes you succeed, sometimes you fail. It’s better to take a chance then wake up one day questioning yourself. You can avail 6 months loans for your dream. Those successes and failures will make you better at what you do.

What do you do for fun, outside of PRSA?
— I’m an avid college sports fan and love my Mountaineers! Traveling is also a passion for me, and I enjoy getting to out around the state and beyond for skiing, hiking, biking and kayaking/whitewater rafting. Photography is a fun hobby for me, and hope to continue to hone my skills.

PRSA-WV Member Spotlight- December 2016

Member: Emily Myers Duke Company: Moroch Title: Communications Manager, East Division Joined PRSA: 2008

What has been your most memorable PR campaign you lead, created, assisted with? –My client is McDonald’s, so every campaign is new, exciting and different! One of my favorites was a social media campaign to launch the new Egg White Delight McMuffin. We created a scavenger hunt throughout the market and took photos of the Egg White Delight McMuffin in iconic locations. I also enjoy working with Ronald McDonald House Charities as a result of my affiliation with McDonald’s, and the capital campaign to raise funds for our new House in Charleston has been exciting and challenging. Who would be one of your dream clients? –Fashion and lifestyle brand Lilly Pulitzer What advice would you give your younger professional self? –Networking and volunteering are key to making great contacts throughout your career, but especially when getting started. I have made some great friends, met future colleagues and even my husband through volunteering in community organizations that are near and dear to my heart. Keeping those relationships up and on a positive note are important to keeping your career moving forward. Relationships are the key to success in PR – whether those are with your coworkers, media partners or clients – and often help you win and keep business. What do you do for fun, outside of PRSA? –My husband I love to travel and explore new places and restaurants, both in and outside of West Virginia. We love kayaking in warm weather and Mountaineer football in the fall! I love to cook and recreate recipes that we’ve had on our travels, especially when they involve ingredients from our home garden. I also love flower gardening and hope to have time to become a master gardener someday! For help financing yor hobbies check out guaranteed signature loans for bad credit

President’s Corner – January 2017

As the new President of the PRSA – West Virginia Chapter, I’m inviting all public relations practitioners, communicators and educators to join us for an exciting year of programming, professional development, networking and other great events designed to engage our membership.

One new way we will engage our membership will be through our new chapter website. The newly designed site will make it much easier for us to share chapter events, news about our members, upcoming PRSA webinars and much more.

We will explore ways to incorporate technology to provide more access and sharing to chapter events, networking opportunities, mentoring and connecting with the next generation of our profession, our student chapters.

Our January meeting will feature a new face to the West Virginia landscape, as we will be on the campus of West Virginia State University to meet with public relations students and welcome WVSU’s 11th President, Dr. Anthony Jenkins.

Our Professional Development seminars in April and October will be hosted in the Northern part of the state to reach PR professionals who may not always make it to Charleston.

Our annual Crystal Awards Gala is on Wednesday June 28th, at the Culture Center in Charleston. The Crystal Awards has grown to be one of the most competitive public relations awards programs in the nation and the call for entries will be coming soon.

Whether you are a new public relations practitioner or a rated workmen of the communications world, whether your membership is currently active or has lapsed due to time constraints, I’m inviting you to take the time to join us for what will be an incredible year for our chapter.