President’s Notes | March 2019

PRogress Report

From: Aly Goodwin Gregg, PRSA-WV Chapter President

PRSA-WV has started 2019 with a bang! Our first quarter has seen fantastic activity and engagement. I am excited momentum is building toward our 40th Anniversary Celebration later this year!

PRSA-WV CRYSTAL AWARDS – We are celebrating success!
PRSA-WV will host the Crystal Awards Celebration on June 19, our annual gathering to recognize the best in public relations strategic campaigns and tactics in West Virginia! The Call for Entries is now live with Early Bird pricing available through April 8, and a final entry deadline at midnight on April 29.

We have worked to improve your awards entry experience this year. Full details are available in the Call for Entries, but here are some specific improvements for the 2019 competition:

  • Knowing What the Judges Want. Before you craft your entry, be sure to review the sample scoring sheets for both Campaigns and Tactics available on our website. Our judging platform was created using the specifics of these judging sheets to ensure that your entries include the required information!
  • Location. Location. This year we are breathing new life into our annual Crystal Awards celebration and, for the first time in organization history, we are hitting the road! Our June 19, 2019, event will be hosted in Morgantown, W.Va., at West Virginia University’s Touchdown Terrace overlooking Mountaineer Field at Milan Puskar Stadium. Looking ahead, we hope to hold our annual Crystal Awards event at different locations around West Virginia to better serve and engage our statewide membership.
  • OpenWater Platform. We are utilizing the OpenWater online application portal for streamlined award submissions. Create your account today.
  • Category Consistency. This year, for the first time, all categories included in the PRSA-WV Call for Entries matches the East Central District and national PRSA organization competitive categories. This means if your entry wins at our event, you simply have to submit to the district or national competition, without the burden of tweaking your entry to meet different standards.

Participating in the Crystal Awards is your celebration of demonstrated, professional success! Say ‘yes’ and join us in June. We’re eager to celebrate you!


Each year our chapter participates it the national reciprocal judging pool with PRSA chapters throughout the United States. Last year we judged Hawaii with a record 29 volunteer judges from our chapter participating.

Looking ahead, we will judge entries to the ARcom Awards from PRSA-Arkansas and their participant communications partners in July. If you would like to judge, we would love to have you! The more judges we have, the easier this process is. Remember that we rely on other chapters to judge our entries, so our participation in judging makes the whole system work! If you’re interested in signing up to judge the Arkansas chapter entries in July, please contact me directly via gmail at

We will host a judging Lunch & Learn via web conference sometime in June for training and Q&A. Thank you in advance for your professional participation!

There are so many ways to get involved and connect with your PRSA-WV Chapter peers!
APRIL 17 – Spring Professional Development: Building Your Own Brand
MAY 10 – Lunch & Learn:  Earning your APR
JUNE 19 – Crystal Awards Celebration
JUNE TBD – Lunch & Learn web conference on reciprocal judging Arkansas chapter
JULY 18 – PRSA at the Park
SEPTEMBER 18 – Crisis Communications Seminar 
OCTOBER 16 – Fall Professional Development: Making the Pitch (planning in progress)
**DUAL EVENTS IN Charleston and Morgantown**
NOVEMBER – Mentoring Seminar (planning in progress)
DECEMBER – PRSA-WV 40th Anniversary Celebration (planning in progress)

Do you have an idea for Professional Development, a Lunch & Learn session, or just an opportunity the Chapter should know? We want to hear it! Please email us at

Thanks to our new Social Media Chair, Mary Brown (CRA), we are taking our social media game to a new level! Please be sure to follow all PRSA-WV social media channels and keep up to date on chapter events and news!

We are working hard to provide all the benefits you expect from your local PRSA chapter. But the success of PRSA-WV also depends on your participation and engagement! We encourage you to look over the schedule above and make every effort to participate. If you have any feedback, please email me directly at


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