Here’s a snapshot of some of our major accomplishments so far this year and ways we’re enhancing your membership experience:
Getting fit through educational opportunities – We’ve had a dynamic six months of educational programming through our monthly luncheons, including sessions on entering awards that win so you could be a rock star at the Virginia PR awards, making your company a rock star by learning how to land it on the best places to work list, creating social content without reinventing the wheel, understanding PR measurement in our ever changing landscape, and taking a fresh look at driving brand allegiance. Join us at our June 26 membership meeting, when we’ll hear from speakers from the Richmond Region Tourism, the official destination marketing organization for the Richmond Region.
Strengthening our members and our profession through recognizing excellence in PR – In case you missed it, here is a recap in the Richmond Times-Dispatch of the Virginia PR Awards held on May 15 at the Jefferson Hotel, featuring our Thomas Jefferson Award winner, Kim Farlow, APR, Big River Advertising, and our Rising Star, Samantha Cox, from CRT/tanaka. And, for the first year ever, our awards entry and judging process was entirely online! There are so many people to thank who made the Virginia PR Awards a huge success, particularly the awards committee led by Rachel Beanland, APR, VP of awards, and Beth Monroe, chair of our Thomas Jefferson Award and Rising Star Award committee.
Service through mentoring and celebrating diversity – This year, we’ve made 10 successful mentoring matches between Next Wave members and more seasoned PR professionals, thanks to the efforts of Tom Morris, APR, director at large. Also, stay tuned for more information from our Student Relations and Diversity committees, as they plan Student Connections Week this fall!
Service through scholarships – If you know a stellar college student deserving of one of the annual scholarships offered by the Richmond PR Foundation this fall, be sure to reach out to Linda Evans, president of the Richmond PR Foundation for more information. And consider contributing to this great cause!
Again, this is just a snapshot of some of the exciting developments so far this year. But we’re not done! Please visit our website or connect with us on Facebook, LinkedIn and via our #PRSARVA hashtag on Twitter to keep up with the latest Chapter happenings. As always, please feel free to reach out to me personally with questions, ideas, or simply to connect. Cheers to getting professionally fit together!