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Looking to build professional skills? Want to hone your writing or editing? Wish you could add social media manager to your resume? Looking to meet other PR professionals and maybe even your next employer? Need to build your business with new clients?

Yes, getting involved in PRSA-Maryland helps you accomplish any or all of those. What it doesn’t take is a lot of time unless you want it to. There are some small and large ways you can tap the PRSA-Maryland membership. Key opportunities available:

Count the money – Chapter Treasurer works with management office to keep the books in order. Mariner handles all the book-keeping, accounts payable and receivables, and IRS stuff.
Time commitment: The Treasurer reviews all accounts once a month, signs about 2 dozen checks a year and monitors the budget.
[Skill builder: financial management and budgeting]

Plan the Party – our Best In Maryland event chair plans the chapter’s big party of the year – which is moving to November 2013. With a party team, create an evening event that celebrates the Maryland PR profession.  Mariner assists in event logistics and advises on location, catering and related items.
Time commitment: 4-6 months with most of the work leading into the event.
[Skill builder: event planning, event management]

Spotlight the Best – our Best In Maryland awards chair oversees the annual awards programs that culminates in the Best In Maryland event scheduled for November 2013.  The awards are a well-honed project so the role of the chair is really to execute. You will work with a team to review and confirm the award categories, select the theme, prepare the promotional materials and handle the call for entries and oversee the judging.  Mariner assists in entry submissions and related administrative duties as well as handling promotional mailings and coordination.
Time commitment: 3-5 months with an average of 4 hours monthly.
[Skill builder: planning and managing short-term campaigns and projects]

Share the News – our Webnotes e-newsletter keeps members and subscribers in the know on PR happenings in Maryland and PRSA Maryland. The e-letter is published twice monthly and offers up 3-4 short (think under 200 words on average) posts with a few quick updates (like seen on Twitter). The editor is responsible for writing or curating copy and loading it into Mail Chimp (our Web-based tool). Mariner handles the distribution and list management and helps proof.
Time commitment: monthly activity approximately 2-3 hours per issue.
[Skill builder: writing, publication development and management, technology]

Join the Team – the team of members who participate in many ways – small and some larger – to help the chapter rock and to sharpen their skills and broaden their network.  Sign up to be on the team and tell us what you like to do. We’ll call you. We need submissions for the e-letter, blog posts, event greeters, promotional copy writing, graphic design, award judges, and people to join the Best In Maryland, Chesapeake Conference and other project teams.
Time commitment: from a hour or two to a day … let us know what you can give!
[Skill builder: just about any professional skill – including networking!]

Interested? Simply email Nneka Jenkins or info@dev.growsocially.biz.

–Industry News