Special thanks are extended to Lisa Coster, President, Coster Communications, Ltd., and many others (listed below) for their leadership and expertise in conducting the judging for the 2016 PRSA Oklahoma City Uppercase Award nominations. Each year, PRSA chapters throughout the country conduct annual chapter award reciprocal judging – however, due to scheduling factors, the 2016 “Best in Maryland” award entries were judged by the PRSA Philadelphia chapter. We appreciate the support of our City of Brotherly Love PRSA chapter and look forward to celebrating this year’s PRSA MD “Best in Maryland” award recipients on December 8.
Lisa Coster (Chair), Coster Communications, LTD
Teri O’Neal, A. Bright Idea, LLC
Melissa Mauldin, A. Bright Idea, LLC
Anita Brightman APR, Fellow PRSA, A. Bright Idea, LLC
Katie MacNichol, A. Bright Idea, LLC
Cobey Dietrich, A. Bright Idea, LLC
Danielle Duran Baron, ABET
Jennifer Kellar APR, AECOM
Kelly Stoll, AECOM
Diane Devaney, Devaney & Associates, Inc.
Lindsay Hebert, Devaney & Associates, Inc.
Maureen Kilcullen, Maryland Department of Commerce
Susan Matthews Apgood, News Generation, Inc.
Sarah Hinder, Prometric
Dorothy Fuchs, Purple Dot Public Relations
Glenda LeGendre, Strategic Marketing and Communications
Nikki Bracy, Vitamin
On October 4, I started paying closer attention to the tracking of Hurricane Matthew as it worked its way closer to Florida. Why? Because West Palm Beach was projected to get hit with the storms full force (110 – 165 mile per hour winds). This meant that Devonshire, an Erickson Living retirement community, would be significantly impacted. My experience in navigating this crisis provided me an opportunity to learn, which I shared in this edition – read “Matthew Hones my Crisis Comm Skills.”
Lastly, in conjunction with attending the PRSA International Conference in Indianapolis on October 22-25, I was able to represent the chapter as an Assembly Delegate at the annual leadership meeting, as well as attend the PRSA Mid-Atlantic Regional Board meeting. Ten of the many highlights from my visit to the Crossroad of America include:
- Announcement that the 2017 PRSA International Conference will be held on October 8-10, 2017, in Boston, Mass., and the following year in Austin, Texas.
- Selection of new Director, Mid-Atlantic District, Samantha Julie Villegas, APR, president, SaVi PR, LLC, Washington, D.C.
- Anthony D’Angelo confirmed as Public Relations Society of America’s 2018 National Chair.
- PRSA launches member only mobile app.
- New APR campaign initiative (“It Takes Apro”), PRSA.Org experience, PRSA chapter promotion platform (“Get Connected”), and web-based development resources (http://EasySites.PRSA.org), all coming soon.
- Approved vendor will be available to serve as a resource for chapter award judging.
- District Seed Program established that will provide funding to chapters for enhanced programming.
- PRSA members’ saving center created that will provide members discounts on a variety of products and services.
- New Chapter Resource Guides will be distributed soon.
- More interactive MyPRSA Communities web-based communication platform that continues to grow in member use and serves as a valuable resource for communication professionals.
At this year’s PRSA International Conference, pioneering U.S. Astronaut Captain Scott Kelly, mentioned that the “sky is not the limit” and that each of us should always be reaching for the boundless opportunities on the horizon. As many chapter members have already started planning 2017 goals, it’s important to keep in mind one of Captain Scott’s valuable life lessons — “team work is what makes the dream work.” Or put another way, if you want to climb a great mountain, its cannot be done alone.
I wish you continued success – keep dreaming and reaching beyond the stars.
Dan Dunne, APR
President, PRSA MD