November 7, 2013
Midwest District delegates attending the October 27 annual meeting in Philadelphia approved the slate of officers for 2014. Sorry I did not get this posted earlier! Here’s the team:
- Chair: Lori Marble, APR (Southwest Missouri Chapter)
Lori is Director of Marketing and Communications for Mercy Hospital in Joplin, and serves as president of the SW Missouri Chapter for 2013.
- Chair-elect: Kellie Wostrel, APR (Nebraska Chapter)
Kellie is Public Relations Manager at Swanson Russell in Omaha and serves as president of the Nebraska Chapter for 2013.
- Treasurer: Jill Alexander, APR, Fellow PRSA (St. Louis Chapter)
Jill is Senior Director of Corporate Communications for Isle of Capri Casinos in St. Louis. This will be Jill’s second year as treasurer.
- Secretary: Karen Korsgard, APR (Central Illinois Chapter)
Karen is Director of Client Services at Hult Marketing in Peoria. This will be Karen’s second year as secretary.
- Immediate Past-chair: Brant Skogrand, APR, MBC (Minnesota Chapter)
Brant is principal and Chief Communications Officer for Skogrand PR Solutions in Minneapolis. Brant also served as president of the Minnesota Chapter before moving into leadership at the MW District.
- PRSA Nominating Committee Representative (Primary): Lewis Pryor, APR (Central Illinois Chapter)
Lewis is AVP of Public Affairs at State Farm Insurance’s corporate headquarters in Bloomington. He is also president of the Central Illinois Chapter for 2013.
- PRSA Nominating Committee Representative (Alternate): Herb Ritchell (Chicago Chapter)
Herb is Director of the Advertising and Public Relations program at Loyola University, where he also oversees internships and teaches advertising and public relations courses. Herb also operates his own consulting practice.
Congratulations once again to the slate, and thank you for your service to your Chapter, the District and the Society!
October 3, 2013
Our October affinity call will focus on what it takes – and what it’s like – to conduct your Chapter awards program digitally. Join your District peers in a discussion about what works, what flops, and where to start.
- Tuesday, October 8, 2013
- 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. (Central)
- Dial: 866-999-1600 / ID: 4335768#
Contact Jim Streed, APR with any questions at email@example.com.
September 23, 2013
Be among the first in the District to mark your calendars and bookmark this site for the 2014 PRSA Midwest District Conference, June 18-20 in Springfield, MO.
The Southwest Missouri Chapter will be our hosts next year. The planning team is already hard at work, creating an event that has something for everyone at every stage of their professional life.
The site is not open for registration yet, but there is already…
- an outline of the schedule (including the Leadership Quick Start that precedes the formal conference);
- links to a page of conference events; and
- information about the venue and facilities: the Ramada Oasis Hotel & Conference Center.
Kudos to the 2014 Conference planning team for being so far ahead of the curve! Be sure to visit the site regularly for updates. We’ll post them here, too, of course, so come around any time.
See you in Springfield!
September 5, 2013
As we head into fall and many chapters resume their “regularly scheduled programs,” we’re wondering what your membership plans are for 2013-14:
- How do you bring new members into your Chapter?
- Are the PRSA membership promotions working for you? How do you leverage them?
- Do you have tried-and-true approaches (or “tried-and-through” ones)?
Let’s chat! Join your District colleagues Tuesday, September 10 from Noon to 1 p.m. (Central) to talk about what has worked for you, what you’d like to try and what brings your members to the Chapter.
Contact Jim Streed, APR [firstname.lastname@example.org] for call-in details.
August 14, 2013
Our August affinity call, held earlier today, focused on strategic planning for the Chapter. We only had a handful of participants, but the information we exchanged was good stuff.
Some quick takes include
- Chapter planning horizons varied from one year to three years, depending on the board’s sense of need.
- The planning process varied significantly. One included members in a town hall brainstorming / feedback session that informed the board’s planning team. Another connected the outgoing board with the incoming board for an exchange of ideas and transition of duties that evolved into the annual plan.
- Chapters are exploring ways to use technology to involve members in the planning process.
- Enlisting a professional facilitator to guide a planning session brings a new way of approaching the process and allows all participants to contribute (no one has to focus on taking notes!)
- The Leadershp Rally at PRSA National offices shed a new and helpful light on the role of Chapter leadership, the importance of volunteers and the value of strategic plans
So, dear readers, how does your Chapter approach strategic planning and what lessons or tips can you give your colleagues?
July 25, 2013
If you were fortunate enough to be here at the PRSA Midwest District Conference today, you know what a packed day we had.
PRSA Chairman & CEO Mickey Nall, APR, Fellow PRSA got the day underway with an entertaining look at storytelling (or truth-telling, as he prefers it), media relations and reputation. His insights and commentary gave the 180-plus PRSA members in attendance something to think about.
There followed four morning breakout sessions, a case study presentation over lunch, eight afternoon breakout sessions, a rousing end-of-day session on Crisis Communication with Dr. Joe Trahan, APR, Fellow PRSA, and a short mix-and-mingle social before small groups headed off to dinner at a number of nearby restaurants.
An excellent start to the 2013 MDC. And just think…we get to do it again tomorrow!
Thanks, PRSA Nebraska, for a powerful program and your gracious hosipitality.
July 23, 2013
Our half-day Leadership QuickStart session is tomorrow (Wednesday). While it does not have the same general appeal that the conference has, new and emerging leaders will find it a great opportunity to connect with like-minded peers and to learn from some “old pros.” It should be a fun time, too, not all work.
The full conference kicks off Thursday morning. Follow the conversatoin on Twitter at #prsamdc or follow us @PRSAMidwest.