Affinity Call Recap: Volunteer Recognition

July 16, 2014

By Brant Skogrand, APR, MBC

Skogrand PR Solutions, LLC

Immediate Past Chair, PRSA Midwest District

The strength of a PRSA chapter rests upon the shoulders of its volunteers. With all the heavy lifting, however, it can be easy for volunteers to burn out.

On the most recent PRSA Midwest District affinity call, chapter representatives shared best practices as well as challenges regarding volunteer recognition.

Chapters use several approaches to recognize volunteers, including:

  • An annual peer-nominated “Volunteer of the Year” award,
  • Summer potluck picnics,
  • A winter holiday party combined with the chapter’s annual meeting, and
  • Acknowledgement of individuals at chapter programming events.

Certain chapter committees naturally attract volunteers, such as the student relations committee. Perhaps that’s because professionals are eager to help the next generation of public relations practitioners.

For several chapters, “business community outreach” committees have trouble gaining momentum. In addition, probably because of all the work involved, awards ceremony committees have challenges keeping volunteers.

We’re counting the days until Conference; Join us!

July 18, 2013

We have more than 165 Public Relations professionals registered for our 2013 PRSA Midwest District Conference next week…and registrations are still coming in. We still have room for you, too!

See the entire conference schedule and register at

The PRSA Nebraska Chapter has done a wonderful job of pulling the program together under our theme: Defining the Expanding Role of Public Relations. How might this affect you and your practice?

Join us in Omaha and learn more!

Today’s affinity call canceled, will reconnect after District Conference

July 9, 2013

Today’s affinity call to discuss strategic planning in your Chapter is canceled; we’ll pick up that conversation on August 13th. Watch for more information a coule of weeks ahead of that.

In the meantime, I hope you have made plans to attend our Midwest District Conference in Omaha. Click the tab at the top of this page for all the details. Be sure to follow the happenings via #prsamdc, too.

See you there!

The Conference is coming! Are you going?

May 23, 2013


Our 2013 District Conference is approaching quickly. Early-bird registration is closed, but there’s still time to register. We just added a separate page on this blog, giving lots more details and links to the program schedule, travel information and registration. Or navigate yourself to and sign up today!

See you there?

2012 PRSA Midwest District Conference

April 29, 2012

2012 PRSA Midwest District Conference

Register today for the Midwest District Conference, hosted our PRSA Chicago Chapter. The half-day Leadership QuickStart session starts July 18. Professional Development sessions run July 19-20. Early-bird registration runs through May via the Chicago Chapter website. See you there!

Next Midwest District Call & Leadership Assembly Updates

September 20, 2011

The Midwest District will have its last pre-Leadership Assembly call on Wed., Sept. 28 at 10 a.m. Agenda items include: national updates, the proposed dues increase, 2012 district conference planning, September affinity call recap and chapter updates. As always, all Midwest District chapters are encouraged to have a representative on the call.

For those that are traveling to Leadership Assembly or International Conference in Orlando, the Midwest District will be having an informal networking dinner on Saturday, Oct. 15, at 8 p.m. after the Diversity Mixer. If you plan to join us, please RSVP to Renee Robinson, district chair.

We also will have a District breakfast/business  meeting on Sunday, Oct. 16, from 8:30 to 10 a.m. in Palazzo Salon D/E. All Assembly Delegates and conference attendees from the Midwest District’s 15 chapters are invited to attend both activities. Hope to see you in Orlando!

PRSA International Conference Early-Bird Registration Ends Tomorrow

August 25, 2011

For Midwest District chapter members planning to attend this year’s PRSA International Conference, the deadline for early-bird registrations is tomorrow, Aug. 26, at midnight. Tomorrow also is the deadline to submit a name for the conference mascot for a chance to win a free registration.

Sign up now to save $200 on registration and visit the conference website for more information on the scheduled professional development sessions, networking opportunities, travel details and more.

Additionally, the Midwest District will be having a dinner on Saturday, Oct. 15, and a District breakfast meeting on Sunday, Oct. 16. All Assembly Delegates and conference attendees from the Midwest District’s 15 chapters are invited to attend. For more details, please contact Renee Robinson, district chair.