PRSA Portland Metro Chapter

PRSA Portland: November 27, 2012


Nov 12


People on the Move
Mike Riley, APR, PRC, principal of Riley Research Associates, received the chapter’s highest honor, the William W. Marsh Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2012 Spotlight Awards. The Ron Schmidt Community Involvement Award was presented to Katlin Smith, APR, principal at UrbanWords Group for her leadership in the Vancouver, Wash., Chapter of Dining for Women. Considered an indicator of people to watch in the PR industry, the New Professional Award of Excellence was given to Julie Williams, digital producer at We the Media. Read more about the awards of distinction.Grady Britton, Legacy Health, CMD, Edelman, Maxwell PR and Colehour+Cohen were the big winners at this year’s PRSA Spotlight Awards, taking home best in show and 28 individual program awards between them. That’s more than half of the 52 awards distributed to the region’s top communicators on Oct. 25, 2012.

Carol Fenstermacher, APR, Director of Community Relations for Evergreen Public Schools, and recent recipient of the Spotlight Award of Merit for her work on the Evergreen School District’s 2012 levy, was recently elected the Northwest Regional Vice President for the National School Public Relations Association. As the regional VP, she will represent school PR practitioners from Washington, Oregon, Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Alberta, British Columbia, Northwest Territories, Saskatchewan and Yukon for the next three years.

Executive Director of Communications and Marketing Barbara Kerr, APR, will be leaving Clark College this month after more than eight years of service. Barbara has accepted a newly-established position as Chief Communications Officer (CCO) with the Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon (SSMO) Ministries Corporation in Beaverton, Ore. In that role, she will be responsible for communications for the Valley Catholic educational system (early learning through Grade 12), Bethany Center (lifelong learning), Maryville Nursing Home (including Maryville Memory Care), and the SSMO Foundation.

Not a member yet? Those who join PRSA between Wednesday, Nov. 21, and Sunday, Dec. 2, will have their choice of either a FREE one-year Chapter membership (with promotion code OCT12) or Section membership (with promotion code NOV12).

Find more colleagues on the move in our Linkedin group.

Upcoming Events
PRSA Portland Metro Chapter Annual Meeting – TONIGHT!
Tuesday, November 27
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Cost: Free, but registration is required.Please join us for this fun, annual tradition to wrap up the year, elect our chapter’s 2013 leaders and recognize 2012 board members and volunteers who have donated their time and talents on behalf of the chapter’s professional development, networking events, awards program, accreditation efforts and much more. This is a free event, but registration is required.

Location: Maxwell PR, 3934 SW Corbett Ave.

President’s Corner
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Jenna Cooper Gross

Hello, Fellow PRSA Portland Metro Members!As we entered 2012, the economic climate was still tenuous. Our team of board members (all volunteers!) worked tirelessly throughout the year to provide great events, professional development, and networking. Our Meet the Media events were especially popular. We launched a new website, added specialized interest tracks, and had a stellar revamp of our sponsorship program which led to unprecedented support from a terrific group of community partners.

What does all that mean? It means our chapter will enter 2013 on a high note. It means we will continue to expand our exceptional value to our members and guests through a wide range of professional development events. That includes tonight’s annual meeting, which is free for members—our holiday gift to you! We will elect our 2013 board and honor and thank all of our chapter volunteers who have worked tirelessly for the chapter and our region.

So, this holiday season, I’ll be raising my glass to you—our members and supporters who have been so pivotal to our success this year. Cheers to you; Here’s to an outstanding new year for us all!

Yours in service,

Jenna Cooper-Gross, APR
President, PRSA Portland Metro Chapter

About the PRSA Portland Metro Chapter
The Portland Metro Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America is one of 111 PRSA chapters located across the country. The chapter serves more than 200 members from Oregon and Southwest Washington with the mission of offering public relations professionals a forum for idea sharing, professional development and networking. | Contact us: |503-221-6202
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