August 2020 SCPRSA Newsletter Print

President-Elect

Anna Flasch Wolford and Pam Flasch

From your President-Elect

Pam Flasch

Director of Public Affairs BJWSA | President-Elect SCPRSA

As we dive into FY21 at Beaufort-Jasper Water and Sewer Authority, I am hyper-focused on our commitment to ethics, diversity, and inclusion – just as we are at SCPRSA. Add to that a constantly-whirring brain attempting to reimagine information delivery during a pandemic!

Over the next 18 months, through my time as your president-elect and then president, I hope we can find answers to questions we ask ourselves every day as public relations professionals, and as citizens, moms, dads and spokespeople for our organizations. Questions that range from the simple “where can I find diverse images online?” to “what can I do to be an inclusive team member?”

When we lived in Europe 20 years ago, we always told our daughter, “You may be the only American someone meets today. Be a well-behaved and considerate American, one who is visiting their country to learn about their culture.” Visiting Paris many years later, Anna was thrilled when a German family thought she was French and asked her for directions!

That’s a very simplified illustration, but it does remind us not only to avoid judging a book by its cover – but also to take that to its essence – don’t judge!

Do you have answers? Do you have questions? I’d love to hear from you! Please feel free to drop me a note at [email protected] or call me at 843-812-4221. We are a team, and everyone brings something to the playing field!


 

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Upcoming Webinars

Login to your MyPRSA account to register for the following webinars - one of the many benefits of membership!

August 13- 10 Things You Must Start Doing Now to More Effectively Lead Your Teams, Your Organization and Yourself

August 20- Turn Your Existing Content Media Coverage: Build a Happy Marriage Between Content Marketing and PR

September 8- Leading with Ethics

September 15- Reach Readers on the Small Screen


 

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Crisis Communication

Crisis is unpredictable. But an effective response requires planning and preparation. Prepare yourself for any situation by attending the "Crisis Communication Virtual Master Class," happening Aug. 10, 11, 17 and 18 from 1-5 p.m. EDT! After completing this course, you will be awarded a Certificate of Completion. Register today!

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Elections

NOMINATIONS FOR 2021 BOARD OF DIRECTORS 

Our chapter is seeking established and new leaders interested in serving on the board starting in January 2021. The board will be led by Pamela Flasch, who is currently president-elect. 

Participating on the SCPRSA Board of Directors is a great way to serve our fellow communicators and industry. You’ll meet and share best practices with many of the state’s outstanding practitioners. Additionally, serving on the board demonstrates your leadership to your peers, clients, and employer.

Positions Available

The available positions are below. The full position descriptions can be found here.

After reviewing the position descriptions use the easy online application to apply or nominate someone. 

The deadline to apply or to nominate someone is August 31. 

  • President-elect (APR required and will serve as president in 2022)
  • Vice President of Membership
  • Vice President of Communications
  • Vice President of Finance
  • Vice President of Professional Development
  • Ethics Officer (APR required)
  • Diversity officer
  • Midlands Regional Director
  • Upstate Regional Director

 

Want to know more before volunteering?

We encourage all members interested in learning more about board service to join one of two scheduled Zoom conference calls led by Kim Keelor, immediate past president and chair of the nominating committee. The calls are scheduled for Tuesday, August 11 at noon, and Friday, August 21 at 8 a.m.  Please contact Kim at [email protected] in advance to get the Zoom link.

If you cannot apply for a board seat yourself, but know the perfect person, use the nomination form, or send Kim an email by August 31 and the elections committee will include that person for review.

The elections committee members are as follows:

  • Kim Asbill, APR, (long time member, former officeholder) 
  • Denise Blackburn-Gaye, PRSA Fellow
  • Reba Campbell, Past President
  • Keela Glover, APR
  • Jo Halmes, APR, Past President
  • Julie Horton, Past President
  • Kim Keelor, APR, Past President
  • Robert Reeves, APR, (Former officeholder) 
  • Karen Potter, APR, Past President
  • Erin Smith Watson, APR, Past President

 

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PRSA Icon 2020

Mark your calendar! ICON 2020 has been reimagined as a fully virtual experience. Be there — no matter where you are in the world, on Oct. 26-29. 

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Awards

Congratulations to the University of South Carolina PRSSA Chapter on their fourth consecutive Star Chapter Award. 

This national award is considered the gold standard for chapters striving for excellence and it recognizes strong leadership, programming and relationships.

Some of the chapters key accomplishments included:

  • Conducting a virtual high school outreach program with a journalism class at Blythewood High School.
  • Partnering with SCPRSA and other student organizations to co-host SCPRSA’s Diversity Month program live-streamed from Claflin University.
  • Hosting an ethics-focused program with the South Carolina Emergency Management Division
  • Sending eight members to national and regional PRSSA events and fifteen members to SCPRSA’s annual conference.
  • At least 10% of our graduating seniors transitioning their membership to PRSA.

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