September 2020 SCPRSA Newsletter Print


From your President-Elect

Pam Flasch

Director of Public Affairs BJWSA | President-Elect SCPRSA

Inspiration comes from many places. This week, as I browsed a colleague’s bulletin board, I came across some gems from “Making it Easier to tell the Truth at Work,” which operates under a motto of “Ask more. Assume less.”

WHERE has THIS been all my life?

Here’s the first excerpt to catch my eye – “Got FEEDBACK that doesn’t feel RIGHT? ASK the people you’re closest to for their impressions. They’ll tell you – if you ask – and make it SAFE to tell you the TRUTH.”

How many times do we misconstrue someone’s more direct communication style or wish we could be more assertive – yet stay polite, tactful and objective?  

Nugget Number two: “People are tired, busy and stressed. Be nice to people just because… it will make your day, their day and your work environment better.”

Basic Golden Rule here – but add COVID-19, working from home, schooling kids while working at home, witnessing a 24-hour news cycle of bad news and having our lives change for (maybe) forever!

And finally, a bit of Dale Carnegie: “If you want to influence someone, DON’T TALK. LISTEN. 1. Ask a question. 2. Listen to the answer. 3. Ask another question. 4. Listen to the answer.”  Lather, rinse, repeat…

After 31 years of marriage, my husband and I like to play a game when we attend social gatherings. The game is “Who did you learn about vs. who learned something about YOU?”

That leaves me with my final question, “Is there anyone more charming than someone who’s trying to get to know you? Is there a better colleague than one who operates with tact and diplomacy?”

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PRSA National is offering a membership promotion until September 5. New and returning members will have their initiation or reinstatement fee waived when they join National as a Regular member ($260 annual dues) and receive a free 1-year Chapter membership (up to $100 value). For more information, visit the link below and use the promo code CHAPTER2020 -

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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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Upcoming Webinars

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

September 8- Leading with Ethics

September 15- Reach Readers on the Small Screen

We also recommend checking out the online Resource Library that offers the latest industry insights and the PRSay blogs. 


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Please join us in congratulation past-president, Kelly Davis, APR on her induction into the PRSA College of Fellows.  

The College of Fellows is the gold standard of public relations professionals. College of Fellows is an active, honorary organization comprised of more than 350 senior practitioners and educators, each of whom has left a significant footprint on the public relations profession. A rigorous peer-review process has singled out these professionals to be among the ‘best of the best.’ Election to the College is considered the pinnacle of one’s professional career.

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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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