From the Chair

Chuck Norman, APR

Thanks for visiting your district website. We have a lot planned for 2012 and I would like to first thank each of our board members who have volunteered their time to make your district one of the best in country. Click here to see who your district leadership is for the coming year.

Our biggest event of the year is shaping up to be an outstanding professional development opportunity! PRSA members from throughout the Southeast and beyond should be making plans to attend the 2012 Southeast District Conference September 19-21 in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The theme of the conference, hosted by the Lookout Chapter, will be “Creating Authentic Relationships in the Age of Me.”  

You can find details, including the call for presentations, at http://www.seprsaconference.com/ 

We are still in the planning stages in regards to the 3rd Annual Southeast District Leadership Rally. I can say that we plan to have an early November event again in 2012 so be on the lookout for dates in the coming months. Please be sure to pass along to your current board members that we’ll be holding this event and get them pumped up about going. We hope that you will also have your 2013 officers selected by then so they can get some great ideas from their counterparts in other chapters.

You may remember that we added a new feature in 2011 that we plan to continue in 2012. Each chapter has a liaison from the SE District Board. Each member of the board is assigned to a chapter to visit with you during the year. You should expect to hear from your district board representative in the first quarter to set up a date for a chapter visit in the second (preferred) or early third quarter of 2012. Below you will see who will visit your Chapter and be your contact for 2012.

Chapter Visits 2012

Alabama Chapter – Steve Loudermilk, APR

Charlotte Chapter – Kelly Davis, APR

Georgia Chapter – Mitch Edwards, APR

Lookout Chapter – Melanie Davis, APR

Memphis Chapter – Bonnie Riechert, APR

Nashville Chapter – Vickye Hester, APR

North Carolina Chapter – Natalia Flores, APR

South Carolina Chapter – Chuck Norman, APR

Tar Heel Chapter – Chuck Norman, APR 

Tri-Cities Chapter – Kevin Lusk

Volunteer Chapter – Penny Cothran, APR

Their job is to stay in touch with you every quarter and visit one of your board meetings or other events, preferably in the second quarter. With our monthly calls, unfortunately, we don’t have the time to delve more into the inner workings of your chapter and discuss possible issues and solutions. Having that one on one conversation gives you both more time and builds better relationships.

We had tremendous feedback about our Affinity Calls in 2011 and we are excited that we can provide this service to you as a benefit to you and your chapter again in 2012. Here is a tentative list of dates and topics for 2012.

Month Topic
January 23 APR
February 27 Awards
March 26 Sponsorships
April 23 Diversity
May 21 Programming
June25 Websites
July 23 Ethics
August 27 Increase Member Value
September 24 Board engagement
October 22 TBD/Sponsorships
November 26 Recruiting new members

If you have a topic you would like to see in 2012 that is not listed or if you would like a topic moved up in the scheduel, please email me with ideas cnorman@sacherokee.com or call me at (800) 608-7500. The monthly call number is (218) 844-0850 with pass code 570772#. Please make sure your Chapter board member responsible for the topic has the date of the call on their calendar so they will be able to share this valuable information with your board and members.

I really enjoyed getting to know the chapter leadership I visited in 2011 and I’m excited to visit with Chapters in 2012 as well. As a former president of the North Carolina Chapter, it is interesting and enlightening discussing chapter activities, opportunities and challenges around the district. As we all know, chapters are the heart of our organization. We want to make your chapters even stronger. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to any of us at any time. Remember, we’re here to help, give an outside perspective and be a resource throughout the year.

As always, thank you for the leadership role you have taken on to serve for your chapter. We appreciate all that you do.

Best,
Chuck Norman, APR
District Chair

NCPRSA Accepting Entries for InSpire Awards

RALEIGH, N.C. (January 27, 2012) ― The North Carolina Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America announces today that submissions are being accepted for the fourth annual InSpire Awards, recognizing the best in regional communications. Public relations and communications professionals from across the state are encouraged to submit work from 2011 that demonstrates outstanding skill, creativity and resourcefulness.

The InSpire Awards honor both campaigns and individual tactics in 45 categories, including media relations, social media, public affairs, marketing and investor relations. New for 2012, categories in nonprofit and government have been added to give organizations with typically smaller budgets more of an opportunity to compete for an award and showcase their work.

“The InSpire Awards program offers communications professionals throughout the state a unique opportunity to gain well-deserved recognition for their work and accomplishments,” says Eva Hornak, NCPRSA board president. “This is their time to shine and share their successes with their peers.”

The early-bird deadline to save $25 on the entry is Feb. 17. The final entry deadline is 5 p.m. on Feb. 24. Award categories, entry guidelines and directions for submissions can be found at www.ncprsa.org/awards.html. Winners will be recognized during an awards banquet and ceremony in May 2012.

About NCPRSA:
Since 1967, The North Carolina Chapter of the Public Relations Society of North Carolina has been unified through the strength of a collective vision and powered by the commitment of public relations professionals. The organization provides professional development and career assistance, networking and accreditation opportunities, and industry resources to members. For more information, visit www.ncprsa.org.

SE District Plans Exciting Year in 2012

PRSA members from throughout the Southeast and beyond should be making plans to attend the 2012 Southeast District Conference Sept. 19-21 in Chattanooga. Theme of the conference, hosted by the Lookout Chapter, will be “Creating Authentic Relationships in the Age of Me.”   You can find details, including the call for presentations, at http://www.seprsaconference.com/ Hope to see you there!