PRSA Puget Sound June Newsflash
Halfway through 2020 and I think it's safe to say, it's not the year we thought it would be. However, perhaps it's the year we forge new ideas and new ways of supporting each other! Things to watch for from PRSA Puget Sound:
- Programs addressing the "New Normal" of pandemic life. Mark your calendar for 11 a.m. the third Thursday of each month. Later this week: "All You Need is a Vaccine." (See below.)
- Totem Awards go virtual!
- Diversity & Inclusion efforts. Our new D&I committee has been working hard since January! Watch for a D&I survey in your inbox later this month, as well as initiatives focused on combating systematic racism and celebrating our community's diversity.
Alicia Lawver, MBA, APR
President, Public Relations Society of America
All We Need Is a Vaccine (The New Normal Series — PR in Times of Pandemic)
Join PRSA Puget Sound on June 18 at 11:00 a.m. for this virtual talk with Fred Hutch's Claire Hudson, Communications Manager, and PATH’s Monica Graham who is Deputy Director of Communications for the Center for Vaccine Information. Fred Hutch is playing a vital national role in the Covid-19 vaccine efforts, and PATH has global expertise in delivering vaccines. Learn the latest on this effort, the challenges just ahead and build your knowledge base to advise both organizations and clients as we find a way forward to eradicate Covid-19. Get details and register here.
From PRSAY: PR Pros Discuss Leading the Conversation at Work About Race and Racial Injustice
By Greg Beaubien
"The conversations aren't easy. There is no cookie-cutter answer. ... How can we ensure that this isn't just something we're going to talk about for a short period of time?"
Happy Pride Month!
From PRSAY: Pride in a Time of Pandemic
By Ben Finzel
Pride is more than just a party — although it’s often the biggest LGBTQ-specific celebration in a given community each year. Pride is a statement of existence and an affirmation of life for millions of LGBTQ people. It is a living, breathing act of defiance against those who tell LGBTQ people we are less than. It is a reminder that while we’re all different, we’re all people deserving of the same rights and treatment under the law.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT - A WORD FROM THE GOVERNOR
If you couldn't join us in May for the chapter's first "PR in Times of Pandemic" live event with Jaime Smith and Julia Terlinchamp representing the Governor's Office, you can still check out the video on PRSA Puget Sound's Facebook page.
- Washington coronavirus Safe Start portal, with guidance documents for a safe re-opening
- Safe Start business resource page, where you can sign up for weekly newsletters from the JIC's Economic Resiliency Team
- Association of Washington Business, which has partnered with the JIC to help amplify messages and provide an opportunity for stakeholders to ask questions relevant to their situation on a weekly basis
- The AWB "Rebound and Recovery" Business Toolkit
- TVW series, "The Impact: Road to Recovery."
Calling All Leaders, and Those Who Make Things Happen!
Are you or someone you know a natural leader, love our profession, and want to support other colleagues to grow their careers? If so, there’s an amazing opportunity right now for you. The Call for Nominations for the 2020 PRSA Puget Sound Board of Directors is officially open. Seven board positions are open for nomination! Interested, click here.
Notes & Noteworthy
- The PRSA Puget Sound jobs board currently lists openings with The Fearey Group, NHL Seattle and PathForward Communications. Check to see if your next opportunity is listed here.
- Join PRSA using code CHAPTER2020 and receive a free one-year membership in the Puget Sound Chapter (plus get the initiation/reinstatement fee waived). Restrictions apply. Join here.
We appreciate your participation in the chapter leadership survey that closed on June 10. Following the 2019 annual meeting, we formed a committee to review proposed bylaw changes that could affect leadership qualifications and the composition of the nominating committee. This survey is a first step to hear directly from our members and will help inform the committee’s work. Next, the committee will share the survey results with the chapter board of directors and make recommendations regarding potential bylaw changes, recruiting guidelines, and policies and procedures. Any proposed bylaw changes would be posed to the chapter membership for consideration. Contact committee co-chairs Cindy Sharpe and Haley Flanagan with any questions.
Welcome New and Returning Members
- Delaney Berreth
- Julie Colehour
- Kimberlee Craig
- Judith Cushman
- Linda Farmer, APR
- Hallie Fuchs
- Laura Gaston
- Walter Greenwood, APR
- Marissa Heymeyer
- Henry Kenney III
- Linda Kent
- Allison Mattson
- Therese Murphy
- Aubrey Newton
- Rhonda Rosenberg
- Tami Rust
- Ruth Schubert
- Linda Sellers, APR
- Madeline Sjolund
- Karla Slate, APR