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March 2017 President’s Message by Laura Bynum

March 8, 2017

PRSA-NCC is off to a good start for 2017! The board of directors and committees have all begun the chapter’s events and activities for the year and are planning the rest of the year’s happenings. The leadership team’s efforts continue to amaze me. Their dedication to providing members with professional and educational opportunities is beyond the norm. As a member of this chapter for some years, I’ve been able to learn and gain public relations experience from the previous chapter volunteers who have provided education, training and networking experiences.  I have formed many friendships, created professional contacts and benefited from all of the programs and committees I’ve been a part of. I encourage you to do the same. You will be glad you did!

This month, be sure to attend this year’s Membership Rally and Networking Event on March 22nd at the Pepco Gallery on 8thStreet from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Come out and meet the 2017 board members, committee chairs and your fellow chapter members while you enjoy food and beverages. It’s always a great way to make new friends and find out more about the chapter’s committees and interest areas.  We are blessed to have many dedicated members and a great board of directors and leadership team who are working to make the chapter a success. We all look forward to meeting and talking with you!

This year, the board and leadership team will continue with the objectives of the 2015-2017 Strategic Plan, and a new Strategic Plan is scheduled for 2018. The main objectives so far this year are a Thought Leadership web page or section, an electronic awards entry submission and judging process for the annual Thoth Awards, further development of the membership plan, more offerings of professional development opportunities, and a new and improved Mentoring Committee, headed up by Past President Sultana Ali.

Also this month, there is a March Membership special from PRSA in which you’ll receive the chapter membership for FREE during the month of March when you join as a regular member. Just make sure to add the special code, SPRING17, when you sign up at www.prsa.org for annual membership. This kind of membership special only happens twice per year, so take advantage now if you can!

Don’t forget the Membership Rally this month where you can meet and make great PRSA-NCC connections. As always, I look forward to meeting all of you!

Best Regards,

Laura Bynum, M.A.
PRSA-NCC 2017 President