President’s Column – August 2014

Richie Escovedo, Greater Fort Worth PRSA President
richie.escovedo@gmail.com

richieescovedoLRWell, we’ve reached the half-way mark for 2014 and I wanted to share where I believe we are in the chapter and where we’re headed the rest of the year. So far, we’re on target with our 11-month programming schedule having completed six luncheons for members and guests with five to go. As a reminder, we took our customary month off in July for scheduling purposes. We pick things back up Wednesday, August 13 at 11:30 a.m. at Colonial Country Club as Laura Elkind, a Fort Worth trial attorney with over 20 years of experience, discusses the basics of defamation and invasion of privacy. Details and registration link are in this newsletter and online, http://fortworthprsa.org/gfw-prsa-august-luncheon

The 3rd annual Worthy Awards program and event was an opportunity to highlight excellence in strategic communication in the area. It was also a good chance to test out an online entry system. In general, our numbers for award entries were down from previous years. But that actually worked to our advantage since we encountered some challenges with the online system. Overall, it was a good learning experience and we’ll look at options and aspects to improve for next year. (I’ll take this moment to offer to anyone interested in being a part of the awards team for next year, please let me know.)

The PR After Dark events have been fun diversions from our traditional lunchtime programming to help members connect with plans for two more coming soon.

Chapter members, please be sure to read through the new opportunity by the Accreditation chairs for the upcoming APR Boot Camp.

While we’re on professional development, I want to once again thank our friends at AAF Fort Worth and Social Media Club Fort Worth for working with us on a joint event back in March. I can’t wait to share our upcoming fall professional development program in October. But to get those details early, you’ll have to attend the August 13 luncheon.

There’s more in store. We still have ethics and diversity to explore in upcoming luncheons among other topics. There will be an opportunity for community service that I hope you’ll consider helping with once the details are set.
I continue to be impressed with the work and planning being managed by all of our committee chairs and board officers. Chapter members, I hope you appreciate how much work these volunteers put in on your behalf. I’m proud to serve alongside these dedicated professionals who give of their time to help keep the Greater Fort Worth Chapter of PRSA in motion.

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