2016 District Conference save-the-date flier

Reboot and Retool in Reno

We’re pleased to have this save-the-date flier for the June 2016 PRSA North Pacific District Conference. It was donated – design and printing – by our friends in the communications department at Brigham Young University in the Utah Valley PRSA Chapter. Thanks guys!

Chapters, feel free to use this PDF to promote the conference. And as always, check out the conference schedule as it’s confirmed, register for the conference and book your hotel right here. We hope you’ll join us for networking and excellent professional development in Reno.

2016 #PRSANPDconf flier

2016 District Conference call for presentations

Reboot and Retool in Reno

If you’ve got something to share with your public relations peers, the June 2016 PRSA North Pacific District Conference (#PRSAreboot) may be the place to do it.

Speakers will be selected from district membership and beyond.

Topics include all aspects of public relations and corporate communications.

To submit your presentation idea, please complete this online form.

Any comments or questions – or recommendations on potential speakers – please contact us.

A potential change to collecting district dues

dues collection

To all our amazing North Pacific District PRSA chapters and members:

At this year’s leadership rally in New York City there was a lengthy discussion among district leaders about ways to improve the district dues collection process.

As you know, right now, after the first of the year, districts begin asking chapters to pay dues to the district based on the number of members they have in their chapter. This is a one-time annual and manual dues collection process.

As a result of leadership rally and follow-up district discussions, the district council has asked each district to go back to its chapters to get feedback on a proposed change to the district dues collection process.

Since this change impacts chapter and district financials, creating a new automated process for collecting and paying district dues – just like chapter dues are collected – we’re reaching out publicly for you to chime-in and let us know your thoughts.

Feel free to comment on this post or respond to us using the contact form, or email or call a member of the district board. We’d love to hear from you.

If you’re unaware of what our current district dues are, they’re outlined on the bottom of this webpage.

The district council plans to vote on this new dues collection process during its Sept. 15, 2015 teleconference meeting. Based on that vote, the proposed process will (or will not) be sent to the national board for its consideration.

Proposed District Dues Collection Process

District Dues will be collected on a monthly basis to coincide with the collection of Chapter Dues.

Amount of monthly dues collection will correspond directly with the number of members paying dues to the Chapter.

District Dues cannot be collected for members that are not a member of a Chapter.

The District Treasurer (or other designee) will receive a monthly report detailing the amount of the District Dues collected from each Chapter along with a check.

Chapter Dues collection process will remain unchanged except the monthly report to the Chapter will highlight the amount of District Dues collected and remitted to the District.

District Dues cannot be collected from any Chapter that collects its own Chapter Dues.

It is not possible to cap the amount of District Dues collected from any one Chapter or in total from all Chapters.

District Dues rate(s) must be set at the beginning of the year; mid-year changes are not feasible.

For Chapter members that pay on an installment plan, District Dues will be collected and paid to the District in the first installment.

Join the Sierra Nevada Chapter for Elevate Your #PRactice

PRDA Sierra Nevada Chapter hosts Elevate Your #PRactice

The PRSA Sierra Nevada Chapter invites you join them for an all-day public relations workshop on April 29, 2015 at the Atlantis Casino Resort Spa.

The workshop includes three tracks to help you take your public relations knowledge, skills and abilities to the next level:

  1. Tactics
  2. Strategies
  3. Leadership

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Puget Sound sponsors PR Career Jumpstart

register now for the April 25, 2015 PR Career Jumpstart in Seattle, WA

The PRSA Puget Sound Chapter invites you to join them on Saturday, April 25, 2015 for a day-long professional career workshop and networking conference for aspiring PR professionals.

Attendees are given a behind the scenes look at public relations as well as valuable tips and advice from local award-winning agencies and professionals around Western Washington.

Jumpstart is the perfect opportunity to get your foot in the door and stand out from the crowd by learning the ins and outs of PR straight from industry veterans.

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For event questions or to learn more about sponsorship opportunities, call 206-623-8632 or contact Emily Nauseda – Jumpstart chair, at enauseda@allisonpr.com.

For more about Jumpstart, follow @PRJumpstartSEA and like Puget Sound PRSA for Students on Facebook.

Announcing the North Pacific District 2016 conference exploratory committee

conference theater

During January’s district leadership call we discussed the possibility of putting together a district conference. The last district conference was in 2006, and the consensus is that 2016 (a whole decade later) is the year to reboot our district conference.

We believe the 2016 district conference will help deliver value in networking and professional development that some district members may not otherwise be able to receive and benefit from due to the time and fiscal resources required to attend PRSA’s International Conference.

We’re looking at holding the conference sometime during the summer of 2016 on a date and location that makes sense given other district and national public relations conferences.

Our chair-elect, Pete Codella, APR, is developing a district conference overview and operational guide. A few district leaders on last month’s call have agreed to help spearhead the effort.

If you’re interested in joining Pete and the 2016 district conference committee, please contact us. Any member of PRSA in the North Pacific District is welcome to join us.

We’re also looking for a host chapter and location. So if you have ideas in that regard, please let us know.

Happy New Year, North Pacific District members

Happy New Year 2015

Cheers to 2015!

We are hopeful that your year is off to a great start and we’re looking forward to working with you to meet your PRSA goals.

Our monthly conference call dates have been set, and we look forward to talking to many of you on Wednesday, January 28.

Our vision is to continue our commitment to professional development via our monthly calls, as well as resource sharing for your PRSA tasks, opportunities and challenges.

A full schedule of call topics will be to you later this month.

We have a new Facebook page and Twitter account – please like and follow us to get more conversation started. And please be sure you’ve signed up for our email newsletter.

Later this year we’ll be launching our PRSA North Pacific District Professional of the Year Awards program, so start pondering who from your chapter would be a great candidate.

Mark your calendars for the PRSA International Conference in Atlanta, Nov. 8-10.

We’re here to support you, so please let us know how we can best serve you, and we’ll be sure to keep in touch and also provide resources that we think might be helpful.

Take care and best wishes for a successful, productive (and fun) new year!

Betsy Hays, APR, Fellow PRSA
2015 PRSA North Pacific District Chair

A new website for a new year

PRSA North Pacific District home page

One of the North Pacific District goals for 2014 was a new website. Here we are in December and happy to announce the launch of the new PRSANorthPacificDistrict.org site.

In addition to the new site, we’ve created a number of social media channels and groups through which members of the PRSA North Pacific District can get and stay connected. Links to our social channels are included in the right column of this site. Please join us.

We’re looking for volunteers to help contribute content to the North Pacific District newsroom. If you’re interested, please contact us.

We’ve also created a new email list, so be sure you’re current email address is added to the list by signing-up here or in the MailChimp widget over on the bottom right.