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Note from Norita Taylor, APR, President Elect

The many rewards of volunteerism were shared by a talented group of panelists at a recent professional development luncheon. This month, I am asking for some of you to take that to heart as you make plans for 2018.

If you are not sure where to begin, I have an answer for you! It’s not too early to be thinking about getting involved with our chapter next year. Several positions on the GKC-PRSA board of directors will be open and I’d like to invite you to step up to the plate for one of the many roles.

GKC-PRSA is an all-volunteer organization and our strength comes from the time and talents of local practitioners and other volunteers. We plan and manage the chapter's operations and events throughout the year. The biggest event, of course, is the PRISM gala and we would love to have not only a chairperson, but also several committee members. One need not be a member to be on the committee.

There are plenty of good reasons to use board participation as part of giving back to the community. You can build your professional network, add some skills to your background, or even try out new ideas for the chapter. Serving on the board also counts toward accreditation maintenance points for those who hold APR designations.

I can personally say that I’ve enjoyed volunteering as marketing chair for a local theatre group for several years. Now it’s time to turn that time toward our chapter as next year's president, and I hope you will join me.

To express your interest, just drop me a line norita_taylor@ooida.com

Norita Taylor, APR 

President Elect

Join us at the 2017 PRISM Gala!

Registration is now open to attend the 2017 PRISM Gala! Event details are below.


Event Details


October 12, 2017


The Uptown Theater, 3700 Broadway, Kansas City, Missouri



Free surface parking in lot directly across the street from the Uptown Theater.



Sponsor reception 5:30 – 6 p.m.

All guest cocktail reception and networking 6 – 7 p.m.

Dinner, speaker and awards presentation 7 – 9:30 p.m.



Please reserve your spot no later than September 21, 2017.

PRSA Member $75

Non-Member $90

Student $60


Contact Amy Thomas at amye.thomas@yahoo.com.

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Don't Miss: Upcoming Chapter Events
August 8: Meet Kelly Scanlon of Thinking Bigger Business Media
11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.., Seasons 52

Cost: $5 for members, $7 for non-members
(Price does not include the cost of your lunch.)

Kelly Scanlon is the owner of Thinking Bigger Business Media, Inc., a company that produces a variety of publications and events that connect growth-minded business owners with practical strategies, resources and information that takes them to the next level of success. She also is host of the “Smart Companies” shows on Smart Companies Thinking Bigger Radio.

*Please note that you do not need to be a Solo Pro to attend.


August 29: Professional Development:  The Power of the “Best, First Dollar Spent”
11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.., Harvesters - The Community Food Network

Cost: $25 for members, $30 for non-members
Price will increase after August 23.

All marketers have more needs than dollars. The big question is, how do you get the biggest and most impactful ROI from the very first marketing dollar spent? Dave Patrick will show you how to connect the brand promise, value proposition, reason for being and customer need to the “best, first dollar spent, so you can eliminate unproductive activity and optimize purposeful marketing that drives business.


Happy Anniversary!

Happy Anniversary to the following members in August!

  • Ashley R. Cox
  • Emma Davis
  • Gretchen L. Deaton, MBA
  • David Eaheart, APR
  • Amanda Jean Hughes
  • Mallory Laur
  • Shaunda Parks, APR
  • Rich Polzin
  • Jake B. Potter, APR
  • Darcie Reeson
  • Jwana Smith
  • Brandon David Stanley
  • Mike Swenson
  • Norita Taylor, APR
  • Jaclyn Menzel Twidwell
  • Kristi Widmar