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A Note From The Chapter President
April is a busy time! It’s officially Accreditation month and not only that, our chapter has two excellent, educational events taking place. Our Professional Development event is April 23 and our Student Summit is this week.
As a supporter or member of GKC-PRSA, you may have been a past participant in one of our signature events, the annual PRISM Awards. 
This year we have some temporary changes on that front. 
The chapter board will be shifting focus in order to ensure that we are taking on projects that we can accomplish successfully. This means putting more emphasis on membership growth, mentoring and professional development.
We know from experience that an awards program brings a great deal of value to our profession and to our area's practitioners. So this decision wasn't arrived at lightly and it's not a permanent one by any means. By making this interim change, we believe we will be in a better position to pick things back up in 2020. We will have established a new committee of volunteers to make certain PRISM continues to be a premiere, communicators competition.
In the meantime, there will still be very relevant programming in other areas produced by the chapter. We look forward to your participation in those things, and in particular, possibly supporting them as sponsors. Your encouragement and positivity are sought as we make this temporary change. We especially hope that you will find ways to get involved with the chapter as a volunteer next year or in the near future.

Norita Taylor, APR
Upcoming Chapter Events
April 23, 2019: Communicating in a Smart & Connected City

11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Location: Grand Street Cafe
4740 Grand Ave., Kansas City, Mo.
Cost: $25, GKC-PRSA Members
$35, Non-Members

Speakers: Chris Hernandez, City of Kansas City, Missouri; Alex Braszko, Kansas City, Missouri’s Office of Innovation

The City of Kansas City, Missouri is the   world’s most connected Smart City. Cutting-edge technologies improve everyday experiences for residents—but what impact does technology have on the City’s ability to connect with residents? Join us on April 23, 2019, to learn more about how evolving technologies are changing the rules of engagement.
May 28, 23, 2019: Crisis: What You Don't Know Will Hurt You

11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Location: Grand Street Cafe
4740 Grand Ave., Kansas City, Mo.
Cost: $25, GKC-PRSA Members
$35, Non-Members

Speaker: Dean Davison, APR

Throughout his career, Dean Davison has dealt with crisis situations. Early in his career, he reported about exploding houses in the mid-Missouri town of Centralia and state budget cuts in Wisconsin. As a chief communications officer and counselor, he has worked with leaders and businesses dealing with cyber attacks, lawsuits, regulatory actions, workplace violence, 9/11, acquisitions, divestitures and leadership changes. He will share the lessons he’s learned on how to stay ahead of the action to protect your company’s reputation.
Member Anniversaries
Congratulations to our members celebrating April anniversaries. Thank you for your continued support and involvement with GKC-PRSA. We're excited for another great year with you!
  • Celeste M. Burks, APR
  • Angela R. Davied, APR
  • Andrew DiOrio, APR
  • Jody Donohue, APR
  • David W. Guth, APR
  • Molly J. Hadfield
  • Kristin Kessler
  • Roshann Parris
  • Josh Pedersen
  • Susan Lynn Seilnacht, APR
  • Kathy St. Clair
  • Dave Winslow
  • Laurel Zimmerman

Become a Mentor
or Mentee today!

To get involved contact Sheba Clarke, VP of Mentorship,  mentorship@kansascity-prsa.org.
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