Thank you for the opportunity to represent the Greater Kansas City chapter as your delegate. As a past-president of the chapter it was an honor and a privilege to represent Kansas City.
Take PRSA forward was the message at the 2018 General Assembly. And, what an exciting year we have ahead with Kansas City’s own Deb Peterson, APR!
Despite the oftentimes-rancorous online comments and debate this year regarding governance and ethics reform, the onsite assembly was respectfully conducted by all parties.
Chair Toni D’Angelo, APR, Fellow PRSA delivered a well-received speech with the hashtag
regarding the afternoon’s bylaws amendments – a call for the Society to refocus on the important issues at hand both in our profession and within the Society, in particular what we need to do to retain and grow millennial membership which will be the largest segment of the workforce in seven years.
Speaking of Deb Peterson, she was appreciative of the Chapter’s presence at the Assembly and as usual delivered poised and positive remarks regarding the PRSA strategic plan.
Technology rocks, not! There were significant technical issues with the voting devices, which at one time called for head counts and paper votes. Ultimately, the issues were resolved by turning all cell phones and laptops off – seems we can’t resist our tech crack in assembly. No surprise! Despite these issues there was no voiced objection to the vote results.
The board thanked all that brought forth the bylaws amendments. Final assembly vote results were in full alignment with the PRSA Governance Committee recommendations.
1801 - Yes to define a member in good standing.
1802 - Yes to establish a grievance procedure.
1803 – No to specify leadership assembly powers, rename BEPS, etc.
1804 - No to add an ethics rep to NomCom.
1805 – No to eliminate role of national board in officer nominations.
1806 - No to add nonpartisan to bylaws.
Town Hall comments were primarily focused on governance rather than national dues and financials as has been the case in years past. Many questions why wasn’t the time spent in assembly used to discuss issues in the profession, a question of the importance of district, a comment was raised why wasn’t board diversity discussed in more depth. The Chicago chapter raised the question why wasn’t the vote taken online (noting this as they are from our district) and why were we focused so much on it when even the assembly time itself could be better used.
as we move into 2019 sounds great, and I look forward to seeing you in Kansas City!
Lea-Ann Germinder, APR, Fellow PRSA
GKC-PRSA 2018 Assembly Delegate, Past President