PRAM Central makes great showing 
at SPRF conference
Congratulations to our PRAM Central chapter on our 2019 Chapter of Distinction Award wins at 
#SPRF2019, placing in seven out of eight categories!:
 
  • Chapter Management: 2nd Place
  • Communications: 2nd Place
  • Programs: 3rd Place
  • Projects: 3rd Place
  • PR Education: 3rd Place
  • Community Service: 3rd Place
  • Accreditation: 3rd Place
PRAM Central also had two #SPRF2019 Senior Practitioner Award Recipients, Matt Westerfield, APR and Patrice Sawyer Guilfoyle, APR!

In addition, PRAM as a whole took home 44% of the 126 SPRF Lantern Awards, with 55 out of 67 entries winning (82%) and collecting a total of 13 of the 27 Lantern Awards.
 
Starkville led PRAM Chapters with 15 awards. Central had 13, Pine Belt 8, Beach 7, Oxford 5, Northeast 3, Golden Triangle 3 and Gulf Coast 1.
Huddle up PRAM Central MVPs!
Get in the game by joining us for our Annual October Membership Drive Meeting, as award winning sports writer Rick Cleveland talks about public relations, media and even a little sports!

Rick Cleveland, a native of Hattiesburg and resident of Jackson, has been Mississippi Today's sports columnist since 2016. A graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi with a bachelor's in journalism, Rick has worked for the Monroe (La.) News Star World, Jackson Daily News and Clarion Ledger. He was sports editor of Hattiesburg American, executive director of the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame. His work as a syndicated columnist and celebrated sports writer has appeared in numerous magazines, periodicals and newspapers.

Rick has been recognized 11 times as Mississippi Sports Writer of the Year. He was inducted into the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame in 2016 and into the Hattiesburg Hall of Fame in 2018. He received the Richard Wright Award for Literary Excellence in 2011 and was inducted into the University of Southern Mississippi Communications Hall of Fame in 2018. In 2000, he was honored with the Distinguished Mississippian Award from Mississippi Press Association. He has received numerous state, regional and national awards for his column writing and reporting.
  • Show your team spirit by wearing your favorite team colors to the October meeting!
  • Get off the sidelines and be a team player by donating door prizes for the October Membership Drive! Contact PRAM Central Vice President of Membership Matt Westerfield, APR, to donate:  matt.westerfield@medicaid.ms.gov
This is our 2019 PRAM Central October Membership Drive, so we are asking you to refer colleagues for us to invite as special guests! Think of any peers or acquaintances you have who work in a PR-related field and who are not members of PRAM Central but might be interested in joining. Email each guest's name, title, company, email address and, if possible, phone number to Matt Westerfield at  matt.westerfield@medicaid.ms.gov. You may refer as many names as you wish!
 
We will then send those potential members a special invitation to the October meeting. Those invitees who RSVP by Monday, Oct. 21, will attend the meeting at no costs as PRAM Central's guests. Current PRAM members who refer a colleague/peer will be entered into a $100 cash prize drawing for each guest who RSVPs and attends the Oct. 23 meeting.

Hustle  Up!

The deadline for submitting your referrals is Wednesday, October 16!
Sign up for PRAM Central's 
Fall 2019 Community Service Project
As part of PRAM Central's 2019 goals, we want to participate and support our community.
 
We have selected the  2019 MS BEST Robotics Competition as our fall project for the year!
 
Mississippi BEST is designed to inspire and interest students in engineering, science, technology and marketing through participation in an exciting sports-like technology contest. The BEST competition motivates students by challenging them to build a remote-controlled robot that accomplishes a defined task within a competitive setting. A mentor and a school coach guide student teams through the engineering process.
 
PRAM Central members can participate by helping to judge the PR/Marketing portion of the Competition. 
 
The event is on Friday, October 25 from 4:30 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at McCain Hall on the Mississippi State University campus: 479-2 Hardy Road, Starkville, MS. 
 
Let's show our support and sign up now!
 
For more information on the 2019 MS BEST Robotics Competition, visit   https://www.msbest.msstate.edu/
Call for Nominations: 2019 PRAM Central 
Outstanding Professionals of the Year
Each year, PRAM Central holds an Outstanding Professionals of the Year Awards Ceremony to honor and recognize the exceptional work and professionalism of three (3) of our Chapter members whose accomplishments have made major contributions to the profession. Recipients embody the highest degree of professionalism, serve their communities, are committed to advancing the profession, and have outstanding achievements in the practice of public relations.
 
Members are asked to nominate three of their fellow PRAM Central colleagues for the 2019 Awards to be presented in the categories of:
 
1.  Emerging Practitioner Award (up to 5 years of PR experience)
2.  Practitioner Award (between 5-15 years of PR experience)
3.  Advanced Practitioner Award (more than 15 years of PR experience)
 
Chapter members may nominate one candidate in each of the three above categories. Nominees will then be asked to complete an application detailing their accomplishments. The PRAM Central Awards Committee will evaluate and select the three outstanding professionals from all of the member-submitted nominations based on the following criteria:
  • Career accomplishments
  • Professional achievements including PRAM/SPRF involvement & other activities
  • Accreditation and other continuing education
  • Community activities
The deadline for nomination submissions is  November 1, 2019. The PRAM Central Board of Directors will make presentations to the three winners during the January 2019 meeting.
 
To nominate a fellow member (or yourself) you only have to list the person's name and their place of employment. Please use THIS FORM to nominate your candidates.

IMPORTANT NOTICE:
2020 Lunch Fee Increase
Due to rising costs, PRAM Central will be increasing its luncheon fees in 2020. For full details, visit  www.pramcentral.org/2020lunchfee.

PRAM Central Membership Roster is now online!
Want to know which of your colleagues are members of PRAM Central? Our membership roster is now online, complete with contact information if available. You can download the PDF here.
Upcoming Events
The end of 2019 is going to be jam-packed. In addition to our October Membership Drive, we are also hosting a workshop and throwing our annual Christmas Social in December. Save the dates!

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 23
October Membership Drive
11:45 a.m. - 1 p.m.
@ The Capital Club
Speaker: Rick Cleveland

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 13
PRAM Central Workshop: "Why the National Incident Management Systems Works and What Every PIO Should Know & Do" with Lauri-Ellen Smith, APR
8-11:30 a.m.
@ The Capital Club

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 13
November Luncheon Meeting
11:45 a.m. - 1 p.m.
@ The Capital Club
Speaker: Lauri Ellen-Smith, APR

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 11
2019 Christmas Social
11:45 a.m. - 1 p.m.
@ The Iron Horse Grill

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