From the President

As 2017 draws to a close, it is time to both look back with gratitude and to look forward with anticipation.
 
It has been my honor to serve as our chapter president this year. Our board worked hard to demonstrate the value of membership, with inspirational events like Legends and Leaders, Language Matters and Jobs That Didn't Exist 10 Years Ago. We held a workshop on ethics and networking, and brought back our series on nonprofit public relations. We celebrated our members at our annual appreciation event.
 
Last week, we honored the year's best campaigns and tactics at our 15th Annual Cleveland Rocks Awards. The event was one to remember, realizing a dream of many, including this past chair, to hold our Rocks event at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
 
Yet, what I enjoyed most about serving as your president was hearing from you. From emails and calls, to coffees and lunches, I heard what this organization means to you. Some of you began your careers before social media, others are working in specialized areas, like digital communications. There is a desire to understand public relations in terms of this changing landscape.
 
As Bob Rotatori takes over as president, know that our chapter will continue to strive to offer you the best membership value possible. Please keep reaching out, showing up and supporting one another.
 
Happy holidays and warmest regards,
 
Lorraine Schuchart, APR


The 2017 board of PRSA Greater Cleveland would like to thank Lorraine for her outstanding leadership this year. We were honored to work with you!
Rocks Awards
Congratulations Rocks Winners!
Congratulations to all the winners of the 2017 PRSA Cleveland Rocks Awards! The work entered represents the best work being done by communicators here in the Greater Cleveland Area. Check out prsacleveland.org/clevelandrocksawards/  for a list of the winning entries.
 
Order duplicate awards by January 15
Need an extra award for a client or team member? You can order duplicate Rocks awards, it is $90 for a Bronze duplicate and $100 for duplicate Gold and Silver awards. Make sure you order by January 15, 2018.  Order now.

Did we catch you rocking out?
Photos from the 2017 PRSA Cleveland Rocks Awards have been posted on the chapter's Facebook page. Check out the album and feel free to tag yourself or your team.
Membership News
Spread the Joy of PRSA!

Since this is the season of giving, the  Public Relations Society of America has an ideal way for you to share the advantages of membership. 

If you refer a friend for PRSA membership with promo code FRIEND17 and they join by Dec. 31, 2017, you'll receive a $40 Amazon gift card. Plus, PRSA will waive your friend's initiation fee, saving them $65. It's a win-win situation for you both! 

 
Scholarship News
Scholarship Applications are Open

Applications are being accepted for the 2018 Student of the Year program. The top two applicants to the 2018 PRSA Cleveland Student of the Year Award will receive a monetary award dispersed for the next class session, $2,000 for fist place and $1,000 for second place along with the opportunity to interview for an internship with a participating organization.

If you know a student studying PR, communications or a related field encourage them to visit http://www.prsacleveland.org/about/for-students/scholarship/ to download a copy of the application. Applications are due January 15, 2018.
Interview the Top PR Students in the Area

Openings are available for organizations that would like to participate in our Student of the Year program by offering an interview to the top two students in our annual scholarship competition. You can have the first shot at interviewing the area's best and brightest, pre-qualified by our scholarship application and panel of professional reviewers.

Participating organizations must have a PRSA member on their team, provide intern supervision by a PR or communication professional and offer an opening for a paid part- or full-time summer internship. If your organization would like to participate, email prsacleveland@gmail.com.

Happy Holidays!

It has been our pleasure serving as PRSA Greater Cleveland's board this year. We wish you and your families a very happy holiday season and prosperous New Year!


Sincerely,

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The  Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) is the world's largest organization for public relations professionals with nearly 32,000 professional and student members, and more than 100 Chapters nationwide.

The PRSA Greater Cleveland Chapter is the professional organization that brings together public relations, communications and marketing practitioners throughout Northeast Ohio.  The PRSA Greater Cleveland Chapter serves nearly 300 members and is affiliated with the  East Central District of PRSA .