Pikes Peak PRSA is packed with activities and opportunities for professional development in the fall, and it all starts on September 11 with our upcoming luncheon on accessible communications. Don’t forget to save the date for our annual workshop on October 16 – the program is being designed to give you the tools you need to be ready for the next PR crisis that comes your way.
September Luncheon – Accessible Communication for All
Are your communications reaching the entire community, or do individuals with disabilities face barriers in accessing your content?
Join us for a conversation with Sadie Martinez, the Access and Functional Needs Coordinator for the Colorado Division of Homeland Security Emergency Management, as she covers strategies and tips to promote inclusive, accessible communication.
RSVP today, and we’ll see you at 11:30 a.m. at The Warehouse on Wednesday, September 11!
Last Call for APR Class
Ready to take the next step in your public relations career? If so, becoming Accredited in Public Relations (APR) may be right for you! We’re still looking for a few people to join our September cohort workshop. Contact Catherine Creppon, APR Chair, at email@example.com for more details!
Save the Date – Crisis Communications Workshop
Crisis Communications – PR to the Rescue
Wednesday, October 16, 2019 at D11 Tesla Professional Development
2560 International Circle, Colorado Springs, Colorado
Fred W. Morgan Scholarship Opportunity for New Professionals
If the criteria below describes you, please apply for the Fred W. Morgan Scholarship!
The deadline to apply is September 30, and you can download the application at http://www.prsacoloradosprings.org/fred-morgan-scholarship.html.
• 1-5 years of experience in Communications/Public Relations field
• Willing to serve in some capacity on Pikes Peak PRSA board or within committee structure
• Not a current member of PRSA
Vista and Pinnacle Awards
Our Vista Award, recognizing a community leader, and Pinnacle Award, honoring lifetime achievement in public relations, will be awarded at our November luncheon. Go to http://www.prsacoloradosprings.org/awards.html to read more about these and send your nominations to PikesPeakPRSA@prsa.org.
September is PRSA’s Ethics Month. Check out these resources at https://www.prsa.org/ethics/resources/
Thanks for being a part of the Pikes Peak PRSA. Hope to see you soon!
Andrew Montgomery, APR
President, Pikes Peak PRSA
With July winding down, PRSA events are starting back up! It’s been too long since we’ve gotten together, but there are opportunities to fix that over the next few weeks. And there’s a chance for you to take the next step in your PR career coming soon, as well.
Read below to find out more about how you can be connected with the Pikes Peak PRSA.
Happy Hour Next Tuesday
Next Tuesday, July 30, join your PRSA colleagues for a drink at the Cork & Cask. It all gets started at 4:30 p.m., and there’s no RSVP necessary – just show up to meet with a great group of PR professionals in your city. Cork & Cask is located at 60 E. Moreno Street.
August Luncheon: “Courage to Speak Truth to Power”
We’ve got some fantastic speakers on tap for our August 14 luncheon at The Warehouse!
Colorado Springs Utilities CEO Aram Benyamin, P.E., will present along with Customer and Workforce Communications Manager Mark Murphy, APR.
Listen to Aram and Mark discuss how they work together on the leadership team, what Mark's role is and how he counsels Aram and the Colorado Springs Utilities (CSU) leadership team during tough decisions and challenges that CSU faces.
This luncheon will feature an open and honest dialogue from a team that leads in ethical decision-making, and Aram and Mark will be happy to take any questions about how attendees can do the same in their own organizations.
RSVP today at http://www.prsacoloradosprings.org/monthly-luncheons.html!
APR Class Around the Corner
Are you ready to take the next step in your public relations career? If so, becoming Accredited in Public Relations (APR) may be right for you! Our next APR cohort workshop will begin in September (exact dates to be determined based on availability of attendees).
What you need to know?
So are you ready? If so, email Catherine Creppon, APR Chair, by August 15 at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks for being a part of the Pikes Peak PRSA community - I look forward to seeing you in person at our upcoming events!
Andrew Montgomery, APR
Pikes Peak PRSA Chapter
Pikes Peak PRSA Celebrates Our 25th Silver Anniversary!
Throughout our Silver Anniversary Year, we’ll be sharing photos and memories from past chapter presidents to mark 25 years.
And we’d love to hear from you! What do you hope to see from the Pikes Peak PRSA as we begin our next quarter century of connecting and preparing communications professionals in the region? Feel free to send me your thoughts at Andrew.Montgomery.PR@gmail.com.
While we’re on the subject, if you feel your video creation and editing skills are more 1994 than 2019, do yourself a favor and register for our May 8th luncheon where Richard Praytor and Emma Brokaw will offer strategies and tips that anyone can implement immediately to create better videos. All the information for registering online or RSVPing and paying at the door can be found on our website.
Hope to see you there!
In every PR professional’s life, there are unforgettable campaigns that leave you stronger in your public relations skills and abilities.
While there’s nothing quite like going through one of these campaigns yourself, we can glean great insights from others’ experiences – and one of our own Pikes Peak PRSA members just wrapped up a crucial phase of a major effort that’s helped her significantly stretch and grow professionally.
Pikes Peak PRSA Vice President Andy Sinclair played an integral role in announcing
a new partnership between the MD Anderson Cancer Network and Centura Health, Penrose-St. Francis Health Services and St. Mary-Corwin Medical Center.
At Wednesday’s monthly luncheon, Andy plans to share highlights including the following:
· Effectively collaborating with communications professionals across multiple organizations
· Evaluating and selecting the best communications channels
· The lessons she learned as the campaign unfolded
Also, as you’re considering how you’ll invest in your career this year, APR Chair Catherine Creppon will host a brief panel featuring Christy McGee, JP Arnold and me to discuss what becoming Accredited in Public Relations (APR) has meant to us and why we’d recommend the journey.
Hope to see you at The Warehouse on Wednesday! You can register and pay online or RSVP and pay at the door.
All the best,
From Your PRSA President
As we head into March at the Pikes Peak PRSA, there are a few things I want to share with all of you.
Our March 5 coffee event would be better with you there!
For just $5.00, join us for coffee, conversation and pastries on Tuesday, March 5, from 7:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. at Peak Place. Best of all, you’ll get to talk with fascinating public relations people – I’ve seen the RSVP list so far, and I can vouch for this.
Save the Date for March Happy Hour and United States Olympic Museum Tour
Get a sneak peek tour of the United States Olympic Museum downtown on Monday, March 18, at 4:00 p.m.
RSVP here - space is limited to the first 20 people who respond. There’s no cost for this tour.
Immediately after at 5:00 p.m., everyone is welcome to join us at Streetcar520 for a happy hour. Cash bar.
Online payment option coming?
We’re working to set up an online payment option for our events to make registering more convenient for you. If you have experience setting up an events payment platform and have any advice as we explore options, feel free to email me at Andrew.Montgomery.PR@gmail.com.
Recognizing excellent work in Colorado Springs
I want to once more recognize two of our members for stellar work in our community:
We’re proud of both you – well done!
And thanks to everyone for being a part of building a strong community of public relations professionals in Colorado Springs. Hope to see you at our March events!
All the best,
Andrew Montgomery, APR
Pikes Peak PRSA Chapter
Three Ideas for Getting the Most Out of the PRSA in 2019
On June 2, 2015, I emailed the Pikes Peak PRSA for the first time:
“I just joined the PRSA Pikes Peak chapter and am planning on attending the lunch on Thursday. Do you have any advice for a first-time attender of a PRSA event?”
I don’t remember exactly what advice JP Arnold, then the vice-president/programs chair, offered, but it must have been good! Attending my first PRSA luncheon was the first step in becoming involved with a group of people I’m extremely grateful for. Over the past three-and-a-half years, I’ve made friends, gained opportunities and received education and training that I’d never have gotten without the PRSA.
As I begin my term as president, I’ve given some thought to how I’d answer an email like the one I sent in 2015. Here’s my advice for anyone considering attending an event for the first time or wanting to connect to the chapter more deeply in 2019.
1) Attend an event. And then another one. And another one after that.
I remember how it felt in June 2015 to walk in to my first luncheon with a notebook, a handful of business cards, and a sense that there was still time to abandon the plan and go have lunch at Chipotle by myself.
I got out of my comfort zone, met several people and enjoyed the luncheon. But to really feel connected, there’s no substitute for persistence. Just keep showing up.
I’ll put in a plug for starting now – RSVP for our January 16 luncheon where the UCCS Communication Department's Laura Austin Eurich will give you insights on what PR and communications students are learning and explain how you can best relate to the next generation of PR professionals in the workplace.
And if it’s your first time attending, I look forward to meeting you!
2) Be curious. Ask questions.
With more than 70 PRSA members in our region, we can be incredible resources for one another. I’m a firm believer that asking good questions of the right people powerfully unlocks potential. We’re all facing public relations opportunities and challenges in our organizations, and it’s very likely that someone in the chapter has experienced something similar and has ideas to share.
We’re planning morning coffees and evening happy hours in addition to our luncheons in 2019 – all perfect chances to ask questions and gain wisdom from your PRSA colleagues.
3) Share your time and talents with us!
For me, joining the board in 2017 deepened my connection with the PRSA and strengthened my relationships with others in the chapter, but there are other ways to become involved. We’re already looking for volunteers to assist in planning our annual workshop in October – please let me know if you’re interested in pitching in!
Welcome from the Entire 2019 Board!
With that, I want to introduce you to the 2019 Pikes Peak PRSA Board of Directors. We’re here to bring value to the Pikes Peak PR community and look forward to carrying on the strong legacy built by Immediate Past President Christy McGee and those who served before her. And with Allison Cortez as president-elect and Andy Sinclair as vice-president, the chapter’s future is in good hands for years to come.
If you have any questions or ideas to share, I’d love to hear from you. You can reach me by emailing Andrew.Montgomery.PR@gmail.com or calling or texting 719-238-3018.
May 2019 be the year you decide to go deeper with the PRSA!
Andrew Montgomery, APR
Pikes Peak PRSA Chapter
Thankful for our PRSA Chapter!
As we enter the Thanksgiving season, I am overwhelmed with thankfulness for where our chapter has been and where we are going. I am extremely proud to be a part of our PR family and each of you who have played a pivotal part in our collective efforts.
First, I want to personally invite you to hear Mayor John Suthers and his Communications Chief Jamie Fabos discuss effective communications this Wednesday, Nov. 8 from 11:30 to 1 p.m. at The Warehouse. The mayor has demonstrated what it takes to inform our community in times of crisis, change and celebration. You see him on the news, at events and on his Twitter account… seems like daily! This takes planning, time and coordination. With this, the mayor will be awarded our annual Vista Award for outstanding communications. Well deserved! See you this Wednesday!
Next, it was simply amazing to have such a distinguished speaker list at our annual professional development workshop this past Oct. 25th. I want to say a special thanks to our National Chair Jane Dvorak for sharing her insights on strategy and for speaking with our PR and communications students. We had a great turnout as we all learned a lot about the PRSA’s four-step planning RPIE process. School district 11 provided an excellent venue and food services! Thank you for a wonderful workshop!
Do you like to be part of a stellar team? Of course you do! We have a few more spots on our 2018 chapter board. Christy McGee, APR is slated to be our 2018 board president. She is a dynamic PR pro and leader! Our 2017 Fred Morgan Scholar Elyse Jones will be part of next year’s board and we want you to join us as well!
Finally, we will celebrate the past year and the 2018 at our annual evening holiday mixer at The Warehouse, Dec. 7. We will have more details in the upcoming weeks.
Wrapping up, I want to thank you for being part of our PR family! I hope to see you this Wednesday as our mayor talks about effective communications.
JP Arnold, APR
President Sends: September 2017
Good morning! I hope your Friday is going well. The rain is scheduled to end tomorrow. We're thankful, but we can’t wait to see the mountains. Now - I have several things I want to share with you!
As you know, September has been ethics month for PRSA. There are a few things in our profession that are non-negotiable: trust and ethics. In the past year, we have seen extra scrutiny regarding these two topics. Once a PR professional’s ethical standards and trust or in doubt… he or she practically becomes ineffective till restored. This could take a while or restoration may not be achieved if legal barriers exist. So, please consider doing the “hard ethical right” instead of an “easy and disastrous ethical wrong.” It will save you in the long run. If you ever need a second opinion on ethics, please contact anyone on our board, to include our Ethics Chair, Janet Stevens, APR. Regarding ethics… everyone could use a second opinion.
Question… Do you know the No. 1 event throughout the whole year? According to our survey… it’s our Annual Professional Development Workshop! We are going to have some dynamic and informative speakers. You will LEARN A LOT! And NETWORK! Our National Chair Jane Dvorak, APR, Fellow PRSA will keynote at lunch. We will conduct a deep dive into the PRSA’s 4-step planning process from advanced PR pros. Breakfast and lunch will be served. The affordable prices may shock you - visit our 2017 Workshop website page to learn more. See you there! Let’s “Plug In” and “Power Up Our PR!”
Next, I'm honored to announce that School Communications Director Allison Cortez received our “Caught in the Act of PR Excellence” Award at our recent luncheon. In less than one year, she has remarkably changed the PR landscape at her school district – while in some very challenging circumstances. Allison also presented on crisis communications lessons learned at our August luncheon. Thank you! Allison, we salute you for your outstanding public relations work.
Finally, next Friday morning our chapter will host a networking PR breakfast at Building 3 Coffee for only $5.00. Yes! Five dollars. The board and I wanted to offer different times and costs for events. We have had breakfast, lunch and evening events. We understand not everyone can attend certain events due to time are cost constraints. Please join us this next Friday from 7 to 9 a.m. at Building 3 Coffee on North Nevada.
And one more thing… in the near future, we will announce the recipient of our Fred Morgan New PR Professional Membership Scholarship! We are simply thrilled about this announcement. Stay tuned!
Email email@example.com to RSVP for either the Oct. 25 Workshop or the Oct. 6 Breakfast.
Thank you for being part of our Pikes Peak PR family!
An Honor to Serve,
JP Arnold, APR
President, Pikes Peak PRSA
Communications Manager, AspenPointe
Retired Army PAO
President Sends: New PR Scholarship Honoring Fred Morgan
Exciting news! Very exciting news!
Introducing the… Fred W. Morgan New PR Professional Scholarship!
We have a first-ever new PR professional scholarship for a one-year PRSA membership for new PR professionals with up to five years of experience. This one-year membership will definitely be a career enhancer for a new professional who is starting their career out of college or transitioning from another career field. Along with the benefits of being a PRSA member, the recipient of this membership scholarship will also serve on our board, allowing him or her to work alongside seasoned PR professionals and receive valuable mentorship. Thanks to our board for their hard work towards this member scholarship! Visit www.prsacoloradosprings.org/ to apply for this scholarship. Deadline is Sept. 15.
I am also thrilled to announce that our board decided to name this new scholarship after Air Force Col. (Retired) Fred Morgan, APR, Fellow PRSA in honor of his 19-plus years of dedication to PR practitioners in the Pikes Peak region. Fred has served on almost every board position including president and has held accreditation workshops as the accreditation chair since the 90s. Please take a look at his bio and his contributions to our chapter.
I would like to recognize a colleague in our community for his initiative. Mark Murphy, APR approached me a few months ago and said we need to come up with a new professional scholarship to help those starting their PR journey. Thank you. Mark!
We have more big news to announce - in the next few months, we will have a brand new website. I want to thank Infront Webworks for donating their time in upgrading our outdated site. A great salute to board member Joy Maples, APR who has been doing a incredible job of helping with our site design, content and preparing the paperwork for our Fred W. Morgan New PR Professional Scholarship!
Concerning upcoming events, I hope to see you this next Monday, July 17, from 4 to 6:30 p.m. at The Principal’s Office at Ivywild for Monday Fun-Day. This is a “no admittance fee” event with an on-your-own cash bar and menu. On August 9, we will have a Crisis Communications Panel featuring local School District PIOs at The Warehouse Restaurant. Our Oct. 25 Professional Development Workshop at The School District 11 Tesla Building will feature National PRSA President Jane Dvorak, APR, Fellow PRSA and Diane Mulligan, APR of Denver. Please RSVP for these events at PikesPeakPRSA@prsa.org.
As you can tell, we have a lot of great things to bring value to your membership! I hope your summer is going well.
As always, it’s a distinct honor to serve you.
JP Arnold, APR
President, Pikes Peak PRSA
PR Disasters & Summer Fun!
“What a disaster!”
Every PR Pro has said this at any given time in his or her career. Trust me. This has happened.
A perfect plan gone awry! But, disasters can turn into daring PR rescues. How sweet this is! I can personally recount disasters-to-rescues from my PR travels in Australia, Japan, Iraq, Seattle, and New Orleans. There are some fundamental skills you need to avert disaster and look unfazed in the midst of mayhem.
Wednesday, June 14 our PRSA Luncheon topic will be “PR Disasters & Daring Rescues!” A few of our board members and yours truly will discuss our experiences – in a few minutes per “incident” panel discussion. Attendees can also share their “Disaster & Rescue” stories. We hope to see you June 14th! You will learn invaluable lessons on how to mitigate these disasters or find a solution on-the-fly. Don’t miss it!
Turn on the local news and you’ll see an extremely competent PR professional. At our June 14th Luncheon, we are going to present El Paso County Sheriff PIO Jacqueline Kirby our “Caught in the Act (of great PR)” Award for her tremendous, ongoing public relations with our community. She simply gets the job done. Timely and accurate! Congratulations Jacqueline!
Next, I want to invite you to our PRSA Coffee and Breakfast Mixer to be held at “Peak Place Coffee” on North Academy Friday, June 23. The 7:30 to 9 a.m. event is designed to get to know each other in an informal way over great coffee and light foods. The fee for this event will be $5.
Monday Funday Evening Mixer. For those who like to add a relaxed and fun book-end to their “Case of the Monday’s,” look for upcoming information on a July mixer on a Monday evening at IvyWild. This will be a casual sit-down that will allow you to relax and talk about PR or network. A cash-bar will be open. There will be no charge to attend the event.
To RSVP for any of the above events, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
A “Makeover” for our Pikes Peak PRSA Website! We are in the process of updating our website: www.prsacoloradosprings.org. We are working with Infront Webworks on the redesign and added website functionality! We look forward to showing you the new site later this year!
Finally, I want to thank our wonderful board on the great work they have been doing this year for you. We enjoy hanging out with each other in our meetings and we genuinely are having fun. PR can be stressful at times. Public Relations seems to always make the Top 10 Most Stressful Jobs. Why not enjoy each other and celebrate the PR wins and life in general?
I cannot say thanks enough to you for making our Pikes Peak PRSA Chapter a success and enjoyable experience. We are always looking for new and innovative ways of making your membership exciting and worthwhile. Please email me email@example.com or let’s talk over coffee!
Stay tuned in the next few months… some incredible announcements await!
Save The Date!
Pro Development 1-Day Workshop, Oct 25
PRSA National Chair Jane Dvorak, APR, Fellow PRSA
Learn more about Chairperson Jane!
Thank you again for the opportunity to serve our Pikes Peak PRSA Chapter.
JP Arnold, APR
President, Pikes Peak PRSA Chapter