PRSA-West Virginia Chapter
PO Box 13604
Charleston, WV 25360
Chartered on November 10, 1979, the West Virginia Chapter of PRSA is in its 32nd year of service to public relations professionals in West Virginia, continuing with the energy and enthusiasm that have built and sustained this chapter. With approximately 100 members, the West Virginia Chapter of PRSA helps members become more valuable to their organizations and clients - and more successful professionally by:
Helping one of our own
As some of you may know, Andy and Barb’s son, Jay, has been at the Pittsburgh Children’s Hospital, and is going to a rehabilitation facility before Thanksgiving to regain his strength. According to a message from the family:
"Jay received his new heart during a 4.5-hour operation in the early hours of Wednesday, October 30th. His surgeons and cardiologists believe the procedure was successful.
"Jay is still critical and now begins the long journey of recovery, including physical therapy and rehabilitation. It will be many weeks before we can bring Jay home, but are looking forward to that day with a renewed sense of hope and optimism. We are prodoundly grateful for the continued outpouring of love and support from family, friends and colleagues across the country.
"And, we are especially awed and humbled by the generosity of the donor family whose gift in the face of terrible tragedy has given our son a new chance. May you find peace and comfort."
They can use our prayers, as well as financial support. Through the generosity of Mountain Mission, a non-profit organization here in Charleston, West Virginia, we have set up an on-line process for friends to make a tax deductible contribution to Andy, Barb and Jay.
In order to make a contribution, please go to: www.mountainmission.com. Click on the “Donate” button. You will be sent to a PayPal account. During the process, you will be allowed to “Add
Special Instructions to Seller.” Please add a notation that the contribution is for the
Wessels family. Mountain Mission is waving or paying all fees
associated with the contribution and it will be tax deductible.
Thank you for helping Andy, Barb and Jay during this difficult time. Please follow them on
Ask your company to join the "Jeans for Jay" campaign!
PRSA-WV Chapter honored by East Central District
Congratulations to the board of the West Virginia Chapter of PRSA and to all of you who are members. Once again, you have been recognized by the East Central District of the Public Relations Society of America with a Chapter Excellence Award for our October 2012 professional development seminar.
West Virginia Chapter incoming President Sara Scarbro (at right in red), accepted the award from East Central District Director Natasha Baker, APR during the East Central District QuickStart Conference in Columbus on September 21.
Those of you who attended our “When Your World Goes to Hell ...” professional development seminars remember that we had a great session with a number of speakers, and attendees from around the state via videoconference.
West Virginia Chapter launched mentor program
The Public Relations Society of America - West Virginia Chapter is launching a new professional mentoring program aimed at assisting young public relations professionals with career decisions and guidance regrading problems the mentee may be facing.
The new mentorship program will make available some of the state's most respected and experienced professionals to young public relations practitioners. The PRSA-WV Chapter mentors will come from several different PR sectors, including corporate communications, agencies, government, nonprofit, associations and educational institutions.
All communications between a mentor and mentee will be confidential
To join the ranks of current mentors, or to seek guidance as a mentee, please complete the registration form and return it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Looking for great job, employees or interns?
For geat job openings, scroll on down below "President's Corner" to see our most recent job postings.
In this economy, we have some great potential employees for your company or your clients. These are folks with successful experience in public relations who have been hit hard by the economic downturn. If you have a position to fill, or know of one, consider looking at our PRSA members. Just click on the member's name for their resume, then hit contact for their email address.
We also have some great recent graudates and students looking for internships and employment!
Alyssa Graboski, BA, Communications, West Virginia State University
Jesse Tabit, BS, Journalism and Communications, West Virginia University
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The West Virginia Chapter’s November meeting was quite the night with the installation of 2013 officers, a discussion by Gov. Gaston Caperton on changes in communications and presenting our own George Manahan with the Life Achievement Award....
By Anastaia Burpee
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This edition contains highlights of the November meeting and installation of officers, an update on last month's PRSA Assembly, chapter benefits, new members in 2013 and a listing of free PRSA webinars in December. Additional stories provide the latest on Jay Wessels and a message from President Jeri Matheney, APR...
This edition contains highlights of the October professional development seminar at Fairmont State University, the slate of officers elected for 2014, a welcome to new members; a link to information on Jay Wessels, a list of chapter benefits and a listing of free PRSA webinars in November. Additional stories provide details on the November 13 meeting with Gov. Gaston Caperton, including installation of officers for 2014 and presentation of the Life Achievement Award to George Manahan, plus a message from President Jeri Matheney, APR...