October 2017 Print

OctoPRfest News

Energize Your Communication Strategy with Tips from OctoPRfest

From content strategy to campaign execution, national speakers will share advice for elevating your communication efforts at OctoPRfest on Wednesday, October 25, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The daylong conference includes five interactive sessions, each filled with strategies you can apply to your work the next day. To learn more and secure your seat, visit

Questions? Contact Kelly Bruhn, APR at (515) 271-2124 or


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PRSA Luncheon

Save the Date - November Luncheon

Our November luncheon will feature short presentations from a variety of 2017 PRIME Award winners, as they share their work, best practices, and tips for implementation.

Join us to learn about some of the best work happening in Iowa and to put their strategies to use in your organization.

November 16, 2017

11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden, DuPont West Room
909 Robert D. Ray Drive
Des Moines, IA 50309




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LAST CALL: PRSA Central Iowa Scholarships due Oct. 6!

Annually, the PRSA Central Iowa chapter offers three scholarships to help students and professionals in the pursuit of public relations education.

Scholarship applications are being accepted through October 6, 2017. The scholarships will be awarded at the November 2017 PRSA Central Iowa luncheon.

Please submit applications according to directions indicated on the above links. If you have questions, contact Kristin Sunde at 515-450-1734 or


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Member News

Welcome New Members!

Numerous new members have joined our chapter this summer. Please help us welcome the following new members:

  • Lindsey Foss – Iowa Soybean Association
  • Marianna Moroz - Strategic America
  • Ashley Peterson-DeLuca – Pearson
  • Zachary Keller – Two Rivers Marketing
  • Nicole Smith – Drake University
  • Elizabeth Haag
  • Greg Ehm – Two Rivers Marketing
  • John Krantz – Two Rivers Marketing
  • Nick Mitchell – Cambridge Investment Research, Inc.
  • Shea Herbst – Northeast Iowa Community College
  • Donna Zahn
  • Ashely Dalsing – Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield
  • Heather Meyer – Wells Fargo
  • Rhonda Clark – Mercy Medical Center – Des Moines




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Milestone Anniversaries

In each issue of this newsletter, we recognize PRSA Central Iowa Chapter members who are celebrating milestone PRSA anniversaries. Congratulations to the following individuals who will celebrate milestone anniversaries this month:

One Year

  • Melissa Hannah, Printing Industry Midwest

Five Years

  • Amanda Wanke, Des Moines Area Regional Transit Authority


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The PRSA Central Iowa Job Bank has a list of many current positions available in the Des Moines metro. If your organization is interested in posting a position, rates are $25 for member postings and $50 for non-member postings. Members can also post unlimited jobs for an annual cost of $100. For posting your job or getting Job Bank questions answered, contact Erica Turner

Below are some of the listings on our website:

Executive Board Position - GiGi's Playhouse

Director, Marketing Communications - National Pork Board

Tournament Manager, Prinicipal Charity Classic - Principal Charity Classic

Communications Intern - Landus Cooperative

PR Assistant Account Manager/ Digital Content Specalist - Strategic America

Senior Communications Specalist - Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines

PR Supervisor - Two Rivers Marketing


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Contact Information

Make sure you're keeping your account information up-to-date. Login into your PRSA account to check or update your information.


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Upcoming Learning Opportunities

Plan your 2017 career advancement and training with the following professional development opportunities:


10/12: Think Like a Reporter

10/19: Setting Management Expectations

10/25: Influencing Your Audience

11/7: Supercharge Your PR Writing for Better Results

11/9: NEW! Writing For the Web and Mobile

11/16: How to Ignite (or Reignite) Your Career

12/5: Cut Through the Clutter in PR

Click here to view the entire library of on-demand webinars.


11/2: Reputation Champion's Roadmap Development

International Conference

10/8 - 10/10: 2017 International Conference

Section Conferences

10/7: Association and Nonprofit Conference

10/7: Educators Academy Super Saturday

11/8 - 11/9: Corporate Communications: Strategic Collaboration Conference

You can check out all PRSA professional development opportunities here.

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Meeting Minutes

To access minutes, you must be logged in to the Central Iowa PRSA site. From there, go to the "Member Area" on the right side, then use the left-hand navigation to access "Board Meeting Minutes." Scroll down the page to find the most recent meeting minutes. The website will prompt you to download the minutes.

This is a great way to stay informed of chapter happenings.

View available minutes



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