November 2019 Print

Letter from the President

Immediately upon graduating college, I joined our PRSA chapter to continue to build upon what I gained from my PRSSA membership. However, my first job out of college was almost two hours away from Des Moines which made it difficult to attend meetings. I continued to stay engaged by participating in National PRSA webinars.

Click here to read President Roof's full blog.

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Member Profile

Ferne Bonomi, accredited PRSA member since 1969, was recognized at the 2019 OctoPRfest PRIME Awards. Ferne has a life-long career in public relations and has been involved in the Central Iowa Chapter for several years. Her skill and dedication have benefited many members as they worked toward their Accreditation in Public Relations.

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APR News

Attend an APR information meeting

Earing your APR is one thing you can do to advance your public relations career, continue your professional development and join more than 60 other APRs in the state of Iowa. Be a part of this group of public relations professionals who have demonstrated a set of knowledge, skills and abilities on a wide range of PR-related topics.

You may have already attended a short course, attended a long course, or simply indicated your interest. Don’t let it stop there; plan now to attend our informational meeting. We’ll provide an overview of the process, answer any questions you have, and introduce you to a few Central Iowa APRs who can share the value they have experienced through their accreditation.

Join us on Thursday, Nov. 14 from 5:30 – 7 p.m. at Strategic America, located at 6600 Westown Pkwy #100 in West Des Moines. Light refreshments will be provided. This session will help us gauge interest in our APR prep course, scheduled to begin in January, 2020.

Questions? Contact Christian Gayman, APR, at [email protected].


Meet one of our newly-accredited members: Jane Murphy

Jane Murphy recently earned her accreditation in public relations. Congratulations!

Read this month’s Q&A with Jane

Q. What is your current position?

A. Lecturer, University of Iowa Tippie College of Business

Q. What made you want to pursue your APR?

A. I pursued my APR because I wanted something to more tangibly indicate my dedication to public relations - in practice and as an educator - and the APR is the best option for that.

Q. How did you celebrate this milestone?

A. To celebrate, I went out for sushi with my husband, who's heard me talk about getting my APR for almost a decade!

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Awards Update

Did you miss out on the 2019 awards ceremony?

OctoPRfest 2019 was one for the books. And, to top the event off, we had a stellar turnout for our awards ceremony. Check out the winners for both PRIME and MERIT awards for both campaign and tactics categories here.

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Upcoming Events

Quarterly luncheon: Pitch tank

Join us for Pitch Tank, where editors and reporters will offer advice on how, when and what to pitch for the best results. You’ll hear pitches for the next great story or segment and will have the chance to submit your ideas to be presented to the panel.

Walk away with insights and ideas on how to better structure and deliver your next story angle with this highly interactive luncheon.

NOTE: This event is completely free for students. And, for members with the 2019 quarterly luncheon pass, this event is included.

Grab your tickets now

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Member Updates

Welcome, new members

Karen Bavender
Valyn Bodensteiner, Marketing Communications Specialist, Iowa State University
Demaree Donaghu, Senior Account Executive, LS2 group
Stacy Lynn Kausalik, Senior corporate communications specialist, SHAZAM Network
Akwi Nji, Director of Communications, Cedar Rapids Community School District
Alyssa Maureen Speake, Communications Specialist, Landus Cooperative

Member anniversaries

We recognize PRSA Central Iowa Chapter members who are celebrating their membership in PRSA this month.

Thirty-Five Years

Ann F. Wilson, APR

Twenty-Five Years

Sarah Peters Buckley, APR, EMC Insurance

Ten Years

Sarah Jo Anderson, Grinnell College

One Year

Danielle Bortscheller
Lezli Luneckas Broomhall, Luneckas Consulting
Stephanie Marsau, Mary Greeley Medical Center
Megan Myers, Flynn Wright
Ariel Olson, Silver Oaks Communications
Rachel Ong, Vector Communications
Kelly Visser, Iowa Soybean Association
Sydney Vrban, Two Rivers Marketing

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Job Bank

Check out the latest career listings on the PRSA Central Iowa Chapter Job Bank:

Senior Associate of Client Experience, Weber Shandwick

Strategic Communications Manager, Two Rivers Marketing

Strategic Communications Specialist, Two Rivers Marketing

Strategic Communications Director (Content), Two Rivers Marketing

Public Relations Specialist, Principal Financial Group

Public Relations Manager, Iowa Farm Bureau Federation

Digital Marketing Intern, Iowa Farm Bureau Federation

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Benefits of Membership

When new and returning members join National PRSA as a regular members in Nov. and Dec., they receive a $25 Amazon Gift Card and a FREE 1-yr Chapter membership.

RESTRICTIONS: Section dues are additional. N/A for Associate member types ($200 or less annual dues) and current or renewing members. Refer to for details.

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Upcoming FREE Webinars

Who doesn’t love learning — especially for free?

Check out these upcoming webinars. Completely free with your PRSA membership.

Nov. 7: Think like a reader

Nov. 14: Follow the feeling: Brand Building in a Noisy World

Nov. 20: Writing Hacks: Quick tweaks to dramatically boost the readability and persuasiveness of your work

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Connect With Us

Help amplify our message on social media by sharing our posts to your personal accounts to spread our message. Find us on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn and share our posts.

If you're looking for advice, a sounding board or resource request to join our members-only group page at To request membership, log into your LinkedIn account and click on the “Ask to Join” button.

Engage today!

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Membership Information

During Nov. and Dec. When new and returning members join during Nov. and Dec., they receive an $25 Amazon Gift Card and a free 1-yr Chapter membership. Refer to for details.

RESTRICTIONS: Section dues are additional. N/A for Associate member types ($200 or less annual dues) and current or renewing members.

Have you taken a new job or moved?

Don't miss out on communications from PRSA - Central Iowa Chapter. We use email to communicate with our members and want to be sure you are receiving our newsletter and meeting notices.

If you take a new job and change your email address or move to a new location, be sure to update your contact information with PRSA at the national level. Our national organization maintains the official membership list. Any changes made at the national level are automatically sent to our chapter and contact information at the chapter level is updated. Any information updated at the chapter level is overwritten when the national information is imported.

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