January 2020 Print

Letter from the President

Happy New Year! I hope you had a wonderful holiday season with your families and friends.

As we get back into the swing of things in January, now may be a good opportunity to think about how you will get involved in PRSA Central Iowa in 2020. There are many opportunities to participate in our Chapter. We are offering a quarterly programming schedule, supplemented with the ongoing Friday FYI series that has proved to be popular.

The first opportunity of 2020 is a local networking event. PRSA Central Iowa is participating in the second annual Marketing Mixer. On Thursday, January 23, 2020, our Chapter is one of several local marketing, advertising and public relations organizations that is hosting the networking event. All PRSA Central Iowa members can attend for free. The event was very well attended in 2019 and looks to be just as popular in 2020.

In 2020, PRSA Central Iowa has the opportunity to host the Midwest District Conference. Our Chapter is part of the PRSA Midwest District, along with other chapters from around the area, and the district hosts a conference each year. We are fortunate to host the conference in Des Moines this fall, in conjunction with our annual OctoPRfest strategic communications conference. Look for more details coming soon.

It is an honor to serve the Chapter and our members in 2020. Looking back, I am thankful for my public relations professors at Drake University, including Dr. Henry Milam, APR, and the late Ronda Menke. Other public relations professionals such as Jeff White, APR, and Aaron Putze, APR, have helped me prepare for this opportunity to serve the Chapter as your president.

Please let me know how I can serve you in 2020 and make it a successful and productive year for our Chapter and your professional development.

Ryan Johnson, APR

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Upcoming Events

Attend the Second Annual Metro Marketing Mixer

For the second year in a row, we're co-hosting the Metro Marketing Mixer with Central Iowa marketing organizations. Join us for an opportunity to network with other professionals, learn about other organizations and catch up with old friends. 
This event features hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar and prizes—including the chance to win a complimentary registrations for the 2020 Midwest District Conference in Des Moines later this year. PRSA Central Iowa members can register for free here.

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Professional Development

Quarterly Luncheon Pass Available Now 

PRSA Central Iowa is looking forward to a year filled with professional development. If you're feeling the same way, you still have time to purchase a quarterly luncheon pass!

With the pass, you'll have access to all four PRSA Central Iowa luncheons during 2020. Plus, you'll get them all for 15 percent off. Find out more and register here.

Don't wait! Offer ends January 31, 2020. 

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Member Updates

Welcome, New Members! 

  • Leah Blom, Augusta University
  • Lindsey Drilling, M2K Branding & Communications
  • Katrina Sletten, Two Rivers Marketing
  • Lauren Vespa, Two Rivers Marketing


Member Anniversaries 

We recognize our PRSA Central Iowa Chapter members who are celebrating their membership anniversaries with PRSA this month.

Twenty-Five Years

  • Jeanine K. Mixdorf, APR, Principal Financial Group


One Year

  • Avery Lynn Amensen, Two Rivers Marketing
  • Kelsey Jo Batschelet, Two Rivers Marketing
  • Christine Zrostlik, UnityPoint Health

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APR News

APR Course Begins Soon

Ready to grow as a professional in the new year? There's still time to register for the 2020 APR preparation course. 

This six-week course will guide you through everything you need to prepare for your APR. Topics include research, legal and ethical isues, communication models and strategies, planning, crisis management, media relations, the computerized exam and more. 

Find more information and register here. Have questions? Contact Christina Gayman, [email protected] or Kelly Bruhn, [email protected]

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Job Bank

Newest Career Listings

Check out the PRSA Central Iowa Chapter Job Bank for great jobs available now.

Public Relations Account Manager, Performance Marketing 
Marketing Communications Intern, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, Polk County 
Public Relations Specialist, SHAZAM Network
Human Resources Generalist, Metro Waste Authority 
Senior Content Strategist-Media Relations, Grinnell College

Post a Position with PRSA Central Iowa

If you're looking for a qualified public relations professional to fill a vacancy at your organization, be sure to utilize the PRSA Central Iowa Job Bank! PRSA members pay just $25 per post and nonmembers pay $50 per post. Head to the PRSA Central Iowa Chapter Job Bank and click the orange button that describes your membership level to begin. A credit card will be required for payment.

For internships, all postings are free! Simply email the details to our job bank coordinator, and we'll post on your behalf.  

Members also have the option to post unlimited jobs for an annual fee of $100.

If you need assistance with your job posting or have additional questions, please contact our job bank coordinator for more information.

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Connect With Us

Get Social with PRSA Central Iowa 

You can amplify our message on social media by sharing our posts to your personal accounts. Help us show Central Iowa why you love PRSA. Find us on Facebook and Twitter.

Looking for advice, a sounding board or a professional resource? Join our LinkedIn group. To request membership, log into your LinkedIn account and click on the “Ask to Join” button.

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Membership Information

Now is a Great Time to Join PRSA!

New and returning members will have their initiation or reinstatement fee waived, when they join National as a Regular member and receive their choice of:

  1. FREE 1-year Chapter (up to $100 value)
  2. FREE 1-year Section (up to $65 value)

National will reimburse Chapter and Sections for their dues. Chapters whose dues are more than $100 will only be reimbursed up to $100 and balance will be collected from member.

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

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