February 2020 Newsletter Print

Letter from the President

You have an opportunity to get involved and put your communications skills to a good cause. PRSA Central Iowa selected Everybody Wins! Iowa (EWI) to volunteer our services to help with their public relations efforts. The organization, focused on children's literacy, is looking to drive mentor recruitment and reading site sponsorships and funding in 2020. Erica Turner, APR, is leading our public relations committee to produce a variety of tactics. You can volunteer in the following areas:

  • Develop presentation decks and related materials (design experience ideal)
  • Plan a social media/content calendar for deployment by the EWI team
  • Develop and share content and social media best practices guide for the EWI team
  • Develop an email marketing strategy that aligns with key events and messaging around recruitment and sponsorship


Please contact Erica ([email protected]) by Friday, February 7, if you are interested in helping.

Kudos to Annette and Shari

Kudos to PRSA Central Iowa members Annette Hacker and Shari Saunders-Behnke for serving on the 2020 Metro Marketing Mixer planning committee. More than 200 communications professionals attended the networking event on Thursday, January 23 at the River Center. I had the opportunity to visit with a dozen or more individuals who visited the PRSA Central Iowa table. We hope to continue participating in this annual networking event, which raised more than $1,000 for the Food Bank of Iowa.

Brush up on data privacy laws

If you haven’t done so already, please sign up to attend our first quarterly luncheon of 2020 — Thursday, February 20. Enjoy a break from the doldrums of winter by stepping through an oasis at the Botanical Garden. The topic this quarter is data privacy laws and how they affect us as communicators. Encourage a colleague to join you. Please note the change in our start time. We moved back the start time to 11:30 a.m., based on feedback and research from other organizations who host luncheons.

Ryan Johnson, APR

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Upcoming Events

Upcoming Luncheon

Curious about how evolving privacy laws affect public relations and marketing professionals? PRSA Central Iowa’s first luncheon of the year will have some answers for you.

On February 20, 2020, attorney Shannon Holmberg of Davis Brown Law Firm, will walk attendees through the basics of CCPA, GDPR and data privacy laws. Though these laws were made in places far from our state, they have far-reaching consequences that could impact businesses right here in Iowa. Holmberg will dive into what these existing laws are, and what they could mean for your role as a communicator. 

Register here.

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APR News

Save the Date: APR Recognition Dinner

Please save the date and make plans to join us at the 2020 APR Recognition Dinner on Thursday, April 23, to honor several chapter members who have successfully achieved their Accreditation in Public Relations designation.

Thursday, April 23
6-8 p.m.
Location will be determined at a later date.

This event is just for APR members.

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Ethics Column

Free Webinar for PRSA Members Brings Ethics to Life

From campaign and political spaces to our everyday lives, ethics are everywhere. Our PRSA Central Iowa delegate and ethics chair Kathy Krafka Harkema, APR, highlights an opportunity for professional development focused on ethics coming up in February.

Read more on our blog.

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Member Profile

Debra McClung is the strategic communications bureau chief for the Iowa Department of Public Safety. She recently earned her APR, and has some words of encouragement and wisdom for those communications professionals who are currently working toward their designation. 

Read more on our blog

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Member Updates

Welcome, New Members!

Kelsey Arganbright, Farm Bureau Financial
Tracy J. Smith, Wellmark
Ivy A. Sprague, Hy-Vee, Inc.

Member Anniversaries

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

25 Years  
Lore McManus Solo, APR, The Solo Consultancy, LLC

20 Years
Kami Rankin, Polk County Conservation Board

One Year
Johanna Beierle, Simpson College
Claire Noelle Brehmer, Hubbell Realty Company
Makayla Tendall, Trilix 

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Job Bank

Newest Career Listings

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

Communications Manager, Ames Laboratory

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Upcoming FREE Webinars

Learn from incredible communications professionals without even leaving your office. PRSA members have access to live and on-demand professional development webinars. Covering a range of topics, these webinars are available for free to members.

February 11: Flow Like a Ninja: #PRLife-Changing Tech Tools

Elizabeth Edwards will share tools that can help communications professionals create content and maximize their time.

February 13: Becoming a Master Storyteller

Learn what it takes to craft a story that resonates with audiences. Sally L. Williamson will walk communicators through research and practical advice.

February 20: Risky Business: Managing Reputation & Digital Trust in the Age of Cybercrime

Prepare now to avoid a crisis in the future. This webinar will show communicators how reputation can help while defending against cybercrime.

February 25: Taking a Stand for Ethics

Hear from Paula Pedene on her experience as whistleblower and why defending ethics in the public relations industry matters.

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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 Chapters and Sections for their dues. Chapters whose dues are more than $100 will only be reimbursed up to $100 and the 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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