April 2021 Newsletter Print

Sponsor Spotlight

This issue of our newsletter is generously sponsored by Bankers Trust.

Since 1917, Bankers Trust has been a leading financial institution for commercial and consumer banking services. Headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa, and with total assets of $5 billion, Bankers Trust is the largest independently owned depository institution in the state. The company employs 565 people across the country, with branches in Central Iowa (including Ames), Cedar Rapids, and Phoenix, and offices in Omaha and Sioux Falls. Bankers Trust invests more than $1 million annually into the community, and Bankers Trust employees volunteer approximately 15,000 hours each year at nonprofit organizations. Learn more at

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Letter from the President

It's national volunteer month and I'd like to thank our members working at nonprofits and those who donate their time to volunteer for causes near to them.

I'd also like to recognize all the volunteers on our PRSA Iowa board and committees. The leadership team works hard to provide education that inspires and guides your work and ways for you to stay connected.

Thank you all for your membership and your commitment to PRSA Iowa. We appreciate you!

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Upcoming Events

Best Practices and Tips to Write Winning Award Entries

April 28, 2021
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Award season is just around the corner and writing an award-winning entry is more than half the battle. Join PRSA Iowa to learn strategies to craft stronger submissions for the PRSA Iowa PRIME Awards—as well as other programs on your list.

Kevin Waetke, APR, and Sara Wille, National Silver Anvil winner, will offer tips to help during award season. You’ll get a first look at the 2021 PRSA Iowa award program. Come with entry ideas in mind and leave ready to write your submissions.

Register here. The event is free for PRSA Iowa members and only $10 for non-members.

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Diversity and Inclusion


PRSA National recently launched a new initiative, Voices4Everyone, to highlight the ways public relations professionals can help advance public good. It focuses on four categories: diversity & inclusion, disinformation, civility and civic engagement.

Explore the initiative here.

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Member Updates

Welcome, New Members! 

Kimberly R. Hines
Jennifer Terry, Des Moines Water Works

Member Anniversaries

Congratulations to all our members celebrating anniversaries this month, especially those celebrating the following milestones!

25 years
Aaron Putze, APR, Iowa Soybean Association 

Five Years
Katie DeVore Stanley

One Year
Sara Engelhart, United Way of Central Iowa
Joshua Hafner, Two Rivers Marketing

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PRSA Membership Offer for PRSSA Members

PRSA is inviting graduating PRSSA members to join at a discounted rate. Now through the end of the year, become an Associate member for just $30. When you join, you'll also receive a free one-year membership to PRSA's New Professionals section!

Use code GRAD2021. Learn more here.

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Job Bank

There are great public relations and communications jobs in Iowa. Take a look at current job board postings below.

Digital Marketing Manager
YMCA of Greater Des Moines

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Connect With Us

Right now, digital platforms are the best place to connect with PRSA Iowa and other members. 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

Want more professional development opportunities? It’s time to spring into PRSA Iowa.

A Gift for Joining 

Right now, new and returning members will receive a $25 Amazon Gift Card when they join National as a Regular member ($260 annual dues). Use code SPRING21.

Visit to learn more and join now.

Fees Waived and Professional Interest Section 

New and returning members can have their initiation or reinstatement fees waived and receive a 50% discount on a Professional Interest Section when they use code HALFOFF. Offer ends April 30.

Visit to learn more and join now.

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