Membership Promotion

JANUARY – FEBRUARY PROMO: FREE Chapter PLUS waived initiation or reinstatement fee (up to a $165 value)

New and returning members will have their initiation or reinstatement fee waived, when they join National as a Regular member ($260 annual dues) and receive a:

FREE 1-yr Chapter Membership (up to $100 value)

Use promo code: JAN2020 or FEB2020

RESTRICTIONS:
N/A for Associate member types ($200 or less annual dues) and current or renewing members. Refer to http://www.prsa.org/joinus/howtojoin for details.

NOTE: Anyone who would like to be billed quarterly needs to call our Member Services Team at 212.460.1400.

Demystifying the College of Fellows

Serving as the crisis communication leader during the largest art heist in the world, interviewing President Reagan (on two hours’ notice), conducting media training for professional football players– all of these are part of special stories of the extraordinary professionals who make up the PRSA College of Fellows.

PRSA’s International Conference in 2021 will be held in Orlando.  Imagine what it would be like for you to be inducted into the College of Fellows surrounded by your family and colleagues right here.  Let’s get started.

If you were a Fellow, what amazing story would you share? What footprint have you left on the profession or what footprint do you intend to leave? Because, fellow PRSA Orlando friends, you could be a member of the College of Fellows. What a milestone for you personally and professionally and what a celebration for our Chapter.

As immediate past chair of the College of Fellows and a former president of our Chapter, what an honor and joy it would be for me to welcome you into the College or at least to plant the seed for you to consider, to intentionally plan for, and to apply someday. Just what is this mystical organization?

Q. What is the College of Fellows?
A. The College of Fellows is a group of 350 experienced practitioners and educators who, through a rigorous application and selection process, have received PRSA’s highest professional designation. To be a Fellow is considered the pinnacle of one’s public relations career. It by no mean signifies the END of one’s career.

Q. How long has the College existed?
A. The College celebrated its 30th year last year. Regrettably, we just lost Harold Burson, our last remaining member of the inaugural class, which was made up of 25 Gold Anvil winners including Pat Jackson, Edward Bernays, Betsy Plank, Lawrence Foster, Chester Burger, and many other legends of PR. So many other legends have followed.

Q. What do Fellows do?
A. First, they work in every facet of the public relations and communications profession. Some are retired. Second, they mentor, teach, guest lecture, speak at conferences, serve on APR panel reviews, and serve as leaders and advisors at all levels of PRSA. They are also leaders in their communities.

Fellows Give Back in 2019

• 6 Fellows served on the national PRSA Board.
• 15 Fellows mentored PRSA professionals through Mentor Match.
• 16 Fellows led national PRSA Task Forces, Committees, Boards. Many others served on these committees.
• 27 Fellows served as Bateman Competition judges.
• 35 Fellows finished the 2018-2019 school year as mentors to AspireHigher PRSSA university students.
• 40 Fellows presented at ICON
• 45 Fellows are Champions for PRSSA

45 of the past 72 Chairs of National PRSA have been Fellows

Q. Why should you consider being a Fellow?
A. Being a Fellow is a validation of who you are and what you have accomplished as a professional. Becoming a Fellow can be a journey of a lifetime, a goal to strive for, and one that can be part of your life.
As Jim Lukaszewski, APR, Fellow PRSA wrote, being a Fellow is “understanding what matters, what is helpful, what is sensible and often what is powerfully simple and true….It’s their professional footprint that makes a Fellow, a Fellow.”

When I served on the national board 2011-2013, I was not yet a Fellow, but I was inspired by the experience, quality, and knowledge of those board members who were. I began asking questions about becoming a Fellow, looked over the application documents and watched the “How to Apply” video that was on the COF website. The entire process looked daunting, but the more I reflected on my career and talked to Fellows about the whole experience, the more I aspired to become a Fellow. I started preparing in 2013, applied in 2014, and was inducted in Washington, DC, in front of my family and friends. It was a moment of a lifetime.

I’d like to help you experience that moment when the time is right. To apply you need to have your APR and at least 240 months of public relations experience. But you can and you should start early to understand what you need to do to apply. Resources abound.

Please contact me with your interest and questions. It is never too early or too late to consider becoming a Fellow.

All my best,

Geri Evans, APR, Fellow PRSA
2019 Chair, College of Fellows
2003 President, PRSA Orlando
gerievans2222@gmail.com
407-687-8782
President, Evans PR Group

Fall is in the air. And so is PRSA’s best membership deal of the year!

Now through October 31, 2019 you have three big benefits to joining PRSA. In addition to our national PRSA membership (with no initiation fee, a $65 value), you will also receive a free section membership (a $60 value) and a free chapter membership (up to $100)!

Use the code FALL19 when applying for membership to receive:

  • PRSA National Membership: Access to more than 21,000 public relations and communications professionals 24/7 via the members-only online community MyPRSA. Plus, you have access to dozens of other member benefits!
  • PRSA Chapter Membership: PRSA has more than 100 local groups across the United States, known as Chapters. These Chapters are run by local PRSA members who host networking and educational events to connect you to industry professionals and ensure you are staying up-to-date on the latest industry trends and skills. Check out the Orlando chapter’s upcoming events!
  • PRSA Section Membership: PRSA has 14 professional interest groups, known as Sections. Each Section focuses on a specific industry that public relations and communication professionals serve, and a few of the Sections are geared towards career level and business owners. Members of these Sections are able to connect with industry peers who have similar needs and share the same challenges. These groups share important and relevant information about their area of interest through a variety of channels throughout the year. Click here to view all 14 Sections.

Questions? Please feel free to reach out to Co-VP of Membership, Carter Flynn – cflynn@bdo.com

RESTRICTIONS: N/A for Associate member types ($200 or less annual dues) and current/renewing members. Refer to http://www.prsa.org/joinus/howtojoin for details.

Dive into professional development this summer

by Carter Flynn, Co-VP of Membership

Summer is a great time to join PRSA! Take advantage of this special offer to help you advance your professional future.

Join PRSA now as a Regular member with promo code BACKPACK19, and you’ll also receive two valuable bonuses at no additional charge:

  • PRSA Chapter membership (up to a $100 value), and
  • a handy backpack to help you stay mobile and organized! This popular laptop backpack from Lenovo features a durable, water-repellent polyester fabric and streamlined design with a padded interior to protect your laptop, notebook and other important items.

Raise your local profile and expand your network of PR and communication colleagues with your membership in one of PRSA’s more than 110 Chapters!

Questions? Please feel free to reach out to Co-VP of Membership, Carter Flynn – cflynn@bdo.com

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

April Membership Promotion

Not a member of PRSA yet or considering rejoining?

In April, new and reinstated members pay no initiation fee and receive one year of Section membership for free. That’s a savings of up to $130!

Use code “APRIL19” on sign-up and don’t forget to select PRSA Orlando Regional as your local chapter.

Questions about your PRSA membership, email Maria Wyatt-Uhl or Carter Flynn.

Are you ready to fall for PRSA?

Football. Cool breezes. Pumpkin spice lattes. PRSA membership discounts. All great reasons to love this season!

Now through November 30, 2018 you have three big benefits to joining PRSA. In addition to our national PRSA membership (with no initiation fee, a $65 value), you will also receive a free section membership (a $60 value) and a free chapter membership (up to $100)!

Use the code FALL18 when applying for membership to receive:

  • PRSA National Membership: Access to more than 21,000 public relations and communications professionals 24/7 via the members-only online community MyPRSA. Plus, you have access to dozens of other member benefits!
  • PRSA Chapter Membership: PRSA has more than 100 local groups across the United States, known as Chapters. These Chapters are run by local PRSA members who host networking and educational events to connect you to industry professionals and ensure you are staying up-to-date on the latest industry trends and skills. Check out the Orlando chapter’s upcoming events!
  • PRSA Section Membership: PRSA has 14 professional interest groups, known as Sections. Each Section focuses on a specific industry that public relations and communication professionals serve, and a few of the Sections are geared towards career level and business owners. Members of these Sections are able to connect with industry peers who have similar needs and share the same challenges. These groups share important and relevant information about their area of interest through a variety of channels throughout the year. Click here to view all 14 Sections.

Questions? Please feel free to reach out to Co-VP of Membership, Carter Flynn – cflynn@bdo.com

*RESTRICTIONS: The Counselors Academy and New Professionals Sections are not included in this offer.  Chapter dues are covered up to $100. N/A for Associate member types ($200 or less annual dues) and current or renewing members. Refer to https://www.prsa.org/membership/membership-categories for details.

Easy, breezy value for new members

by Beth Swanson, Co-VP Membership Recruitment

We’ve got a hot offer for new members – use promo code SUMMER18* on your membership application before August 31 and receive a $25 Amazon gift card and waived initiation fee ($65).

For less than $300/year you can connect with colleagues in PR, marketing and communications for advice and fun.  Here are some of PRSA’s career-advancing benefits:

  • 24/7 access to the members-only MyPRSA online community. Share insights and ask questions of your fellow PR and communications professionals while elevating your thought leadership profile.
  • Member discount program for a wide variety of goods and services.
  • Discounted registration to a wealth of training programs and webinars.
  • The PRSA Membership App gives members access to the latest PRSA publications, including Issues & Trends, top-rated webinars, PRSA’s online community and membership directory.
  • PRSA Jobcenter
  • Opportunities to network with more than 21,000 communication and public relations professionals.
  • Subscription to the NEW industry-specific publication, PRSA Strategies & Tactics.

Summer is a perfect time to relax and reconnect with Central Florida colleagues. So take advantage and join today!

Have questions? Check out these links or email Beth Swanson, Co-VP Membership Recruitment

Membership Application

Why Join PRSA?

Member Benefits

*Offer is valid for persons joining at the Member and Associate Member 3 levels. Not valid for current members, renewing members, PRSSA Graduates, Graduate Students, Associate Members at levels 1 or 2. Refer to https://www.prsa.org/membership/membership-categories  for details.

June 2018 Membership Promos

by Beth Swanson, Co-VP Membership Recruitment Chair

During the month of June, PRSA is offering two promotions for new members.

Promo #1

Join PRSA between now-June 30, 2018 and you can receive membership to a Section of your choice free* ($60 value) when you use the code SECTIONS18.  Explore each Section to see which is right for you!

Eligible Professional Interest Sections:

As a Section member, you’ll receive:

  • A Section newsletter
  • Professional development opportunities
  • Networking opportunities online and at select events
  • Volunteer opportunities
  • Discounts to Section sponsored events (when applicable)

Have questions?  Please email Beth Swanson, Co-VP Membership Recruitment at beth@swansoncomm.com.

*This offer does not include the Counselors Academy or New Professionals Sections and is not available to Associate member types ($200 or less annual dues) and current or renewing members. Refer to https://www.prsa.org/membership/membership-categories  for details.

 

Promo #2

Just starting out in your PR or Communications career?  Now is the best time to join PRSA!  For a limited time, you can receive a FREE New Professionals Section membership ($20 value) when you join as an Associate Member with 1, 2 or 3 years of experience. Just use the code AM18 on your application.  The New Professionals section provides resources and networking opportunities to get you started out in your career. Learn more at PRSA.org!

 

Even if these promotions don’t apply to you, let your friends and colleagues know about the benefits of being a member of PRSA.

2018 PRSA Membership Savings

by Beth Swanson, MBA & APR

Taking time from our busy schedules to refresh and renew with peers opens us to new ideas, advice and problem-solving assistance, according to Francesca Gino, a professor at Harvard Business School in a recent article on HBR.org.

During my 13 years as a member and volunteer, PRSA has provided me with just that through opportunities to meet communicators in my field and the industries where I’ve worked. These professional relationships are both fulfilling and enlightening and have made me a believer in the link between networking and career success. That’s why I encourage professionals in PR, marketing, and communications to join us.

This year PRSA is making it even easier to share the benefits of our chapter and national organization with several 2018 promotions that welcome new and returning members to PRSA.

Score a thank you gift and help a colleague save on membership dues during the Refer-A-Friend promotion. Members receive a $40 Amazon gift card for each new person who joins PRSA and lists your name as a referral on the application form (How did you hear about PRSA). PRSA will also waive your friend’s $65 initiation fee if they use the promo code FRIENDS18Applies to Member (3+ years experience) and Associate Member 3 (2-3 years experience) levels only.

Know a lapsed PRSA member? Let them know former members can use the promo code WELCOMEBACK18 and PRSA will waive their $35 reinstatement fee. Applies to memberships lapsed 6 or more months. 

Anyone applying as a new member can use the promo code JOINPRSA18 and the $65 initiation fee will be waived.  Applies to Member (3+ years experience) and Associate Member 3 (2-3 years experience) levels only.

All promotions are valid through Dec 31, 2018.  Learn more about PRSA membership benefits, chapters, and professional interest communities at https://www.prsa.org/membership/.

Have questions?  Please email Beth Swanson, Co-VP Membership Recruitment at beth@swansoncomm.com.