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September luncheon

Date:  Wednesday, Sept. 10

Topic:  Pinnacle Awards Celebration

Location:  Indianapolis Athletic Club, 350 N. Meridian St.,
3rd floor

Time:  Registration, 11:30 a.m.
Lunch & Program, Noon
Program ends by 1:15 p.m.

Register at:

September luncheon spotlights Pinnacle Awards celebration

Hope that deer head is off your trophy shelf, because the Pinnacles are coming to town.

On Sept. 10, the Hoosier Chapter will present Pinnacle Awards to PR professionals you know and love.  The Pinnacles are the Chapter's program to recognize excellence in public relations at all levels, from tacticians to strategists and individual promoters to agency collaborators.  PRSA members from an out-of-state chapter judged the entries.  And again this year, entries were fairly evenly split between agencies and individuals.

By attending the September luncheon, you'll not only get a chance to see award-winning work -- the entries will be available for examination before the presenation begins -- but you'll also be able to give fellow PRSA members your congratulations in person.

Who do yo think might win?  Come see whose desk is about to become a great spot for sparkling, new hardware -- a Pinnacle Award.
Historic vote at August board meeting

The Hoosier Chapter's board of directors recorded an historic vote at our August meeting.  After lively discussion, the review of member surveys and analyzing the delivery and opening rates of e-mail sent to members this year, we voted to discontinue printing a monthly newsletter and mailing it to the 360 members through the U.S. Postal Service.

Yes, we should see savings of both printing and mailing costs.  As long as generous sponsors like Exact Target donate the e-mail service we currently use, the Hoosier Chapter can continue to communicate news and activities more economically on a regular basis to our members' desktops.

Realizing the importance of using a variety of media to communicate key messages and based on responses to surveys of our members, we will continue to mail a printed postcard reminder for our monthly luncheons as well as electronic reminders.

The September issue of our newsletter will be printed and mailed out as usual, but there will also be an electronic version formatted in a similar way to the electronic meeting reminders you have been receiving.  The directors of external and internal communications (Celeste Stanley and Beth King, APR), the newsletter editor (Michael Schug) and several others are already planning the transition and ways to communicate the changes to our members.  Be sure and watch your mailboxes (both U.S. postal and electronic) for additional information on this "new" way to communicate.

Our goal is to provide our members with a useful Web site and an effective e-newsletter.  Please give us your feedback and suggestions as we transition into this new phase of member communications.

Alice McColgin, APR
Get the inside scoop at the next PRSA media breakfast

"Northside Newspaper War" is the topic for the Sept. 17 PRSA Hoosier Chapter's Meet the Media breakfast.  The breakfast, which is 8-9 a.m., takes places at the Indianapolis Press Club, 150 W. Market St.

Public relations professionals will have a rare opportunity to quiz several prominent print editors, all vying for dominance in the coveted northside turf.  The battleground has heated up in recent months with the debut of a new newspaper as well as a new regional edition of the Star.

Guests will include editorial honchos from the Indianapolis Star, the brand-new Noblesville Daily Times and Topics, which is also issuing regionalized editions.

Meet the Media is free to PRSA members and $10 for non-members.  Reserve your seat immediately by e-mailing Ingrid Cummings, APR, at  Seating is limited; place your reservation promptly.

The final Meet the Media breakfast is Dec. 3.  Watch for more details.

Millar Communication Strategies Inc. recently earned an Award of Merit at the IABC's EPIC awards banquet for its work with Colliers Turley Martin Tucker.  Millar took the award in the multi-media communication program category for its role in the State of Real Estate 2003, an annual event.

Have you gotten an award?  Do you know someone who has?  Send the details to the PRofessional editor, Michael Schug, at
Cyberauction raises more than $1,100

A big thank-you goes to all those who made bids in the 2003 Cyberauction.  More than $1,100 was raised, which is more than one-half the total value of the items.  Watch for a complete wrap-up in the October newsletter.
Job bank is for job seekers, employers

Thinking of a career change?  Do you have a PR opening?  The Hoosier Chapter's job bank is available for both job seekers and employers.  For more information, contact Holly Huffman, Job Bank Chair, at 481-2868 or
September 2003

President: Alice McColgin, APR
Director, Internal Communications: Beth King, APR
Editor: Michael Schug

PRofessional is published monthly by the Hoosier Chapter of the PRSA, Indianapolis, IN, and is distributed to its members.  To submit articles and story ideas for PRofessional, contact Michael Schug at 417-0709 or before the 10th of each month prior to publication.


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