PRSA Oregon statewide governance committee
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Dear <<First Name>>,
The polls are closed, and the results are in. We asked you to join the conversation – either directly or at one of our virtual town hall meetings – before casting your ballots on whether to approve the merger among our three Chapters.

Of the members who voted, 93 percent of them were in favor of the merger – and revised bylaws – and the overwhelming majority preferred the name PRSA Oregon Chapter, so that's what we'll be called moving forward. 

This afternoon, we sent the formal approval request to PRSA National, and now the real work begins. We’re rolling up our sleeves in the fourth quarter to merge our banking, our operations, our programs and services, and our communications.

But before we dive into the transition, let's take a moment to reflect. Together, we are the founders of the Oregon Chapter, serving all public relations professionals in Oregon and Southwest Washington, and elevating our profession through the strength of our unified community.

Now let's go shape history.

Yours in service,

Taraneh Fultz
Chair, Statewide Governance Committee

Postcard from the field: Developing a board slate for our new statewide chapter


by Colby Reade, APR, chair, PRSA Oregon 2017 leadership nominating committee

Later this month, you have an important decision to make. You will be voting on the first ever slate of leaders for the PRSA Oregon Chapter. It has been my pleasure to watch as a dedicated group of your colleagues have carefully combed through the ranks of Oregon's PR community to identify a diverse collection of professionals to lead our membership into this exciting new chapter.

Assembling the right crop of folks for this challenge was a task not taken lightly by our 2017 nominating committee. The process first began in May, identifying the key principles and priorities we would use to guide our chapter in the coming year, what leadership roles were needed to accomplish those goals and what each role's specific responsibilities would be. The nominating committee, comprised of seven PR professionals of varying experience, met throughout the summer to identify the ideal candidates for each role. I then had the pleasure to personally meet with each prospective member of our 2017 leadership team to discuss their service.

To ensure that our board and priorities represented the needs and goals of our entire membership, we also invested heavily in engaging directly with members for feedback. We had countless conversations with members in all three chapters in 1:1 and 1:few settings to share the vision our committee was crafting, share potential targets for leadership roles and collect additional feedback to further shape our process.

Overwhelmingly, the feedback we received - from members throughout the state ... from those just starting their career to those with decades of experience ... from those in-house and those at agencies - across the board has been very positive. We are very confident that we have assembled a collection of highly skilled individuals who represent the diversity of our profession and our state to lead PRSA Oregon and we look forward to sharing the candidates with you soon.

If you have questions about the slate, the nominating process or wish to be involved in PRSA Oregon in the coming year, I encourage you to email or tweet me at @ColbyReade. Remember, you get out of PRSA what you put in .... so as we say in the Rose City, "Don't just join, join in!"
PRSA Oregon Chapters
Greater Oregon
Oregon Capital
Portland Metro

Upcoming milestones
National board approves merger, 2017 elections

What we're working on now
2017 board slate and RFPs for key roles and/or initiatives
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Next Statewide Governance Committee meeting
4 p.m. PT Monday, October 17
Oregon's statewide governance committee is a limited duration joint task force.

Want to learn more about the work this committee is doing at the request of Oregon’s PRSA chapters to better serve PR and communications professionals in our state?

Check out our charter, action plan and core team members.

About the PRSA Oregon statewide governance committee

Oregon's statewide governance committee is a limited duration joint task force of PRSA's Greater OregonOregon Capital and Portland Metro chapters.

Want to learn more about the work this committee is doing at the request of Oregon’s PRSA chapters to better serve public relations and communications professionals throughout the state? We encourage you to review our charter, action plan and core team members.
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