March 2018 Print

President's Report

A Little Committee Work Goes a Long Way

We all have existing demands that take up our precious time: family, friends, work, hobbies, and the newest Smartphone game addiction you just can’t walk away from (…or still trying to figure out the newest Snapchat update. That cannot be just me…”

But the one thing we need to make more time for that often takes a back seat? Volunteering. Whether you are interested in serving on the PRSA Nebraska board or volunteering in one way or another, there are countless reasons to donate your time to PRSA. With the help of Public Relations Tactics, here’s a few:

  • Learn new skills. You might prepare or review budgets, participate in strategic planning, assess an investment policy or build a membership drive — things that you don’t do every day.
  • Teach others. Our volunteer groups are strong because each individual brings a unique mix of talents and skills that they share and transfer to others.
  • Network. You’ll meet other highly motivated ambitious professionals like yourself and make relationships that last a lifetime.
  • Build your résumé. Being a volunteer can help make you more attractive to a potential employer. 
  • Rise above the crowd. PRSA has more than 21,000 members — and 600 volunteers.
  • Gain work experience. Especially in lean economic times, it can be difficult to advance in the workplace. Referencing volunteer assignments that you have successfully completed is a good way to convince your boss that you are ready for a promotion
  • Give back. Help people. We can feel deep satisfaction from assisting others. It’s hard to describe but easy to recognize — it happens when you hear someone say, “thank you, you’ve really helped me.” 
  • Help build something bigger than yourself.  The potential to make a lasting impression is immeasurable.
  • Strengthen your health. That’s right — studies have shown that volunteering for about two hours per week can generate measurable health benefits.
  • Have fun. Volunteering is serious business, for an important cause. However, you can also have fun — there’s laughter and camaraderie even as you are working hard.

So, are you ready to volunteer? We’re here to help you find your place in PRSA Nebraska.

More soon,

Shannon Hilaire
PRSA Nebraska President 

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Calendar of Events

March Monthly Program

March 06, 2018
11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Anthony’s Steakhouse

Monique Farmer, APR, and Kala Morrissey from the communications team at Omaha Public Schools will present:
"Telling Our Story, Building our Organizational Pride"


Brand and reputation management efforts are important for all organizations. Typically, these efforts are more pronounced within for-profit organizations, which use branding to build and manage organizational reputation and to sell products. However, government and nonprofit organizations also have brand and reputation obligations that sometimes go unrecognized. Through customer service, organizational pride efforts and storytelling, organizations can take control of their own brands and help build fact-based narratives in media environments that can sometimes come across as less than fully balanced.

Register Now

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Welcome New Members

Having access to thousands of communications professionals through the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) is a wonderful thing, but there is also something special about being a part of something local.  

Join PRSA by April 30, 2018 and you will also receive a membership to our Chapter* for free — when you use the promo code CHAPTERS18.

Sign up today!

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Special Announcement

Save the Date for: Hutch Much & Munch!

Who: PRSA members, PRSSA students, friends and coworkers

What: Networking event and presentation from Nick Huff, Co-owner of Hutch, who sells modern, local and vintage furnishings to create spaces you will never want to leave.

When: Tuesday, April 3, 2018; 5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.

Where: Hutch in Midtown Crossing, 3220 Farnam Street #2101 Omaha, NE 68131

Cost: $10 for members, $15 for non-members (Includes light appetizers and drinks)

Nick will be talking about his journey from being in marketing and sales to owning his own business with his partner. He'll also talk about how HutchFest came to be and talk about the PR behind one of the area's most successful art and trade festivals. Q&A to follow.

Registration will open soon!

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