COVID, quite literally, put our local PRSA chapter in survival mode. Many of you may have received an email in October that spoke of the strong possibility our PRSA Chapter could be dissolved – for good! A group of ambitious public relations pros stepped up and helped resurrect that. This included Amy Aiello (Big Sky Public Relations), Heather Alexander (Goodwill Industries), C. Brandon Chapman (Washington State University), Julie Holland (Northern Quest Resort & Casino/Kalispel Tribal Economic Authority), and Lori Maricle (WA Grain Commission).

Julie has stepped up to be the new acting president. Heather has agreed to stay on as Treasurer.

As a group, we are committed to planning and hosting four in-person events this year. That’s where you come in! PRSA Spokane is not dead. But at this point, it’s not alive, either. We need YOUR help as we commit to making our local chapter a true resource for all our members – and bring in new members! We would love your support, participation, ideas, and passion for public relations. Together, we can move past survival mode and back into celebrating the accomplishments, knowledge, and achievements of our current and future local PR leaders!

For the first time in more than two years, we’re having an in-person PRSA event in Spokane and you won’t want to miss it! Our topic is Pandemic PR: A Crash Course in “Unprecedented” Crisis Communications. While we can’t ask every single one of you to sit on our panel, we know you all have valuable lessons of your own to share. We’d love you to join us so we can network again, commiserate, and maybe follow up the Q&A with an informal “cheers” at the Saranac after the event.

So, call all your friends and favorite PR colleagues you haven’t seen in far too long, and get them all join us on March 16. You can find out more information here.