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October 2020 President's Report


There are a lot of congratulations in order this month, starting off with the Southern Public Relations Federations (SPRF) conference and awards that took place in September. First off, kudos to our own Ginger Guttner for pulling off an awesome virtual conference as the president of SPRF. I enjoyed the program and know your board put a tremendous amount of work into the event. Great job!

PRAL-Baton Rouge was well represented in this year’s awards. As a chapter, we took home four chapter of distinction honors:

  • 2nd place, Chapter Management
  • 2nd place, Membership
  • 3rd place, Communications
  • 3rd place, Programs

Kelly Zimmerman and Cheryl Michelet were also recognized as Senior Practitioners by SPRF. Additionally, the following members joined me in having their work recognized: Lauren Davidson/Feigley Communications, Julie Donald, APR/Covalent Logic, and Christine Wendling/LSU College of the Coast & Environment

I’d also like to thank our own local board for their hard work in hosting our professional development conference on October 2. Our panelists were AMAZING and gave such great advice and insight into their own personal brand. A special thanks to board members Erin Fulbright who helped coordinate and Josie Bonnette who helped honor our PRAL award winners with a nice video.

Don’t forget to join us on October 23 for our own awards ceremony. The Red Stick awards and professional development ceremony will be virtual, and our keynote speaker Matt Moscona will present as well.

And lastly, I would like to pay my respects to Dean Martin Johnson of the LSU Manship School of Mass Communication, who passed away unexpectedly last week. I know many of us were touched by his leadership and friendship. I always enjoyed when he presented to PRAL, and he was always more than willing to give us a glimpse into Manship and to share his time and talents with us. He will be missed by Manship and the communications profession here in Baton Rouge. I hope you will all take a few minutes to remember his impact, and to live life fully each and every day, because tomorrow isn't promised.

Caroline Isemann
PRAL-BR President

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