A Message from the Chapter President
Happy New Year!
Last year was a truly challenging and let’s face it, life-altering, year for all of us with the COVID-19 pandemic. Nonetheless, our chapter celebrated our annual Pepperpot Awards in December with more than 150 attendees via Zoom! I want to thank Stephanie Byrwa for her service as chapter President and for taking the reins when Past President Martha Gaston unexpectedly moved to South Carolina early in 2020. Her leadership was critical in keeping the chapter afloat during the trying time that was the year 2020. (And we miss you Martha!)
New years are for looking forward and rebuilding. I’m excited to be your new president and for all that is to come in 2021 – hopefully an end to COVID and an opportunity to finally resume in-person networking events and programs! For now, I look forward to seeing all of your beautiful faces via Zoom and that’s OK! We’ve got some high-caliber new programs in the pipeline and I look forward to engaging our new and existing members so they will become more active participants in the chapter. PRSA Philadelphia also will continue building solid relationships with local PRSSA chapters and students, our future public relations professionals. It’s so important to get them on the right track!
Of course, no chapter can run smoothly without the participation of our leaders who serve on the 2020 Board of Directors. We have several new board members and I’m very excited to see what creative ideas they will bring to the table. But we need YOU, our members, to participate in the chapter. What can our chapter do to support you and get you re-engaged? If you have an idea for an event or would just like to provide feedback, I want to hear how PRSA Philadelphia can be a better resource for you. We will be sending out a membership survey soon. I hope you will take just a few moments to complete it! Please feel free to also e-mail me with your thoughts at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lastly, we are still looking to fill out our board, from Vice President to Membership Chair positions. We’re also seeking volunteers to serve on our committees, from Communications to Programming. If you’re looking for a way to get more involved with the chapter, this might be a good fit for you. Stay tuned for an upcoming event where you can sign up to serve on a committee.
I look forward to a fantastic 2021 with PRSA Philadelphia!
President, PRSA Philadelphia