By Don Tanner, PRSA Detroit Chapter President

PRSA Detroit President Don Tanner

As we approach Summer’s end and look toward Fall, this is normally the time of year that we utter things like, “Where did the year go?!” Hard to believe that in just a couple of months, we’ll be celebrating the holidays once again.  So perhaps this as good a time as any to take a quick look back at the past eight months of PRSA Detroit in 2016.

First, foremost and most importantly, we have welcomed a slew of new members to our Chapter, including: Laurie Arora, Shelby Austin, Dianne Boyer, Jennifer Brunson,Kevin Byrnes, Briana Carlesimo, Madeline Chadwick, Brandon Chestnutt, Eliot Dolgin, Lauren Fisher, Justin Fisette, Travis Gamblin, Teia Harris, Amanda Harrison, Alexandria Haymaker, Gabrielle Hunt, Ayana King, Sarah Kuzdak, Jody Lamb, Pamela Lenning, Stephanie Oben, Stacey Olson, Brad Pettiford, Kate Reno, Catia Sabak, Alicia Saragosa, Nicole Schmitz, Denise Sobh, Connie Thompson, Maria Violette. We’re pleased to have you!

From a programmatic standpoint, our Board and Committees have worked tirelessly to provide new and unique opportunities for our members to network, interact, contemplate and learn – including topics from speakers and communications practitioners that PR pros young and old can utilize in their day-to-day jobs.

In April at Punch Bowl Social in Detroit, we provided a forum to meet students – our industry’s next generation – and impart wisdom and advice for those eager to join our field upon graduation.  Also that month, we met the ‘online’ media at SS Digital Media in Troy in April and heard how these seasoned journalists like to work and work with us.  In May at Comcast, we utilized Canva to create social media imagery designed to motive and engage. And in June at Affirmations in Detroit, we all came away with a better understanding of and appreciation for the wide-ranging considerations and dynamics related to the LGBT community; this in the wake of the Orlando tragedy.

And though some might think the year is winding down, we are hard at work planning and finalizing several additional programs – including those that will cover ethics, personal brand development, and video storytelling, respectively. We also will be holding an Ofield Dukes Diversity Media Roundtable . Stay tuned on all.

See you at the next one and thank you for your continued support of and dedication to our craft and to this Chapter.