President’s Message: 2019 Recap and The Year Ahead

As the year is coming to a close, I reflect on a year full of learning, meaningful membership and fellowship. Our mission is to advance the profession and professional, and I personally hope you all have benefited from these offerings and so much more throughout the year.

We’ve kept a constant flow of rich information and perspective on our profession through the dedicated work of our programming, blog, social media, scholarship, diversity, ethics, APR and website teams. I’m proud of what we’ve been able to accomplish, in ensuring the efforts made have offered a full slate of opportunities that have served young pros to seasoned professionals and of all diverse backgrounds, industry and business environments.

During the Annual Meeting, we will elect a slate of new leadership which will be brought forth by the nominating committee. How does this work, you might ask? Here’s the download from our bylaws:

“The Nominating Committee shall be chaired by the immediate Past-President and consist Chapter President, President-Elect, Treasurer and Secretary.  The Committee shall nominate at least one candidate for each expiring directorship and all Chapter offices at least 30 days prior to the Annual Meeting.  These nominations will be circulated in writing to the Chapter membership at least two weeks before the Annual Meeting (Note: These were sent via email on Oct. 23).  Additional nominations shall be accepted from Members at that meeting, provided the nominees agree to serve if elected.  Voting shall be by written ballot if there are two or more nominees for any vacancy.  Election shall be by a majority vote of the membership present at the Annual Meeting.”

What it is: A very thoughtful discussion and deliberation by your leadership team to put forth a slate of future leaders and board members for the membership to review and confirm at our annual meeting.

What it is not: A smoke-filled, backroom deal where favorites are chosen without deference for diversity in so many factors to be a true representation of our membership.

That said, the power is yours as a membership to bring forth your own interests for leadership and nominations for your fellow PR professionals. You also have the ability to fully support or respectfully challenge the slate brought forth at the Annual Meeting.

It has been a humbling experience to serve you all and work hand-in-hand with our board and leadership. I look forward to seeing what 2020 brings our PRSA chapter and each of you as professionals as Kim Eberhardt takes the reigns. Should you have any questions or want to know more about how you can get involved, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me, Kim, Nancy or any of our board and we’ll be happy to assist.

Thank you for your sharing your time, talent and pride in our profession and relentless support to make our chapter one of the biggest and best in the nation!

Megan Soule, APR is an assistant manager of advanced technology communications at General Motors and serves as the 2019 PRSA Detroit Chapter president. She is a proud alumna of Central Michigan University where she volunteers as the professional adviser for the Dr. Diane S. Krider Chapter of PRSSA.