Our Ethical Obligations as PR Professionals

“Truth is the foundation of all effective communications.” That’s the opening sentence of PRSA’s excellent rebuke of the term “alternative facts.” As professional communicators, none of us would question that. In these challenging times, it’s worth reviewing a few other basic premises in the PRSA Code of Ethics that guides our profession.

  1. Preserve and protect the free flow of communication. In the code, there is specific reference to giving or receiving gifts and entertaining government officials as possible violations here. However, this section also emphasizes honesty and accuracy in all your communications, and the obligation to correct any erroneous information immediately. a. The “Expertise” part of the code recognizes the need for continued professional development, research and education. It is through your research and thorough knowledge of the organization and the issue at hand that you will be able to achieve accuracy in your communication. It is through your education and professional development that you will understand the best channels, strategies and methods for accurately conveying information.  b. Being honest is, of course, assumed. It is our job to speak truth to those who supervise us and employ us, and then to carry that honesty through in all our public communication. If people begin to suspect that you and your organization are deliberately misleading them, then credibility will be difficult, if not impossible, to rebuild. The old saying that it takes a lifetime to build a reputation and five minutes to destroy it remains as true as ever.
  2. Avoid real, potential, and perceived conflicts of interest. The points of this is “to build trust with the public by avoiding or ending situations that put one’s personal or professional interests in conflict with society’s interests.” I have a personal story to tell here. Some years ago, I worked on an EIS (Environmental Impact Statement) project for the Montana Air National Guard, which of course was under the auspices of the U.S. Air Force, and thus the Pentagon. At the same time, I had started fighting the Pentagon tooth and nail over its mandatory, experimental and dangerous anthrax vaccine. I formed a web site, formed a national group, and even twice walked the halls of Congress. It was obvious that I had better inform the supervising officer of the EIS project what I was doing in my personal life, so I did. She took my written information and forwarded it to the appropriate attorneys in the Pentagon.I waited. A couple of weeks went by, and finally the answer came back down: “Tell her it’s fine – just to keep the two projects entirely separate.” What would I have done if the answer was negative? I would have had to resign from the project or stopped my anthrax work. At that time, the anthrax work would probably have won out, because my own son had received some of those shots and I had gotten to know several veterans whose health was permanently compromised by the shots. But I’m glad it never came to that. The Montana Air National Guard and the Air Force did an incredible job on the project, and it was a privilege to be part of it.
  3. The independence and loyalty statements in the code can be difficult in practice. They are:
    INDEPENDENCE: We provide objective counsel to those we represent. We are accountable for our actions.
    LOYALTY: We are faithful to those we represent, while honoring our obligation to serve the public interest.The independence statement harkens back to speaking truth to power. We are obligated to provide objective, honest facts and truth to those who employ us. We are not “yes” people. I used to explain this to my clients within the scope of our first one or two meetings, and everybody would say yes, they understood. Well – they didn’t always. When a company hires an employee or an outside contractor, the assumption is that the person hired will do as told. We are in the position of being sure we do what’s right first. I overheard a hilarious conversation between a nurse and a doctor this weekend, who had just met at a gathering, and were laughing when the doctor said “Nurses are critical – they save your butt!” The nurse told the story of overriding a physician’s orders at one point, because those orders would have killed the patient. She wrote up her own orders, which could have gotten her fired, but the physician later thanked her for her foresight.We’re not quite in that position, thankfully. But any amount of time we spend training the management team about what’s ethical and legal, and explaining the possible ramifications of any given situation is time well spent.This of course feeds into the loyalty statement: we are faithful to those we represent, but at the same time we have an obligation to serve the public interest. If a chemical has leached into the ground from a company’s operations, it’s in the public interest to be informed of any danger that chemical poses to the public. Whether or not the company wants to release the information is not the point. This kind of situation plays out across the country nearly every day. However, if the public interest is endangered, it’s my belief that the public interest takes first priority and the public relations counsel must work to ensure the company understands and takes the appropriate action.

To echo an excellent speech by NBC news anchor Lester Holt, the best thing we can do in these challenging times is continue to do our jobs. Do your homework. Be honest. Be accurate. Build good mutual relationships. Build trust. Tell your story. Be fair. Be loyal. Advocate for our profession. And serve the public interest as well as those we represent.

Kathy Hubbell

Kathy Hubbell, APR, M.S., Fellow in PRSA, is the 2014 William W. Marsh Lifetime Achievement Award winner. She founded the Montana Chapter of PRSA, has served as the Pacific Northwest District Chair and has served on PRSA’s national board of directors. She is a co-author of the 2016 PRSA Career Guide with Aaron Sewell, and serves the Oregon Chapter by working on the mentorship program and providing guidance on ethical matters. Kathy has a 35-year career in public relations, and enjoys teaching PR whenever possible and working with private clients.

Introducing the nominees for the 2017 PRSA Oregon board of directors

2017 will be a landmark year for PRSA in the state of Oregon as our three chapters merge to form PRSA Oregon. In accordance with chapter bylaws and after working closely with national and the membership of all three chapters (Oregon Capital, Greater Oregon and PRSA PDX), the 2016 nominating committee has assembled an outstanding slate of candidates to lead PRSA Oregon in the coming year.

Members of all three chapters will receive a separate, electronic ballot to cast their vote on the 2017 slate, but we wanted to provide a preview of this year’s candidates.

President,
Chief Executive Officer

President-Elect

Colby-Reade

Colby Reade, APR (bio)

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ulie Williams, APR (bio)

 

Immediate Past President

MarkMohamm_Web

Mark Mohammadpour, APR (bio)

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Jill Peters, APR (bio)

loralyn

Loralyn Spiro, APR (bio)

 

Treasurer and Chief
Financial Officer

Secretary and Chief
Operations Officer

Dave Thompson

Dave Thompson, APR (bio)

Tracey Lam

Tracey Lam, APR (bio)

 

Leadership Assembly Delegates

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Dianne Danowski Smith, APR, Fellow PRSA (bio)

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John Mitchell, APR, Fellow PRSA (bio)

Colby-Reade

Colby Reade, APR (bio)

JulieWilliams_022413

Julie Williams, APR (bio)

 

Directors-at-Large

beverly-brooks

Beverly Brooks (bio)
Communications

megan-h-donaldson

Megan Donaldson (bio)
Student Affairs

taylor-long3

Taylor Long (bio)
Service

olivia-mackenzie

Olivia MacKenzie (bio)
Events

amy-ruddy

Amy Ruddy (bio)
Sponsorship

siobhan-taylor

Siobhan Taylor (bio)
Membership

Update: the future of PRSA in Oregon

The polls are closed, and the results are in! Check out the announcement to members: http://eepurl.com/ceQTun.

Meeting Agenda 09.08.2016

4 p.m. to 5 p.m. PT Thursday, September 8, 2016
Meeting via Skype

Expected participants

John Mitchell, Colby Reade, Jill Peters, Taraneh Fultz, Harvey Gail, Loralyn Spiro

Anticipated meeting outcomes

  • Monitor member engagement, feedback
  • Review member Bylaws voting polling results (to date), alert nominating committee of any unanticipated trends
  • Progress on road map and implementation plan
  • Next steps

Merger action plan

Nov 2014

  • Oregon Capital Chapter alerts North Pacific District to depleted leadership pipeline
  • Oregon Capital and Portland Metro Chapters explore shared governance options

Oct 2015

  • Greater Oregon Chapter implements financial stability plan

Dec 2015

  • Oregon chapter boards form statewide governance committee, appoint representatives

Apr 2016

  • Statewide governance committee forms committee charter, launches prsaoregon.org

May 2016

  • Oregon chapter boards approve statewide governance committee charter

Jul 2016

  • Research indicates membership open to merging three chapters into a single, statewide chapter
  • 2017 nominating committee forms

Aug 2016

  • MILESTONE: Oregon chapter boards approve merger, revised bylaws for a single, statewide chapter
  • 2017 board / organization structure finalized; call for nominations opens
  • Polls open to membership to approve/not approve merger, revised bylaws
  • Virtual town halls: August 24 and 31

Sep 2016

  • Virtual town halls: September 16, 22 and 28
  • MILESTONE: Membership approves/does not approve merger, revised bylaws

Oct 2016

  • MILESTONE: National board approves merger
  • 2017 board slate presented to boards for endorsement
  • RFPs for key roles and/or initiatives (such as PRSA Oregon brand campaign, event planner, development consultant, executive director)

Nov 2016

  • MILESTONE: 2017 elections – board, official chapter name – submit results to National
  • File Articles of Incorporation with the State of Oregon, secure new Tax ID
  • Secure venues for 2017 signature events

Dec 2016

  • Governance transition / leadership rally
  • MILESTONE: 2017 board approves new chapter policies and procedures
  • RFP review, interviews
  • Transition web, social networks to new chapter

Jan 2017

  • Transition banking, bookkeeping to new chapter
  • Board approves RFP recommendations
  • Revise media/sponsor kit

Feb 2017

  • Launch brand campaign

Mar 2017

  • Ratify 2017 budget

Apr 2017

  • File 2016 taxes for Greater Oregon, Oregon Capital, Portland Metro chapters

June 2017

  • Board approves signature events strategic plan

Chapter bylaws for approval by PRSA’s Oregon members

Note from the Statewide Governance Committee (SGC): Polls open Tuesday, August 23 and close at 12:30 p.m. Friday, September 30. PRSA members in Oregon will receive their SurveyMonkey ballot by email no later than 12 p.m. on the day voting commences. Please consider participating in a virtual town hall meeting before casting your ballot.

ARTICLE I: GENERAL

Section 1.  Name.  The name of this organization is the Oregon Chapter (“Chapter”), a chapter of the Public Relations Society of America, Inc. (“Society” or “PRSA”).

Note from the SGC: If the three chapters in Oregon form a single chapter, the official name will be determined as part of the fall ballot to elect the 2017 board of directors.

Section 2.  Territory and Location.  The Chapter will operate and serve members within the territory approved by the Society, and its principal office will be located in a place determined by the Chapter’s board of directors.  The territorial limits approved by the Society for this Chapter are the state of Oregon, and Clark and Skamania counties in Washington.

Section 3.  Objectives.  In accordance with the purposes of the Society as set forth in the Society’s articles of incorporation and bylaws, the objectives of this Chapter shall be to serve a diverse community of professionals, empowering them to excel in effective, ethical and respectful communications on behalf of the organizations they represent and the constituencies they serve, and advance the careers of its members by providing:

  1. Lifelong learning and professional development.
  2. Vibrant, diverse and welcoming professional communities.
  3. Recognition of capabilities and accomplishments.
  4. Thought leadership, ethics and professional excellence.

Further, the Chapter, its board, officers and members shall support and adhere to the bylaws, purposes, code of ethics and all applicable policies and procedures established by the Society.

Section 4.  Restrictions.  All policies and activities of the Chapter shall be consistent with:

  1. Applicable federal, state and local antitrust, trade regulation or other requirements.
  2. Tax-exemption requirements imposed on the Society under Internal Revenue Code Section 501(c)(6), including the requirements that the Chapter shall not be organized for profit and that no part of its net earnings shall inure to the benefit of any private individual.

ARTICLE II: MEMBERSHIP

Section 1. Membership Eligibility.  Membership in the Chapter is limited to individuals who are members in good standing of the Society, who are in compliance with the Society’s bylaws, member code of ethics and applicable policies and procedures, and who have current paid membership dues to the Chapter.

Section 2. Admission to Membership. Admission to membership in the Society shall be governed by the pertinent provisions of the Society’s bylaws and subject to the eligibility requirements set forth above in Section 1.  

Section 3. Rights and Privileges of Membership.  Membership carries with it a definitive obligation to pay all applicable dues, fees and other charges (collectively referred to as “financial obligations”), as provided in these bylaws and as determined by the board from time to time. Any payments by a member to the Society do not mitigate such member’s financial obligations to the Chapter.

Section 4. Resignation or Termination of Membership.

  1. Membership is automatically terminated without action by the board for failure to pay applicable dues for more than four months, failure to meet the eligibility requirements for membership, or when the membership to the Society has been terminated for any reason, including non-payment of dues.  
  2. A member may resign by submitting a written resignation.
  3. Termination or resignation does not relieve a member from liability for any financial obligations accrued and unpaid as of the date of the termination or resignation.

Any member who for any reason ceases to be a member of the Society shall cease to be a member of the chapter. Any member dropped from the Society’s roll for nonpayment of dues shall be dropped immediately from the Chapter roll.

Section 5.  Dues.  The amount of Chapter dues shall be fixed annually by the board. Any member whose Chapter dues are unpaid for three months shall not be in good standing, and shall not be entitled to vote, hold office or enjoy other privileges of Chapter membership, provided those members have been duly notified.

Section 6.  Membership Meetings.

  1. There shall be an annual membership meeting each year held no later than Nov. 30 at such a time and place as may be designated by the board.
  2. In addition to the annual meeting, there shall be regular meetings at least four times each year at such times and places as may be designated by the board.
  3. Special meetings of the Chapter may be called by the president, the board or, on written request, by 25 percent of the Chapter members.
  4. Notice of the annual meeting shall be given to each member personally by mail, electronic mail or other mode of written transmittal at least 21 days prior to the meeting.  Notice of a regular meeting or special meeting shall be given to each member at least ten days in advance.
  5. Voting at any membership meeting may be done in person or by proxy, with each voting member having a single vote.  A majority of members voting in person or by proxy where a quorum is present carries an action.  Members may vote without a meeting in elections, or on any matter presented by the board where a quorum participates and the votes are submitted in writing by postal or other delivery, facsimile, electronic mail or any other electronic means.

Section 7. Continuance of Membership.  A member who shall leave the field of public relations, public relations teaching or public relations administration may continue membership in the Chapter, so long as he or she remains a member in good standing of the Society.

Section 8. Retirement Status.  Any Member of the Chapter who is eligible for retirement status may be recommended for such status by the Chapter’s Board of Directors in accordance with provisions of the Bylaws of the Society.

ARTICLE III: OFFICERS AND BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Section 1. Scope. The affairs of the Chapter are managed by its board of directors. It is the board’s duty to carry out the objectives and purposes of the Chapter, and to this end, it may exercise all powers of the Chapter. The board is subject to the restrictions and obligations set forth in these bylaws, the Society’s bylaws, policies and procedures, and code of ethics.

Section 2. Board Composition.  The governing body of the Chapter shall be a Board of Directors consisting of the president, president-elect, PRSA Leadership Assembly delegate(s), secretary, treasurer and directors-at-large. The immediate past president shall be an ex-officio member of the board.  Directors and officers shall be members in good standing with the Chapter and the Society.  Directors and officers, except for the president and immediate past president, shall be elected by the Chapter membership at its annual meeting for a term of one year, beginning Jan. 1 and ending when their successors are elected and installed.  The board shall set forth the nomination and election procedures and make such procedures available to the membership.

Note from the SGC: The officer role of vice president, which has been part of the Portland Metro Chapter for a number of years is not standard in the Society. The new Chapter would align with national best practices and the composition of the Greater Oregon and Oregon Capital chapters by eliminating this additional board member type.

In addition, to empower each nominating committee to present a slate that reflects the needs of the strategic plan and the membership, the Bylaws will no longer dictate the minimum or maximum number of board members required.

Finally, after much discussion, it was determined that a geographic requirement may be difficult to satisfy; therefore, the Policies and Procedures will include such provisions while the Bylaws will not.

Section 3. Eligibility.

  1. To be eligible as a director-at-large, an individual must be a member of the Chapter in good standing and have at least one of the following: (1) experience in a leadership role within the Chapter or Society, including but not limited to, service as a member of a Chapter, District or Section board of directors, chair of a national or local committee or task force, or service as an Assembly delegate; or (2) experience as a public relations professional for five or more years, with increasing levels of responsibility.
  2. To be eligible as an officer, an individual must be a member of the Chapter in good standing and must have served on the Chapter’s board. A person currently serving as a director-at-large may seek to be elected for an officer position.
  3. To be eligible as a President, President-elect or Leadership Assembly Delegate, the individual must meet the eligibility criteria required of an officer and must be an Accredited Member. The right to hold other positions on the Chapter Board of Directors shall be limited to individuals determined by the Nominating Committee and/or the President to be members of PRSA.

Note from the SGC: “Accredited Member” is a synonym for APR.

Section 4.  Chapter Officers.  The officers of the Chapter shall be a president, president-elect, a secretary and a treasurer, all of whom shall be elected by the Chapter membership at its Annual Meeting for a term of one year beginning January 1 and until their successors are elected and installed. No officer having held an office for two consecutive terms shall be eligible to succeed himself/herself in that same office.

Section 5. President.  The President or his/her designee shall preside at all meetings of the Chapter and of the board. He/she shall appoint all committees with the approval of the board and shall be an ex-officio member of all committees, except the nominating committee, unless otherwise provided by the board.  The president shall perform all of the duties incident to the office of president.  The president shall immediately succeed to the position of past president upon expiration of the president’s term of office.  The president or his/her designee shall serve as a PRSA Leadership Assembly delegate.

The President shall be the primary supervisor of paid Chapter manager(s) and support staff. The President also is granted financial-transaction signature authority for the Chapter in the event the Treasurer is unavailable.

Section 6. President-Elect.  The president-elect shall assist the president, perform all duties incident to the office of president-elect, and, in the absence or disability of the president, shall exercise the powers and perform the duties of the president. The president-elect shall immediately succeed to the office of president upon expiration of the president’s term of office, and in the event of the death, resignation, removal or incapacity of the president.  The president-elect or his/her designee shall serve as a PRSA Leadership Assembly delegate.

Section 7. Secretary.  The secretary shall keep records of all meetings of the Chapter and of the board, send copies of such minutes to PRSA Headquarters and to the district chair, issue notices of all meetings, maintain or cause to be maintained the roll of membership and perform all other duties customarily pertaining to the office of secretary.  The secretary shall be responsible for maintaining Chapter bylaws.

Section 8. Treasurer.  The treasurer shall be granted signature authority for Chapter financial transactions.  In the event that both the treasurer and president are unavailable, the treasurer may delegate temporary signature authority for a specific transaction to another board member, in consultation with the president.  He/she shall receive and deposit all Chapter funds in the name of the Chapter, in a bank or trust company selected and approved by the board. He/she shall issue receipts and make authorized disbursements of funds after proper approval by the president or board. He/she shall prepare the Chapter’s budget, make regular financial reports to the board, render an annual financial statement to Chapter membership and perform all other duties incident to the office of treasurer.

Section 9. Leadership Assembly Delegates. The Leadership Assembly Delegate(s) shall serve as the Chapter’s representative(s) at the meetings of the international PRSA Leadership Assembly, held annually, and as liaison(s) between the Society and the Chapter. The number of delegates is determined by the PRSA national office, based upon membership count. Each delegate shall be among the slate of officers and board members elected annually, and composition may include the chapter’s President, past president(s) and/or additional delegates as elected by the membership. The chapter’s delegate(s) shall serve a one-year term beginning Jan. 1, and may succeed himself/herself for two additional terms, if elected. To be eligible to serve as a PRSA Leadership Assembly delegate, a member must be Accredited in Public Relations.

Section 10. Directors-at-Large.  The term of office for Directors-at-Large shall be for one year.  No at-large member having held a position for three consecutive terms shall be eligible to succeed himself/herself in that same position.

Section 11. Vacancies.  In the event of death, resignation, removal or expulsion of any officer or director, other than the president who shall be succeeded by the president-elect, the board shall elect a successor who shall take office immediately and serve the balance of the unexpired term, or until the next annual election.

Section 12. Removal or Resignation.  Any director who misses more than three consecutive board meetings without an excuse acceptable to the president may be given written notice of dismissal by the Chapter president and may be replaced in accordance with Section 11 above.

Any officer may be removed by: (1) two-thirds of the members voting where a quorum is present, or (2) three-quarters of the full board, excluding the officer proposed to be removed.  Any officer proposed to be removed shall be provided with advance written notice, including the reason for the proposed removal, and must have an opportunity to respond to the proposed removal in writing or in person.  Any director or officer may resign at any time by providing a minimum of 30 days of written notice to the board.

Any removal or resignation of a person as an officer automatically results in that person’s removal or resignation from the board.

  1. Censure or suspension for violation of the Code of Professional Standards of the Society or of the Bylaws of the Portland Metro Chapter. Members of the Chapter Board of Directors who are removed shall be replaced in accordance with Section 11 above
  2. Failure to renew or cancellation of Chapter or Society membership, or
  3. Failure to carry out the responsibilities of the office.

Section 13. Board Meetings.  There shall be at least quarterly meetings of the board at such times and places as it may determine.  It shall meet at the call of the President or upon call of any three directors. Notice of each meeting of the board shall be given personally by mail, electronic mail or other mode of written transmittal to each director at least seven days prior to the meeting. Proxy voting is prohibited at board meetings.  The requirement for advanced meeting notice may be waived by unanimous consent of the Board.

Section 14. Quorum for Board Meetings.  A majority, defined as the smallest whole number greater than half of the number of board members, shall constitute a quorum for all meetings of the board. Positions vacant due to resignation, removal or leave of absence shall not be counted when calculating the majority required for a quorum.

Section 15. Leave of Absence.  The board may approve a request from any director in office for a temporary leave of absence not to exceed 120 days. A vote of the board shall be required to reinstate the member when the leave of absence has ended. A vacancy occurs when an officer or director is not reinstated.

Section 16. Compensation and Reimbursement.  No director or elected officer of the Chapter shall be entitled to any salary or other compensation, but may be reimbursed for expenses reasonably incurred in connection with the performance of their duties.

ARTICLE IV: NOMINATIONS AND ELECTIONS

Section 1. Nominating Committee.  There shall be a Nominating Committee of no less than five (or Accredited) Chapter members, at least one of whom shall live or work outside the Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro Metropolitan Statistical Area. Members shall include the Immediate Past President, President, President-elect and at least two other Full Members appointed by the Nominating Committee chair. The President-elect shall chair the Nominating Committee. The chair shall maintain, or cause to be maintained, meeting records.

Note from the SGC: The Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro Metropolitan Statistical Area is the official term used to describe the Portland Metro region. It includes ClackamasColumbia, MultnomahWashington, and Yamhill Counties in Oregon, and Clark and Skamania Counties in Washington.

Section 2. Nominations.  The Nominating Committee shall nominate a slate of candidates for all offices and expiring directorships, and shall ensure that each candidate has been contacted and agrees to serve if elected. Additional nominations, if any, shall be accepted from members at the Annual Meeting, provided the nominees have been contacted and agree to serve if elected.

Section 3. Notice to Membership.  At least 14 days before the Annual Meeting of the Chapter, the Nominating Committee chair shall communicate to all Chapter members the list of candidates prepared by the Nominating Committee.

Section 4. Elections.  Election of a slate of candidates shall be by simple majority vote of the Chapter members in attendance at the Annual Meeting.

ARTICLE V: COMMITTEES

Section 1.  Appointment and Dissolution of Committees. The board may appoint and dissolve committees to carry on the affairs of the Chapter as the board deems necessary or advisable. The board shall determine the duties of any such group, as well as its size and tenure. All committees established under this section shall be subject to the authority of the board.

Section 2. Committee Reports.  The chair of each committee shall report its significant activities regularly to the board.  Significant committee activities shall be subject to approval by the board.

Section 3. Standing Committees. In addition to the Nominating Committee, there shall be standing committees as determined necessary by the board.

Section 4. Special Committees.  Special committees may be established and appointed by the President.

ARTICLE VI: AMENDMENTS

These bylaws may be amended by a two-thirds vote of the members present at any meeting in which a quorum is present, provided such proposed amendments have been approved by the Chapter’s board, and at least 30 calendar days’ notice has been given to all members of any proposed amendments. Amendments adopted in accordance with this provision will become effective only after approval by the Society’s board. The effective date for approved amendments will be determined by the Chapter’s board; however, approved amendments will go into effect no later than the start of the next fiscal year. Chapter members shall be informed of amendment approval or rejection as soon as possible.

ARTICLE VII –POLICIES

The Chapter shall maintain and publish a manual of policies and procedures that will contain, at a minimum, sections on the following areas.  

  1. Charter. The Chapter, its officers, directors, and agents must conform with and maintain its charter and all Chapter affiliation requirements imposed by the Society.
  2. Books and Records. The Chapter must keep books and records of its financial accounts, meeting minutes, and membership list with names and addresses. The Chapter will make its books and records available to the Society at any time.  
  3. Annual Report to the Society. The Chapter will submit an annual report to the Society each year, as well as any other document or report required by the Society.  
  4. Conflict-of-Interest Policy. The board will adopt a conflict-of-interest policy and annual disclosure process that applies to all officers and directors of the Chapter.
  5. Assets of Chapter and Dissolution. No member of the Chapter has any interest in, or right or title to the Chapter’s assets. Should the Chapter liquidate, dissolve or terminate in any way, all assets remaining after paying the Chapter’s debts and obligations shall be transferred to the Society or, in the event that the Society ceases to exist, to such organizations organized and operated exclusively for charitable, educational, religious or scientific purposes and exempt under Section 501(c)(6) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (or the corresponding provisions of any future United States Internal Revenue law), as the Chapter board shall determine. In no event may any assets inure to the benefit of or be distributed to any member, director, officer, or employee of the Chapter.
  6. Nondiscrimination. In all deliberations and procedures, the Chapter will subscribe to a policy of nondiscrimination on the basis of race, creed, religion, disability, sex, age, color, national origin or sexual or affectional preference.
  7. Fiscal Year. The fiscal year of the Chapter will be the calendar year.
  8. Remote Communications. To the extent permitted by law, any person participating in a meeting of the membership, board, or committee of the Chapter may participate by means of conference telephone or by any means of communication by which all persons participating in the meeting are able to hear one another and otherwise fully participate in the meeting. Such participation constitutes presence in person at the meeting.
  9. Indemnity. Any person made, or threatened to be made, a party to any action or proceeding, whether civil or criminal, by reason of the fact that the person, his or her testator or intestate, is or was a director or officer of the Chapter or serves or served any other entity or organization in any capacity at the request of the Chapter shall be indemnified by the Chapter, and the Chapter may advance related expenses, to the fullest extent authorized or permitted by law.
  10. Limitation of Liability. The personal liability of the officers and directors of the Chapter is hereby eliminated, to the fullest extent permitted by law.

The Chapter’s board shall set and revise policies, as needed.

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Join us for one of our virtual town hall meetings…

…by phone.

Just call (800) 406-9547 and enter conference ID 417149 for any of the dates and times below.

  • 11:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Wednesday, August 24
  • 5 to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, August 31
  • 12 to 12:30 p.m. Friday, September 16
  • 4 to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, September 22
  • 7:30 to 8 a.m. Wednesday, September 28

…by Slack.

Just join the PRSA Oregon Slack team and post your question to the #townhall channel. One of our committee members will answer your inquiry.

Don’t use Slack? Here’s your chance for self-guided professional development!

Having trouble joining the Slack team? Slack is an invitation-only tool, and so we need to authorize your email domain to get you registered. Please email treasurer (at) prsapdx (dot) org with the email address you’d like to use, and we’ll get you the proper clearance. It’s like a decoder ring — but better!

…by email.

Please reach out with your questions to the committee chair at treasurer (at) prsapdx (dot) org. We’ll get back to you within three business days.

Call for nominations for 2017 board is now open

The Nominating Committee has officially convened to consider potential candidates for chapter board and leadership positions for 2017.

Serving on the chapter board offers a lot of potential value to members:

  • Gain tangible examples of new work skills you may not get in your day job and help grow your career
  • Make valuable contacts and grow your network in an impactful way
  • Give back to your community and enjoy the satisfaction of making a positive difference

The chapter is currently considering candidates for all roles – from membership and professional development to communications to special events planning.

Colby-Reade-4124662-220If you are interested in getting involved, please reach out to Colby Reade, APR at president-elect (at) prsapdx (dot) org. He’d love to chat with you about your specific career goals and how board service can support you.

Meeting Agenda 08.23.2016

4 p.m. to 5 p.m. PT Tuesday, August 23, 2016
Meeting via Skype

Expected participants

John Mitchell, Colby Reade, Jill Peters, Taraneh Fultz, Harvey Gail, Loralyn Spiro

Anticipated meeting outcomes

  • Monitor member engagement, feedback
  • Review member Bylaws voting polling results (to date), alert nominating committee of any unanticipated trends
  • Progress on roadmap and implementation plan
  • Plan to activate statewide programming subcommittee, which shall recommend statewide structure of professional development programming, including statewide virtual programming options and opportunities, as well as regional in-person programming committees
  • Next steps

Meeting Agenda 08.11.2016

4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. PT Thursday, August 11, 2016
Meeting via Skype

Expected participants

John Mitchell, Jill Peters, Taraneh Fultz, Harvey Gail, Loralyn Spiro

Anticipated meeting outcomes

  • Prepare for membership vote: Recommended statewide governance structure for all Oregon PRSA members, including but not limited to, Bylaws, pathway to board service, board terms and term limits
  • Provide direction to research subcommittee, which shall discover member perceptions and preferences for statewide programming, regional programming, and engagement (volunteer) opportunities
  • Finalize roadmap and implementation plan
  • Next steps