PRSA Hawaii Seeks Committee Members

Want to share your ideas?  Expand your circle of professional contacts? Shape PRSA Hawaii Chapter events?  Then join a PRSA Hawaii Chapter committee today.

Just like many other professional organizations, our committee and board volunteers are integral to the success of our chapter.  No matter what your interest or availability, PRSA Hawaii has a number of committee opportunities available from ongoing commitments to one-time projects that will surely enhance your professional development.

If you are interested in serving on one of our 2011 committees, please contact the Committee Chairperson you are interested in joining.  You can also contact the 2011 chapter President Moani Wright-Van Alst at 952-7566 for more information.

Even if you are not a member of our chapter, volunteering on a committee is a great way to learn about our chapter and network with other PR professionals.

Chair: Franziska Roessy and Erica Yamauchi
Board Liaison: Rebecca Pang

  • Develops and executes a strategic membership recruitment and retention plan that helps grow membership by emphasizing the benefits of membership, encouraging full participation in the chapter, and developing programming and partnerships that increase the value of membership.
  • Identify eligible and qualified candidates from a diversity of backgrounds throughout the state, to assist them in becoming members.
  • Welcomes new members into the chapter and helps transition them into active status. Promotes friendly relations among members, welcomes new members into the chapter and make certain that guests who attend chapter functions meet members.
  • Plans and executes membership functions including mixers and membership promotions.

Chair:  Crystal Yamasaki and Jill Bona
Board Liaison: Lee Britos

  • Works to increase the value of PRSA membership by offering high quality, valuable professional development programming for local public relation practitioners through a variety of offerings including live presentations, national PRSA programming, and national programs and speakers that focuses on current issues, emerging technologies, basic and enhanced skills and techniques, and the importance of public relations to business/project successes;
  • The committee’s regular duties include:
    • Develops a comprehensive list of programs for the year
    • Finds creative and inexpensive opportunities to provide valuable programming to members, including but not limited to utilizing PRSA teleseminars/webinars, hosting national speakers in person or via web conferencing, hosting informal programs, etc.
    • Booking venues and negotiating contracts with the venue
    • Scheduling speakers, panelists or other programs on a regular basis
    • Making all advance arrangements with speakers
    • Promoting and publicizing the meeting via e-blasts, the web and news releases
    • Managing registration at programs

Chair:  Huy Vo and Shuna Goya
Board Liaison: Lee Britos

  • Works to plan and execute the chapter’s individual awards program for outstanding service to the chapter and profession and manages the chapter’s awards programs for public relations campaigns and tactics.
  • Coordinates and executes of all aspects of the chapter’s awards program, including:
    • Awards judging – working with another chapter to judge PRSA Hawaii’s awards entries and reciprocal judging of another chapter’s awards
    • Awards entries – call for entries, collecting award entries, communicating with entrants, etc.
    • Trophies and certificates – ordering of trophies and certificates
    • Event budget – manages all aspects of the budget for the event
    • Event logistics – manages all aspects of logistics for event (location, decorations, collateral, etc.)
    • Works with various chapter board members and committee’s to communicate the event, secure sponsors, and plan and execute fundraising initiatives at the event.

Chair: Thi Lam
Board Liaison: Nancy Daniels, APR

  • Plans and coordinates professional, social and networking activities geared for public relations professionals with fewer than five years experience.
  • Maintains a database of young professionals in Hawaii for promoting events and activities and for membership recruitment.
  • Works with the Education committee to ensure a smooth transition of students to the post-college professional career by creating program/networking opportunities to help with the transition and by serving as mentors to PRSSA and new PRSA associate members.
  • Works with the membership committee to ensure a smooth transition of PRSA associate members to regular PRSA membership.

Chair: Donda Spiker, APR
Board Liaison: Rebecca Pang

  • Promotes Universal Accreditation within the chapter and encourages eligible members to take the Examination for Accreditation in Public Relations.
  • Responsible for:
    • Generating interest among eligible chapter members throughout the year
    • Scheduling informational sessions for potential exam candidates as necessary
    • Communicating with members who have expressed an interest in becoming accredited
    • Providing an overview of the examination process, requirements and expectations
    • Assisting exam candidates with the exam process from begging to completion by preparing candidates for the exam, providing continual support, study materials and information
    • Coordinating the Readiness Review
    • Publicizing the success of newly accredited member

Board Liaison: Nancy Daniels, APR

  • Develops a comprehensive outreach and mentorship program for established PRSSA groups and other public relations students. Some suggestions include serving as a liaison to their chapter, creating a one-on-one PRSA member/student mentorship program, hosting an annual/bi-annual student event, developing a student chapter contest, etc.
  • It is recommended that one committee member serve as a liaison/professional advisor to each local chapter of PRSSA within the rules and regulations set forth by national PRSA and PRSSA. The PRSSA Liaisons:
    • Provide assistance as needed to the local student chapters in securing professionals for events and activities,
    • Attend events and activities of the local student chapters,
    • Provide regular reports to the Education Committee Chair and Director of Membership on the activities of the local student chapters,
    • Shall coordinate a meeting annually, usually at the beginning of the calendar year, involving the chapter president, education committee chair, professional advisors and faculty advisors to discuss goals, procedures and issues anticipated for the year.
    • Shall approach graduating PRSSA members to encourage them to join PRSA as an associate member, in coordination with the Education Committee chair.
  • Coordinates and executes scholarship fundraising opportunities at little or no-cost to the Chapter to help fund the PRSA Hawaii/Roy Leffingwell Public Relations Scholarship.

Chair:  Nathan Kam
Board Liaison: Kristen Bonilla, APR

  • Creates sponsorship opportunities to generate chapter revenue.
  • Secures cash and in-kind sponsorships to support chapter programs and events, including but not limited to the Koa Anvil Awards, professional development programs, membership and YPR events, and PRSSA scholarship fundraisers.
  • Creates and proposes various sponsorship packages and works with the PRSA Hawaii Treasurer to ensure that all obligations are met. This should involve the creation and maintenance of a chapter sponsorship contract.
  • Maintains relationships with sponsors.
  • Works to solicit and secure listings for the chapter’s agency and vendor directories available on the website.
  • The Sponsorships Chair will work with the president and treasurer to ensure thank you letters are sent to all sponsors.