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October is Membership Month!

http://iabcstl.org/october-is-membership-month/

If you’ve been considering IABC membership, there’s never been a better time to join!

New or lapsed members who join in October save $40 and get entered into a drawing for a chance to win 2 free tickets to the 2013 Bronze Quill Awards. You can register on-line at iabcstl.org/join or email Kim Pett with any questions at kpett@midtownprinting.net.

 

Entries from BJC HealthCare, Graybar earn Silver Quill Awards

http://iabcstl.org/entries-from-bjc-healthcare-graybar-earn-silver-quills/

The IABC Pacific Plains Region announced that two St. Louis business communicators were among the elite group of business communicators who earned an award in the 2012 Make Your Mark Silver Quill Award competition, which invites participation from more than 6,000 business communicators throughout the region. Of the 36 Silver Quills awarded across the region this year, 13 are Awards of Excellence, the top recognition given, and 23 are Awards of Merit. The St. Louis winners are:

Silver Quill Award of Merit 

Presented to: Patrick Donovan

BJC HealthCare

Ask the Pharmacist 

CATEGORY: Social Media

Silver Quill Award of Merit 

Corporate Communications Team 

Graybar

Graybar Outlook

CATEGORY: Publications

“We are proud to recognize a very select group of our colleagues who have made their mark by setting and meeting communications objectives that delivered significant, measurable results to their organizations,” said Ann Krzmarzick, ABC*, IABC Silver Quill Awards chair. “They have shown that they use strategic thinking, creativity and ingenuity to get the job done.”

Evaluation of the 2012 Silver Quill Award entries was completed by an expert panel of experienced judges from IABC Kansas City, many of whom are Accredited Business Communicators (ABCs) and/or have earned IABC Quill awards. The judging process sets a very high standard for entrants by using guidelines from the IABC Gold Quill Awards, the international recognition program for communicators. Award of Excellence winners earned a 5.75 or greater and Award of Merit winners earned at least a 5.25 on a 7-point scale.

All entrants receive valuable peer-to-peer feedback from the judges to enhance their future work. Winners also receive an engraved crystal, public kudos, and recognition of their work in a winners’ booklet. A complete winners’ list and examples of the award-winning work can be found at: http://pacificplains.iabc.com/silver-quill-awards/silver_quill_award_winners.html

About the IABC Pacific Plains Region

The Pacific Plains Region of IABC supports the leaders and members of the region’s IABC chapters with resources and professional development opportunities. The goal of IABC PPR is to foster a collegial network of professionals engaged in all aspects of corporate communication and to extend opportunities to members to expand their leadership skills and experience by participating at the local, regional and international level. Pacific Plains embraces 20 chapters in 19 states from Wisconsin to Hawaii, from Arizona to North Dakota, including scores of members at large who live outside local chapter boundaries. The region’s geographic sweep gives it a wide network of colleagues for sharing ideas, asking advice and celebrating successes. For more information on the Pacific Plains Region of IABC, visit http://pacificplains.iabc.com .


IABC St. Louis Wants You!

http://iabcstl.org/iabc-st-louis-wants-you/

Have you ever considered getting involved with IABC St. Louis? Now is the perfect time! As we prepare to begin our 2012-2013 year, the IABC Board of Directors is seeking volunteers to help on committees. Volunteering with IABC St. Louis offers many rewards:

  • Gain visibility. Network with fellow professional communicators, find out about job openings and develop great references among communications professionals in the St. Louis area.
  • Hone your skills. Retain and sharpen skills you may not be using in your current position.
  • Stretch yourself. Volunteering with IABC can help you expand your horizons and explore new career options. If you are self-employed, it’s an opportunity to work with others on uniquely rewarding projects.
  • Be a leader. Serving as an IABC volunteer can help you develop leadership skills you can use in your own workplace.
  • Beef up your resume. Impress potential employers when they see that you volunteer with the premier organization for communications professionals.

Interested in one of the positions below? Email info@iabcstl.org to learn more.

 

Professional Development Committee

The PD committee is responsible for brainstorming, developing and executing monthly professional development luncheons that are timely, engaging and relevant to the needs of business communicators. We have several opportunities available:

  • Logistics Coordinator: handles the pre-event logistics with vendors and venues, as well as leads on-site preparation to ensure the event runs smoothly.
  • Speaker Recruiter: (2 positions available) leads the recruitment of potential speakers, serving as primary contact for speakers from start to finish. This position also ensures that professional development content objectives are relayed to Copywriter.
  • Copywriter: writes an engaging description of the event and speaker bio, and coordinates with the VP of Marketing to ensure information is posted in a timely manner.

 

Marketing Committee

The marketing committee is responsible for keeping members, non-members and the business community at large updated on IABC St. Louis happenings. We have several opportunities available:

  • Webmaster: makes updates to IABC St. Louis website and blog using WordPress dashboard.
  • Social Media Coordinator: posts 2-3 times per week on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter. Typically, the content is provided and this position schedules the posts.
  • e-Newsletter Coordinator: collects content for the e-newsletter and creates the newsletter each month.

 

Membership Committee

The marketing committee is responsible for recruitment and retention activities of IABC St. Louis. We have one opportunity available:

  • Membership Chair: assists the Vice President of Membership with tasks related to recruitment and retention of IABC members. Helps plan Member Orientation events quarterly.

Volunteers Needed For Judging!

http://iabcstl.org/volunteers-needed-for-judging/

IABC is in need of judges for the 2012 Bronze Quill Awards.

The St. Louis chapter awards have been judged by other cities around the country. In exchange, IABC St. Louis reciprocates judging for other cities? chapters. We have started to receive entries from around the country and we are looking for judges.

Please email info@iabcstl.org if you are willing to help.

 

 

 

Upcoming FREE Webinars

http://iabcstl.org/upcoming-free-webinars/

IABC offers web seminars throughout the year for IABC members. The web seminar schedule is updated often to include new speakers with fresh, timely content. Visit iabc.com to stay up-to-date on the latest web seminar offerings.

Upcoming Webinars:

When bad things happen to good organizations: making reputation management matter for nonprofits
presented by Martha Muzychka, ABC, Praxis Communications
11 April, 9–10 a.m. Pacific Standard Time

The Power of Framing: Challenging the Language of Leadership
presented by Gail Fairhurst, University of Cincinnati
11 July, 9–10 a.m. Pacific Standard Time
Information and registration coming soon….

Click here for time zone conversion

Archived Web Seminars

Communicating to employees for healthy behavior change
presented by Michelle James, Intel Corporation
Recorded 14 March 2012

Step Up To Brand Advocacy
presented by Tim Connelly, Best Buy Corp
Recorded 22 February 2012

Google+ for Communicators
presented by Shel Holtz, ABC, IABC Fellow, Holtz Communication + Technology
Recorded 12 January 2012
Handout pdf 947KB

The Emergence of The Social Intranet
presented by Toby Ward, Prescient Digital Media
Recorded 7 December 2011

Calibrating your role as a Communicator: Industry-agnostic perspective on how to guide your career
presented by Susan San Martin, Plan B Communications, LLC
Recorded 9 November 2011

Creating a job search strategy for communicators
presented by Angee Linsey, Linsey Careers
Recorded 8 September 2011
Job Search Plan Template Word Document 16 KB
Translating a Communication Plan to a Job Search Plan – handout pdf 340 KB

The future of the communication profession: Staying relevant in the digital era
presented by Shel Holtz, ABC, IABC Fellow, Holtz Communication + Technology
Recorded 19 August 2011

When the headline is you: An insider’s guide to handling the media
presented by Jeff Ansell, Jeff Ansell & Associates Inc.
Recorded 25 May 2011

Telling stories: Captivate your audience and spread your message
presented by Donna Papacosta, Trafalgar Communications
Recorded 23 March 2011

Complimentary six-part webinar series:
How to Supercharge Your PR Program with Social Media
Brought to you by IABC World Conference Platinum Sponsor Marketwire

 

Why March is a good month to join IABC St. Louis

http://iabcstl.org/why-march-is-a-good-month-to-join-iabc-st-louis/

There’s no better month than March to join IABC St. Louis!

All application fees are waived this month and we will be giving away a free Amazon Kindle to one lucky person who joins or renews a lapsed membership.

As a new member, your membership fees entitle you to exclusive member benefits. Here are a few:

  • The Members Only Section of IABC.com is filled with valuable resources. Take a look around for tons of helpful publications, research and connections to communicators all over the world.
  • Discovery is our online archive of content available exclusively to IABC members. Members have complimentary access to content such as white papers, articles, research reports and case studies—all in one easy-to navigate place.
  • Communication World is delivered six times a year to IABC members. With the latest news on industry research, technology, and trends, as well as interviews and analysis, each issue is a continuing education course in itself.
  • My Comm is an online strategic planning tool with a six-step process that results in a comprehensive, strategic communication plan. The tool also allows users to share and collaborate on plans via the web.
  • IABC eXchange allows you to create private websites or blogs, as well as traditional public blogs.
  • MemberSpeak is the meeting place for IABC members around the world to trade ideas, solicit advice and input, debate strategies, and share information with your peers
  • Click here to learn more about the resources IABC has to offer

Join online at iabc.com/join

Other Ways to Enroll
If you wish to join or renew by phone, call our Member Relations Team at member_relations@iabc.com or 1.800.776.4222 (from the U.S. and Canada) or +1 415.544.4700 (from all other parts of the world).

If you prefer to join or renew by fax or mail, please fill out the membership application form and return it to IABC.

You can split your dues into four monthly payments.

2012 Bronze Quills Call for Entries!

http://iabcstl.org/categoryevents/bronze-quill/

Share the Joy of IABC Membership!

http://iabcstl.org/share-the-joy-of-iabc-membership/

IABC makes it easy to share joy in December with the Member-Get-A-Member Promotion.  Any member that refers a new member will get a three month membership extension at no charge – up to a full year!
Here’s how:
1.    The promotion will run throughout December.
2.    The new member must identify the referring member in one of the following ways:
-For mailed, faxed and online enrollments: Write the referring member’s first and last name and chapter (or region if he or she is a member-at-large) on the application form
-For phoned enrollments: Mention the referring member’s first and last name and chapter (or region if he or she is a member-at-large)
In other words, the referring member’s name must be provided at the same time the check or credit card number is received to be eligible. We cannot apply credit if the referring member’s name isn’t mentioned, so please be sure it is. We want everyone to benefit from their efforts!
3. The new member must not have been an IABC member since August 1, 2011.
4. The limit for this promotion is four members, which would provide the referring member with a full year of membership at no charge. For members who already have lifetime membership (e.g., 500 Club members), you can donate your free months to the member of your choice, even the member you referred!
5. The new member must be a professional member (not a student member), although recruiting members can be any type.

Learn more about IABC membership at IABC.com.

September is Member Month!

http://iabcstl.org/september-is-member-month/

September is a great time to join (or re-join) IABC! For the month of September, IABC will waive the application fee for new or lapsed members who join or re-join. That’s a $40 savings for faxed/mailed/phoned enrollments and $30 savings for Internet enrollments!

And, there’s an additional bonus—IABC will be hosting an open house of the members-only section of the IABC website in September, and we’re including access to Discovery, a members-only archive of whitepapers, articles, research reports, case studies and more!

IABC membership offers opportunities to network with members around the world through the IABC web site, as well as face-to-face at chapter events, the annual International Conference held in June of each year, and professional development seminars held at various times and locations throughout the year.

IABC members also have access to the Members Only Section of IABC.com, which is filled with valuable resources, including:

  • Discovery is our online archive of content available exclusively to IABC members. Members have complimentary access to content such as white papers, articles, research reports and case studies—all in one easy-to navigate place.
  • Communication World is delivered six times a year to IABC members. With the latest news on industry research, technology, and trends, as well as interviews and analysis, each issue is a continuing education course in itself.
  • My Comm is an online strategic planning tool with a six-step process that results in a comprehensive, strategic communication plan. The tool also allows users to share and collaborate on plans via the web.
  • MemberSpeak is the meeting place for IABC members around the world to trade ideas, solicit advice and input, debate strategies, and share information with your peers.
  • IABC Job Centre is the definitive career resource for the communications profession. IABC members now have an advantage in the IABC Job Centre: Members can view new job listings for a full seven days before the public. This benefit is in addition to the member discount for employers/recruiters who list jobs on the site.
  • IABC eXchange allows you to create private websites or blogs, as well as traditional public blogs.the definitive career resource for the communication profession, serving job seekers and employers in all industries and communication functions.

Applications must be received at the San Francisco headquarters office during the month of September to qualify. This promotion does not affect renewing members, transitional members or students, who are not required to pay the application fee anyway.

September Professional Development: Implementing QR Codes and Mobile Sites

http://iabcstl.org/september-professional-development-implementing-qr-codes-and-mobile-sites/

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Register for this event.

QR codes are popping up everywhere. From business cards to TV and magazine ads to the grocery story isle, not a day goes by that you don’t see one. But, what are they? And, how can you use QR codes in your communications toolbox? In our September program, you’ll learn how QR codes work and the best ways to use them to connect and engage your audience.

Kathleen Carroll Parvis, marketing director for Midtown Printing, will discuss:

  • The future of smartphone technology and mCommerce;
  • How QR codes and mobile sites work to extend your brand; and
  • Best practices: The good, the bad and the ugly of QR code mobile site integration.

About the speaker:
Kathleen Carroll Parvis is the marketing director for Midtown Printing. She is responsible for brand development, creative direction, marketing campaigns, communication, market research and workshops. Kathleen works closely with prospects and clients to provide services including integrated communication consulting, design services and web-to-print online solutions. With over 15 years experience in marketing and design, she provides a unique perspective to print and digital communication. Prior to joining Midtown, Kathleen was assistant dean for communications at Saint Louis University School of Law.

Meeting fees:

$30 – members

$40 – nonmembers

$20 – students

Register for this event.

When: Where:
Thursday, September 22, 2011 Sheraton Clayton Plaza Hotel
11:30 a.m. – Registration and networking

12-1:30 p.m. – Program

7730 Bonhomme Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63105
Complimentary parking is available in the hotel garage.