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New Location and a Favor to Ask

Introducing our new location
Tulsa PRSA is excited to announce we have a new location for our 2015 monthly meetings: Tulsa Country Club.

Conveniently located at 701 North Union Avenue, Tulsa Country Club will provide ample parking, a delicious lunch and a comfortable, luxurious atmosphere for our monthly meetings. Click here for directions.

Attend the February meeting on Feb. 12 and check it out!

Please Plan to Register in Advance
Due to unrecoverable facility and food costs and in an attempt to use PRSA funds as wisely as possible, PRSA Tulsa is now asking that everyone register by 48 hours before each event. We will send out reminders as this deadline nears each month, but please keep in mind that the registration option on the website will be removed 48 hours before each event starts.

Please note that members and guests who did not register in advance may still attend and pay at the door, but will not be able to enjoy lunch. 

Thank you very much for your advance planning and understanding as we inact this new requirement.


February 2015  

President's Message

A Word from the President

February is here and your PRSA-Tulsa Chapter board has been hard at work gearing up for a great year.

Our focus for 2015 is to provide greater value to you, our members.

First, we’ve secured a permanent location that will offer a varied menu in a place with easy access, convenient parking and plenty of room. We’ll host our February meeting at the Tulsa Country Club and see if it is a suitable option for the majority of our members.

Second, our plan is to bring you outstanding speakers that will appeal far beyond the tactical level, but will be meaningful and relevant no matter where you are in your career. Bill Bartmann, founder and CEO of CFS, will kick this off. CFS was a Tulsa-based company in the 1990s that catapulted Bartmann into the spotlight and into Forbes magazine, where he was listed as one of the 400 richest people in America. But through a series of events, his meteoric climb collapsed and CFS filed bankruptcy. Now, Bartmann has started a new business. We’ll hear him talk about navigating through crises and rebuilding a brand.

If you have a CEO or senior leader at your company or organization you’d like to invite to PRSA, this would be a great opportunity to bring them along. Because of Bartmann’s innovative business approach along with his controversial rise and fall, Bartmann led local headlines for months in the late 1990s. His notoriety continues today.

Also for 2015, we’ll hear Mindy Matthews, a staff editor from the New York Times, talk about a variety of topics including Charlie Hedbo, 9/11, the pending presidential races and a day in the life at the NYT – including some tips on pitching stories when you’re a little fish in a big pond.

And there’s much more in store. Based on the success of last year’s speed-networking session, we hope to have a similar session this year where seasoned professionals and those new to the profession can meet and where mentor relationships can begin. Mentoring will be a key component of the value we hope to deliver this year as we create opportunities to connect and learn from each other.

Finally, your chapter committees are making plans to deliver great programs to you. From the Ethics Committee that’s planning a program on “Ferguson, Mo.: A Look Back” to our Silver Links team and Professional Development co-chairs who are all planning top-notch events, we hope you’ll find that the time and money you invest in PRSA is a well-spent investment in your career and in your future.

Our Communications team has promised to get notices out about our coming meetings at the first of each month and to send reminders out about registering for the lunches. We’re changing our processes slightly so we can keep costs down and ensure everyone has a seat and a meal. You’ll read more about that here in the newsletter.

So, take time now to register for our February meeting – and make plans to bring someone. We plan to have a prize drawing each month for those who bring a non-member. In February, PRSA will offer free chapter membership to new members, so if you know anyone who is thinking of joining, give them a little push and let them know they can save a few bucks by joining now.

Also, take time now to reach out to one of the committees and find out how you can get involved. We need each member to take on a small role as we move our chapter forward. As John Heywood once said, “Many hands make light work.” And, it’s a great way to know your fellow PRSA colleagues.

As always, your PRSA-Tulsa Chapter board and I are here to serve you. If you have any ideas or concerns, please let us know. Whether you’re mentoring, learning, connecting or serving, thank you for taking the time to enrich our chapter and connect with your colleagues. By supporting each other, we will all succeed.

It’s going to be a great year!


“Enthusiasm is one of the most powerful engines of success. When you do a thing, do it with all your might. Put your whole soul into it. Stamp it with your own personality. Be active, be energetic, be enthusiastic and faithful, and you will accomplish your object. Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

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PRSA Meeting Notice

February 2015 Meeting -- "Bouncing Back"

February 12, 2015
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Tulsa Country Club
701 North Union Avenue
Tulsa, OK 74127

Click here to register!

Join us for our February meeting to hear how a Tulsa CEO went from billions to bankruptcy and how he has "Bounced Back."

Deadline to register: Tuesday, Feb. 10

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