Edition, July 23, 2003, Page 1
WEBER SHANDWICK WINS KINKO'S
Weber Shandwick has added
Kinko's, which operates more than 1,100 document management
centers in nine countries, to its client roster. The Interpublic
unit edged WPP's Burson-Marsteller and Omnicom's Fleishman-Hillard
for the account.
Maggie Thill, Kinko's
PR director, considered a dozen agencies, and then whittled
the list down to six. After "considering the biggest
players in the business, we chose Weber Shandwick because
of its creative ideas and execution plans," Thill said.
WS also is strong on "goal-setting
and accountability, which is something we stress at Kinko's,"
added Thill. She said Ken Luce, president of WS will oversee
the account, while Cindy Huff is the day-to-day contact.
WS will handle Kinko's
corporate positioning, media relations and the rollout of
its high-speed wireless broadband Internet access service.
That offering, in conjunction with T-Mobile USA, will be
available in Kinko's centers by the end of the year. Those
"T-Mobile HotSpots at Kinko's" will enable customers
to access their corporate network, check e-mails and wirelessly
print documents from inside the stores.
Kinko's, which is based
in Dallas, had used Edelman PR Worldwide for the past three
PERTAMINA ENERGIZES RF
Ruder Finn has picked up the "mid six-figure"
account of Pertamina, Indonesia's oil company, Anne Glauber,
director of the firm's global issues communications group,
told this NL.
The firm won the account in a competitive pitch, but Glauber
would not identify the other contestants for the account.
She said the $1B company is in the "midst of a major
transition." Pertamina, for instance, is shifting from
being a state-owned entity to a limited liability corporation.
It has a new CEO that is shaking things up, she said. The
goal is to develop a "new level of accountability and
The RF executive said the firm also will tell Indonesia's
story as the "country moves towards democracy."
Indonesia also is a hotbed of terrorism.
The State Dept. issued a revised travel warning for Indonesia,
the world's biggest Muslim state, last month. It warned
that Indonesian groups linked to Al-Qaeda may be planning
terror attacks especially on "soft targets," such
as the Bali nightclub that was blown up last October.
HHS ISSUES $10M+ RFP
The U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services' Agency for
Healthcare Research and Quality has issued an RFP for a
comprehensive five-year PR and public affairs program worth
up to $10.5 million that covers a swath of assignments from
press release writing and ad placement to case studies and
The work is aimed at improving the quality, safety, effectiveness
and efficiency of the healthcare system.
The PR intensive part of the contract involves writing
releases, fact sheets, pitches to the media, direct mail,
ads, case studies and PSA development, according to a copy
of the RFP. Extensive research, writing and publishing is
also called for via HHS' Office of Health Care Information.
Proposals are due July 28. Contracting officer is Darryl
Grant ([email protected]).
Ketchum landed a piece of a one-year, $25 million government
ad/PR pact in June to "change the face of Medicare."
MS&L HANDLES KENYA PLANE
Manning, Selvage & Lee's Atlanta office has been tapped
by the Zeist Foundation to handle media inquiries concerning
the July 19 plane crash in Kenya that killed three generations
of the city's prominent Brumley family.
Jim Tsokanos, managing director of MS&L/Atlanta, met
with Zeist officials on July 21, an MS&L staffer, who
wished to remain unknown, told this NL.
The Atlanta Journal Constitution reported that George
Brumley and wife, Jean, were passionate about the arts,
and backed many education and religious causes.
Brumley family members account for 12 of the 14 people
killed when their chartered twin-engine turboprop plane
slammed into Point Lenana, one of Africa's tallest mountains.
MS&L is distributing biographies of the Brumleys to
COMSTOCK IN NEW GE POST
GE has tapped its top in-house PR pro, Beth Comstock, for
a new post to spearhead an "invigorated" marketing
push by the conglomerate.
Comstock, (42) formerly VP of corporate communications,
reports to chairman/CEO Jeff Immelt as VP of marketing.
She oversees a new corporate commercial team that Immelt
has charged with driving what he calls an "invigorated
marketing" and sales effort across the company.
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BLJ EDGES EDELMAN
FOR 2010 GAMES
James has scored an international PR victory over Edelman
PR Worldwide as BLJ client Vancouver edged South Korea by
three votes to host the 2010 Winter Olympics.
advising South Korea, which would have hosted the games
in Pyeongchang, but fell 56-53 in final voting. Salzburg,
Austria, the third city in the running, lost in the first
of two rounds of voting. It did not use outside PR counsel.
executive VP at BLJ, told this NL his work at Weber Shandwick
on China's successful bid for the 2008 summer games won
BLJ the Vancouver assignment.
the geo-politics of tensions between North and South Korea
and a pitch based on "trust" and stability ultimately
decided the contest, as the games have been battered by
various scandals in the last few years.
geo-politics played out in our favor," he said. "Everyone
was surprised by the strength of Korea, but in the end it
was Vancouver's message of trust and the fact that it would
nurture the Olympic Games and return them to the next city
EVP and GM of Edelman's sports and entertainment marketing
unit, downplayed the geo-politics, pointing out that South
Korea was leading Vancouver after the first round of voting.
message of how the Olympics might foster North and South
Korea working more closely together was just one small component
of the overall presentation," he told this NL, adding
a South Korea win would have been the biggest upset in the
history of pitching the games.
by comparison, was brought in by Korea 10 weeks before the
voting, while BLJ had a year to plan and execute its campaign.
Olympic Committee, responding to scandals that surrounded
Salt Lake City's successful bid for the 2002 games, has
banned most lobbying and advertising in pitches, putting
PR in the spotlight. "It's all up to PR now, it's the
coin of the realm," Holtzman said.
H&S BAGS FIRST TWIN
First Twin Jenna Bush is spending the summer at Harrison
& Shriftman, the New York-based beauty/fashion and special
H&S represents clients such as Charles Worthington,
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Ian Schrager Hotels, Corum
Watches, Mercedes-Benz, H20, and Dunhill.
Bush, a University of Texas junior, is focusing on the firm's
beauty accounts. Though Bush has an unpaid spot, gossip
columnists Rush & Molloy report that her position offers
prime access to New York's downtown club scene.
Lara Shriftman has yet to return a call about how her firm
bagged President Bush's daughter.
H&S has branches in Los Angeles and Miami.
SYRIA SHOPS FOR PR FIRM
Syria is shopping for a PR firm to improve its image in
the U.S., according to Farid Ghadry, co-founder of the Reform
Party of Syria. His U.S.-based group opposes the rule of
Bashar Al-Assad, and seeks political/social/economic change
Ghadry, in a July 14 Washington Times op-ed, says
Syria is eager to show Americans that its Ba'ath Party is
different from Saddam Hussein's Baathists that ruled Iraq
with an iron fist. He believes Syria will be hard-pressed
to find a PR firm because of its poor human rights record,
anti-Israel stance and occupation of Lebanon.
The U.S. Congress is to hike pressure on Syria via a vote
for the Syria Accountability Act to punish the state for
its effort to develop weapons of mass destruction and its
support for terrorism.
The Syrian Embassy, on its website, asks friends of the
country to urge their Washington representa-tives to oppose
the SAA. It includes a quote from President Bush, saying
the SAA would "limit our options and restrict our ability
to deal with a difficult and dangerous regional situation
at a particularly critical juncture." The Embassy claims
the SAA will hamper U.S.-Syrian cooperation in the war against
Al-Qaeda. Its public information rep did not return a call
for comment about Syria's PR strategy.
C.L.A. 'TERMINATES' D.C.
The C.L.A. Group has "terminated" the Archdiocese
of Washington as a client for "federal vouchers and
investigations of the Catholic Church."
That isn't good enough for the Archdiocese. It says it
never used C.L.A in the first place, and wants that on the
record in the Senate. Bishop Kevin Farrell is waiting for
a response from Pamela Gavin, Office of Public Records,
Secretary of the Senate- the unit that administers Lobby
Disclosure Act filings.
He sent Gavin a letter on July 14 to notify her that C.L.A.
"does not and has never represented the Archdiocese
of Washington." He requested that a "notation
to this effect be included in the public record." Susan
Gibbs, director of communications for the Archdiocese, says
she never heard of the lobby firm until contacted by this
NL on June 24.
C.L.A. CEO Laurence Socci, in his termination filing, says
he received less than $10,000 from the Church during the
first half of this year. Gibbs says Socci, who had done
volunteer work for the Church, did not get a nickel from
C.L.A. also has removed the Archdiocese as a client on
its website, and took down a letter in the "testimonials"
section from the Church's Michael Scott thanking Socci for
participating in "Catholic Advocacy Day."
Jane Belford, Chancellor of the Archdiocese, had sent Socci
a letter on July 9 asking him to remove those references
from the site.
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GROVE TO COVER
GOSSIP FOR N.Y. NEWS
columnist Lloyd Grove is joining The New York
Daily News as a gossip writer.
over the "Reliable Source" column more than three
years ago. The nationally syndicated column, which was created
in 1992 by Lois Romano,
who wrote it until 1995, runs five days a week on page three
of the Post's "Style" section.
his career while working as a "column planter"
for the now-deceased Mike Hall, who ran a New York-based
PR firm for many years.
Signorile, a columnist for The New York Press, who
also worked at Hall's firm, said clients of the firm were
guaranteed mentions in gossip columns like Liz Smith, "Page
Six," Cindy Adams, People's "Chatter" page
and Parade's "Walter Scott's Personality Parade."
columnists were given a bunch of items on a page, each one
usually no longer than a paragraph. Every other item was
a 'free' item-delicious, sometimes even scandalous gossip
about a celebrity or a politician. The others were 'client'
items (which were always underlined, so as to distinguish
the columnists used a 'free' item, it was understood that
they had to use a 'client' item. Sometimes they would run
it in the same column; other times the items would run days
apart," said Signorile.
PR PRO GIVES LAWYERS PUBLICITY
president of Linden Alschuler & Kaplan, a New York-based
PR firm, is writing a column about media relations and the
profession for State Bar News, which is published
bimonthly by the New York State Bar Assn. The NYSBA is also
a client of LA&K.
In his first two columns, Alschuler gave pointers on pitching
stories to the media ("The first step is paying close
attention to what the media is interested in generally and
to what individual reporters cover"), and how to start
a relationship with a reporter ("Most members of the
media are receptive to being pitched story ideas.").
In future columns, Alschuler said he will discuss op-ed
articles, letters to the editor, working with TV and radio,
the importance of weekly newspapers and business journals,
and other topics.
The Washington Post
Co. will begin publishing a free commuter newspaper
in the Washington, D.C., metro area later this summer.
formerly editor-in-chief of Boston Metro, a free
commuter paper started in 2001, will be editor of the one-section
paper, called the Express.
The paper, which will publish mostly wire service news
and entertainment briefs, will appear each weekday morning,
Monday through Friday, in tabloid form and will be distributed
free-of-charge near Metro stations, on college campuses
and in urban locations.
Metro International, a Luxembourg-based company, has started
25 free commuter papers in 16 countries, including papers
in Boston and Philadelphia.
"By launching its own free paper, the Post
hopes to prevent a rival tab from rooting in Washington,"
said Frank Ahrens, a reporter for the Post.
Walter Woods, who
covers the restaurant and hospitality beats for The
Atlanta Business Chronicle, was icd Media's June "Media
Pro." In his column for the Alpharetta, Ga.-based video
producer, Woods made a point of asking PR pros to stop leaving
angry voice mail messages, or carrying a bad experience
to the next idea/client/story. "I don't think it's
professional," said Woods.
ABC News' "Good
Morning America" wants PR pros to provide information
and visuals on any new drug, medical device, or medical-science
Patty Neger, who recently replaced former medical producer
Ami Schmitz, is especially interested in hearing from medical
experts who can provide third-party opinions about studies
and drug trials.
She can be reached at ABC News, 147 Columbus ave., New
York, NY 10023. 212/456-6157; [email protected].
Steven Vames in Dow
Jones News Service's Los Angeles bureau was recently
assigned to cover mid-market public companies in Southern
His beat includes companies in the apparel, medical device
and video game industries.
Vames, who had been in DJNS's New Jersey bureau, will also
cover late breaking national news after the East Coast closes
for the night.
He can be reached at 323/658-3874.
Alexandra Hall was
named to replace Annie Copps as food editor at Boston
editor of Boston, said Copps, who joined the magazine
in 1998 and became food editor in 2001, will continue to
write her monthly columns.
has changed its name to Workforce Management.
The New York-based monthly magazine, now in its 81st year,
will now target senior level human resource executives as
well as other corporate leaders who make key workforce decisions.
New sections have been added, including "In This Corner,"
which examines critical issues in employment and labor law;
"Out Front," covering workforce management trends
and political or legal developments; "The Insider,"
a report on the who's who and what's happening in every
aspect of workforce management, and in-feature articles
on workforce management trends.
is editor of the magazine, which is published by Crain Communications.
news continued on next page)
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INTERNET GIVES PR MORE MUSCLE
Alan Caruba, a veteran
publicist, believes no business, product or advocacy
of any kind can succeed today without PR and a website.
"Today's journalists, radio and TV news producers
and editors prefer to instantly access websites to secure
the facts," said Caruba.
"For me, the success of a PR program comes as the
result of carefully targeting those Internet and mainstream
media outlets that reach an intended audience and/or market,"
said Caruba. "In that manner, the message can successfully
compete amidst the deluge of news and commentary from which
to choose. Every enterprise must have its own dedicated
site. It is the key element in PR today," he said.
He believes it is essential for publicists to be "absolutely
relentless" in putting their news into the stream that
flows 24/7. "Even if it does not always get coverage,
it does put the name of your company, product or issue in
front of editors and reporters, giving it credibility,"
He said there is always a breakthrough point that initiates
routine coverage. "It can often take up to six months
to a year for 'a new face' to begin to make progress. This
must be accompanied at all times with virtually instant
response to any media inquiry," he said.
'INFLUENTIALS' RELY ON THE
A study of 3,206 Washingtonpost.com
visitors, who met Roper ASW's definition of an "influential,"
shows this trend-setting group spends more time using the
Internet (excluding e-mail) than any other media during
Through more than 60 years of research, Roper has been
able to identify "influentials" to be the 10%
of the population that shapes the attitudes and behaviors
of the other 90%.
Other key findings of the study include:
-The Internet (56%) and newspapers (56%) are the top media
online influentials would recommend that advertisers use
to reach them.
-The Internet is the top media source online influentials
use to research places to visit (86%) and what to buy (82%).
-Two-thirds of online influentials either are asked for
or forward advice and information about products and services.
-Online influentials who forward advice do so to between
five and 20 individuals.
In previous research Roper found 82% of influentials have
CORRADINA TO MARTHA STEWART
previously an executive producer at Oxygen Media, has been
hired as SVP/executive producer of Martha Stewart Living
She will produce "Martha Stewart Living," cable
programs such as "Martha's Home," as well as MSLTV's
new "Petkeeping with Marc Morrone."
KELLER IS NAMED EXECUTIVE
54, currently an op-ed columnist and senior writer for The
New York Times Magazine, was named executive editor
of The Times.
He starts on July 30 and will replace interim executive
editor Joseph Lelyveld,
who took over the job last month, following the departure
of Howell Raines.
Keller said he plans to evaluate the organization of the
newsroom's top management and name additional members of
BW & WSJ MAKE BANKING
New staffers have been assigned
at Business Week and The Wall Street Journal
to cover the bank news beats.
Mara der Hovanesian,
who was BW's markets and investments editor, was
named financing and banking editor, replacing Heather
She can be reached at 212/512-4035.
At the Journal,
Mitchell Pacelle, a veteran reporter who covers corporate
bankruptcies, has added the commercial bank beat, replacing
who was transferred to the London bureau where he is deputy
bureau chief. She can be reached at [email protected].
MEDIA REUNION WEBSITE STARTED
who was previously vice chairman of Edelman PR Worldwide
and international president of Medialink Worldwide, has
started a reunion website for media people, called Mediabuddies.
Journalists and PR people can register free of charge on
the website (www.mediabuddies.com).
When the site goes fully operational in September, members
will be able to trace and contact old colleagues and contacts
via the database.
who was covering the food industry for The Wall Street
Journal 's Chicago bureau, has been reassigned to the
healthcare beat, replacing Gardiner
Harris, who has joined The New York Times.
is now handling the bureau's food beat.
46, who covers national security for The Washington Post,
has joined NBC News, where she will appear as an analyst
on talk shows, do original news reporting, and appear as
an on-air correspondent. Priest will also keep her job at
50, was named managing editor/news at The
Miami (Fla.) Herald. Miller, who had been assistant
managing editor/metro, will oversee most news reporting,
including local, national, foreign and business news, as
well as features coverage.
previously a producer for "The Tavis Smiley Show"
on National Public Radio, was appointed the Herald's radio
news director for the partnership with WLRN-FM.
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IABC CUTS BOARD IN HALF
International Assn. of Business Communicators is reducing
its board from 26 members to 12 in order to cut down on
the communications burden among the members and speed up
"We want to be more nimble and flexible," said
Stephanie Griffiths, 2003 chair and a counselor based in
Johannesburg, South Africa. She said the fashion among other
association boards is to reduce size.
said board members will continue to represent all the regions
in the IABC, which has more than 12,000 members. About 90%
are in the U.S. and Canada.
Society of America and the National Investor Relations Institute
each has 17 members on their boards. Louis Thompson, paid
president and COO of NIRI, is on the NIRI board while Catherine
Bolton, COO of PRSA, is not on the PRSA board.
Freeman, president and chief staff officer of IABC, is not
on the IABC board.
reduction in IABC board members is taking place over a three-year
at IABC's conference June 8-11 in Toronto was hurt by an
outbreak of SARS in that city. Expected attendance of 1,500
turned out to be only 950. IABC said it didn't lose money
on the meeting but the shortfall in income is estimated
at $350-$400K. However, IABC had event insurance on the
meeting and is trying to collect on that. It would make
up for any shortfall in registration.
costs have been cut 19% by voluntary reductions in staff
group had a loss of $22,473 on income of $4,760,458 for
the year ended Sept. 30, 2002. Income the previous year
Accumulated deficit is $1,307,142. This includes a deferred
dues account of $1,392,025 to represent services owed to
members in future months.
FLEISCHER TO COACH EXECUTIVES
White House spokesperson
Ari Fleischer plans to set up a media training firm for
corporate executives when he returns from his New York and
California vacations in the fall. Fleischer, whom New
York Times columnist Elisabeth Bumiller, wrote often
"displayed the charm of a cold glass of water behind
the briefing room lecturn, officially signed on as a member
of the Washington Speakers Bureau July 15, his first day
as an ex-member of the Bush Administration.
His firm, Air Fleischer
Communications, is to be based in Washington, D.C., and
will have a "very small number of clients."
Fleischer, who often tangled
with reporters during his 2.5-year tenure in the White House,
considered himself an advocate of the press. His goal was
to "push to get clarity," according to Bumiller's
report in the July 14 Times.
He admitted that was difficult
because in this time of war there are certain questions
that the White House would not answer.
BUCKLEY RUMORED FOR RIAA POST
John Buckley, executive
VP and chief spokesman for AOL Time Warner's America Online
unit, is rumored to be a candidate for the top post at the
Recording Industry Assn. of America.
Sources close to the New
York Post told the paper's Tim Arango that Buckley was
"schmoozing" with Hilary Rosen, the outgoing RIAA
chief, at her going-away party last month.
Buckley, a former music
writer for the Village Voice and Rolling Stone,
has strong ties to the Republican Party, a rumored credential
for the RIAA post, according to Arango.
Prior to AOL, he was VP
of communications for parent AOLTW, after 10 years as SVP
at Fannie Mae, overseeing PR and advertising.
Buckley served as press
secretary for Jack Kemp's 1988 campaign, comms. director
for Bob Dole's 1996 presidential bid (while on leave from
Fannie Mae) and held PR posts at the Republican National
Committee and was deputy press secretary for Reagan-Bush
Rosen is a former lobbyist
for Liz Robbins Assocs. and operated her own firm before
joining RIAA in 1987. She recently joined CNBC as a commentator.
C&C SEEKS FUNDS FOR RABIN
The Yitzhak Rabin Center
for Israeli Studies has hired Collins & Co. in an effort
to get Congressional funding for a permanent facility in
Tel Aviv. The Arlington, Va.-based firm also is to coordinate
outreach to major U.S. Jewish organizations.
The non-profit research
center, which maintains the archives of the assassinated
Israeli Prime Minister, receives $350K a-year from the Government
of Israel, contributions from Germany and Norway, as well
as from individuals.
Former President George
Bush recently met with the Center's chair Dalia Rabin-Pelosoff,
who is Rabin's daughter. According to the Center's website,
Bush made a "substantial contribution" to the
Center, and told her that he hoped to be at the facility's
dedication in 2005, which is the tenth anniversary of the
murder of the Nobel Peace Prize winner and former Ambassador
to the U.S.
C&C has represented
Boeing, Oracle, Textron, and Northrop Grumman. It is headed
by Richard Collins, who served on the Senate Appropriations
Committee's subcommittee on defense during the `70s.
Valentino, SVP, strategic marketing/business development
at Christie's, is joining People magazine as director
of communications, a new position.
Valentino, who reports
to president Peter Bauer and managing editor Martha Nelson,
will oversee PR and events for the magazine.
After joining Christie's
in 1991, Valentino established a new collecting area and
division of the company, and directed the international
marketing programs for collecting categories including film,
music, TV, celebrity memorabilia and sports.
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PR pros are
expressing worry and confusion over the meaning of Nike/Kasky.
said PR pros are being "spooked" by the lawsuit,
fearing their clients will stop talking and PR firms themselves
will get sued.
who didn't sue Nike's PR firm, says the firms have no cause
for concern. But lawyer Jeffrey Galvin is correct in saying
the work of PR pros will be scrutinized more closely than
PR pros will
have to know their subject matter as well as they once did,
before they got entranced with methodology and concentrating
on longterm "strategy" as opposed to hard facts.
once got hung up on methodology as opposed to individual
subjects. But teachers' colleges were abolished and emphasis
was at least partially returned to subject matter.
PR pros who
are well-versed in products and issues can return to their
role as teachers of reporters.
that are general or political in nature and/or express an
opinion are not going to result in a Kasky-type lawsuit.
Ethics magazine points out, it's okay for a company
to say "free trade is good for the developing world,"
but quite another for it to say: "We pay double the
minimum wage." The second statement purports to be
a fact and must be true. PR pros must be certain of the
"facts" they disseminate.
that company social and environmental statements should
be subject to anti-fraud liability, just like financial
reports. What companies are asking for, says the mag, is
the right to "plead the First Amendment" when
challenged about their corporate citizenship statements.
Many consumer protection and securities laws would be invalidated,
it feels, and the reliability of corporate financial and
social reporting would be undermined.
the 1999 (all-APR) board was the worst in PRSA's history
but the 2003 board is attempting to better that record.
The 1999 board:
PRSA's own four-year $150,000 study of the credibility of
various spokespeople after the study found PR pros ranked
43rd on a list of 45. The ranking didn't appear in any PRSA
the two-year study by the PRSA Fellows among 16 PR recruiters
showing APR has virtually no impact in the job market.
a five-year contract to Ray Gaulke to the end of
2004 at $200K+ yearly. Director Frank Stansberry, apparently
upset at lack of board input, walked out of the board meeting
the unanimous vote of its strategic planning committee
to decouple the board and Assembly from any link with APR.
over the ditching of the PRSA code after ethics chair
Bob Frause said the ethics board was "powerless"
to enforce it. PRSA wouldn't order PR firms to divulge client
lists, an issue that involved 1999 PRSA treasurer Lee Duffey,
whose firm was accused of using front groups to attack EIFS
voted a staff and board boycott of all O'Dwyer publications.
Our offense? We dared to report on the above. Also, we did
a 10-year study showing PRSA massaged its books by drawing
down the deferred dues account from $904,767 in 1991 to
$350,309 in 1998 to "smooth out" income and expenses.
DD should have gone up, said CPAs, because membership rose
from 15,276 to 19,623.
were accused of harassing the PRSA staff and wasting
too much of its time on our questions. However, 20 PR leaders
including Dan Edelman, Fraser Seitel (PRSA's own editor),
and Dennis McGrath, Counselors Academy head, called the
boycott "childish," "stupid," "un-American,"
etc. It was removed at the first meeting of the 2000 board.
The 2003 board is closing
in on the 1999 board:
to recognize the obvious will of most PRSA members who want
an immediate end to any link between office-holding and
to recognize that the APR rule has choked off the supply
of officers and board members to the point where previous
board members have to be brought back to serve, breaking
a long tradition.
in 1999 became the first non-board member to be nominated
as an officer. She had served on a previous board. Lewton
was brought back as president-elect ostensibly because the
firm of Lee Duffey, then treasurer and by tradition the
next president-elect, was accused of using front groups
in a campaign against EIFS.
an understandable emergency but also indicated that none
of the board members at that time wanted to be president-elect.
candidacies for treasurer of Maria Russell and Art Stevens,
who were both on the 1999 board, should not be happening.
They should go away like their numerous predecessors on
the board who gave up power to new leaders.
appointed "senior counselor" to nine boards and
committees by 2003 president Reed Byrum, apparently is ashamed
of these appointments. They are not on her application for
nomination for treasurer although they got prominence in
the 2003 members' directory. Therefore, she has not accurately
described her PRSA "Activity Record."
which failed to make the $100K "leaders' rally"
June 20-21 also serve as an Assembly that would open the
election process to the 79% non-APR members, should rectify
this wrong at its meeting in N.Y. this Thursday and Friday.