Is it just me, or does time pass faster nowadays? It’s hard to believe that autumn is close upon us. As summer comes to a close, a brief update:
The Northeast District chapters are all alive and well. While all have been affected in some way by the economic uncertainties of the past few years, the creative and innovative approaches of our chapter leaders have enabled membership to hold steady — and even grow in a few cases! — and also have resulted in programming that provides great value to members and non-member guests alike.
We all are pressed for time, at work and at home. It is gratifying to know that so many professionals in the Northeast District are willing to give their time and talent to ensuring the vitality of our PRSA chapters, and the District itself.
Ultimately, membership in PRSA or any other professional organization is a value proposition. We must continually prove that membership is worth the investment of limited resources – both time and money. I believe we have been able to provide value, particularly at the chapter level, and at the district level through leadership development and our annual district conference.
The value proposition is a perpetual challenge for PRSA at both the local and national level. That conversation has been renewed with the recent proposal by the PRSA Board to propose a dues increase for the first time in a decade.
PRSA Board member BJ Whitman, APR, Fellow PRSA (our Northeast District liaison to the Board), has provided background information about this proposal, which I will post as a separate blog entry. The proposal will be on the 2012 Leadership Assembly agenda.
Please provide feedback about this proposal to BJ or other PRSA leaders in advance of the Assembly, or offer your thoughts via the PRSA web site at prsa.org.