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All are invited to the JPS Book Benefit (see above), but otherwise there’s no meeting in December. Stay tuned — website, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn — for info on the power-packed offerings of 2015.


In Retrospect: Merriment, Milestones and More

PRSA members will take a look back at 2014 at a holiday luncheon hosted in part by chapter historian Jeff Rodriquez. Expect parting words from this year’s fearless leader, Richie Escovedo, as he hands over the keys to the 2015 chapter president, Michelle Clark, APR.

Clark will introduce the incoming board members and committee chairs who make up the volunteer leadership. Members’ professional achievements will be recognized and chapter awards presented to exceptional members and students.

Time & date: 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 10
Place: Colonial Country Club, 3735 Country Club Circle, Fort Worth (map)
Cost: chapter members $25, national members $30, nonmembers $35, students $20; walk-ups add $5


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The Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas will host an intensive open government seminar in Denton on Tuesday, Dec. 9. Designed for journalists, public officials and interested citizens, the seminar will feature sessions on the Texas Public Information Act (free) and the Texas Open Meetings Act ($50). Info here. ...

It’s your turn. WGT participants will have their say at the annual Writers’ Guild of Texas holiday party and meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 15, at the Richardson Public Library. More on the Writers’ Guild of Texas at writersguildoftexas.org.

IABC local update: Once a year, area communications, media and creative organizations unite for a common cause. The resulting massive not-for-profit holiday party, the euphonious Jingle Mingle — 6-10 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 11, at Gilley's Dallas — raises money for the DREAM Fund. Info.

PRSA local update: Reminder. Greater Fort Worth PRSA each year awards up to three $500 scholarships to outstanding students who exhibit a commitment to the field while pursuing a degree in public relations. An applicant must be a full-time student majoring in PR or communication and attending TCU, UT Arlington or Abilene Christian University. The application form is here. Application deadline is Dec. 1.

PRSA local update II: Baylor University seeks participation in an academic survey on “Roles in Social Media: How the Practice of Public Relations is Evolving.” The survey takes approximately 15 minutes to complete; responses are anonymous and confidential. Questions are related to the job responsibilities associated with social media. Results will be submitted to academic conferences and journals, as well as shared with PRSA chapters. Those who complete the survey will be entered into a drawing to win a $50 gift card. Questions? Contact the principal investigator, marlene_neill@baylor.edu or 254-710-6322.

PRSA local update III: Wear your tackiest Christmas sweater and bring an unwrapped toy to the PRSA Dallas 12/4 holiday bus tour and end-of-year holiday fandango, leaving Three Sheets on Ross Avenue at 4:30 p.m. (returning by 8) Thursday, Dec. 4. The toys will be donated to Big Brothers Big Sisters, which reports a special need for board games and sports equipment (basketballs, footballs, soccer balls, jump ropes, hula hoops). Or bring a gift card. Info here.

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