October President’s Message

andrew-ryan-medPRSA Richmond is one of the strongest and most active PRSA chapters in the country. With more than 300 members, our chapter does great things!

One of those great things took place on Sept. 22 with the Public Service Committee’s “RVA Outreach” event. The committee’s dedicated volunteers, led by Diana Burkett, APR, and Rosalie Morton, planned a day-long series of workshops and seminars for nonprofit organizations in Richmond. More than 40 people were at the event and represented nonprofits from a variety of industries and sizes. PRSA Richmond members hosted, helped organize and presented at the RVA Outreach seminar. It was a wonderful day and a perfect example of how our chapter engages with the broader community.

I know that most PRSA Richmond members give back to our community in a host of different ways. For all of those who volunteer and help others, thank you!

If you’re looking for a way to give back this month, consider serving as a mentor during PRSA Richmond’s upcoming Student Connections Week, which takes place from October 10 – 14. This special week pairs PRSA Richmond members with college students in the Richmond region. Some members meet a student for coffee, and others allow the student to shadow them for a few hours. Regardless of the time commitment, students gain a great deal from interactions with our members. We need lots of members to volunteer so each student can connect with a local PR pro. I encourage you to help live out this year’s theme of “PR as a resource” by serving as a resource to a local student during Student Connections Week.

Remember to take advantage of your PRSA membership during the remainder of 2016 and, as always, don’t hesitate to contact me at president@prsarichmond.org if you have any questions or suggestions.


Andrew Ryan, APR
PRSA Richmond President