The Next Level of Leadership – PRSA Suburban Chicago Chapter Elections

As a member of the PRSA Suburban Chicago Chapter, don’t you think it is time to expand your horizons and become more involved? Are you interested in developing your leadership skills? What about taking your career to the next level? If you feel you have what it takes to lead a team of professionals, you should consider running for a chapter leadership position for the coming year.

With a leadership role, there will be endless  opportunities at your feet. You have the chance to develop your leadership skills as a chapter officer or committee chair. Don’t think you’re too young for a leadership role, because these positions help you develop your management skills, as more established members are looking to pass on the skills they have learned over a lifetime of professional practice.

If you’ve ever sat in a chapter meeting, thinking, “Wouldn’t it be great if we could…” now is your chance to seize this opportunity.  Available positions include:

  • President-elect
  • Treasurer
  • Secretary
  • Assembly delegate (a three-year term)
  • Director (a three-year term)
  • Ethics chair

Responsibilities for the secretary and the treasurer last for one year, whereas the Assembley delegate, director, president-elect positions extend for three. The president-elect automatically becomes the president, and then subsequently immediate past president/elections committee chair, at the end of the year.

The following chair positions are also available, but don’t require election to the position:

  • Membership chair
  • Public relations/social media chair
  • Programming chair
  • Student relations chair
  • Diversity chair
  • Advocacy chair
  • District Liaison chair
  • Accreditation chair
  • Awards chair
  • Young Professionals Liaison  chair

If you are interested in any of these positions, please contact Mary Beth Huffman, immediate past president and chair, elections committee,, or Carl Alston,, by October 31, 2012. Ballots will be due November 30th to , or fax to 773-445-5998.

If you’d like to know more, but don’t want to commit just yet, join the chapter for an end-of-summer cookout, hosted by chapter president Debra Bethard-Caplick at her house, 2127 W.107th Street, Chicago. All food and beverages will be provided. For more information, contact Debra at 773-779-7884, or email

PRSA Chicago Hosts Successful PRSA Midwest District Conference

Over two and a half days in July, nearly 170 public relations professionals gathered atLoyolaUniversityinChicagofor the 2012 Midwest District Conference, hosted by PRSA Chicago. The campus was alive with excitement and fun as attendees from as far away asTexasandKentuckyand as close asMilwaukeeand of course,Chicago, networked and shared tips and techniques and enjoyed the personal interaction.

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Fall APR Study Groups Ready to Begin

Have you been thinking about earning your accreditation in public relations? Concerned about taking the APR Examination? Not sure if you’re ready or experienced enough to start the process yet? Interested in learning more about the process and how becoming Accredited can help you achieve your professional goals? Now’s your chance!

PRSASCC is forming an accreditation prep group on Saturday mornings this fall. The four sessions will last two hours each and will take you through the ins-and-outs of preparations for the Readiness Review Panel and the written exam. Dates, times and locations will be finalized based on who plans to participate. If interested, contact chapter president Debra Bethard-Caplick at Additional information is also available on the PRSA website at

July 26th PR After Hours Social — D.O.C. Wine Bar


Looking for an opportunity to network, but also enjoy wine fine and Italian cuisine?

Join PRSASCC as our PR After Hours culinary adventures continue on July 26 from 6:00 p.m.—8:30 p.m. at D.O.C. Wine Bar located in Lombard, at the Yorktown Shopping Center.

D.O.C. stands for “the Denominazione di Origine Controllata,” which is Italy’s equivalent to France’s appellation d’origine controlee.  Not only that, but D.O.C. Wine Bar believes drinking wine should be fun and their goal is to offer a large variety of wine spanning the globe without any of the factors that may cause intimidation or hinder your enjoyment.  Wine is the “nectar of the gods” and should be enjoyed by all, novices and connoisseurs alike.



D.O.C. Wine Bar is located at 326 Yorktown at the Shops in Butterfield. Hope to see you there!

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June 21st PR After Hours Social – Two Brothers Brewpub

Get Out From Behind That Computer Screen and Join us June 21 at Two Brothers Brewpub in Warrenville! 

 Join us for PR after hours on June 21 from 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at the Two Brothers Brewing Co. Tap House in Warrenville, IL.

Meet with fellow public relations professionals after work for a brew and a good conversation. Unwind from your day, leave technology at work, and enjoy craft beer and fresh, house made cuisine complete organic meats. Continue reading June 21st PR After Hours Social – Two Brothers Brewpub

PRSA Midwest Conference July 18-21, Hosted by PRSA Chicago

PRSASCC Hosting Informal Happy Hour at the John Hancock Tower 

 Register by June 15th to Save $25!

Come join us in Chicago this July to network, learn and meet other professionals from across the Midwest.

PRSA Chicago is partnering with the 15 other Midwest PRSA chapters to offer two days full of vital, educational sessions on July 19 and 20. The programs feature industry experts from leading brands and organizations across a variety of public relations disciplines, including digital and traditional media, crisis and issues management, consumer packaged goods, politics and more.

Top public relations experts will take part in panels and discussion throughout the two days. Speakers during this conference include:  Al Golin, founder of Golin Harris, Antonio Hernandez, corporate communications executive for ComEd and Andy Shaw, president and chief executive officer for Better Government Association.

PRSASCC Hosts Happy Hour at the Hancock Tower

Aside from educational sessions there are also a variety of different activities like cocktail hours and a good amount of breakfast and lunch networking opportunities to keep everything exciting. PRSASCC will be hosting an informal Happy Hour on Wednesday evening, July 18th, at the Signature Room Lounge on the 96th floor of the John Hancock Tower at 6 pm.

If you register by June 15 you save $25 with a fee of only $175, however, registration after June 15 is $200.

PRSA QuickStart Program

The PRSA Midwest District is offering a new program, PRSA QuickStart, on Wednesday, July 18, from 12:00 pm to 5:15 p.m. This is designed to help current and future PRSA leaders navigate the organization and prepare for their leadership role. The half-day QuickStart session is designed to build upon the Leadership Rally, which PRSA National offers for incoming chapter presidents, by providing a hands-on orientation into how to lead a chapter, and to give future chapter officers opportunities to share ideas and network with other incoming leaders from the District’s 15 chapters. Sign up for QuickStart when you register for the conference. A separate registration of $50 is required.

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Comedian Rex Havens to Keynote Chapter’s 20th Anniversary Celebration

20 Years and Counting….

It started 20 years ago as the Greater O’Hare chapter – suburban PR professionals who couldn’t spare time to from their busy schedules during the day to attend the downtown PRSA luncheons. Now as the PRSA Suburban Chicago marks our 20th year of dedication, growth, and learning within the suburban public relations community, we’re celebrating all we have achieved, and looking forward to what’s to come.

Join us in our year-long celebration as we remember the past and honor

those who helped made our chapter a success. We have a special celebration taking place on November 13th, keynoted by professional comedian, former college professor and spouse of a PR professional, Rex Havens.

Rex takes the very heart of the world around each of us, applies his own gentle combination of logic, bemusement and insanity, and offers it back to his audience in a way that is engaging, thoughtful and hilarious. Rex has always believed that laughter is the best defense against a confusing and challenging world.  Rex’s take on marriage and family has propelled him to performances in all 50 states and around the world, including London, Hong Kong, Amsterdam, Bermuda, Montreal, Barcelona, Copenhagen, Aruba, Rome and Cannes.

PRSASCC Presents: Finding News for Your Company When There Isn’t Any – June 12th Program

What do you do when there isn’t any news?

It’s challenging enough to get coverage for your company or client when you have actual newsworthy events happening. Every PR professional has hit a dry spell, when there just isn’t anything newsworthy happening with your company or client, yet you need to maintain your presence in the public discussion.  But what do you do when you hit that dry spell? You need something to talk about – but what? How do you find newsworthy information when there’s nothing much happening?

Join us at our Tuesday, June 12th program and learn how to find or develop news that’s useful and interesting when there just isn’t any with Chicago PR agency president Tom Ciesielka.

Tom Ciesielka

Tom Ciesielka, President of TC Public Relations, has worked in public relations, marketing and business development for more than 25 years and enjoys working with clients ranging from law firms to national and local companies. In its service to the legal community TC Public Relations has handled publicity for litigation cases, medical malpractice cases, government disputes, civil rights and free speech cases. Tom has secured media placements for his clients in outlets such as: CNN, The New York Times, National Public Radio, USA Today and Good Morning America. He has worked directly with such household names as Verizon Wireless, Disney Television and Yale University Press.

Prior to starting his agency, Ciesielka was the marketing director for the Museum of Broadcast Communications, where he produced and promoted exhibitions on the development of American soap operas, rock & roll music on television and Walt Disney’s innovations in broadcasting.  Visitors to Tom’s office are often privy to his “inanimate” audience of Simpson’s collectibles, classic robots and hand-crafted toys.

In the more than 20 years helping businesses, organizations and individuals with their public relations, Tom has had the opportunity to observe some blunders along the way and some PR stunts that, “make me laugh and angry.” The intersection between comedy and tragedy inspired him to start his blog, PRforLaughs.

Join us for dinner Tuesday, June 12th – Register Now.

Free parking available onsite:
Sheraton Suites -Elk Grove Village
121 Northwest Point Boulevard at Arlington Heights Road 


  • 6:00-6:30 p.m. Registration and Networking
  • 6:30-8:30 p.m. Dinner/Program Follows

After Hours Meet Up in Glenview

Join PRSA Suburban Chicago for our next summer PR After Hours meet up May 24 at Moon Wok in Glenview and meet professional colleagues from the northern suburbs over dinner and drinks. Hosted by PRSA Suburban Chicago, PR After Hours is a chance to leave the computers and smart phones behind, relax and socialize with old and new friends in the Chicago area public relations community.

Moon Wok in Glenview is a favorite restaurant of professionals in the northern Chicago area. Moon Wok focuses on sustainable, eco-friendly, organic, local, fresh food.  Moon Wok uses only all natural ingredients in their freshly prepared dishes with a focus on using as much local, regional & organic foods as seasonally possible.

Visit for directions, and join us on Thursday, May 24th.

Moon Wok
5: 30 pm
1615 N. Milwaukee Ave


PRSA After Hours Meetup Goes Castilian March 29th at La Roca Tapas in Arlington Heights

Get out of the office and away from that computer! Our dining drama continues – PRSA Surburban Chicago is heading to Arlington Heights to check out the latest addition to the city’s dining scene, and we’re inviting our Chicago chapter colleagues to join us on our foodie adventures. PRSASCC’s PR After Hours is a series of casual meetups for PR professionals held periodically at different restaurants throughout the summer, and has evolved into an opportunity to try different cuisines in the oft overlooked suburban dining scene. In March, we’re checking out Castilian dining, at La Roca Tapas in Arlington Heights.

According to legend, the tapas cuisine began when King Alfonso X of Castile (Spain) recovered from an illness by drinking wine with small dishes between meals. After regaining his health, the king ordered that taverns would not be allowed to serve wine to customers unless it was accompanied by a small snack or “tapa.”

It’s also said the original tapas were the slices of bread or meat which sherry drinkers in Andalusian taverns used to cover their glasses between sips. This was a practical measure meant to prevent fruit flies from hovering over the sweet sherry.

Either way, tapas dining is a the perfect way to meet friends and colleagues – so come join us for our first PR After Hours of the year Thursday, March 29th, at La Roca Tapas, 6 S. Dunton Ave, Arlington Heights, IL. We start at 5:30 pm, and wrap up at 9 pm, for the tastes of Spain!