The Leading Edge - Fall/Winter 2019-20

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Find New Inspiration in Regional Chapter Reports

Reviewing your membership categories and recruitment strategies? Researching vendors for chapter websites, awards and member data management? Looking for new professional development ideas? Find inspiration on these topics and more in the November 2019 regional chapter reports.

Missed getting your fall chapter report into NSPRA? Send your updates to now to have them added as an online resource for your fellow chapter officers.

Plan Now to Arrive Early for Leaders' Meeting at NSPRA 2020

All chapter officers are invited and encouraged to attend the annual Leaders' Meeting during the NSPRA 2020 National Seminar on Sunday, July 12, from 8-11:45 a.m. at the St. Louis Union Station Hotel in St. Louis, Missouri.

At the Leaders’ Meeting, officers can begin their Seminar experience by connecting with national colleagues, sharing ideas and challenges, enjoying light refreshments and discussing chapter best practices as well as NSPRA's key projects and initiatives. 

Seminar registration and the hotel block will open in late December. When making your travel arrangements, plan to arrive in time for this valuable networking opportunity for chapter leaders! 

Seminar Tip for Chapters: The call for presentations is now open, so encourage your chapter members to submit session proposals on exciting, innovative and successful school PR programs, campaigns and initiatives by Friday, Dec. 13. 

Membership Lists Rolling In

NSPRA received updated membership lists from 26 out of our 33 chapters in October. Thank you to everyone who submitted their information to Submitting a membership list is an annual requirement for a chapter to remain in good standing, but it also helps ensure NSPRA has up-to-date contact information for chapter officers. 

Public Schools Week 2020:
Sign the Pledge Today

As proud supporters of public education, all chapter officers are asked to sign the Public Schools Week pledge today and to encourage their chapter members to do the same. 

Public Schools Week is set for Feb. 24-28, 2020. Find a social media tool kit and other resources for chapters, school districts and individuals to get involved in advocating for their public schools on the PSW website.

Book NSPRA Leaders for Your Next Chapter Meeting

NSPRA President Kelly Avants, APR, and Vice President for Diversity Engagement Heidi Otero are offering to present workshops to NSPRA chapters during the 2019-20 school year. Find out how to book these speakers for your chapter event on the "chapter leader resources" page of the NSPRA website.

Verify Your Chapter Officers’ Contact Information

Over the summer, NSPRA updated its online directory of chapter officers' contact information (available directly at and from the NSPRA homepage by navigating to About > Chapters > Chapter Officers). Chapter presidents are encouraged to review their chapters’ listings and to email any necessary updates to and

Chapter Leadership Tips:
Good Business Practices

Have a new treasurer? Get her or him up to speed by sharing these Chapter Challenges Solved presentations from last year:

You can also find more information on good business practices for NSPRA chapters directly at and from the NSPRA homepage by navigating to About > Chapters > Chapter Leader Resources.

See Your Chapter Events on

Post your chapter’s upcoming conferences and events at, and NSPRA will help spread the word on social media.

Then check back throughout the year to explore other chapters’ speakers, programs and activities for ideas and presenters that may work for your chapter, too.



Regional Chapter Reports

NSPRA 2020 Leaders' Meeting

Membership Lists Rolling In

Public Schools Week 2020: Sign the Pledge

Book NSPRA Leaders for Your Next Chapter Meeting

Verify Your Chapter Officers’ Contact Info

Chapter Leadership Tips: Good Business Practices

See Your Chapter Events on



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