Meetings & Events

May Luncheon – The Calm Before the Storm: Prepare to Weather a Crisis


“When the trust account is high, communication is easy, instant, and effective.” – Dr. Stephen Covey, author of The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People.

The best crisis response happens long before an incident occurs. For messages to be trusted, people need to trust the source—but the time to build trust isn’t during a crisis!

Join us on May 24 as Amanda Plecas, Vice President & Chief Creative Officer at Waterhouse Public Relations presents tips on building trust, establishing relationships and developing procedures to be prepared before trouble strikes and ensure your crisis communications are effective.

Monthly Professional Development

The Volunteer Chapter hosts a luncheon or dinner on the second Thursday of each month at Rothchild Catering & Conference Center in West Knoxville unless otherwise stated in the event promotions. These meetings offer professional development for public relations, marketing and communications professionals — whether you’re a member of PRSA or not.

RSVP to attend each month. Pay online or at the door. The cost is $20 for PRSA members, $25 for non-members and $15 for students.

Senior Practitioners Social Hour

The Senior Practitioners Group is open to the Volunteer Chapter’s members who serve in a senior role in their company or organization. Senior practitioners regularly have social hours, speak to student or professional groups, and write monthly bylined articles in the Greater Knoxville Business Journal.

The Greater Knoxville Business Journal’s monthly column focuses on public relations’ value in business and organizational management, using a topic that corresponds to the Business Journal’s monthly editorial focus.

For more information about the Senior Practitioners Group, email Mary Beth West, APR.

V Awards

Each year, the Volunteer Chapter recognizes the excellent public relations efforts of our members with the annual Volunteer PR Awards. The awards, judged by other PRSA chapters, go to campaigns, strategies and tactics that exemplify the very best in public relations. Additionally, the V Awards recognize individuals who are making significant contributions to PRSA, the Volunteer Chapter and the public relations profession.