A Busy November

The Mariner blog has been a bit quiet lately, but that doesn’t mean the Mariner office has been. Quite the contrary. Below are just a few of the things that we and our clients did in November…

  • On Thursday November 3, more than 125 PR pros—and some PR newbies—from Maryland, DC and Virginia came together for the first time as The Public Relations Society – Maryland Chapter joined with the National Capital and Central Chesapeake chapters in presenting the 2011 Mid-Atlantic Chesapeake Conference (formerly the PRSA MD Chesapeake Conference). The Conference was a day-long event focusing on the New Face of PR and tackled the ever-changing landscape of traditional and digital media. The most asked question of the day? Why had it taken so long for the chapters to get together?! Click here for a recap.
  • The DC Chapter of International Special Events Society (ISES) held its annual Expo in DC on Monday November 21. This year’s theme centered around Life’s Eventful Journey, and included a special outreach to future brides and grooms. Over 60 exhibitors in all facets of the special events industry got the opportunity to showcase their businesses to 480+ attendees.
  • As the local source for those all-important continuing education credits for appraisers, the DC Metro Chapter of the Appraisal Institute (AIDC) held three workshops in November beginning with a chapter event on Tuesday November 15, Real Estate Market Update. The evening focused on the current economic real estate outlook for the Metro DC area and concluded with a networking dinner. That same week, the chapter sponsored two AI seminars: the one-day Residential Curriculum Update on Thursday November 17, and the two-day General Curriculum Update on November 17 & 18. AIDC will round out the year with two more courses in December.
  • The Maryland Recycling Network (MRN) partnered with Keep America Beautiful to promote two nationwide recycling event: 1) Recycle-Bowl (open between October 17 and November 15), a recycling competition that challenged elementary, middle and high schools students to find creative ways to increase recycling in their school communities, and 2) America Recycles Day 2011 on November 15, a day dedicated to promoting recycling through education and motivation. Organizations and individuals from all over America participated proving that the “green” movement is growing stronger every year. Be sure to check out the winner of America Recycles Day 2011“Recycling is No Joke!” Video Contest at http://www.youtube.com/AmericaRecyclesDay.
  • Finally, Peter & Peggy flew to Bucharest for a conference with the Internet Society (ISOC) where they met with chapter leaders from 22 different countries, and shared their expertise on member engagement and strategy planning. They got to do a little sightseeing between sessions. I got to stay home.

Of course, none of these events would have been possible if not for the dedication and tenacity of the association volunteers who worked tirelessly to create the best experience for their members, guests, and the public. After all, Mariner can only do so much…it’s really the volunteers who staff the boards and committees of these associations that make the greatest impact. Kudos to all for a job well-done! Have a safe and happy holiday.