The month of July 2017 has been very busy for RHA Public Relations
Chair Sammy Garrett. This is the second month Sammy has served on the
executive board and she has already shown outstanding leadership and
drive in her position.|
Positional Update - On July 11, Sammy presented at an executive board
Zoom chat sharing goals for the upcoming year and an update on new
ideas she had for her position. She opened up discussion for personal
feedback and introduced a new initiative for RHA meetings
called ‘Herds’. The Herds were named to represent Truman State's MACURH
regional affiliation and are designed as small group breakouts for RHA
members to meet others on a consistent basis during meetings. Her goal
was to increase discussion on events, strategic planning initiatives,
and legislation topics amongst members and create a more social
environment throughout meetings.
Apparel - Sammy has worked tirelessly to design t-shirts before the
start of the academic year to sell to general body members. She took
the time to create five color options and three shirt designs to
present to the executive board. She wanted to involve the executive
board in the decision, so she had them vote on the design that best
represents the organization. She set a personal deadline to order
before August 1, which has pushed her to finalize the design and get
all order information to the company. She has continuously reminded
other executive board members to prepare their appropriate contact
information for the order so she can meet her deadline and receive the
shirts before school starts.
Advertisements - Using a poster making program, Sammy created three
designs to advertise the first meeting of the year. Each design was
centered around the board game meeting theme and included RHA's new
motto ‘RHA is One’. Once approved by the executive board, she began
sending the posters off for printing. Her constant communication with
other executive board members on advertisements has helped them get
excited about the first RHA meeting and feel involved.
Activities Fair - Truman State University hosts a fall Activities Fair
for all on-campus organizations to recruit members at the start of the
academic year. Sammy headed the RHA representative booth and to
advertise, she created multiple designs for stickers to give out at the
table. She also came up with the idea of a random giveaway wheel to
hand out smaller RHA items in person and slips for larger items that
must be picked up at the first RHA meeting to get interested students
coming to the first meeting.
Regional Involvement - Sammy serves at the Sustainability Chair on the
MACURH Regional Business Conference staff and presented an update at a
staff chat on July 27. She is working with outside campus organizations
to make the conference more environmentally conscious and to provide
reusable water bottles to delegates. As an RHA representative on the
staff, her hard work across multiple teams translates to her dedication
to her institution and region.
With the goal of increasing meeting attendance and creating a stronger
organization presence on campus, Sammy’s hard work throughout the month
of July has made a huge impact on the Truman State University RHA.
Historically, RHA has never filled the Public Relations executive board
position, and what is even more impressive is that Sammy is creating
the structure of Public Relations Chair without the help or guidance
from a previous executive board member to define her positional roles.
Her work will impact the future of the Truman State University RHA and
she has set the bar high for incoming Public Relations chairs.
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