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PRSA Mid-Atlantic District officers and representatives met with chapter leaders to share ideas and best practices at Quick Start 2015 on Saturday, Feb. 7 in Springfield, Va.  Quick Start helps chapter leaders benchmark and make contacts with other leaders throughout the PRSA Mid-Atlantic District. Networking and round tables on programming, website development, online awards, Millennials, and membership and board development helped volunteer leaders develop new opportunities for their chapters.  A presentation on Millennials by Shira Harrington, president of Purposeful Hire, highlighted many important insights into the challenges and qualities of this demographic group and received accolades from Quick Start participants.

Many chapters in the district sent five or more participants to Quick Start to establish new resources and make contacts. “Many thanks to all the chapter and district leaders and round table hosts who devoted a Saturday to improving PRSA chapters throughout the Mid-Atlantic District,” said Liz Smith, PRSA Mid-Atlantic district chair and Central PA chapter president. “And a special thank you to leaders of our Central PA chapter, Chris Brand, Molly McGowan, Dwendy Johnson, Valeria Beussink, Liz Greenaway and Kim Brenner-Zerkle for traveling all the way to Springfield on a Saturday to learn new ideas to improve our chapter.”