Apr. 3, 2019 – Storytelling – A View from Healthier Washington

Mar. 6, 2019 – Secure Communications

Feb. 6, 2019 – Intercity Transit’s Vanpool Campaign

Jan. 9, 2019 –  WSDOT’s Doug Adamson

Nov. 7, 2018 – TVW Field Trip with Frank van Gelder

Oct. 10, 2018 – Becoming a Thought Leader with Michele Horaney

Summer breakno meetings in July and August

June 6, 2018 – WSDOT and WSP on the crisis communications efforts in the DuPont derailment.

May 2, 2018 – Deborah McLain of Creative Force Press on “What’s Your Story.”

April 4, 2018 – How Ecology Is Making Its Electronic Documents Accessible for People With Disabilities

March 7, 2018 – Monica Zimmer, APR, principal of Connected on Getting Past the Fear of the Unknown: Communicating During Extreme Change

February 7, 2018 – Getting Your APR

January 10, 2018 – Carlos Camargo on Modern Marketing Techniques.

November 1, 2017 – No meeting

October 7, 2017 – Shawna Stewart with Olympia-Lacey-Tumwater Visitor and Convention Bureau

September 6, 2017Meetup at Thurston Community Media

Summer break

June 7, 2017 – Frank Van Gelder, KBTC-TV.

May 2017 –  no meeting

April 5, 2017 – Sandy Kaiser, Evergreen State College Vice President for College Relations, on a new nationwide rebranding effort underway for the college.

February 1, 2017 – “When Crises Collide: The Similarities and Differences on Handling PR Crisis from a Public and Private Perspective” – South Sound Group with Olympia Communicators

December 7, 2016 – “Social Marketing and ROI” with Nancy Lee. Learn  when and why the Social Marketing option should be considered.

November 2, 2016 – “A Case Study in Creating a Strategic Public Image Campaign,” presented by Cindy Sharpe of Sharpe Public Relations and Therese Murphy of the Washington State Council of Firefighters.

October 5, 2016 – Cheryl Heywood, Library Director for the Timberland Regional Library, on the numerous publication resources available on TRL.org.

September 7, 2016Tour the Washington Center for the Performing Arts.

Summer break

May 4, 2016 – Peter Epperson on “Values-Based Communication.”

April 6, 2016 – Dusti Demerest, Executive Editor of the Olympian, on how you can continue to best make use of this great local resource.

March 2, 2016 – Denise Walz on “Partnership Mining: Extending Your Reach and Leveraging Budgets through Public/Private Partnerships”

February 3, 2016 – Shauna Stewart, Executive Director of the Olympia-Lacey-Tumwater Visitor & Convention Bureau

January 6, 2016 – Field Trip to WSDOT Emergency Operations Center

December 2, 2015 – David Ammons, Communications Director, Secretary of State

November 4, 2015 – Michael Buschmohle on How to Handle Complaints and Say No

October 7, 2015Dave Workman on Self-Publishing ‘Letter from Alabama’

Summer break

June 3, 2015 – TVW Field Trip

April 1, 2015 – Communicating with the Hard of Hearing

February 4, 2015 – Community Engagement

January 7, 2015 – No meeting

November 5, 2014 – What Every PIO Needs to Know: Lessons from Oso. Guest speaker(s) yet to be determined.

October 1, 2014 – Take a Tour of TCTV

September 3, 2014 – The Latest Trends in Paid Media for Government Communicators with Kim Schmanke, Communications Director for Revenue, and panelists Jeremy Bertrand (WSDOT) and Mary Ann Grajek (MediaPlus+).

Summer break

June 4, 2014Plain Talk and User-Centered Design with Dana Howard Botka, Customer Communications & Usability Consultant.

May 7, 2014 –   Speak and Write Like a Leader with Michael Buschmohle, President of Applause Associates.

March 5, 2014 – When the Media Calls, Are You Prepared? with Cindy Sharpe, president of Sharpe Public Relations.

February 5, 2014 – Creativity in Communications with Marc Connelly.

January 8, 2014 – When to Hire a PR Firm with Paul BehrendtStrategies 360.

December 4, 2013 – Google Analytics for the Rest of Us with Niquette Kelcher, web and content strategy manager for the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction.

November 6, 2013Let’s Talk Higher Education: Kellie Braseth, Dean of College Relations at South Sound Community College; Todd Sprague, Executive Director for Marketing, Communications and College Relations at The Evergreen State College; Jennifer Fellinger, Vice President of Marketing and Communications at Saint Martin’s University.

October 2, 2013 – Linda Robson,  PIO with Thurston County, on the new Washington Emergency Public Information Network–WEPIN.

September 4, 2013 – Joe Jimenez, public affairs officer for the Defense Department’s National Center for Telehealth and Technology at JBLM, on crisis communication.

Summer break

June 5, 2013 – Jerre Redecker, senior editor for The Olympian, on how to best get your story into the paper.

May 1, 2013 – The current or acting communications directors for all nine of the statewide elected officials: Governor, Lt. Governor, Secretary of State, Treasurer, Attorney General, Auditor, Superintendent of Public Instruction, Insurance Commissioner, and Commissioner of Public Lands.   

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One thought on “Meetings

  1. Sam – What a great start you have for OCG on this WordPress site. Thanks for always forging ahead with new ways to keep the group connected. I really appreciated the May 1 event at the Capitol. Nice snapshots of who is speaking for our elected leaders.


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