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2015 Bronze Quill Awards - Night at the Museum

Have your achievements recognized April 9th at the Kansas History Museum when you receive an IABC/Topeka 2015 Bronze Quill Award. You can’t win if you don’t enter! 

Nominations are also being accepted for the EXCEL award, which honors a non-member for their excellence in organizational communication, and the Communicator of the Year Award, which honors an IABC member who demonstrates vision, leadership, creativity and dedication in his/her commitment to the profession and organization.

Bronze Quill Categories and Entry Process
Communicator of the Year Award

Entry Deadlines:
Early Bird: February 6, 2015
Final: February 13, 2015

For questions, please contact Tamara Taylor at

Excited for Upcoming Unique Speakers

At our November meeting, it seemed as if there were a handful of members who were in-between jobs. Fast forward to the January meeting, and we’re happy to report that several of those members are now gainfully employed!  I’d like to remind our members that when your position has been downsized, or things just didn’t work out, continuing to attend IABC chapter meetings provides solace as well as networking opportunities. One of our member benefits is an exclusive job bank that many times has a position posted before it is announced anywhere else, or it is the only place it is posted.  Also, job notifications are emailed out to members once a posting is sent to the chapter.  Employers who hire IABC members soon realize the value of an employee who is exposed to regular professional development.  If your organization is looking to hire, have them post with IABC!  Check out our job bank under the members section of our website. You must log in with your username and password to access.

One of our goals this year was to bring in unique speakers who provide information you can take back to the office and use. Our professional development program on Feb. 4, features Dusty Thomas, director of business development at Imagemakers, Inc., in Wamego. Imagemakers specializes in design and advertising of print, web and video.  Dusty will present, “Dominating your space through key value assessment, market refinement and blanketed communications.”  It’s my understanding that Dusty is a dynamic speaker whose message you won’t want to miss! Their web site is located at

We hope to see many of you on Feb. 4. We promise yummy food, great connections and even better professional development. March 4’s program is H2R Market Research out of Springfield, Missouri, and it will be a membership recruitment month as well—so come to the program and invite someone! As a reminder, we ask that our members please pay close attention to the deadlines given on RSVPs for our monthly luncheons.  We have to give a count to the food caterer, so there is a method to our madness.  Please be respectful of the deadline as it causes a domino effect with others having to make last-minute updates. The IABC/Topeka policy is that if you do not attend after you’ve RSVP’d, you will be billed for your reservation.

I am hoping by now, you have seen some of the promos for IABC/Topeka’s upcoming Bronze Quill Awards ceremony that will take place on Thursday, April 9 at the Kansas Historical Society. It is a celebrated event among our members and chapter.  The Bronze Quill Committee is hard at work to make this a memorable evening for all who attend.  I do hope that many of you will consider submitting an entry (or two or three).  It’s wonderful when you win, but, I feel that you win no matter what, because you will have feedback on your entry that will hopefully provide insight for future projects and will strengthen your communications skills. The goal of IABC is to help our members become better communicators!  Please remember to mark your calendars for April 9 for the big Bronze Quill night! We want to see you there!

Thank you for being loyal members of IABC/Topeka!
~Keri Renner
IABC/Topeka President

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