The Ernest R. McDowell Award was established by PPRS in 1991 to recognize an individual for sustained excellence in the field of public relations, in both the profession itself and the community.
The award is presented in memory of the late Senior Vice President of Marketing and Corporate Relations with Capital Health System – today’s PinnacleHealth System. Ernie set the standard for professionalism and community service with his good works and lifetime example.
Recommendations: PPRS members are encouraged to recommend individuals for consideration by the society's Executive Committee. Names with supporting evidence to qualify for the award should be submitted to Howard Pollman, Chair, Awards and Installation Committee, at firstname.lastname@example.org no later than August 1. The chair will forward recommendations - and any developed by members of the committee - to the president of the society.
The McDowell Award is presented at the society’s Annual Meeting and Evening of Honors.
Membership is the lifeblood of any successful organization. Without a continual flow of new members, PPRS will not achieve its purpose, as outlined in the constitution and bylaws when the society was founded in 1950.
PPRS has been fortunate in regularly attracting public relations professionals who wish to improve their skills, help elevate the standards of the profession, stay current on trends in the field and engage other colleagues in the field.
The most important source of new members is the membership itself --current members are all recruiters for the society. Consequently, in 2003, PPRS instituted the Robert M. Fisher Membership Recruitment Award in recognition of the acknowledged leader in recommending new members over many years.
The award is presented at the society’s Annual Meeting and Evening of Honors in November.