Southern Ohio works toward chapter charter

Greetings, from the Society of Professional Journalists Southern Ohio Chapter!
Several months ago, we hosted an informational meeting in Portsmouth, Ohio, letting people know we were coming to town. I know it seems like we’ve forgotten you, but I promise we haven’t. We’ve spent these past few months working very closely with SPJ national headquarters, to find out what we need to get our chapter up and running, and now we’re finally ready to get things rolling.
What we need now is 20 professional member signatures on a petition of support for the Southern Ohio Chapter of the SPJ. If you’re a member of the organization, and if you support the creation of a southern Ohio chapter, please consider signing our petition.
Please note that ONLY REGISTERED SPJ MEMBERS CAN SIGN OUR PETITION! But that doesn’t mean we’re leaving you out if you’re not yet a member. All you need to do is join the SPJ, at http://www.spj.org/join.asp and then you can sign our petition, and once our local chapter is functional you’ll be able to join and participate in our regular meetings and events.
You’ll also get all kinds of great stuff just for being a member – whether you join our chapter or not. The SPJ Web site can tell you all about the perks, which include group discounts, health insurance, journalism magazines, networking opportunties, national conventions and much more!
Southern Ohio is badly in need of a local chapter, and we need YOU to help get it started. Once we’re fully approved, we will be holding regular meetings and functions, and we will elect a board who will then officially decide such things as our chapter name, membership dues (if any), meeting schedules and more. So if you’d like to be part of our chapter, or if you’d just like to join the national organization with no chapter affiliation, check them out online and then please consider signing our petition to establish this new chapter.
If you are a member of the SPJ and support the creation of our this new chapter in southern Ohio, please send me your name, address and phone number, to be added to our petition, which will be sent to national headquarters for approval in January!
With YOUR help, we can bring the Society of Professional Journalists to southern Ohio!
Thank you.
Ryan Scott Ottney
SPJ Southern Ohio
Chapter Coordinator
southernohio@spj.org
www.spj.org/southernohio (under construction)

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