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BCA News March 2001
In this issue:
1. Deadline approaching for BCA workshop
2. Hotel extends reservation deadline
3. Mission opportunity available
4. Record number of contest entries received
6. Website placement registry
DEADLINE APPROACHING FOR BCA WORKSHOP
March 16 is the last day to register for the
annual BCA workshop March 28-30 in at the Adam's Mark Hotel in Columbia, S.C.
An additional day in Charleston March 31 also is available. Affinity groups
also have been added to the schedule.
Cost is $225. Send registration forms and
payment to BCA Workshop, PO Box 270187, Nashville, TN 37227. A complete
conference schedule and registration forms are available online at http://www.baptistcommunicators.org/registration.htm.
Professional development opportunities will be
in four tracks of study, each involving three, two-hour meetings. A fifth track
involves three field trips to Columbia businesses. Topics are Market Strategy,
Websites, Crisis Media Relations and Media Buying. Professional development
will meet twice on Thursday and once on Friday morning.
An early-bird writers forum is set for 1:30 to
3:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 28. Then, comedian Dennis Swanberg will kick off
this year's workshop at 6 p.m.
A continental breakfast and devotion begins
Thursday morning in First Baptist Church, Columbia, with senior pastor Wendell
Estep. Chuck Wendt, vice president and director of marketing, Lexington Medical
Center will be the plenary speaker Thursday afternoon. A dessert fellowship
wraps up the evening with songwriter/humorist Rod McClendon.
On Friday, a business meeting accompanies a
continental breakfast at 8 a.m. The agenda will include a brief discussion
about the annual awards competition and the 2003 workshop, which currently is
set for San Diego, Calif. Immediately after the business meeting and before the
final professional development session, participants will divide up into
"affinity" groups. Six groups, divided according to professional
emphasis, will meet. They are editorial, electronic media, graphic design,
management, photography and public relations.
For lunch, BCA members will have a picnic at the
Riverbanks Zoo & Botanical Garden. Satch Krantz, executive director of the
zoo, will speak. Krantz will share some of the market strategy that has enabled
this non-profit organization to be one of the top 10 public zoos in the nation.
Cost is $20 for spouses.
The awards dinner concludes the annual workshop.
Christian musicians Destiny's Call will provide a dinner concert. Cost for the
banquet is $25 for members attending only the banquet, spouses and other
An "on your own" day trip to
Charleston on Saturday is being offered; transportation will be provided
depending on participation. Tourist information about Charleston will be
available at the workshop registration table. Tourist spots around the hotel in
Columbia include the state capitol, a Confederate memorial, art museum and a
Civil War museum. Information also will be at the table about nearby
restaurants and shopping areas.
If you have any questions, call Scott Vaughan at
803-765-0035 or email email@example.com.
HOTEL EXTENDS RESERVATION DEADLINE
The Adam's Mark Hotel has agreed to extend the
reservation deadline until March 8. You can still make reservations by
contacting the hotel directly at 803-771-7000. Room rates for a single is $92
per night plus tax.When making reservations, please mention the BCA Workshop
for the special rate. An airport shuttle is available.
BCA RECEIVES RECORD NUMBER OF AWARD ENTRIES
BCA received 535 award entries from 146 members
in the Wilmer C. Fields Awards Competition. Entries will be judged March 5 at
the South Carolina Baptist Convention building in Columbia, S.C.
Miller Murphy, BCA awards chairman, has enlisted
judges from the Univeristy of South Carolina journalism school as well as
public relations and design professionals from throughout the Columbia area.
Individual winners will be presented
certificates and recognized during a banquet at this year's BCA workshop on
Friday, March 30, in the Carolina Ballroom at the Adam's Mark Hotel.
MINISTRY OPPORTUNITY AVAILABLE FOR MEMBERS
BCA members are invited to participate in a
ministry collection project during the spring workshop in Columbia, S.C. The
items will benefit the Columbia-Metro Baptist Association Multi-Housing
Ministry and Christian Women's Job Corps (CWJC) Of The Midlands.
The multi-housing ministry needs Spanish New
Testaments in a popular version and English New Testaments in Contemporary
English Version. It also needs salvation tracts for children.
The CWJC ministry needs GED Study Guides which
can be purchased in any book store, diapers and financial donations to help
clients with GED tests, drivers licenses, etc.
Collection boxes and banks for financial
donations will be prominently placed at the registration desk during the
BCA OFFICERS MEET
In addition to finalizing plans for the
workshop, BCA officers conducted other items of business during a February 9
meeting in Atlanta.
Officers approved a policy to charge people who
request the BCA mailing list. The list will be available to BCA members for $50
and to non-members for $200. BCA office coordinator Keith Beene said
occasionally, he receives requests for the mailing list, but there previously
was no policy on the issue.
Officers also heard a report from program vice
president-elect Denise Withers of the Kentucky Baptist Convention. She said the
2002 BCA workshop will be April 4-6 at the Hyatt Regency in downtown
Louisville, Ky. Information about the 2002 workshop will be available at the
South Carolina meeting.
Rob Marus is pursuing a master of arts in
religious studies degree at Central Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas
City, Kan., on a full scholarship. He also remains in his full-time position as
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WEBSITE PLACEMENT REGISTRY
Looking for a new
job? Need a new employee? Check out the placement registry on the BCA website.
BCA News - April 2001
BCA WORKSHOP DRAWS 70-PLUS TO SOUTH CAROLINA
More than 70 Baptist Communicators Association
members attended the annual workshop and awards ceremony March 28-30 in
Highlights of the event included Christian
comedian Dennis Swanberg's opening night appearance and a luncheon at one of
the nation's top zoos, Riverbanks Zoo and Botanical Gardens. Zoo executive
director Satch Krantz outlined his marketing strategy for the
multi-million-dollar tourist attraction in Columbia.
The workshop featured several professional
development seminars on marketing, advertising and websites. "I especially
enjoyed the conference on writing a marketing plan," said Scott Goggins,
marketing specialist for national Woman's Missionary Union. "The
participants were divided into two groups and given an outrageous mock product
to market?it was a unique tool to get us thinking creatively."
BCA members also had many opportunities to build
relationships. "I enjoyed getting to know people that are in the same
field, deal with the same kind of budgets, deadlines and personalities,"
said Melissa Mann, graphic designer for Union University, Jackson, Tenn.
"I especially enjoyed the zoo. It was not only fun, but educational."
In a business session, BCA members approved a
lifetime membership for Ferrell Blankenship, who retired last year after 17
years as broadcast services director for the Mississippi Baptist Convention.
Members also approved a by-law change to add the
position of president-elect to the officers. The change was made to facilitate
continuity in the organization from year to year.
Diane Reasoner, communicators director for the
Georgia Baptist Convention, was elected president. Other officers are Tim
Yarbrough, Missouri Baptist Convention, president-elect; Denise Withers,
Kentucky Baptist Convention, program vice president; Terry Barone, California
Southern Baptist Convention, and Mark Wyatt, California Southern Baptist,
program vice presidents-elect; Scott Vaughan, South Carolina Baptist
Convention, membership vice president; Tanya Dawson, Woman's Missionary
Union, missions vice president; Terri Lackey, LifeWay Christian Resources,
awards chairman; Jim Edminson, Baptist Childen's Homes of North Carolina,
professional development coordinator; Ken Camp, Baptist General Convention of
Texas, treasurer; Stacey Hamby, Missouri Word&Way, newsletter editor; and
Chip Turner, FamilyNet, historian.
Tamera Heitz-Peek, public relations director for
Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar, Mo., announced the recipients of BCA's
The $1,000 Al Shackleford/Dan Martin
Undergraduate Scholarship was divided and awarded to two students. They are
Jennifer Baird, a junior English/communication major at Missouri Baptist
College, St. Louis, and Emily Dockrey, a junior journalism/mass communication
major at Samford University, Birmingham, Ala.
Rachel Zhang received the $500 Al Shackleford/Dan
Martin Graduate Scholarship, and Laura Giminez received the $1,000 Alan
Compton/Bob Stanley Minority and International Scholarship.
The $1,000 professional scholarship was divided
between Debbie Moore, a freelance writer from Charleston, W. Va., and Robin
Parrish, media services coordinator, Oklahoma Baptist University, Shawnee.
As a mission project, BCA members raised $300
and donated items such as diapers and GED books to Christian Women's Job Corps
of the Midlands and Columbia Metro Association multi-housing ministry.
The workshop concluded with the annual awards
banquet. A complete list of winners was emailed to BCA members April 3.
The 2002 BCA workshop will be April 4-6 in
OTHER THOUGHTS FROM BCA:
"I've never been to a BCA meeting before,
so it was a great first-time experience for me! I loved meeting people from so
many different agencies and seeing the wealth of backgrounds and talents and
skills. It's so wonderful to be a part of a professional organization whose
purpose is really to serve God. Not many people get that opportunity! -- Jenny
Rogers, staff writer, International Mission Board.
"I had a blast at my first BCA workshop. It
was a great opportunity to meet and/or catch up with the people behind the
scenes in Baptist life. The fellowship and sharing was a real boost to my
professional view of Baptist communicators, and I came back feeling like I was
part of a newfound family." -- Cam Tracy, web development agent, Union
University, Jackson, Tenn.