I recently founded Social Media Club – Great Lakes Bay, a new SMC chapter for Michigan’s Bay, Gladwin, Isabella, Midland & Saginaw counties. And, I’m excited to announce our first event! We will be hosting a seminar about the ROI of social media with Speaker Charlie Kondek from MS&L Digital. Go here to learn more (and to register). After the seminar, we’ll move onto our Afterglow Cocktail Party at Bar Oxygen.

I really want to thank Kristen Pelkki (who, did I mention, is a young PR pro seeking a job?) and Ryan Battishill (who designs everything for us) for helping me get this chapter off the ground.

Additionally, thank you to Dave Murray and the rest of iDetroit (including Brandon Chesnutt). Dave encouraged me to start this chapter after we met at Future Midwest, and later at (PR)Evolution.

I’m sure after the event, I’ll have a blog post with tips for other people looking to start a local chapter.

If you have started a chapter, or currently are in one, what would your tips be for me and others starting one?

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  1. Hey Rachel,

    Glad we could help. I’m sure Dave and I will plan a road trip to an event in the near future.

    Best of luck with the new chapter.

    Brandon
    @bchesnutt

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  3. Rachel, this is fantastic. I’d love to attend one of your meetings – send me your calendar.

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Rachel M. Esterline works in public relations and marketing communications. Her blog, ExPRessions, contains her musings about PR, marketing, career and professional development, Gen Y issues, personal branding and more. Rachel also does freelance consulting and writing. She is originally from Genesee, Mich., and will graduate from Central Michigan University in May 2010.