Rules & Regulations for PPRA Hall of Fame
Updated on 7/25/2017
A Hall of Fame induction is the most prestigious honor bestowed by the Philadelphia Public Relations Association. The annual Hall of Fame induction ceremony compliment the mission of PPRA by acknowledging industry veterans and lifetime achievers who serve as role models for our members.
The PPRA Hall of Fame is devoted to honor practitioners who have made outstanding contributions and achievements in their professional, public and personal communities. Nominations of exemplary candidates are accepted each winter for a Hall of Fame induction ceremony that is scheduled in the spring. The inductee is selected by the Hall of Fame members.
Below are the rules and regulations for the selection process of the PPRA Hall of Fame. Click here for the 2020 nomination information.
- The nominee for the Hall of Fame honor must be an active member of PPRA. The PPRA President should, if possible, attend the nomination lunch before the HOF nominating meeting and provide information about the nominee’s/ees’ active participation in PPRA.
- Any member of the organization may nominate a candidate for the award. Each nomination, however, must be in writing and must be accompanied by materials attesting to the individual’s qualifications.
- To qualify, the nominee, in addition to being an active member of the organization, must at the time of nomination and the time of induction be an active practitioner of public relations in Philadelphia or environs.
- Earning the designation of a Hall of Fame member represents a “lifetime achievement.” The Hall of Fame is not intended to be a recognition given simply for number of years in business.
- The nominee must excel in the practice of public relations and through his or her professional accomplishments brought respect, acclaim and recognition locally and preferably nationally to the profession, as well as to the community where the individual practices.
- A very strong qualification is that the nominee be involved in public service. This information should be contained in the material accompanying the nomination.
- When the nomination is submitted with corroborating material to the chair or chairs, it then becomes the responsibility of the chairperson to duplicate all such nominations and material and send this information to all the previous Hall of Fame members.
- While the chairs may invite any member of the organization to serve on the luncheon planning committee, only the previous Hall of Fame members may attend, discuss and vote on the selection of the honoree.
- The voting process can be a meeting of the previous Hall of Famers or by a process the chairs may feel is equally acceptable. The chairs do not screen nominees, but merely implement the selection and if a former honoree may, of course, vote. Having a meeting has proved to be most acceptable as it gives advocates of a nominee an opportunity to speak on behalf of a candidate.
- Once the honoree is selected, the President is informed and immediately calls the inductee. After the inductee is called and has accepted, then the President will inform the Board and the nominator so the nominator can call the inductee. The PPRA president immediately sends an email to the HOF members regarding the acceptance by the nominee so the HOF members know they can now congratulate the inductee.
- Once the honoree is informed, the chairs will work with the nominee to select a date, the place where the function is to be held, although this can be done by the chairs without the nominee’s agreement.
- The nominee is requested to provide a personal and professional mailing list, to offer suggestions and help if possible in securing a speaker.
- It has been the accepted practice that only the nominee, his or her spouse, children and in some special circumstances, the parents be invited as non-paying guests. The candidate is given the courtesy of reserving tables at the member’s price.
- On a couple of occasions the selection committee was unable to select a Hall of Fame honoree. The chairs should be aware that it is not mandatory to select a candidate if the group feels it is not warranted. In the years since the HOF was established in the 1970s, there have been 4 years when there was no nominee. The PPRA president should have a back-up plan for a luncheon if there is no nominee for the HOF in any given year.
- The corroborating material should be full and factual but kept simple. No consideration will be given to presentation. Only the substance of the nomination will be evaluated and judged. Should the nominator wish to submit additional endorsements, they must be limited to six items.
- A member of the Hall of Fame may nominate a candidate for induction to the Hall of Fame.
- A member of the Hall of Fame who plans to vote for the selection of the honoree may not submit a letter of support for any of the candidates prior to the selection committee meeting, nor lend his/her name to a letter of nomination of a candidate by another HOF member.
- Hall of Fame members are prohibited from lobbying – asking another HOF member to support or vote for a nominee. Such comments as, “I’m counting on you for your vote,” are prohibited. Hall of Fame members are encouraged to call the nominator for informational purposes if the nominee is not known by the HOF member. HOF members should not call the nominee without the nominator being called first. Hall of Fame members are encouraged to read the nominations thoroughly.
- In order to vote for the selection of an inductee into the PPRA Hall of Fame, a Hall of Fame member must be present, either in-person or via telephone conference call, to participate in presentations and discussions, in their entirety, on the qualifications of all Hall of Fame nominees. However, the chairperson of the Hall of Fame Selection Committee shall have the ability to use his or her discretion to implement reasonable case-by-case exceptions, based on extraordinary circumstances, which would allow a vote to be counted even if the voter is not in attendance.