Closing comment – Friday 1 June – Carats, catcher and Collingwood


Champagne photo from Flickr by "chrischapman"

Where have the first five months of 2012 gone? I woke up this morning, threw open the iPad and was shocked to discover it was the first day of June and the first day of winter. The latter I can handle (I love the cold); the former I question, can it really be June?

Sadly it is June and the time is flying by thanks to the jam-packed weeks we keep having. This week at the c-word didn’t disappoint: company profiles flying out the door, fascinating conversations, interesting coffee catch ups, action focused board meetings, new projects and so the list goes on.

It’s also been a busy week over at the Public Relations Institute of Australia with the official launch of registrations for the World PR Forum, which is fast approaching on 19-20 November. The announcement of great speakers continued with Richard Edelman, President and CEO of Edelman, Wadah Khanfar, Former Director General of the Al-Jazeera Network, Charlie Miller, Vice President, International Corporate Communications for Boeing, Anna Adriani, Global PR and Corporate Responsibility Director for illycaffé and the ABC’s Virginia Trioli.

If you’re anything like me those international communications luminaries will have you champing at the bit to attend the World PR Forum. However, the news gets better, if you register before 30 June, you save. And if you bring three colleagues from your organisation, you save even more! (Do I hear a set of steak knives being thrown in?)

On another PRIA note, congratulations to the PRIA National President Nick Turner who turns 18 this week – well 18 in professional years.

Now back to Melbourne. It wouldn’t be Melbourne without a great conversation, and on Thursday night the Ben Franklin Club drinks at the US Consulate delivered just that. We met some great people and enjoyed a fascinating discussion about the differences between sports in Australian and the US.

The special guests were baseball catcher and the “boy from Emerald, Victoria” Justin Huber who is now with the Melbourne Aces, and “the first REAL American to ever play AFL” Shae McNamara who plays for Collingwood. Justin and Shae shared their unique experiences about moving to different countries for their sports.

Of course we can’t comment on this week without talking about the steady stream of news we’ve been consuming about the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee weekend. In preparation, we’ve watched all three episodes of BBC’s The Diamond Queen on ABC and feel confident we have captured the skills to host a state dinner for 600 … although something tells me dinner parties are a tad easier when you have a silver cutlery set that’s more than 200 years old.

Anyway lots of reasons to crack open the champagne and celebrate, so that’s just what we’ll do.

Cheers to another great week and have a cracker of a weekend.

Jack & the c word crew

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