Communicators Happy Hour with PRSA Dallas

Title: Communicators Happy Hour – Public Relations Society of America with the Press Club of Dallas

PRSA Dallas and Press Club of Dallas invite you to a communicators happy hour on Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019.

We especially invite members of the press who may have been affected by recent layoffs or downsizing — you can come, network, mingle for FREE. (If this is you, please email Liz Kennedy to register:

Whether you’re interested in making new connections, networking with industry peers or gathering career advice, bring your business cards and come meet other professionals from participating organizations.


Food and drink are generously sponsored by Weber Shandwick.

Participating organizations:


Thank you to our sponsor:

Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019
5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Event space at 3030 Olive St., third floor (Victory Plaza)
Dallas, TX 75219

Complimentary parking at Victory Park is available for first two hours.

$10 PRSA Dallas, Press Club of Dallas and Color Comm members; fee will be refunded after attendance
$10 guests
$10 students

The 2012 Legends Awards Ceremony

2012 Legends

The 2011 Legends Awards Ceremony




Shelly Katz-Hugh Aynesworth-Ron Chapman-Nancy Chapman

Press Club of Dallas Board of Directors Minutes – Nov. 27, 2018

Location – 6060 N. Central Expressway, Suite 101, Dallas, TX

Attending Board members – Paul Wahlstrom, Arnold Wayne Jones, Zane Harrington, Barry Hoffman, Song Yang, Liz Farmer (by phone)

Absent – Martha Tiller, Cary Broussard, Tristan Hallman, Hugh Aynesworth

The meeting convened at 4:02 pm

Old Business  Approval of the minutes for Oct. 23, 2018. Moved by Barry Hoffman,  seconded by Arnold Wayne Jones. Unanimously approved.

Financials  As of Oct. 31, 2018, net assets were $8,644.23, but this did not account for net revenue from the Legends event or sponsorship for the Aynesworth Awards. Zane Harrington moved to accept the financial report, and Song Yang seconded. The motion passed unanimously.

Membership Report  Zane Harrington said he was having difficulty pulling up info people whose memberships had lapsed. Paul Wahlstrom said the algorithm on the membership portal had been changed. He told Zane he would be updated so he could obtain the proper information. Paul said the Press Club would have membership information and sign-up sheets at the Aynesworth Awards on Dec. 1.

Next Happy Hour  Paul said the holiday Happy Hour for the Press Club would be Dec. 11 at the Mansion on Turtle Creek from 5-7 pm.

Hugh Aynesworth Awards  Paul said the parking garage would begin charging a $10 parking fee at 4 pm on Dec. 1, and the reception would start at 5 pm. Liz Farmer asked what time the Press Club volunteers should begin arriving and Paul suggested 4 pm. There would be a separate reception area for sponsors and finalists, he said, and board members’ presence would be most appreciated.

Song Yang said she would be at the civic center at noon Dec. 1 to do a run-through of the visuals for the program. Barry Hoffman and Paul Wahlstrom said they both would be there as well.

Arnold Wayne Jones showed a preview of the program, which all board members thought was quite effective. He listed deadlines for sponsorships and where their placement would be in the program.

A discussion was held to determine which finalists would actually be called to the podium, and it was agreed that all participants – award winners and finalists – would be invited to come up and receive their awards.

Adjournment — Paul said the next meeting would be held Jan., 22, 2019, place and time to be determined.

The meeting was adjourned at 435 pm.

Minutes submitted by Barry Hoffman

Robert “Bob” Glenn Passed Away on December 25, 2018

GLENN, Robert “Bob” Robert “Bob” Glenn was born September 13, 1925 in Chicago, Illinois, to Walter and Rose Goethals. He passed away on December 25, 2018. Bob was an actor, director, author and producer in the theater for more than 40 years. He directed plays in New York, St Louis, Houston, Atlantaand internationally in Canada and at the Festival of Two Worlds in Spoleto, Italyand played featured roles in films such as “The Last Picture Show”. The primary focus of his career, however, was in Dallas theatre. After serving as officer with the WWII U. S. Army Air Corps, Bob received dramatic training at Columbia College of Drama in Chicago. He came to Dallas in 1949 and was active in the post-war revival of the Dallas Little Theatre, serving as Actor-Director for many years. He also acted at the Margo Jones Theater and in the Dallas Summer Musicals. Bob later directed at the Dallas Black Theater, Courtyard Theater in Oak Lawn and the Pearl Chappell Playhouse on Knox Street, where he brought to Dallas first-time productions of “The Three-Penny Opera,” “The Fantastiks,” and “A View from the Bridge,” featuring a young Brenda Vaccaro. As a result of his pioneering work in Dallas theatre, Bob was recipient of a Ford Foundation grant which took him to New York to work with Cyril Ritchard and Noel Coward. His off-Broadway credits include “Shakespeare in Harlem,” “The Legend of Charlie Parker” and “The Long Valley”each of which he adapted for the stage and directed to critical acclaim. While in New York, Bob also appeared on national television in several episodes of “The Guiding Light.” After serving as the Artistic Director of the Citadel Theater in Edmonton, Canada, for two years, Bob returned to Dallas, where he founded Shakespeare Dallas in 1972. He served as its Producer for 17 years, bringing such actors as Peter Donat, Michael Learned, Earl Hyman, Sigourney Weaver, Patrick Stewart, Ron Leibman, and Morgan Freeman to act in the free summer festival and in other festival productions such as “The Hollow Crown” and Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol.” Between 1952 and 1990, Bob directed the Junior League Follies for 17 years and 35 Gridiron Shows for the Press Club of Dallas. In 1998, Bob received the Key Bryant “Creative Vision Award” from the 500, Inc. He received the 2000 Leon Rabin “Standing Ovation Award” for lifetime achievement in theatre. Bob will be ever missed by his beloved wife of 53 years, Sigrid Glenn of Denton, their daughter, Brittany Glenn of Dallas, and his four children from a previous marriage: Christopher Glenn and wife Barbara of Austin, Tricia Glenn of Greensboro, NC, Phillip Glenn and wife Liliana of Boston, MA, and Paul Glenn and wife Irene of Norway. Additionally, Bob is survived by four grandchildren: Kristin Glenn of Carbondale, IL, and Christina, Richard and Benjamin Glenn of Norway. Bob was predeceased by his parents, and his sister, Phyllis Hamm of Ocala, Florida. A celebration of Bob’s life will occur at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made in his name to Shakespeare Dallas by visiting

Published in Dallas Morning News on Dec. 30, 2018

Second Annual Hugh Aynesworth Awards for Texas Journalism Results



DALLAS, Dec. 3, 2018The Press Club of Dallas honored 17 winners and an additional 10 finalists from throughout Texas Dec. 1 at the 2018 Hugh Aynesworth Awards for Texas Journalism.

The dinner and awards presentation was held at the Irving Convention Center. It was hosted by longtime WFAA TV investigative reporter Byron Harris. Named for veteran reporter and Press Club member Hugh Aynesworth ­­‒ a four-time Pulitzer Prize finalist ‒ the Aynesworth Awards honors Texas journalists’ work completed in 2017.

The journalists and their news organizations represented Texas reporting in the following categories: daily newspapers, weekly newspapers, magazines, television, radio, and digital news sites. There was also a public service award that was open to all media organizations.

“Tonight, we celebrate the best in Texas journalism,” Press Club President Paul Wahlstrom told the audience. “These are the most creative, hard-fought examples of what a true story can be.”

Wahlstrom said the contest’s judges were given free rein in determining finalists. “The judges were asked to pick only award-worthy entries — no minimums, no quotas. All the finalists are award-winners.”

Wahlstrom described the judges as “well-known journalists from the East Coast with no involvement in Texas journalism, so their deliberations were based on what they read and saw, not who they knew.”

Before the awards were announced, Aynesworth, who witnessed the assassination of John F. Kennedy Nov. 22, 1963, and all the subsequent events, answered questions from the audience. He was asked to recall his most vivid memory on that fateful afternoon. “I remember a man pointing up at a window in the Texas Schoolbook Depository,” Aynesworth said. “‘I saw him! I saw him with the gun,’ the man said to me. Later on, it was his description that the police used to capture Lee Harvey Oswald at the Texas Theater. I’ll never forget the look on that man’s face.”


Click here for highlights of the awards ceremony!


Here is a list of winners and finalists of the 2018 Hugh Aynesworth Awards for Texas Journalism:

Daily Newspapers:
Feature Reporting –
Frank L. Christlieb, Dallas Morning News
“What Kind of Father,” June 15, 2017

Finalist — Naomi Martin, Dallas Morning News,

“Speaking up for Kara” March 23, 2017

Investigative  Reporting –
Cary Aspinwall, The Dallas Morning News
“What Happened to Tony Timpa?” Sep. 20, 2017

Sports Feature Reporting –
Michael Florek, The Dallas Morning News
“The Faith He Carries,” Sept. 27, 2017


Weekly Newspapers:
Feature Reporting –
Monte Walker, Howe Enterprise
“Two Howe Ladies Blessed to Survive Las Vegas Weekend,” Oct. 9, 2017

Investigative Reporting –
Charlotte Huffman and Mark Smith, WFAA
“Criminal Caretakers,” Nov. 16, 2017

Finalist –

“Pricey Perks”

Lori Brown, Vicki Chen, KDFW Channel 4, April 10, 2017

TV Feature Reporting –
Brian Curtis, KXAS
“Love and Loss: Kenny Goss Remembers George Michael,” Feb. 27, 2017

Finalist  —

A Hero’s Past: Lost and Found

Courtney Friedman, KSAT TV 12, May 29, 2017

TV Spot News Reporting –
Patty Santos, KSAT TV 12
“Singing and praise. Then gunfire.” Nov. 6, 2017
Investigative Reporting –
Courtney Collins and Jessica Diaz-Hurtado, KERA
“One Crisis Away/No Place to Go”


Radio Feature Reporting –
Bill Zeeble and Stella M. Chavez, KERA
“The Changing Face of Schools,” March 8, 2017

Finalist –

“The Effort to Bring Back Vinyl Records”

Hady Mawajdeh, Art and Seek, KERA, Feb. 16, 2017


Finalist —

“Building Houston’s Super School”

Reporter, Laura Isensee, Houston Public Media, Nov. 8, 2017—-

Radio Spot News Reporting –
David Brown, The Texas Standard
“Vignettes From A Disaster: Galveston After Harvey,” Aug. 31, 2017

Finalist –

Reporter, Rachel Osier Lindley,

“In A Houston Emergency Room, It Was A Week Like No Other”

KERA, Sept. 2, 2017


Radio Criticism –
Jerome Weeks, KERA
“Art & Seek,” Aug. 16, Sep. 14 and Oct. 25, 2017

Investigative Reporting –
Christopher Collins, The Texas Observer
“Death From Above,” April 17, 2017


Magazine Feature Reporting –
Skip Hollandsworth, Texas Monthly
“The Day The Fire Came,” July 2017

Magazine Feature Reporting Finalist

“The Leadership of Wilshire Baptist Church”

Reporter, Keri Mitchell, The Advocate, Nov. 28, 2017


Digital News:
Investigative Reporting –
Shelby Allison-Hibbs, Katy Lemieux, Mark Lowry, Theater Jones
“Lee Trull Accused of Misconduct,” Dec. 5, 2017

Digital News Editorial Opinion –
Bethany Erickson, Candy’s Dirt
“And Now, the Hard Part of Righting Dallas’ Racial Wrongs Actually Begins,” Dec. 5, 2017

Digital News Criticism –
Mark Lowry, Theater Jones
“Outside the Lines – Water Tower Theater Hit the Wall,” Aug. 8, 2017

Public Service:
Dallas Morning News

Cary Aspinwall, Stephanie Lamm, Ariana Giorgi “Women in Jail,” June 27 and Dec. 3, 2017


Public Service Finalist

Candy’s Dirt

“Dallas ISD’s Needs Won’t Disappear But You Can Help”

Bethany Erickson, columnist, Aug. 23, 2017

Public Service Finalist


Dallas Examiner

“Monday Night Politics”

Mollie Belt, Publisher and Editor, March 16, March 30, 2017 (and throughout the calendar year)




The Press Club of Dallas, formed in 1948, is an organization of journalists and professional communicators in North Texas, committed to promoting the discipline of journalism, communication, literacy, current affairs, and First Amendment freedoms. Journalists, communications professionals, and students are eligible to join the organization.

Board of Directors Minutes – October 23, 2018

Attending board members: Paul Wahlstrom, Song Yang, Cary Broussard, Zane Harrington, Barry Hoffman, Arnold Wayne Jones, Liz Farmer, Martha Tiller, Hugh Aynesworth

Absent: Tristan Hallman

Cary Broussard Headquarters – 6060 N. Central Expy #101

The meeting convened at 4:01 p.m. Steve Smith was also in attendance.

Cary Broussard made a motion to approve all sets of minutes from August and September. Arnold Wayne Jones seconded the minutes. All those in attendance approved.

4:08 p.m.

Financial report

Cary Broussard clarified that the cash in Chase Bank Special Events is actually a scholarship fund that Brett Shipp set up in Bert Shipp’s honor.

4:13 p.m.

Scott Goldstein joined via phone.

4:14 p.m.

Arnold Wayne Jones moved to approve the August and September financials. All those in attendance approved.

4:15 p.m.


Scott Goldstein explained how much the Legends made in sponsorships and items to take up regarding the contract.

Paul Wahlstrom said the club is trying to do Legends in May in the future, so it doesn’t bump up against the Aynesworth Awards. He said he’s also thought about doing a reunion and inducting a few new Legends, perhaps three.

Scott Goldstein said it can be done in three or four months of planning. Paul Wahlstrom’s asked if Scott Goldstein would be interested in helping organize again. Scott Goldstein said he could help but wouldn’t be able to take on the same leadership role.

Paul Wahlstrom suggested just having a reunion in May, but Arnold Wayne Jones said he didn’t think people would turn out for that.

Cary Broussard suggested getting former Legends involved as a planning committee. She said there are about 80 people who are members. Scott Goldstein said they should definitely be involved and suggested holding off on this decision until after the Aynesworth Awards. He said he doubted that it would turn into much of a fundraiser without honoring specific people. Barry Hoffman suggested having a big keynote Legend to draw a crowd.

Cary Broussard said financially, the club is actually ahead of last year. Café Momentum still needs to be paid for Legends, though.

Scott Goldstein said the sponsors need to be added as members.

4:39 p.m.

Membership report

Zane Harrington will be reaching out to the seven members who lapsed or who cancelled their membership.

4:47 p.m.


Zane Harrington is going to work on press releases.

Steve Smith said it would be nice to get a calendar developed as a strategic plan.

Paul Wahlstrom suggested coming up with a list, so members know who to go to in order to get things out via MailChimp versus social media.

Song Yang volunteered to organize who will do what tasks regarding communications.

4:52 p.m.

Communities Foundation

Cary Broussard said the funds made from Texas Giving Day will be moved.

4:53 p.m.

Aynesworth Awards

Barry Hoffman said the judges have completed the judging. He said he’ll send the results and the press release with the finalists to Paul Wahlstrom Friday. After it’s approved, he’ll send it to the contact at the AP.

The board members reviewed the numbers of submissions and finalists.

Paul Wahlstrom said the club is expecting about 150 people in attendance and need to set ticket prices.

5:01 p.m.

Arnold Wayne Jones said the publisher of the Dallas Voice agreed to do the layout of the program and asked for certain specifications, including the deadline. Paul Wahlstrom said the club would like at least 250 copies.

Martha Tiller shared the status of sponsorships for the Aynesworth Awards.


Barry Hoffman said he’d like to do a forum for college students and the public about journalism.

Paul Wahlstrom said UNT is interested and the club could get TCU and SMU involved.

5:53 p.m.

Hugh Aynesworth said the club needs to get the major media more involved, as well as TIL, Texas Institute of Letters, an organization with authors that has a monthly newsletter. He said the club needs to get in contact with them and get them Press Club press releases. Martha Tiller said the club also needs to get more freelancers. Steve Smith offered to talk to freelancers to see what resources would benefit them.

6:02 p.m.

The meeting adjourned

27 finalists named in second annual Hugh Aynesworth Awards for Texas Journalism

Dallas, TX, Oct. 31, 2108 – The Press Club of Dallas has selected 27 finalists in 16 categories for the second annual Hugh Aynesworth Awards for Texas Journalism.

The competition was open to Texas reporters, columnists, editors, photographers and videographers from throughout the state of Texas for work done in calendar year 2017.

“We increased the number of categories this year, and we’re excited by the response,” Press Club President Paul Wahlstrom said.  Entries came from journalists and their news organizations in Dallas-Ft. Worth, San Antonio, Houston and smaller communities, such as Howe, a north Texas town with a population of about 2,600.

“The judges wrote some really complimentary comments about the finalists,” Wahlstrom said. “Our judges are well-known journalists from the East Coast and have not been involved in Texas journalism, so their deliberations were based on what they read and saw, not who they knew.”

The awards dinner and ceremony will be held Dec. 1, 2018 at the Irving Convention Center, beginning at 5 pm. and is open to the public. It will be hosted by John McCaa, longtime news anchor at WFAA TV. TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE THROUGH Eventbrite.

The competition is named for Hugh Aynesworth, an award-winning reporter and editor, whose first-hand recounting of the 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy resulted in his best-selling book, November 22, 1963:  Witness to History.  A long-time Press Club member and past president, Aynesworth is the author of several investigative books and is a four-time Pulitzer Prize finalist.


Finalists in 2018 Hugh Aynesworth Awards for Texas Journalism

Daily Newspapers – Feature Writing

Speaking up for Kara

Reporter, Naomi Martin, Dallas Morning News, March 26, 2017


What Kind of Father

Reporter, Frank L. Christlieb, Dallas Morning News, June 15, 2017


Daily Newspapers – Investigative Reporting

What happened to Tony Timpa?

Reporter, Cary Aspinwall, Dallas Morning News, Apr. 20, 2017


Daily Newspapers – Sports Feature Reporting

The Faith He Carries

Reporter, Michael Florek, Dallas Morning News, Sept. 27, 2017


Weekly Newspapers – Feature Reporting

Two Howe Ladies Blessed to Survive Las Vegas Weekend

Reporter, Monte Walker, Howe Enterprise, Oct. 9, 2017


Television – Investigative Reporting

Pricey Perks

Lori Brown, Vicki Chen, KDFW Channel 4, April 10, 2017


Criminal Caretakers

Charlotte Huffman, Mark Smith WFAA Channel 8, Nov. 16, 2017


Television – Feature Reporting

A Hero’s Past: Lost and Found

Reporter, Courtney Friedman KSAT TV  12, May 29, 2017


Love and Loss: Kenny Goss Remembers George Michael

Reporter, Brian Curtis, KXAS TV Channel 5, Feb. 27, 2017


Television – Spot News Reporting  

Singing and praise. Then gunfire.

Couple shares story of surviving Texas church shooting

Reporter, Patty Santos, KSAT TV 12, Nov. 6, 2017


Radio – Spot News Reporting

In A Houston Emergency Room, It Was A Week Like No Other

Reporter, Rachel Osier Lindley, KERA, Sept. 2, 2017


Vignettes from A Disaster: Galveston After Harvey

Reporter, David Brown, Texas Standard, Aug. 31, 2017


Radio – Investigative Reporting

One Crisis Away/No Place to Go

Reporters, Courtney Collins and Jessica Diaz-Hurtado, KERA

April 27, 2017


High Levels of Lead in San Antonio Neighborhoods

Texas Public Radio, San Antonio

Reporter, David Martin Davies, July 16- July 19, 2017:


Radio – Feature Reporting

Building Houston’s Super School

Reporter, Laura Isensee, Houston Public Media, Nov. 8, 2017


The Changing Face of Schools

Reporters,  Bill Zeeble and Stella M. Chavez, KERA, March 8, 2017


The Effort to Bring Back Vinyl Records

Reporter, Hady Mawajdeh, Art and Seek, KERA, Fenb. 16, 2017


Radio – Criticism

Art & Seek, reviews and commentary,

Jerome Weeks, KERA, Aug. 16, Sep. 14 and Oct. 25, 2017


Magazine – Feature reporting

The Day The Fire Came

Reporter, Skip Hollandsworth, Texas Monthly, July, 2017


The Leadership of Wilshire Baptist Church

Reporter, Keri Mitchell, The Advocate, Nov. 28, 2017


Magazine – Investigative reporting

Death From Above

Reporter, Christopher Collins, The Texas Observer , April 17, 2017


Digital – Investigative reporting

Lee Trull Accused of Misconduct

Reporters, Shelby Allison-Hibbs, Katy Lemieux, Mark Lowry, Theater Jones

Dec. 5, 2017,


Digital – Editorial opinion

  And Now the Hard Part of Righting Dallas’ Racial Wrongs Actually Begins

Bethany Erickson, education, consumer affairs, and public policy columnist, Candy’s Dirt, Oct. 1, 2017


Digital – Criticism

 Outside the Lines – Water Tower Theater Hit the Wall

Mark Lowry, Aug. 8, 2017, Theater Jones


Public Service

 Dallas Examiner

Monday Night Politics

Mollie Belt, Publisher/CEO, Robyn Jimenez, VP of Production, Monday Night Politics, March 16, March 30, 2017 (and throughout the calendar year)


Dallas Morning News

Overlooked – As women go to jail in record numbers, who’s watching out for their kids? No one.

 Cary Aspinwall, Women in Jail, June 27, 2017, Dec. 3, 2017


Candy’s Dirt

Dallas ISD’s Needs Won’t Disappear But You Can Help

Bethany Erickson, columnist, Aug. 23, 2017 – Dallas ISD’s Needs Won’t Disappear,


Contact – Paul Wahlstrom –

September 25, 2018 Board of Directors Meeting

Press Club of Dallas

Board of Directors Minutes

Sept. 25, 2018

Cary Broussard Headquarters – 6060 N. Central Expy #101

Attending board members: Paul Wahlstrom, Song Yang, Cary Broussard, Zane Harrington, Barry Hoffman, Arnold Wayne Jones, Liz Farmer, Martha Tiller (4:20 pm)

Absent: Tristan Hallman, Hugh Aynesworth

The meeting convened at 4:08 p.m.

Minutes from Sept. 17

No approval, postponed the vote


Briefly discussed Memberize. Zane Harrington is chairing membership committee.


Hoping webmaster won’t have to update the website and that board can cover it.

Aynesworth submission needs to be taken down.

Song would like to be main person on the board heading up the website.

Paul said he doesn’t see Todd being the person to upload minutes etc. Someone on the board should do it.

He said Michael Grant has promoted Legends on Facebook, more than anyone else.

Liz Farmer said Angela has been great pushing out Legends, but it’d be great to have more help, like a committee. Paul Wahlstrom responded that Liz Farmer could set up committee to help if she wanted, but we can also just coordinate between who’s working on events and what they need in terms of promotion etc.

4:20 p.m.

Martha Tiller joined the meeting.

Aynesworth Awards

Zane Harrington pushed out the Aynesworth Awards with the Visit Dallas contacts

There was discussion of the cost.

Barry Hoffman said we had 40 entrees last year, 56 entrees this year, a lot came from weeklies

Paul Wahlstrom said we need to get started soon to decide who will take over the event committees next year, so they can learn as the club goes through them this year.

Paul Wahlstrom said he would like to get an entry brochure with application to send out.

4:32 p.m.

Cary Broussard suggested someone to head communications.

Paul Wahlstrom said we can discuss in January when we have a moment to regroup. He wants to do Legends in May, so it’s not within six months of the Aynesworth Awards.

4:33 p.m.

Zane Harrington asked if a freelancer wrote something for a Texas publication if it would qualify for the Hugh Awards. Barry Hoffman and Paul Wahlstrom agreed.

4:36 p.m.

North Texas Giving Day

Cary Broussard stated not every donation gets matched.  Press Club raised just under $500.

4:37 p.m.


Cary Broussard said 31 tickets have sold.

She said she assumes that doesn’t include 10 tickets are reserved for students and faculty that Pierce Allman has donated.

She thinks capacity is 325 at Sixth Floor.

Cary Broussard said having more Legends can help increase attendance because they bring their families and round it out. This year there are nine Legends, as opposed to a larger number before.

Paul Wahlstrom said most of our fundraising events are outside of membership.

Cary Broussard suggested launching a campaign and perhaps sending out an e-blast tonight.

Paul Wahlstrom said this is why he wanted to do a happy hour next week to promote it.

Arnold Wayne Jones suggested using a QR code to link to the Eventbrite. He agreed to look into it.

Paul Wahlstrom said he thinks we should get board members to come and pitch it as a way to help promote the club.

Paul Wahlstrom said he thought we had a table last year where people could walk up at the event and buy tickets there.

Martha Tiller asked if we should pitch media to support their colleagues.


Cary Broussard said we’ve sold this event out every year and that we need to get some e-blasts out through Memberize. She suggested sending out three emails that would be personalized with people’s names. Steve Smith can cover this. Michelle has always been the person to do this, but she thinks Steve can take over.

Cary Broussard suggested also pushing out three Mailchimps.

Paul Wahlstrom suggested talking to the Legends themselves and see if they’d like to invite people.

Arnold Wayne Jones said we should reach out to previous recipients.

Cary Broussard said Steve Smith has the list from Scott Goldstein (who just got off the board and is co-chair of Legends), but doesn’t think he’s contacted them yet.


Legends have a discounted membership with the Press Club – they can join for $20.

Paul Wahlstrom said 11 former Legends are members.

The list needs to be checked, Paul Wahlstrom said some of the contacts have passed away.

Song Yang asked who the gatekeeper is for the database.

Cary Broussard said there isn’t one specific person, but it’s in Mailchimp and definitely needs to be cleaned up.

Cary Broussard said we download the membership list from Memberize and upload it to Mailchimp.

Song Yang said she’d like to help clean up the list, which is particularly bad in Mailchimp since it’s not automated like Memberize.

Song Yang asked how much we’re paying for Mailchimp? Cary responded that it’s free.

Paul Wahlstrom said the biggest need for Legends is volunteers. Four to five people for check-in desk.

Stacy Bridgers, Martha Tiller will help. Song Yang will help with the Powerpoint.

Aynesworth Awards

Arnold Wayne Jones asked about sponsorship for the Aynesworth Awards.

Barry Hoffman said he never saw a budget for the Aynesworth event last year.

Cary Broussard said the printed program was really expensive last year. The art was donated and the mockup, but the printing was expensive.

5 p.m.

Martha Tiller said Cynthia Smoot’s husband has a printing place and is happy to ask about options if someone helps guide her for the Aynesworth Awards, which Cary Broussard said she would.

5:02 p.m.

Steve Smith called in.

Arnold Wayne Jones said he’d ask someone at The Voice for a mockup of the printed program, which the Press Club give them sponsorship for doing. He said they use DFW Printing, but The Voice wouldn’t be able to cover that cost. He said he’ll ask Leo, The Voice publisher, if they can donate the layout.

Paul Wahlstrom said we need about 250 copies.

Finalists get certificates.

5:07 p.m.

Martha Tiller asked who’s getting ads for the brochure. Paul Wahlstrom clarified that that’s under the umbrella from sponsorships. Last year it cost a minimum of $75 to be in the program. Major sponsors get tickets in addition to the ad.

Paul Wahlstrom said David Dunnigan already sold a page for the Aynesworth Awards.

5:10 p.m.

Barry Hoffman told Steve Smith that for the nominations, all of broadcast and daily newspapers have been sent out.

Barry Hoffman and Liz Farmer discussed access for the newspaper judge to read articles online.

5:18 p.m.

Scott Goldstein arrived.

Paul Wahlstrom said sponsorships are critical, we have 30 percent of what is needed.

Legends Powerpoint

Scott Goldstein said one screen will scroll through sponsors and there will be a separate presentation for the stage with bios and photos of the Legends. He said Tristan Hallman agreed to make them.

So far, 128 total tickets have been sold, though Scott Goldstein said that’s misleading because with the sponsors they often don’t use them, but he said he’s trying to clarify whether they’ll use them and if not, if they can give them to the Legends.

Individual ticket sales are only about 20,

There are 24 sponsors, including Pierce Allman and Visit Dallas from Frank Librio.

Others sponsors were at the standard $250 level.

Paul Wahlstrom asked for a copy of the list that we discussed, which Scott said he’d provide.

Two e-blasts through Memberize. Steve Smith said he added a list of former Legends to Mailchimp. Scott said he would give him copy to send out.

Networking Happy Hours

Paul Wahlstrom said he’s going to talk to the following places:

Old Monk for an event Nov. 13

The Mansion for an event Dec. 11 or 18

Zane Harrington said he knows the director of sales and marketing and communications if we need a contact.

5:30 p.m. Scott Goldstein left.

5:32 p.m.

New Business

Zane Harrington said he has a relationship with PRSA, so he can reach out to them for support.

Paul Wahlstrom said we thought the board now had 10 board members, which can make it difficult to reach a quorum.

5:35 p.m.

Cary Broussard said the Sammons Center for the Arts is hosting Journalism in the Arts Sept. 27

She’s working on the program for Legends with Scott Goldstein.

Aynesworth Awards

Cary Broussard said we didn’t send a press release out about John McCaa hosting the Aynesworth Awards, but after Legends, so it’s not confusing.

Paul Wahlstrom said he’d like a packet put together for the Aynesworth finalists, including information on the new boutique hotel, Texican.

Barry Hoffman and Paul Wahlstrom said we need a press release about the Aynesworth Awards send that out the Monday after the event.

Barry Hoffman said his goal is to heighten the interest and credibility of the awards.

Press Releases

Cary Broussard said there was a member at the annual meeting who could write press releases, but Paul said he’d really like a board member to do it.

Cary Broussard said she and JoAnn Holt have been the ones writing the press releases, so they need to step back from that. Paul Wahlstrom said he understood and for now, would like it to be within the board since it’s coming up so quickly, but we can revisit in January.

Zane Harrington offered to do the press releases if someone would edit.

5:45 p.m. Arnold Wayne Jones left.

Martha Tiller said Dotty Griffith wanted to join the board but didn’t feel like she had time to attend meetings, however she’s a good writer. Martha Tiller said perhaps she could be someone else who could help with writing later.

The press release about John McCaa hosting the Aynesworth Awards and the finalists can go out the third week of October to first week of November. Zane Harrington will write press release. Liz Farmer and Paul Wahlstrom will review.

5:50 p.m.

The meeting adjourned.


Liz Farmer, secretary

September 17, 2018 Board of Directors Meeting

Press Club of Dallas

Board of Directors Minutes

Sept. 17, 2018

KERA Studios – 3000 Harry Hines Boulevard

Attending board members: Paul Wahlstrom, Cary Broussard, Liz Farmer, Zane Harrington, Song Yang, Arnold Wayne Jones, Martha Tiller

Absent: Tristan Hallman, Barry Hoffman, Hugh Aynesworth

The meeting convened at 6:50 p.m.


Zane Harrington offered to take over as Membership Chair since Jo Ann Holt is no longer serving in that capacity.

Upcoming meetings

The board will continue to meet at 4 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of the month, for now, but will meet at 6060 N. Central Expy #101.

North Texas Giving Day

Arnold Wayne Jones asked if people that day could do things like buy a Legends ticket, but Paul Wahlstrom and Cary Broussard said no because things like that can’t be totally written off for tax purposes.

Cary Brousard said ideally, we would have had something set up downtown because people tend to have stands, but we can think about that for next year.

Steve Smith said he would do an e-blast about the fundraising initiative soon.


We need to further discuss the webmaster’s role, as well as Marketing Chair since Zane Harrington is over membership and Liz Farmer agreed to be secretary.

Happy hours

Paul Wahlstrom said he’d like to get happy hours started again in October if possible. The board agreed on two upcoming dates: Oct. 2 and Nov. 13. Paul Wahlstrom said the club typically covers about $250 for snacks and people cover their drinks.

Holiday party

Paul suggestion The Mansion as a possible venue. The board decided not to have a board meeting Dec. 18 since it’s so close to the holiday party.

Aynesworth Awards

Several members are scoping out the Irving Convention Center at 2 p.m. Sept. 25. Paul Wahlstrom said Martha Tiller agreed to help with decorations and that he’d spoken to Frank Librio about promoting Dallas to the finalists. The evening of the event, Dec. 1, Gary Clark Jr. will be playing across the street, so attendees can catch his concert afterwards.


The meeting adjourned at 7:20 p.m.

Liz Farmer, Secretary

August 28, 2018 Board of Directors Meeting

Location – Visit Dallas HQ, 325 St. Paul St. Dallas, TX

Attending Board members – Cary Broussard, Hugh Aynesworth, Jo Ann Holt, Zane Harrington, Barry Hoffman, Frank Librio, Paul Wahlstrom (ex officio), Michelle McClure (ex officio)

Call ins – Martha Tiller, Liz Farmer

Absent: Scott Goldstein, Cory Smith, Tristan Hallman

The meeting convened at 4:06 pm

Old Business  Approval of the minutes for June 26, 2018 minutes. Moved by Jo Ann Holt, seconded by Frank Librio, unanimously approved.

Financials  As of July 31, 2018, net assets were $18,066.23, $7,099, less than the same reporting period the previous year.  Reasons for this were that fund-raising for the Legends event has not yet reached its full effort, Cary said. Barry Hoffman moved to accept the financial report, Martha Tiller seconded. The motion passed unanimously.

President’s ReportAdministrative changes: Cary introduced Steven Smith, who would be taking over  administration of the Press Club. This job is part-time, and Steve, who has a law degree, is also working as a database membership manager for his Oak Cliff Alma mater, Bishop Dunne High School.

Cary also thanked Michelle McClure, who is leaving, for handling all the administrative duties for the club for the past year, especially membership; and she thanked Bill Young, who has moved on to a IT job in Grapevine. Bill Young is being replaced by Todd Davis for Web site management.

North Texas Giving Day – Cary said that we have delayed our decision to enter into a financial agreement, specifically opening a fund with the Communities Foundation of Dallas until after North Texas Giving Day on Sept. 20.  She mentioned we would use our social media and traditional PR outreach to advertise North Texas Giving Day on Sep. 20.

BOD Nominations – Cary announced our annual meeting will be held at KERA studios Sep. 17, and new Board of Directors candidates who will who be introduced (so far) are Arnold Wayne Jones, a long-time newspaper writer and editor, and Song Yang, digital director of Cowboys and Indians Magazine. Additionally, two BOD members who joined in 2018 will also be introduced and elected – Liz Farmer, formerly a reporter for the Dallas Morning News and currently a brand journalist for the Pinnacle Group; and Zane Harrington, a communications specialist for Visit Dallas.

Press Club President – Cary said that President-elect Cory Smith would be leaving early in 2019 to accept a network correspondent’s position for NBC News in Washington, DC. A discussion ensued as to how to create a logical succession process. While no decision was reached, some good ideas resulted, which Cary said would be acted upon before the year was out.

Press Club Records – Frank Librio said he would investigate where the club’s records that resided with the Hall of State at the Fair Park currently are. We had been told they weren’t digitized, but Frank said he thought they might be.

 Hugh Aynesworth Awards

 Barry Hoffman said the deadline for entries had been extended to Sep. 15. Some board members questioned whether the deadline could be extended to the end of the month, but Barry expressed concern that the judges would not have enough time to evaluate all the entries. Efforts for obtaining sponsors for the event were just in the early stages, event chairman Paul Wahlstrom said. In an effort to enlist more daily newspaper entries, Zane Harrington said he would begin a series of phone call within the next week.

Legends Awards

The Press Club’s Legends awards event is scheduled for Oct. 13 at the Sixth Floor Museum. Fund-raising and sponsor solicitations are under way, with Scott Goldstein and Frank Librio acting as co-chairs for the event.


The meeting was adjourned at 5:54 pm.

– Minutes submitted by Recording Secretary Barry Hoffman