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Located a couple of blocks from the state capitol building in Madison, Wisconsin is The Madison Concourse Hotel, site of the biennial PPA Conference on August 20-22. Preceding the conference will be a full day of workshops on Wednesday, August 19. The room rate is $134 per night, single or double occupancy.

Plans progress for August PPA Conference

On August 20-22, APWU editors, associate editors and officers will meet in Madison, Wisconsin for the 2015 biennial conference of the APWU National Postal Press Association. Preceding the conference will be a full day of workshops on Wednesday, August 19. Established in 1967, this event is part of the PPA's mission; helping communicators fulfill their responsibilities of informing the membership of the American Postal Workers Union.

Led by a group of talented instructors, the intensive four-day program will cover a variety of communication-related topics and will be helpful to everyone; from novice to experienced, to local or state organizations that are interested in establishing (or re-establishing)  a communications program for its membership. 

In addition to nine workshops, the gathering will include three general sessions and an awards banquet. 

The conference will be held at the The Madison Concourse Hotel in Madison, Wisconsin. The room rate is $134 per night, single or double occupancy. This rate is valid throughout the conference, in addition to three days before and three days after the actual meeting dates. Current tax rate is 14.5%. The hotel will provide free ground transportation from the airport, free Internet access in all guestrooms and a reduced parking rate of $7 per night. For more information about the Concourse Hotel or to make room reservations click here or call hotel reservations at 1-800-356-8293.

For the seventh consecutive conference the registration fee will be $160.  This fee includes conference materials, workshops, refreshment breaks, buffet dinner reception, and awards banquet.

Scenes from the 2013 conference...

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The 2015 PPA Biennial Conference will be held on August 19-22 in Madison, Wisconsin. Following are some images from the 2013 conference.

The pre-conference session included three workshops. Pictured is instructor Shawn Ellis and participants in the photojournalism workshop.

Pictured are some of the delegates at the conference opening session.

Included in the conference were nine workshops and three general sessions. Here, participants work on a writing assignment.

Conference attendees participated in a Solidarity Sing Along at the capitol, a continuing protest of anti-worker policies.

Some of the participants at the Solidarity Sing Along.

The cartoon collage workshop tested participant's creativity with developing their own collages.

Pictured are Hank Paredes, Larry Sorrells and John Stevens taking a quiz on internal union elections in the legal issues workshop.

In an emotional display of solidarity, participants of the Solidarity Sing Along joined PPA members at the Awards Banquet.

Referencing the PPA's 49th anniversary & Solidarity Sing Along, President Carobine emphasized that it only takes a few people to achieve great things.
PPA Awards to be Presented - Entry Deadline May 18

The 2015 PPA Awards Committee completed its work of designating the award categories and formulating the rules of this year's PPA Awards Program. Serving on the committee are Chairperson Jenny Gust, editor, Ohio Postal Worker and Black Swamp Outrider, Toledo, Ohio; Loren Adams, Editor Arkansas Postal Worker, Razorback Scheme, Fayetteville, Arkansas; Phillip Breunig, Editor Tour’s End, Gainesville, Florida; Valerie Schropp, Editor Redwood Empire Area Local News, Santa Rosa, California; John Stevens, Editor Nevada State APWU, Reno, Nevada.

First place and honorable mention awards in 15 categories will be presented at an awards banquet on Saturday, August 22 in Madison, Wisconsin at the conclusion of the 2015 PPA Conference.

With the exception of the website category, the awards committee also has the responsi­bility of independently reviewing and rating each entry using a point system. The results will be tabulated to determine the top eight finalists in each category. A judge from out­side the Postal Press Association and APWU will then review the finalist entries and select the award recipients. All website entries will be sent directly to the outside judge for review and final selections.

Originally called the Biennial Award of Merit Program, it was established at the August 1967 conference in Cleveland, Ohio. The purpose of instituting an awards program was to rec­ognize Association editors for outstanding work in editing, publishing and writing. The first awards were presented at the 1968 con­ference in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Over the years, the awards program has been modified several times to reflect changes in technol­ogy and production methods.

Awards Program rules and entry form were mailed to editor members.  A duplicate copy of this material is available by clicking on the file below. Deadline for receipt of entries is Monday, May 18.


Download: 2015 PPA Awards Program rules -entry forms.pdf


Quote of the Month - March

"Only a fool would try to deprive working men and women of the right to join the union of their choice."

--President Dwight D. Eisenhower

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