Who Am I?
Hey there! I’m Erin Taylor, and here at UrbanLink, it seems like I do a bit of everything, but my true passion is public relations. There’s nothing quite like taking a company’s vision and sharing that with the community! While I’ve worked in several different industries, I enjoy partnering with nonprofits and spend my free time volunteering.
My personal passion is history – more specifically, the preservation and education of American history. I am currently a member of the Pioneer Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution. I serve as the Chapter Chair of Commemorative Events, Chapter Treasurer, and was recently designated the Idaho State Chair of Public Relations and Media. I know that seems like a lot, but what else would I do in my free time?
I love that I get to combine my personal passion for history and my love of public relations to help the Boise community. By serving as the Idaho State Chair of Public Relations and Media, I get to offer assistance and resources to help other chapters across Idaho share the patriotism, education, and historic preservation that DAR works to provide the community.
Remembering The Great War
A recent project of our chapter was the installation of a monument on the 100th Anniversary of World War I: November 11, 2018. This monument is the only WWI memorial in Boise. For this project, it was my job to plan the ceremony, invite speakers, and coordinate media coverage. The monument, placed in Veterans Memorial Park, recognizes the men and women who helped Allied Forces, at home and abroad, win “the war to end all wars.”
Speakers and performances for the event included:
- Susan Davis, Idaho State Society Regent
- Janice Beller, Pioneer Chapter Regent, NSDAR
- Michelle Hartley, Command Chief Warrant Officer 5, Idaho Army National Guard
- Terri Schorzman, City of Boise Director of Arts and History
- Brandi Burns, City of Boise History Programs Manager
- Elaine Klegg, Boise City Council President Pro Tem
- Cecelia Otto, Songwriter and Performer of classic songs from WWI
I was especially proud of the media attention we received for this memorial – not just for our organization and for veterans, but also for the Boise community to finally have a monument to honor those who served during WWI. We received coverage from all of our major news outlets, including FOX, ABC, and CBS, as well as the Idaho Press Tribune. You can check out one of the stories covering the memorial ceremony and interviews with Pioneer Chapter member here. Look closely and you might spot a few seconds of yours truly!
The event I orchestrated was a wonderful representation of the hard work our chapter had put in over the course of the project. I was honored to be a part of this event and was delighted to utilize my skills in public relations to help the event be so successful.
A Messenger and a Creator
Recently, I submitted my project with DAR to the Hermes Creative Awards. The Hermes Creative Awards aims to honor the messengers and creators of traditional and emerging media. The commemorative ceremony held for the placement of the WWI monument is a Special Event under the “Strategic Programs” category.
Normally, I am not one who likes to brag about their accomplishments – PR pros are always the ones “behind the camera” and we like to focus on the efforts of the entire team rather than just “me, me, me.” With that being said, I was ecstatic to find out my entry to the Hermes Creative Awards was a 2019 Gold Winner.
I know this award would be meaningless (or non-existent) if I didn’t care about the work that I do, for both my company and for the organizations I am a part of.
I’m always thinking of “what’s next” on my list – this spring I’ve been working on another project with DAR to dedicate a memorial for Elvina Moulton at the Idaho Black History Museum! I’ll be sure to share more of the great projects I get to work on. In the meantime, be on the lookout for more from our team.