November 2018 PRestige

President's Perspective

Lauren Debick
FPRA Ocala President

Greetings, fellow PR Professionals!

November is one of my favorite months because I make it a point to schedule time to do a recap of the year and begin planning for the next year. However, November can also be a stressful month because of the upcoming holiday season.

That is why this month’s key word is assistance. Sometimes it is easier to give assistance than it is to ask for it but a key part of achieving goals is knowing when to ask for help. If there is anything I can do for you, please reach out to me. If you are looking for ways to get involved but do not know where to start, I invite you to text, call, email, FB message me, etc. If you are not sure what something means or think there is an opportunity for us to do something that will better serve our members, please reach out to me about that as well.

I know firsthand the power of asking for help and how it can be a positive game-changer in a team setting.

Here are a few things to keep in mind as we move toward the end of 2018:

* Professional development is a major focus area for your board. You are encouraged to attend the monthly luncheons and participate in other professional development opportunities, such as beginning the accreditation process.

* Members are encouraged to engage with the chapter! We have many involvement opportunities that do not require a large time commitment. Please reach out to me and I will get you plugged in with a committee that best aligns with your strengths.

* Making time for fun is important. I challenge you to make sure you are taking time for yourself and fitting some fun into your life this month. If you are looking to have fun with the Ocala Chapter, make sure you have the following events on your calendar: monthly mixers, upcoming community events, and the holiday social.

With Gratitude,


In The Community

Christy Jergens, APR

Congratulations to Chirsty Jergens, APR who came in second place in her division during a recent 10k. Several of the Ocala Chapter members run in area 5k/10k events. If you are interested in participating, let us know!



Member Events

Xgosive Tennis Fundraiser

Nov. 9
To participate email Judi Zanetti.
Want to get your event listed?


APR.  You’ve heard these letters time and time again (and we’re NOT talking about Annual Percentage Rate).  
Now, you can better understand how they impact your PR career by attending study sessions in the coming weeks.
Monday evenings, 5:30PM-7PM.
Dates:  Nov. 5, 12, 19 & 26; sessions resume in January ’19.
Location: Marion County School Board, 512 SE 3rd
Street, Ocala, 34471
The APR process involves three specific steps to earn the credential fewer than 20 percent of PR professionals have.
Come learn what the APR process entails and how earning your APR will teach you more than you ever imagined!
Let Kevin Christian, APR, CPRC know you’re interested by emailing him at

November Mixer

Tuesday, Nov. 13
5-7 pm
Ocala Wine Experience
36 SW 1st Ave. (Downtown Ocala)
This networking mixer is a great opportunity for current chapter members to catch up with one another outside of our regular monthly meetings. This mixer is also open to spouses, co-workers, friends or anyone else who may be interested in learning more about FPRA. We hope to see you there!
Questions? Email Katie Hunnicutt

November Luncheon

Beth Ramsay

The Power of Decision, Clarity and Fear

by guest speaker Beth Ramsay
Friday, Nov. 16, 2018
Networking 11:30 am
Program Noon – 1:00 pm
Ewers Century Center
CF • 3001 SW College Road
Professional attire preferred

Community Service Opportunity

The Ocala Chapter has the opportunity to help the Marion County Homeless Council create their PR plan.
We are looking for a group of 3-6 members who are interested in collaborating together on this project.
For more details surrounding the scope of the project, or to join this group, please contact Community Service Chair, Judi Zanetti.

November Birthdays

We would like to wish the following member a very happy birthday this month!
Heidi Gutierrez
Nov. 20
Maclyn Walker
Please email your birthday to Lauren Debick
(month and date only)

Holiday Social

Bring on the cheer- the holidays are here!
Join your fellow FPRA members for lots of fun and our newest tradition of making our very own wine.
Thursday,Dec. 6
5:15- 8 pm
The Corkscrew Winery & Brewery
16 SW Broadway Street

Thanks to our Presenting Chapter Sponsor

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