PRestige August 2018


2018 FPRA Chapter of the Year

From the PResident's Perspective

As the great week of FPRA Annual Conference comes to a close, it’s hard to believe this is my final column as President of the FPRA Ocala Chapter! As the old saying goes, time flies when you’re having fun. Conference is so inspiring every year and this year was exceptional. This year has been REALLY fun for me as I’ve witnessed so much success in our small, but mighty chapter. Receiving the President’s award for Promoting FPRA and Chapter of the Year confirms some of my favorite moments of our chapter year. Thanks to our dynamic board and members who are truly engaged in promoting the value of professional development through FPRA.
Let me share the highlights with you:

We exceeded our membership goal of 55 this year; currently there are 63 professional and three student members.
We strengthened the FPRA brand locally with our fabulous Mid-Florida Local Image Awards and Toolkit for Success seminar.
We secured a solid leadership stream for the chapter moving into 2018-2019.

I have grown in my BOLD PR steps this year and I hope you have too. There is so much room for us to move boldly with our work. As I transition into my role as Immediate Past President of the chapter, my commitment to our success remains the same. I am only a phone call away and I hope you will consider getting more involved if you’re not already.
I promise you will never regret a BOLD commitment to FPRA.
Until next time,
Lisa E. Varner, APR, CPRC

Conference Recap

It’s been a great week! The 80th FPRA Annual Conference was one for the record books for Ocala Chapter members. See photo highlights below.

President-elect Lauren Debick graduates from Leadership FPRA (more)

Seven Ocala members recognized for service on the executive committee. (more)

Nick Zoller, APR presented with credentials from Ginger Broslat, APR, CPRC. (more)

Tina Banner, APR, CPRC announced a milestone year for FPRA Education Foundation. (more)

Carole Savage, APR, CPRC shared memories of her year as past FPRA presidents “passed the gavel.”

FTBOA in the Museum.

Katie Hunicutt inducted into the 2018 Joe Curley Rising Leaders Class. (more)

Ocala’s own Digital Fury sponsored conference and compiled conference video recaps each day. View Day One. View Day Two.

Laura Byrnes, APR, CPRC coordinated an outstanding Golden Image event. Six members honored (more)

Kevin Christian, APR, CPRC Receives the Doris Fleischman Award

Probably the most memorable event of conference for attendees was watching the complete surprise on Kevin Christian’s face as he received one of The Association’s highest honors.(more)

August Mixer is Next Tuesday

Please join us for the August Mixer Tues., August 21, 5:30-7:00 p.m. to get to know some of your fellow members better!
53 SE Magnolia Ext,
Ocala, FL 34471
352-622-5550

Let's Support Each Other!

Your Fellow Chapter Members want to Support Your Hard Work!
Please notify lauren.debick@gmail.comif you have an upcoming event. We will then share the events via Facebook and in our newsletter to encourage more members to come out and support one another. This is another great member benefit of FPRA.
Here’s a great example!
Transitions Life Center will host the groundbreaking ceremony to build its community center to serve young adults with intellectual disabilities. The property was secured through a nominal lease with the City of Ocala. The building is being constructed in part with a $600,000 Community Development Block Grant administered through Marion County. Please join Lucy Johnsonon Thursday, Sept. 6 at 9 a.m. Google NW 16th Road for directions and look for the signs!

Join Us for the August Luncheon

OCALA FPRA August Professional Development Program
TOPIC:    2018-2019 Board Installation by FPRA State President Gordon Paulus, APR, CPRC. Paulus will also share his vision for the FPRA new year: Smart • Engaged • Fun
SPEAKER:  Gordon Paulus, APR, CPRC, Senior Communications Specialist for Gulf Power
DATE:      Thur., July 19, 2018
TIME:       Networking 11:30 – Program Noon – 1:00 p.m.
LOCATION:  Ewers Century Center Teleconference Room
CF • 3001 SW College Road •  Ocala, FL 34474

Our Member Directory Needs You

Networking is a key to getting the most of your FPRA membership. The Ocala Chapter member online directory is a tool to help you connect more easily with other members. The directory is only accessible by Ocala Chapter members logging in to the protected section of the website.
Our current directory is outdated with new members not yet included and members who have changed roles. Please click the link blow to create or update your profile.

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