PRestige May 2018


By now, you’ve heard quite a bit about the 2018 FPRA Ocala Toolkit for Success. We look forward to seeing you!
Thurs., May 17, 2018
The College of Central Florida
8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
We need to provide a catering number by Thursday. Please contact a colleague to invite and register before Thursday, May 10. E-mail Lucy Johnson to let her know you’re coming!
Toolkit Replaces Our May Monthly Meeting and is the third Thursday, not third Friday!

President's Perspective

We are coming off a BOLD event held by the FPRA Ocala Chapter. If you attended the 2018 Mid-Florida Image Awards and Communicator of the Year celebration on April 26th, you know exactly what I’m talking about.
Approximately 100 community and business leaders gathered to celebrate excellence in PR and communications. Kudos to Allison Campbell, APR, CPRC, who chaired the event and set a new standard of excellence along with her committee members Tina Banner, APR, CPRC, Ginger Broslat, APR, CPRC, Devon Chestnut, APR, CPRC, Kevin Christian, APR, CPRC, Heather Danenhower, APR, CPRC, Kristina Donohue, Stephanie Payne and Brenda Williams.
Now that I have my Image Award entry judges remarks in hand, I’m going to tweak my entries and prepare for the Golden Image Award entry deadline of May 21st. What excellent projects have you worked in the past year that might be award-worthy? Give me a call and I would love to discuss entry ideas with you!
Coming soon to our chapter members and local professionals, the 2018 Toolkit for Success Seminar. ENGAGE – Your Team, Your Audience, and The Media; this will be a fabulous half-day professional development seminar on May 17th at the College of Central Florida. Thank you to Ginger Broslat, APR, CPRC, for spearheading the committee and organizing a great day for our chapter members. I hope to see you there!
If you’re looking for an extended professional development opportunity, consider the FPRA Annual Conference in Jacksonville August 5-8. This is a top-notch conference with presentations by communications experts and industry leaders from around the country. You don’t want to miss this learning opportunity!
Until next time, keep the BOLD PR work going and take part in all this Association has to offer. You will not regret it!
Lisa E. Varner, APR, CPRC

Leadership FPRA Applications are Open

FPRA Ocala has budgeted scholarship dollars to assist a chapter member(s) who is accepted to the program. In the first two classes, six members were from Ocala!
Keep our representation strong!

Let's Support Each Other!

Your Fellow Chapter Members want to Support Your Hard Work!
Please notify if 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!
Marion County veterans, citizens, and community leaders are invited to join Supervisor of Elections Wesley Wilcox and his team for the official unveiling of the
Veterans Wall of Honor
May 30, 2018 at 12 PM
at the Marion County Supervisor of Elections Office, 981 NE 16th Street, Ocala. Light refreshments will be provided.
Please RSVP by May 23, 2018 at Starley Ard or 352.620.3290
Learn more about this great program Honoring our distinguished veterans.

April Mixer Fun

We had lots of fun at the April Mixer bottling our signature wine for the Mid-Florida Image and Wilton F. Martin Communicator of the Year Awards. Survey respondents appreciated our blend!
“The wine and wine bottles that were created just for the event was amazing and special!”

Join Us for the May Mixer

May Mixer: May 23, Las Magaritas, 4414 SW College Rd, Ocala, FL 34474 (Market Street at Heath Brook) 5:30-7:00.
Please RSVP to Lauren Debick so we’ll know to look for you!

Let Your Golden Entry Roll!

Deadline to enter Golden Image is May 21. Here is the link to the Call for Entries.
 The 61st Golden Image Awards gala, Let the Golden Times Roll, takes place Tuesday, Aug. 7 during FPRA’s annual conference at the Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort and Spa at Ponte Vedra Beach.

Make Plans for the 80th FPRA Annual Conference

Join us for FPRA’s 80th Annual Conference to be held from August 5-8, 2018, at the Sawgrass Marriott Resort & Spa in Jacksonville. The FPRA Annual Conference is known for its excellent speaker lineup, fun networking functions, luxurious host properties and its signature event, the Golden Image Awards. We hope you’ll mark your calendars now. The early-bird registration rate (ends July 16) for FPRA members is $795.00 and for non-members is $975.00. Your registration fee includes all meals (three breakfasts, two lunches and two dinners), except dinner on Monday. Your FPRA Ocala Chapter invests back into members by offering a conference scholarship.

Get a Media Directory

Thanks to Elaine McClain for updating the FPRA Ocala Media Directory. This is one of the fundraisers that supports our efforts for scholarships and programming.
Click the image or go to under newsroom to purchase. Once payment is made, your browser will open a link to download the file. Members may purchase for $25 and non-members are $50.

Have You Checked the Job Board?

There are new postings to view! Check it out under the members only section of If you need help with your log in, contact Lauren Debick.

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.

Thank You, Amelia Jewett with PixelPro Events - Photography

The images captured at the 2018 Mid-Florida Image Awards and Communicator of the Year celebration were exceptional.

Thank You!

Our Presenting Chapter Sponsor

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