PRestige November 2017

PResident's Perspective

As I reflect on the past month and think about the coming weeks in my FPRA world, I am proud of the work our chapter’s leadership team is accomplishing. I feel so fortunate to have a strong group of professionals focused on delivering quality programming and offering improved benefits to our members. They are working diligently behind the scenes on student membership recruitment, membership renewals, an updated media directory, Accreditation prep, and Image Awards planning, among other things.
The most recent membership report from the FPRA State Office shows the Ocala Chapter leading the state in membership renewals – with 84% of our members renewed. I would like to extend a huge thank you to everyone who renewed early and helped us achieve this status!
This month, Ocala Chapter President Elect Lauren Debick and I will be attending our first quarterly FPRA State Board meeting. We will have a chance to hear about best practices from other chapters and learn about all facets of our association. In addition to Lauren and I being on the FPRA State Board, we have a number of members on the FPRA Executive Committee. In fact, I dare say the number of Ocala Chapter members on the FPRA Executive Committee is a record for ANY chapter’s representation!
Speaking of records, I believe the attendance at our October meeting was the highest number for a regularly scheduled professional development session. With the great programming we have, this should come as no surprise to our members.
Thank you for allowing me to serve as your FPRA Ocala Chapter President. I am a phone call or email away. If you have suggestions for your chapter’s leaders, please consider my theme of BOLD PR. Share your thoughts with me; challenge me and we can grow together!
Lisa E. Varner, APR, CPRC


Due to catering concerns, we cannot accept RSVPs after the deadline or day-of-event attendees.
We appreciate your understanding as we make this transition in our reservation processes.
Your response must be received by noon on Monday, Nov. 13 in order to attend.

November 17 Professional Development Luncheon

Claire Lessinger, Tampa Bay Sports Commission will present on “Big League PR – Special Events”
We all want to score success for our organizations and our community. As the director of special events for the Tampa Bay Sports Commission (TBSC), Claire Lessinger does both. Come to the FPRA Ocala Professional Development luncheon Fri., Nov. 17 to see how she calls the PR plays to provide a positive economic and social impact on her community, while strengthening the bottom line of her organization.

Planning Ahead for Pre-Pays

An updated invoice for 2017-2018 is included with this newsletter. You now have the ability to update this invoice with your billing information (name, company, address, etc.), as well as your payment amount and description. Here is the Word file, and here is a PDF file.
If you need a credit card form, please email Katie Hunnicutt at
 If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact Katie directly at or 352-401-3978.

Presentation Proposals

Are you interested in being a guest presenter at a local college? If you are interested in presenting on a PR topic, please submit a presentation proposal to Lauren Debick or Lauren DeIorio by November 17. In the presentation proposal include:
  • Best time of day for you to present
  • PR topics you are comfortable speaking to
  • Why you are interested in being a guest speaker

Job Bank

Are you searching for a career in public relations or assisting

 a friend or family member with their job search? We want to share our professional connections with you!

One of the many member benefits you receive as an FPRA member is exclusive access to the FPRA Ocala Job Bank as well as other FPRA Chapters in the state. To access current FPRA job listings, visit the links provided below and enter your login credentials.
Have a suggestion for the Job Bank or know of any open PR positions in Ocala/Marion County? Email

Join Us

Join us in a:
Tuesday, November 14 at The Corkscrew
16 SW Broadway St, Ocala, FL 34471
Current members-bring a potential member and your name will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win a Thanksgiving themed gift basket.
Drop in between 5:30-7 and connect with your PR colleagues in a relaxed setting.
If you have any questions, please reach out to Lauren Debick or Lauren DeIorio.

New Ocala Chapter Sponsor

As part of his Leadership Sponsorship of the FPRA Ocala Chapter, Jacob Fields, with JJ Fields Design, Print & Signs, will provide pens and notepads for each of our professional development luncheons for the year. He has developed the BOLD PR design and will be providing the design and print for the 2018 Mid-Florida Local Image Awards. Thank Jacob by asking him to bid on any design projects you have on the radar!


The second Leadership FPRA class had their first session this month. Carolyn Maue, Executive Coach and Consultant at the Maue Center facilitated the leading and managing session. Click here to read Lauren Debick’s five takeaways from the leading and managing Leadership FPRA session.

Image and COTY Update

In less than two months, our Mid-Florida Local Image Awards Call for Entries will be available. Will you be ready to enter your amazing projects? Start now thinking about those two-page summaries and gathering/scanning your collateral materials. That way you (we) won’t be scrambling when deadlines are looming.
Annually, our spring event also features the Wilton F. Martin Communicator of the Year awards. It’s never too early to start considering individuals and businesses in our community who are making a difference, sharing and effectively communicating their messages. I also encourage you to start thinking of folks to nominate for those prestigious awards, so when the time comes, it won’t be difficult to craft your nominations.
It’s not too late to join the amazing committee working on this award-filled evening in April! Special thanks to the volunteers who have already stepped up to serve: Tina Banner, APR, CPRC, Ginger Broslat, APR, CPRC, Devon Chestnut, APR, CPRC, Kristina Donohue, Stephanie Payne (Lake Chapter) and Brenda Williams. If you would like to join us, please email me at
Can’t wait to share more exciting details with you next month!

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