PRestige September 2014


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It's a brand new year for our chapter

Meet the new president and board The new roster of leaders was installed at the August meeting – appropriately surrounding new President Jenifer Lowe, enthroned in the center. 2014-15 Board-small

The complete list of names is located below. Jen’s theme for her year at the helm is Ignite the Fire. Look for her ideas which are already causing Jessica Greene to carry a portable fire extinguisher, just in case…

President Jenifer Lowe
President-elect Barbra Hernandez,APR
Secretary Jamie Brauckmuller
Treasurer Lauren DeIorio
Programs Director Jeannine Robbins
Communications Director Jessica Greene
Immediate Past President Kevin Christian, APR, CPRC

Committee Chairs
Community Service – Amanda Ostrom and Donna Lee
Credentials – Lisa Varner, APR
Professional Development – Tina Banner, APR, CPRC
Hospitality – Suzanne Santangelo
Newsletter – Lila Ivey
ACES – Toni James, APR, CPRC
Technology – Ginger Broslat

PResident's Perspective - September 2014

lowe_jeniferI am excited to kick-off the 2014-2015 chapter year with a (theoretical) bonfire. Many of us – 29% of our chapter – have recently returned from FPRA Annual Conference with a renewed purpose, passion and inspiration for our careers. We will call this a spark. To turn a spark into a flame, you must have kindling. What will we use to kindle our fire? Brainstorming, research, planning, creativity and networking with peers are elements that will IGNITE a fire in your professional life.

Perhaps you have worked for the same employer on the same projects for many years and feel a little burned out. Maybe you are settling in to a new job and working on collecting firewood. Some of us are still looking for a (work)place to set up camp. No matter where you are in your career, something you certainly need is passion to succeed. I challenge you to approach everything you do with motivation to get the best results possible. From designing a simple brochure in Microsoft Publisher to securing a million dollar sponsorship, attack your task with intensity.

As your chapter leader, my commitment to you is that I will take my flame and ignite yours. Your chapter board will provide you with all the kindling you need to turn your spark into a flame and set your career on fire this year. At our board retreat, we will discuss member survey results and set goals and objectives. More on that at our September luncheon! Check out our newly redesigned chapter website for a full list of board members serving the Ocala Chapter this year.

On fire for FPRA,
Jenifer Lowe, Ocala Chapter President

 

Welcome New Members

Pin-ees-smallOur three newest members were officially sworn in last August when they were pinned by Jen Lowe. From left, Kayla Grimsley, Habitat for Humanity, Stacie Causey, Marion County Office of Public Information, and Ryan Kirby, City of Ocala, are proud to be wearing the logo lapel pin.

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