Chapter Awards and Recognition

The FPRA Ocala Chapter bestows and receives recognition for excellence in advancing the profession of public relations.

Chapter Recognition

Each year at FPRA Annual Conference, the association president presents chapter and individual awards. The FPRA Ocala Chapter and individual members have received the following accolades in recent years:

Year    Honor

2022 State President’s Award for Programs

2022  State President’s Award for Awards and Recognition

2021  John W. Dillin Award, FPRA’s highest honor: Carole Savage-Hagans, APR, CPRC
2021   State President’s Award for Membership
2020   State President’s Award for Community Involvement
2019    State President’s Award for Smart, Engaged, Fun
2018    State President’s Award for Chapter of the Year with Lisa Varner, APR, CPRC as president
2018    State President’s Award for Promoting the Professional and FPRA
2018    Doris Fleischman Unsung Hero Award: Kevin Christian, APR, CPRC
2017    State Member of the Year: Ryan Gerds, APR, CPRC
2017    State President’s Award for Financial Management
2016    State President’s Award for Chapter of the Year with Barbra Hernandez, APR, CPRC, as president
2015    State President’s Award for Financial Management
2014    State Member of the Year: Tina Banner, APR, CPRC
2014    State President’s Award for Communications
2013    State President’s Award for Professional Development
2012    State President’s Award for Accreditation and Credentials
2012    Florida Public Relations Foundation Hall of Fame Philanthropy Award
2011    State President’s Award for Member Services
2010   State President’s Award for Member Services
2009   Doris Fleischman Unsung Hero Award: Toni James, APR, CPRC
2009   FPRA’s Most Improved Chapter
2009   State President’s Award for Membership
2008   Past President’s Award: Carole Savage, APR, CPRC


Mid-Florida Image Awards

The FPRA Image Awards recognize the best in research, strategy, implementation and execution in the public relations profession. Since 2011, the FPRA Ocala Chapter has hosted the Mid-Florida Image Awards competition annually organizing and conducting workshops to assist participants from a five-county area with preparing the best possible entries. The entries are submitted to another partnering chapter for judging. The process culminates with a celebration revealing the winners and bestowing the awards. This process is excellent preparation for the state association’s Golden Image Awards competition; results are received in time to improve entries to compete at the state level.

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Wilton F. Martin, Sr. Communicators of the Year

Established in 2005 and renamed in 2011, the Wilton F. Martin Communicator of the Year awards recognize individuals and institutions who have demonstrated excellence in strategic communications to improve the quality of life in Marion or Citrus county.
Candidates do not have to be members of FPRA, but must exemplify the highest professional standards in the communications field. Candidates may include journalists, educators, community/civic leaders and professionals from allied fields, including advertising and marketing. The institutional recognition honors the institution/media outlet that has exemplified communications excellence to provide timely, accurate and critical information to the community.

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Toni James, APR, CPRC, PACEsetter Awards

Established during the 2004-2005 chapter year in honor of that year’s FPRA theme “Set the PACE (professional and career enhancement)” – and renamed after Toni James, APR, CPRC, in 2022 – the Toni James, APR, CPRC, PACEsetter Award was developed to recognize a member who has demonstrated excellence and helped advance the chapter’s and state association’s mission. The chapter president chooses the recipient(s) and usually presents the recognition during the August professional development meeting.

Joe Curley Rising Leader Award

The Joe Curley Rising Leader Award identifies and honors up-and-coming individual FPRA members who demonstrate emerging leadership traits and dedicated active involvement in FPRA chapter activities, programs and events.

The goal of the award is to recognize personal dedication and engagement of members with two to five years of service and to help build a healthy leadership stream at the local chapter level.