Progress, positivity, and endless possibilities.

Dear Members,

I apologize in advance for the length of this message.  There is a lot of information to cover.  

I hope this message finds you well. Can you believe it’s May already?! There are only 4 months remaining in this chapter year, and I wish I could slow the clock down just a smidge. I would be remiss if I didn’t start off by congratulating Greg Davis on a TRULY AWESOME COMMference Friday, April 26th.  In total, we had 45 attendees.  The lineup of 7 speakers was simply outstanding. Each presentation was informative, engaging, and thought-provoking. I found myself inspired by the diverse perspectives shared and empowered by the wealth of knowledge imparted. It’s evident that a tremendous amount of effort went into curating such a high-caliber roster of speakers, and it certainly paid off.  Greg – Once again, thank you for orchestrating such a phenomenal event. Your dedication to advancing our field in communications/public relations and fostering meaningful connections within the community is truly commendable. I am grateful for the opportunity to have been a part of this memorable experience and look forward to future COMMference events.

Here’s half of our attendees with our Keynote Speaker Sarah Schreiber before the afternoon break-out sessions started.  To see more pictures, visit our socials @OcalaFPRA.

Upcoming Events: We have some exciting events lined up for the coming weeks/months. Stay tuned for more detailed announcements (be sure to follow our socials and have your page notifications on) regarding dates, times, and how you can participate. Your involvement and enthusiasm makes our chapter thrive!

Key Dates to put on your calendar: 

  • Golden Image Award submission is open now – check out more information on the website
    • Entries Open: April 19, 2024
    • Early Bird Deadline: May 7, 2024 at 11:59 p.m. ET
    • Final Deadline: May 14, 2024 at 11:59 p.m. ET
    • Winners Notified: June 19-21, 2024
    • Golden Image Awards Gala: August 6, 2024 at the Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay
  • Remaining Professional Development dates
    • Friday, May 10th
    • Friday, June 14th – **Per our Chapter Bylaws, 2024-2025 Slate of Officers will be presented at this meeting for voting in July. 
    • Friday, July 12th – **ANNUAL CHAPTER MEETING – per our Chapter Bylaws, elections will be held at the July chapter meeting. Please make every effort to attend this professional development meeting.  Thank you. 
  • August 4-7 – PR & Comms Summit in Tampa, Florida.  It’s a new name but the same great opportunity for learning, networking and celebrating with the best in the communications business! This year’s gathering of communications professionals will engage with captivating speakers on topics that will help them “summit” to the top of their game for the organizations they represent as they hear from communication leaders from leading brands such as Microsoft, Walt Disney World Resort, Paramount / MTV Studios and more.
  • SAVE THE DATE – Friday, August, 30th, we will be having our Annual Awards Banquet & Pass the Gavel/24-25 Board Installation.  This event will be an evening banquet (black-tie optional) dinner & gala, honoring our past, present and future.  Our past presidents will be specifically honored during our dinner event.  We will also be announcing our 2024 Wilton F. Martin, Sr. Communicators of the Year award winners (submission opens May 15, 2024), our 2024 Toni James, APR, CPRC, PACEsetter Award winner, recognizing our Golden Image award winners & nominees, and I’ll be handing out some special (and new) President Awards.  

Some important updates and reminders:

  1. Member Contributions: Your ideas, suggestions, and contributions are invaluable to our chapter’s success. If you have any thoughts on how we can improve our activities or if you’d like to volunteer for a specific project, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me directly or any member of the board.

  2. Community Outreach: Our chapter is committed to giving back to the community. If you know of any opportunities for us to contribute or if you have suggestions for charitable initiatives, please share them with us.

  3. Stay Connected: Remember to stay connected with us on our social media channels. It’s a great way to stay updated on chapter news, connect with fellow members, and engage in discussions.

  4. Feedback: We value your feedback. If you have any suggestions, concerns, or questions, please feel free to reach out to us. Your input helps us improve and better serve the needs of our members.

In the midst of our busy lives and daily challenges, it’s essential to take a moment to reflect on our journey this year and find encouragement in the progress we’ve made. As we embark on another month filled with opportunities and possibilities, I wanted to share some words of encouragement with all of you.

  1. Celebrating Progress: Each one of you has made remarkable progress on your personal and professional journeys. Whether it’s a small step forward or a significant milestone achieved, take a moment to celebrate your accomplishments. Your dedication and perseverance inspire us all.

  2. Embracing Challenges: Challenges (and change) are inevitable, but they also present opportunities for growth and learning. Embrace challenges with an open mind and a resilient spirit. Remember that every obstacle you overcome makes you stronger and more capable of achieving your goals.

  3. Supporting One Another: We are a community bound together by a shared passion and commitment. Let’s continue to support and uplift one another, offering words of encouragement, lending a helping hand, and celebrating each other’s successes. Together, we can achieve great things.

  4. Staying Optimistic: In times of uncertainty, maintaining a positive outlook is crucial. Trust in your abilities, stay focused on your goals, and believe in the power of perseverance. Remember that even in the face of adversity, there is always a silver lining waiting to be discovered.

  5. Practicing Self-Care: Amidst our busy schedules, don’t forget to prioritize self-care. Take time to recharge, indulge in activities that bring you joy, and nourish your mind, body, and soul. Remember that taking care of yourself is not selfish; it’s essential for your well-being and success.

  6. Looking Ahead with Hope: As we look ahead to the future, let’s do so with hope and optimism. Trust in the journey that lies ahead, knowing that each step forward brings us closer to our dreams and aspirations. Together, we can overcome any obstacle and achieve greatness.

Let’s continue to inspire, support, and uplift one another as we journey forward together and finish this chapter year strong. With determination, resilience, and encouragement, there’s no limit to what we can achieve.

Thank you for your continued dedication and support to our beloved chapter. Together, we can make a positive impact within our chapter and beyond.  Wishing you all a month filled with progress, positivity, and endless possibilities.

Yours in service