October 2018 PRestige

PResident's Perspective

Greetings, fellow PR Professionals!

We are off and running into another fantastic year. Last month the Ocala Chapter had two great events, membership renewals kicked off, and your board got active at the board retreat.

Part of the retreat included discussing what words mean the most to our chapter as we begin this year.

The word I want to focus on as we move into October is positivity. Having a positive attitude is important because it can help with problem solving, create more opportunities, and increase the chance of successful endeavors. Having a positive attitude is not always easy but if you are able to take a step back and find some good in a situation and learn from it, that will lead to more positive outcomes.

Having a positive attitude can also help during times of change. This year we will be making some changes such as increasing the fees of our luncheon prices. Effective October 1, the price for pre-paid members will increase to $20.00 and the monthly luncheon prices for members will increase to $22.00. With this increase, the chapter will be able to look at additional member investment opportunities.

I believe our chapter lives and breathes positivity. I see it when I talk to new members as well as when I meet with seasoned members. The Ocala Chapter members are excited to share their knowledge, help people grow, and get involved.

You are encouraged to invite colleagues to our events and let others know about the Ocala Chapter of FPRA. These positive attitudes are one of the key factors that make this group such a great organization to be a part of.

If you would like to get more involved in the Ocala Chapter, please let me know. We have several committees that are looking for new committee members and your positive attitude as you get more engaged will make a difference.

With Gratitude,


Win Big When You Renew!

For the first 500 members that renew, you can win this amazing prize package with tickets to Universal Orlando and a two night stay at Rosen Shingle Creek!
Please renew your FPRA membership by Oct. 31.
 A Message From Our Membership Chair
Lisa Varner, APR, CPRC
It’s hard to believe I’m going on 19 years as a member of FPRA. I can state with the utmost confidence that my FPRA membership is the greatest investment I make each year for my professional success. Like me, you should have received your membership renewal from the State Office by now. Please be sure to complete your renewal by October 31, 2018. The renewal may be completed online at www.fpra.org or by using the paper form that was mailed to you. If you have any questions or concerns, please email levarner@gmail.com or call 352-566-0970.

In The Community

Ocala Chapter members, Lauren Debick, Lisa Varner, and Tina Banner got active last month at the Big Hammock Race Series Cornerstone Leads the Way 5K. If you are a walker, jogger, or runner and are interested in participating in the next 5k on October 27, reach out to Lauren, Lisa, or Tina for more details!


Board Retreat

The board of directors bonded at their board retreat last month- Ropes course style! They also discussed goals and ideas for the 2018-2019 year. There are many great things coming soon from the Chapter of the Year!

October Member Mixer

This networking mixer is a great opportunity for current chapter members to catch up with one another outside of our regular monthly meetings. This mixer is also open to spouses, co-workers, friends or anyone else who may be interested in learning more about FPRA. We hope to see you there!
Tuesday| Oct. 23
5- 7 pm
304 South Magnolia
Questions? Call Katie Hunnicutt 352.804.4483


New Member Profiles

Let’s give a warm welcome to our newest FPRA members!

Learn more about Becca McCullough
Communications Manager
Hotel Development and Management Group
Learn more about Tammy A. Grant
Associate Vice President, Florida Thoroughbred Breeders’ and Owners’ Association and Industry and Community Affairs, Florida Equine Publications

The Science of What Makes People Care

Webinar Oct.18 Register Here
As you know, effective communication is not simply about getting your message out. It requires you to strategically tap into what shapes people’s feelings and values. Learn five principles pulled from social science that will help public relations professionals connect your work to what people care most about. The webinar is presented by the absolute rock stars in the public interest communications field and is the featured cover story of the current issue of the Stanford Social Innovation Review.

Volunteers Needed

Nobody likes outdated information on a website so we are making a list and checking it twice on our FPRA website. If you would like to be a content editor please click here to email Keren Jones.

Join Us For The October Luncheon!

Behind the Curtain: The Story of Economic Development
Kevin Sheilley
President & CEO
Ocala/Marion County Chamber & Economic Partnership
Friday | Oct. 19
11:30 am – Networking
12 pm – Presentation
*Please note the meeting will be held in room 101
Boss’s day is being celebrated in October so don’t forget to bring your boss to the meeting.
Ewers Century Center Room 101
CF • 3001 SW College Road •  Ocala, FL 34474

October Birthdays

We would like to wish the following member a very happy birthday this month! 
Oct. 2
Kevin Christian, APR, CPRC
Please email your birthday (month and date only) to Lauren

From The Treasurer

Hello, fellow FPRA members! I’m excited to serve as your Chapter Treasurer this year!
Don’t forget that you can prepay our monthly professional development sessions at a discounted price. In addition to saving money, it’s a great time saver! An invoice for 2018-2019 is included with this newsletter. Here is the PDF file.
I’m honored to serve you on the FPRA Ocala Board again this year. If you want the ability to update this invoice with your billing information click here to email me or call

Fee Change

Effective October 1st
If you have already registered for this months luncheon you may have noticed a slight increase in cost. If you have questions regarding the new fee please contact our Treasurer, Maclyn.

Thanks to our Presenting Chapter Sponsor

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