Prestige April 2018

Congratulations, Toni James, APR, CPRC

The 2018 Mid-Florida Image Awards event will recognize the second recipient of the Wilton F. Martin Lifetime Achievement Award in Communications.
Toni James, APR, CPRC will be recognized for her decades of using communication skills to make a difference in our community. Read the full nomination..

And the Nominees Are…
(Click names to learn more about these nominees)
Jessica Barnes, St. Leo University
Ginger Broslat Communications
James George, American Cable Services
Tom James, Ocala/Marion County Chamber of Economic Partnership
Lisa Lombardo, HDG Hotels
Jim Ross, Ocala Star-Banner
Kevin Sheilley, Ocala/Marion County Chamber of Economic Partnership
Wesley Wilcox—Marion County Supervisor of Elections

PResident's Perspective

FPRA…How do I love thee? Let me count the ways…

We added a new chapter member this month. Communicator of the Year nominations were numerous. Our Leadership mixer was well attended. Image Awards winners have been contacted. Our last monthly meeting was packed and our own Ginger Broslat, APR, CPRC, did an outstanding job with her presentation!

Each month I’m proud of the work being done to bring quality professional development to our members. Serving as president of the Ocala chapter hasn’t been as much work as it’s been a blessing. Working with chapter leaders has sharpened my skills and forged stronger professional relationships. Who wouldn’t want in on this action?

I’m always humbled by this opportunity when I consider the strong presidents who have served our chapter. What an honor it is be among this group of professionals! Right now, you can answer the call to be a chapter leader by completing the leadership interest survey that was recently emailed to you. I encourage to you act in BOLD PR fashion with your reply! I promise you will not regret FPRA service.

In the meantime, don’t forget to RSVP for this month’s luncheon with award-winning storyteller Jessica McCune and buy your tickets for the Local Image and Communicator of the Year Awards celebration on April 26th.


Lisa E. Varner, APR, CPRC

Welcome Keren!

Take a minute to learn more about our newest member!
Keren Jones serves as the director of communications for th Ocala/Marion County Chamber and Economic Partnership.
Fast facts about Keren are included in the member spotlight on the website. (more)

Are You Ready for the PaRade of Excellence?

Image entries have been judged and the Wilton F. Martin Communicator of the Year nominees have been notified. The final touches are coming together to make this a memorable event you don’t want to miss! Reserve your spot today!
Mid-Florida Local Image Awards Gala
Thursday, April 26 • Medical Health Center • 1714 SW 17th St • Ocala, FL 34471
5:30 p.m……Reception
                     Passed hors d’oeuvres with wine, tea and water
6:00 p.m……PaRade of Excellence
                     Introduction of 2018 Wilton F. Martin Communicator of the Year Nominees
6:15 p.m……Welcome,
                     Image Chair Allison Campbell, APR, CPRC
                     Plated dinner will be served
6:30 p.m……The Awards PaRade Begins
                      Division A • Division B • Division C
                      Wilton F. Martin Communicators of the Year
Thanks to Our Generous Sponsors!

Get a Media Directory!

Thanks to Elaine McClain for updating the FPRA Ocala Media Directory. This is one of the fundraisers that supports our efforts for scholarships and programming.
Click the image or go to under newsroom to purchase. Once payment is made, your browser will open a link to download the file. Members may purchase for $25 and non-members are $50.

April Professional Development Luncheon

TOPIC:    “Connecting Through Stories
SPEAKER:  Jessica McCune, RN, LMHC
DATE:     Fri., April 20, 2018
TIME:      Networking 11:30 a.m.
Program Noon – 1:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Ewers Century Center Teleconference Room
CF • 3001 SW College Road • Ocala, FL 34474
Jessica will walk us through the why and how stories connect us with others so they can hear our ideas. Stories enhance our relationships which are the bedrock of our contentment, health and prosperity.

About the Speaker: Jessica McCune is a Registered Nurse and Licensed Mental Health Counselor working for Hospice of Marion County. She educates tirelessly about Health Advocacy and the importance of ‘keeping our affairs in order’. Our health is the infrastructure we stand upon as we pursue happiness and peace. She volunteers with the arts and enjoys applying storytelling as a path for healing and insight. She has worked in preventive medicine, whole person health and the combination of body, mind and spirit her entire career, but specifically since 1999 here in Marion County, Florida. She holds a BS in Nursing from Baylor University and a MS in Counseling Education from the University of North Texas plus a MA in Storytelling from East Tennessee State University. She has presented workshops throughout the country for professional health organizations since 2005. She is passionate about the power of art in healing and storytelling is the SEED ART. A member of NSN and FSA (Florida Story Association) she was honored to join the line- up of performing Tellers in 2017. Again in November 2017 she was invited to share the power of Storytelling in the TEDx Ocala venue. Jessica McCune’s The Story of Peace is stored on YouTube as part of the TEDxOcala event. She received the FSA Distinguished Service Award in 2014 and NSN’s 2014 Oracle Award for Service and Leadership in the Southeast Region.

Please RSVP to Christy Jergens at;
payment can be made by visiting

RSVPs must be made by 2 p.m. the Monday prior to the luncheon and cannot be guaranteed without payment.Cost is $20 for members and $25 for guests.

The monthly meetings begin with networking from 11:45 a.m. – Noon with lunch and presentations from Noon – 1 p.m.

Professional attire preferred

Make Plans for the 80th FPRA Annual Conference

Join us for FPRA’s 80th Annual Conference to be held from August 5-8, 2018, at the Sawgrass Marriott Resort & Spa in Jacksonville. The FPRA Annual Conference is known for its excellent speaker lineup, fun networking functions, luxurious host properties and its signature event, the Golden Image Awards. We hope you’ll mark your calendars now. The early-bird registration rate (ends July 16) for FPRA members is $795.00 and for non-members is $975.00. Your registration fee includes all meals (three breakfasts, two lunches and two dinners), except dinner on Monday. Your FPRA Ocala Chapter invests back into members by offering a conference scholarship.

April Mixer, Bottling Our Signature Wine at The Corkscrew

You may remember we mixed our own blend of Cuvee Blanc wine at the Jingle, Mix & Mingle holiday social in December. On Wednesday, April 18, we will gather at 5:30 to bottle and label our wine with the commemorative label shown here.
The work will not be laborious and the company will be glorious! Come join in the fun as we get to know one another better!
Any questions, contact Lauren Debick.

Our Member Directory Needs You!

Networking is a key to getting the most of your FPRA membership. The Ocala Chapter member online directory is a tool to help you connect more easily with other members. The directory is only accessible by Ocala Chapter members logging in to the protected section of the website.
Our current directory is outdated with new members not yet included and members who have changed roles. Please click the link blow to create or update your profile.

Register Today!

Make plans now for ENGAGE: 2018 FPRA Ocala Toolkit for Success.
Thurs., May 17, 2018
The College of Central Florida
8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
This half-day seminar will be packed with actionable take-aways to help you ENAGE with your team, your audience and the media. Learn more…
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