The Ocala Chapter has accomplished amazing things this year and were truly PRoactive Professionals. Our chapter was so proactive, that we were awarded with the Smart. Engaged. Fun. president’s award at the 2019 President’s Luncheon at Annual Conference. Here is snapshot of everything the Ocala Chapter did this year.
- Participated in five community service events-exceeding our goal of two community service projects for the year
- Focused on leadership development and teamwork by changing the board retreat to include a ROPES course
- Held a new member orientation as well as a variety of member mixers, including a “Leadership Over Lattes” event
- Budgeted scholarships for both LeadershipFPRA and Annual Conference
- Participated in community events and initiatives that were new for the chapter including the College of Central Florida’s College and Career Expo and the United Way of Marion County’s Lip Sync event
- Held four ACES (Advanced Career Enhancement Sessions) events
- Restructured our annual professional development event to the PR Regional Summit
I would like to thank every single person or helped move our chapter forward. This has been a year of transition but also a year of growth and I am very proud of everything we have accomplished, together.
My promise to you at the beginning of the chapter year was this, “I will follow through on what I say I will, I will proactively search for new opportunities to bring to you, our chapter members, I will not be afraid to ask for assistance from our highly accomplished group of past presidents, and I will serve you in any way I can.” I hope I have been deliver on this promise and am always open to conversations about how we can work together to improve our chapter and our profession. I also encourage you to remember it is very possible to be intelligent, professional, inspiring, and hard-working while having some fun. The Ocala Chapter has the award to prove it.
August Monthly Luncheon
Ocala Chapter members pose with their various awards Left to Right: Kristina Donohue, Katie Hunnicutt, Lauren Debick, APR, Tina Banner, APR, CPRC, Karen Donnelly, Allison Campbell, APR, CPRC, Kevin Christian, APR, CPRC and Lauren Delorio.
Lauren Debick, APR, and Elizabeth Fernley, APR were recognized for getting their APR accreditation
Heidi Gutierrez was recognized the Ocala Chapter’s Joe Curley Rising Leader award.
(Below) Chapter President, Lauren Debick, APR and Katie Hunnicutt accept the “Smart. Engaged. Fun.” Award from FPRA State Association President, Gordon Paulus, APR, CPRC.
Golden Image Winners
The Golden Image Awards have become a standard of public relations excellence in the state of Florida. Winners demonstrate the very best examples of innovation, planning and design. To qualify for judging, an entry must incorporate sound public relations research and planning. Entries also must meet the highest standards of production, execution and evaluation of results and budget.
In all, 12 Golden Image awards were given to various professionals. Listed are the winners:
Heather Danenhower, APR, CPRC and Duke Energy for their public relations program: Crisis Communications category—Golden Image Award– Hurricane Michael Response;
Allison Campbell, APR, CPRC, Lauren Delorio and the Nonprofit Business Council, Community Foundation and A&A Campbell Group for their public relations program: Internal category – Award of Distinguished and Judges’ Award – Aim: Training to Hit Your Target;
Tina Banner, APR, CPRC and Karen Donnelly for their public relations program: Promotional Marketing category- Award of Distinguished and Judges’ Award – Big Hammock Race Series Season 3;
Allison Campbell, APR, CPRC, Lauren Delorio and the Nonprofit Business Council, Community Foundation and A&A Campbell Group for their printed tools in public relations: Magazine category – Award of Distinguished and Judges’ Award – Nonprofit Business Council’s Guide to Charitable Giving;
Tina Banner APR, CPRC, and the College of Central Florida for their digital tools in public relations: Online Audience Engagement category – Grand Golden Image Award and Golden Image Award – College of Central Florida Social Media Platforms;
Tina Banner, APR, CPRC and College of Central Florida for their digital tools in public relations: Online Newsletter category – Award of Distinguished and Judges’ Award – College of Central Florida’s Insider Employee E-Newsletter;
Kevin Christian, APR, CPRC and Marion County Public Schools for their digital tools in public relations: Website category – Award of Distinguished – “Community Reads” initiative.
FPRE Give Back
Did you know that since 2000, 22 student scholarships have been awarded by the FPRE Foundation totaling $30,000? During that same time, 143 members also received rebates from the FPRE Foundation that assisted them in earning their APR designation. In the last 16 years, the FPRE Foundation has awarded over $51,645 in scholarships and grants to public relations students and professionals to help them advance their careers. From member accreditation rebates to Leadership FPRA, this is your chance to give back to the profession. Make a donation to the Florida Public Relations Education Foundation today. www.fpra.org/give
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