Roundup your best public relations programs and enter the 2017 Mid-Florida Local Image Awards. Only the best cowboys and cowgirls will take home the top honors. Entry deadline is March 17, 2017 at 11:59 EST.
To enter the 2017 Mid-Florida Local Image Awards, click here.
Wilton F. Martin Communicator of the Year Awards
Since 2005, the Wilton F. Martin Communicator of the Year Awards have recognized individuals and institutions who have demonstrated excellence in strategic communications to improve the quality of life in Marion County. Nominees and award winners will be honored by the Ocala Chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association (FPRA) in April at the chapter’s Wanted:Excellence in Public Relations awards. For more information on the awards and the nomination form, click here.
Spring is here! Well, not officially for a few days but we are close enough. With the approach of spring, we as PR professionals should be thinking ahead to our local image awards. I know I have spent several days trying to decide which of my projects would make a good submission to the awards event. What I have discovered was that even when you think don’t have a project that will stand out, the more you dive into the process you find all sorts of gems to work with. And for those of you who are brand new to the Image submission process don’t feel overwhelmed. Once you start writing you will find it all falls into place.
Also, do you know an individual or a local institution who has enhanced community causes or advanced the field of communications? Why not nominate them for the Wilton F. Martin Communicator of the Year Awards. Applications are currently available on our website and what a great way to recognize the wonderful work being done by so many in our community. Just remember, all submissions for our local image & the Wilton F. Martin Communicator of the Year awards are due on Friday, March 17th. Don’t wait!
Lastly, I can’t begin to tell you how excited I am about the 79th FPRA Annual Conference which will take place at the Ritz-Carlton Orlando. FPRA Annual Conference is certainly, in my opinion, one of the best professional conferences held around the state if not the country. This year’s conference will be held August 6-9th and the focus is on tools PR professionals and HR executives need to make sure clients & employees focus on making their organization’s business personal at all levels. The list of speakers continues to grow every day and the most exciting part is that attendees have an opportunity to experience of Diagon Alley without the hustle of the Universal crowds. The Ocala chapter will stand out yet again at conference as our chapter has helped to secure two of the major conference sponsors. Thank you Digital Fury & George Washington University! So until that time, enjoy the warmer weather and I personally will be dreaming of drinking butter beer while at conference.
Welcome back, Brittney Marthaller! Brittney has returned to the Ocala area and is now the Director of Marketing at Ocala Health. We are so happy to have you back with us, Brittney!
March is here and that means annual conference is less than six months away! The 79th FPRA Annual Conference: PR, It’s Personal, Research, Relate, Respond is coming up fast, August 6-9, 2017. What does this have to do with membership, you ask? A lot of dollars and cents/sense! FPRA’s annual conference attracts national experts in our field who share invaluable information that applies to the work we do every day. Some PR professionals choose to attend annual conference each year, but don’t take advantage of the year-round benefits of membership. Here’s where the sense comes in. The cost savings for conference registration for a member vs. non-member is as much as $180! The cost of someone joining right now for the remainder of this year is only $175. If you know anyone who is not a member and typically comes to conference (or is even considering coming), would you share this valuable information? If you aren’t comfortable or just don’t have the time, please pass along his/her contact information, so that we can connect and share the benefits of membership and the cost savings! Doesn’t that make sense?
As always, please let me know if you have any questions or if I can help in anyway:
FPRA would like to hear from you! Take a moment to answer this month’s survey question: I work for an organization that requires me to follow ethical guidelines pertaining to the practice of public relations.
The Ocala FPRA Chapter Board recently made two donations to the FPRA Education Foundation to honor the lives of two special individuals, Jenta Wyatt and Sam Coverston. Both were are tremendous loss to our dear friend, Carole Savage, APR, CPRC as Jenta was her cherished friend and Sam was her beloved father. Words from her own tributes speak volumes on the impact of their lives.
Jenta Wyatt was a shining role model and a single mom when it wasn’t so cool, yet she accomplished a strong home life for her children and made sure they all accomplished their education and became the professionals they were designed to be. They adored her and still do, as do their children. She herself was an incredibly competent professional who taught me many lessons about life. Her no-nonsense approach appealed to me as a PR professional and when I became more proficient at my passion, she was as proud as anyone who loved me.
I said I would hold his hand as long as I could, and I did. Sam Coverston was an amazing man. He was quietly brilliant, personable, funny, loyal beyond belief and absolutely one of the sweetest men to walk this earth. Everyone loved him. He was respected and popular in his hometown of Bushnell and just about anyone who met him fell for his charm, for it was authentic and genuine.