PRestige October 2014


October is Bring Your Boss to FPRA Month

The October 16 professional development meeting is an ideal opportunity to demonstrate how the “investment” your boss is making in you is paying off.
Make sure you get this meeting on their calendar. The program is sure to impress. Lois Brauckmuller, APR, invited her boss to be our speaker. Dr. James Henningsen, President, College of Central Florida, will offer a personal perspective on “Bringing Passion to Your Position.” Since assuming his position in 2012, Dr. Henningsen has seen CF named twice among the top 120 colleges in the nation by the Aspen Insitute, ranked 13th most affordable in the nation, graduated its first baccalaureate students, and was recognized as having the best student-teacher ratio in the Florida College System. Read his bio below and register yourself and your boss today!

Dr. James D. Henningsen, President, College of Central Florida

Dr. Henningsen has served as president of the College of Central Florida since January 2012. During his first two years, the college was twice named among the top 120 colleges in the nation by the Aspen Institute, was ranked 13th most affordable in the nation, graduated its first baccalaureate students, was recognized as having the best student-teacher ratio in the Florida College System, acknowledged for being military friendly and brought home the NJCAA/FCSAA men’s basketball national championship in 2013. Henningsen serves as chair for the Florida College System’s Council of Presidents, is a member of the American Association of Community Colleges President’s Academy Executive Board, and member of the Board of Directors for the Ocala/Marion County Chamber and Economic Partnership. Henningsen embraces the college vision: To be the first choice for quality higher education in our community.


Project Profile: New PRestige Feature

Members are invited to share projects they are working on. It’s a great way to learn from each other. Making suggestions to help another member is a “win-win.” In this issue, Ginger Broslat writes about her current project for Transitions Life Center, Champagne Dreams, the 3rd Annual Cocktail Party fundraiser for TLC.

Project Name: Champagne Dreams – 3rd Annual Cocktail Party benefiting Transitions Life Center.

Purpose: There are more than 8,000 special needs students in Marion County Public Schools. Through this excellent programming, they have access to outstanding teachers, assistive technology and a network of peers for social interaction. When they graduate or age out of the school system, their world becomes very small, often isolated and alone. The options in our community are very limited. TLC is changing that with exceptional programming and a plan to build a campus to permanently house the programs and eventually provide residential housing. The dream is huge and expensive, therefore regular fundraising is a necessity. The Cocktail Party is the organization’s signature event that continues to grow.


Challenge: The board would like to net as much profit in this event as the two previous years combined — $50,000. Since the organization is new to the community, it also needs more exposure than in previous years to be able to communicate the organization’s mission and most importantly, the opportunity for partners to join together to help provide this much needed option for the adults with special needs in our community.


Progress to date: Sponsors have been recruited with the goal of covering expenses before tickets are sold. The team is very close to fulfilling that goal. Cox Communications stepped us as a financial and in-kind sponsor to produce and air 30-second spots to promote the event. Ocala Magazine is an in-kind media sponsor, providing a page for the event in its October issue. We have used this space to create an advertorial as opposed to an ad, to share more about the mission of the organization. A champagne glass raffle is added this year to both raise money and draw attention to the mission. Roger Hunt & Son Fine Jewelry has donated a diamond and 74 cubic zirconium stones. One of the 75 glasses of champagne to be sold will have the actual diamond and will win a $500 setting certificate. All those who purchase glasses will win something. The glasses are being donated by an artist who is hand- painting each one, and they will get to keep their CZ valued at $35. In the magazine advertorial, the co-founder referred to all the stones as beautiful with value, just like the clients served by TLC. An artist who works with special needs students will come to the TLC THRIVE program in October to help clients create works of art that will be sold in the live auction. Gateway Bank and a private donor have stepped up to provide funding for the production of an ask video that will be unveiled at the event.

How can Chapter Members Help? Spread the word, attend the event and buy auction items and/or a glass of champagne! The event will be Friday, Nov. 7, 6-10:00 p.m. at Jumbolair,



President's Perspective

We are officially in the fall season! Pumpkins are out, candy corn in my dish, and my scarf collection is out of storage – although, it is still a little warm in Ocala for scarves. This time of year marks an important element of our FPRA membership…RENEWAL. The deadline to renew your FPRA membership is October 31st. When you renew by this deadline, our chapter reaps the rewards of your timeliness and diligence in the form of a chapter rebate. So, please do so! You should have received a renewal application in the mail, but you can also renew online at

Last month, we talked about kindle. One way your Ocala Chapter will provide kindle to ignite your fire is through valuable professional development. When you hear from an inspiring guest speaker, examine a case study or watch sparks fly during a round-table brainstorming session, your flame is ignited. Your professional development committee, led by Tina Banner, APR, CPRC, is working on an event that I know will set our chapter ablaze. As they begin planning, they are asking for feedback from you in this quick, 3-question survey so the event best suits your wants and needs. Please click here and take the survey today.

At this month’s meeting, we will celebrate National Boss’ Day by honoring our bosses during the luncheon. Please invite your boss to attend with you to hear from Dr. Jim Henningsen, President of College of Central Florida. He will share with us his experience and the importance of bringing passion to your position. This is a perfect opportunity to share your kindle with your boss and ignite a fire in your own workplace. I hope to see a great turnout from our membership and their guests.


Until then, keep the flame burning!

On fire for FPRA,

Jenifer Lowe, Ocala Chapter President





Sunshine Law Seminar

The 2014 Sunshine Seminar will be held 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Oct. 14 at the Star-Banner newsroom, 2121 SW 19th Ave. Road. It is sponsored by the First Amendment Foundation, the League of Women Voters and the Society of Professional Journalists.

Topics to be covered:

  • Sunshine law overview
  • Legislative update
  • Discussion of open government and media law.

The public is invited. Cost: $15 for First Amendment Foundation members, $30 for non-members, $20 for League of Women Voters members and $10 for students.

For registration, call 1-800-337-3518 or visit


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