You get what you give: Seize these three opportunities

I once heard Carole Savage-Hagans, APR, CPRC, describe FPRA like a gym membership.
 
You get out of it what you put into it, she said. As we prepare for the last quarter of the chapter year, May-August, these three opportunities will keep you in PR shape. 

COMMference: THE CONFERENCE FOR COMMUNICATORS

On May 20, the Ocala Chapter will host COMMference, our full-day or half-day professional development seminar at the Hilton Garden Inn, 120 E. Silver Springs Blvd., in Ocala, from 8 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. The RSVP deadline is May 11. Special thanks to Lauren Debick, APR, and her COMMference committee – Greg Davis, Katie Hunnicut, Kristina Donohue and Chris Bradford. 

“Cosmic PR” Golden Image Awards and Annual Conference

Even if you couldn’t meet the February Mid-Florida Image deadline, didn’t win or don’t think your winning local entry is ready for the state competition, SUBMIT YOUR ENTRY into the “Cosmic PR” Golden Image Awards competition by May 13.  
 
In 2015, I didn’t win at the Mid-Florida Image Awards competition for my ReciPe for Results entry, but I incorporated feedback from the local judges and won a Golden Image Award at the state competition. 
 
While you’re at it, register for “Your Ticket to Success,” FPRA’s 83rd Annual Conference and your passport to professional development. The early-bird registration deadline is July 11. Also book your hotel early; rooms will sell out. 

Scholarships

The Ocala Chapter is offering two partial scholarships, one for Annual Conference and another for LeadershipFPRA. If you’re interested, fill out this Annual Conference scholarship and click the “submit” button, and fill out this LeadershipFPRA scholarship and email it to me at [email protected] Both applications are due by May 31.
 
Like I Carole said, you get out of your FPRA membership what you put into it – and as local #pros, I hope you seize these opportunities. More details are below.
 
With kindness,
Heather Danenhower, APR, CPRC
Ocala Chapter president