By Alayna Curry, APR
What a year! Last month, our chapter gathered at The COOP in Winter Park for our annual board recognition and installation breakfast. As outgoing chapter president, I kicked off the meeting with some of our major accomplishments for the year. Each member of the board played a crucial role in the great success we had and I’m thrilled that 15 of those people are sticking around for another year of leadership.
Next, we recognized the winners of our two annual awards, Member of the Year and the Bob Davis Award. This year’s Member of the Year is Kayla Stanley, APR. Kayla recently received her accreditation in public relations (APR) and immediately jumped back in to help others going through the process as well. Her company, Kissimmee Utility Authority (KUA), is a huge supporter of our local chapter, sponsoring a number of our events over the last year. Her team also took home one of the top three awards at the state’s Golden Image Awards in August. I’m excited that Kayla has joined the 2017-2018 board, demonstrating that she’s a true leader and an extraordinary member.
Our Bob Davis Award winner is Megan Paquin, APR. This award is given to someone who works tirelessly behind the scenes, and Megan did just that. She joined the board in a brand new role last year as VP of Sponsorships, working closely with several members of the board to help streamline the sponsorship process. Her efforts brought in more than $6,300 for our chapter! Megan wasn’t able to be at our breakfast, so two board members and I surprised her with the award in front of her peers later that morning at her office.
While all great things must come to an end, a new year of excitement begins again! Former state president Terri Behling, APR, CPRC installed the 2017-2018 board, which includes six new faces as well as our new chapter president, Lindsay Hudock.
During her closing remarks, Lindsay challenged us with these wise words: Be the kind of leader that people want to follow. She’s worked hard to put together a strong team that I know will do an excellent job leading our chapter. It’s pretty neat that six of Lindsay’s former PR students from UCF are serving on the board this year. Clearly, Lindsay is the kind of leader that people want to follow!
Our board already has some great plans for the chapter this year! Stay tuned. You don’t want to miss it.