A Message from the President

Lindsay Hudock

Spring is a busy time for FPRA. It’s full of opportunities to recognize excellence, reward hard work and grow as leaders in our industry. We have a number of awards and scholarships to offer as well as leadership opportunities in the chapter. I’m hoping you might find that some of them are right for you or one of your FPRA colleagues.

Chapter leadership – In Orlando we’re fortunate to enjoy a large, healthy, active FPRA family, something that’s only possible through strong, dedicated chapter leadership. We’re currently building the board for the 2018/2019 year and are looking for chapter members who would like to be a part of the leadership team. Whether it’s serving in a board position or on a committee, there are many opportunities to be a part of the leadership team. If you’re interested in getting more involved, please contact our immediate Past President Alayna Curry, APR.

LeadershipFPRA – Regardless of how long you may have practiced, the LeadershipFPRA program is designed to help you hone leadership skills good for a lifetime. Graduates of the LeadershipFPRA program will be better equipped to not only function as PR professionals in their respective workplaces, but also strengthen their rightful seat at the boardroom table and to evolve into further leadership roles in FPRA, their communities and the industry. The state is currently accepting applications for the next class, which begins with an orientation at this year’s annual conference. Response to the program has been so favorable that last year our chapter board voted to offer two full tuition scholarships to chapter members who might like to pursue this program.

We hope you might consider applying for the program and giving the chapter the opportunity to support you in this leadership and professional development opportunity. For more information about the program and to apply, visit: https://www.fpra.org/leadershipfpra/. To apply for an Orlando Area Chapter scholarship click here and complete the application by April 30.

Joe Curley Rising Leader Award – Are you a rising leader? The Joe Curley Rising Leader Award was created to honor up-and-coming FPRA members who demonstrate leadership traits along with active involvement in FPRA chapter activities, programs, functions and events. The goal is to help recognize personal dedication and engagement of members with two to five years of membership, and to help build a healthy leadership stream at the local chapter level. If you’re interested in being considered for this award, let us know! Nominations are due by March 31. Click here for more details.

FPRA State Awards – The most prestigious awards FPRA has to offer are the John Dillin and Doris Fleischman Awards. A single recipient is chosen for each and honored at the Golden Image Awards Gala at annual conference each year.  Do you know someone who should be considered for the highest honor FPRA has to offer? Nominations are due April 6. Click here for more information about the award criteria.

And finally, mark your calendars for the Image Awards at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, April 24 at 1010 West. We hope you’ll join us for a speakeasy-themed unveiling of this year’s Image Award recipients and honoring our PR Pro of the Year, Alyson Lundell APR, CPRC. Reserve your seat or corporate table today.

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