Orlando Area Chapter Member Awards – Call for Nominations

July 11, 2011

The Orlando Area Chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association is now accepting nominations for its two annual awards: Member of the Year and the Bob Davis Award.

The Member of the Year award recognizes one member of the Orlando Area Chapter who has made a significant contribution to the Association through outstanding leadership, demonstrated enthusiasm, extraordinary involvement and loyal support.

The Bob Davis Award is named in honor of Dr. Bob Davis, Ph.D., ABC, APR, CPRC, retired professor from the University of Central Florida who has given tirelessly to our Chapter and FPRA for over three decades. The Bob Davis Award honors an individual who has worked behind the scenes in the past year to support FPRA. It’s our way of recognizing an “unsung hero.”

Candidates must be nominated by someone in the profession. Please include a written narrative of no more than 500 words detailing why the person should be recognized, the accomplishments/contributions that illustrate why the candidate warrants consideration, and the inclusion of committee work and/or other FPRA involvement. Nominees must be active FPRA members in good standing. Individuals may not endorse more than one candidate per award. Nominations for members of our Board of Directors are appropriate.

Nominations should be sent to Orlando Area Chapter President Wendy Jo Moyer, APR at wjmoyer@bellsouth.net no later than Friday, July 29.

Past recipients

2010
Member of the Year – Doreen Overstreet, APR
Bob Davis Award – Rachael Gmerek

2009
Member of the Year – Jamie Floer, APR
Bob Davis Award – Tami Karaba

2008
Member of the Year – Keith Salwoski
Bob Davis Award – Amanda Forbes, APR

2007
Member of the Year – Chris Gent, APR, CPRC
Bob Davis Award – Cynthia Lambert, APR

2006
Member of the Year – Bob O’Malley, APR
Bob Davis Award – Rachel Kingston

2005
Member of the Year – Bonnie McGuire
Bob Davis Award – Sheridan Becht, APR, CPRC

2004
Member of the Year – Brie Turek
Bob Davis Award – Chris Gent, APR, CPRC

2003
Member of the Year – Jeni Hatter
Bob Davis Award – Trent Flood, APR

2002
Member of the Year – Bill Randolph
Bob Davis Award – Doreen Perez


Update! Annual Conference Increases Value

July 10, 2011

The newly added Networking at the Phil event is included in the price of registration! This 90-minute event will offer attendees a tour of the beautiful Naples Philharmonic and its art museum. This unique opportunity to enjoy the facility – normally closed at this time of year – was extended to the FPRA by its founder and CEO Myra Janco Daniels. Mrs. Daniels was recently featured in the Wall Street Journal, and happens to be the introductory general session speaker at conference this year.

Another session has been added to our already prodigious lineup. Breakout 1C, “Using Monitoring and Measurement to Advance Organizational Goals,” will offer insight on how best to use quantitative and qualitative metrics to better your own PR efforts.

In addition, conference will include a fourth Counselors’ Network Session this year, more than ever before! On Tuesday, August 9, Joel Curran, Managing Director and Senior Vice President of MSL Chicago, will engage in a private, informal, and interactive discussion exclusively available to CN members. 

Much more on registration deadlines, Golden Image Awards, Table Sponsorships, Golf Tournament, Scholarship Fundraiser and more, visit FPRA.org.


Members: Upload Your Photo in FPRA Directory

July 10, 2011

All members can now upload a photo of themselves to correspond with their contact information in the FPRA Directory on the state website.

To do so, simply log into the FPRA site and then go to the “Active Members” page. There, in the right-hand column, you will find an option to: Upload Member Photo. Click this button and then follow the steps to upload your photo.

Once your photo has been uploaded, it will appear in the right-hand column of your “Active Members” page, as well as in the directory.


Celebrations & Achievements

July 10, 2011

Congratulations to Susan Ennis, APR, CPRC, Jamie Floer, APR, CPRC and Chris Gent, APR, CPRC who have each earned their Certified Public Relations Counselor credential this month.

The credential of Certified Public Relations Counselor or CPRC is the second tier credential offered by FPRA. The certification process was developed to recognize professional growth and achievement of senior members who have already earned the APR designation. Candidates for CPRC must be a member of FPRA and have a minimum of 10 years of professional practice in public relations. For more information about accreditation (APR) or a certification (CPRC), contact Stefanie Macfarlane at smacfarlane@cfl.rr.com.


Annual Conference is Coming Up: Get Ready and Get Pumped!

July 10, 2011

Click to download full Conference Brochure and Registration.

 We’ve Added More Value…

The newly added Networking at the Phil event is included in the price of registration! This 90-minute event will offer attendees a tour of the beautiful Naples Philharmonic and its art museum, located half a mile away from our conference host, the Naples Grande Beach Resort. Complimentary beverages and hors d’oeuvres will also be served.

This unique opportunity to enjoy the facility – normally closed at this time of year – was extended to the FPRA by its founder and CEO Myra Janco Daniels. Mrs. Daniels was just today featured in the Wall Street Journal, and happens to be the introductory general session speaker at conference this year.

  • To add even more value to your conference registration, another session has been added to our already prodigious lineup. Breakout 1C, “Using Monitoring and Measurement to Advance Organizational Goals,” will offer insight on how best to use quantitative and qualitative metrics to better your own PR efforts.
  • In addition, conference will include a fourth Counselors’ Network Session this year, more than ever before! On Tuesday, August 9, Joel Curran, Managing Director and Senior Vice President of MSL Chicago, will engage in a private, informal, and interactive discussion exclusively available to CN members.

Deadlines Are Approaching Quickly…

Golden Image Awards, Golf Tournament, and Class Reunion 2011 Updates…
While you’re finalizing your plans, consider signing up for the following extra conference activities:

  • Sponsoring a table at this year’s Golden Image Awards banquet on Tuesday, August 9. Table sponsorship ensures your group will be able to sit together at the event. You can download the sponsorship form here.
  • Participating in our 31st Annual FPRA Golf Tournament on Sunday morning, August 7. The registration form for the tournament is here.
  • Attend our annual scholarship fundraiser on Sunday evening, August 7. This year’s theme is FPRA University: Class Reunion 2011, so you have the chance to wear all your collegiate gear, and dinner is included in the price of admission!

2011 Central Florida Media Roundtable Flyer – Thursday July 14

July 10, 2011


Member News: Board Update

July 10, 2011

Rachael Gmerek would like to say farewell and thank you to everyone she’s worked with over the years in the Orlando chapter! She will be moving to Chicago toward the end of July.

To fill her position on the FPRA-OAC Board, Laura Kern of Florida Hospital East will transition from assistant treasurer to treasurer, allowing Megan Licata of Fry, Hammond, Barr to fill the assistant treasurer role.