Wakin’ up with FPRA

August 12, 2010

Please join the Orlando Area Chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association on Thursday, August 26 for a coffee and breakfast networking event with State Association President, Jennifer Moss, APR, CPRC, and your industry peers as we celebrate a successful year of professional development and nearly 55 years of enhancing the profession in Orlando.  In addition to industry networking, we will recognize our chapter’s leaders and induct our 2010-2011 board of directors.

Our guest of honor, Jennifer Moss, APR, CPRC, is the communications director for the Silverstein Institute and the executive director for the Institute’s non-profit Ear Research Foundation, where she is responsible for the public relations, marketing and communications for the entire Institute, as well as the daily operations of the Foundation.

Thursday, August 26
University Club, 150 E. Central Blvd., Orlando
Pricing: $15 members, $20 non-members, $10 students

Registration, Networking and Buffet Breakfast: 8 a.m.
Awards and Board Induction: 8:30 a.m.

Register at www.fpra-orlando.org.

Conference Recap

August 12, 2010

Nine of the Orlando Area Chapter’s members just returned from the 72nd Florida Public Relations Association Annual Conference at the Naples Grande Resort.

What did you miss?  All attendees received three days of ongoing statewide networking and professional development on hot topics such as the changing role of the PR professional, converting your board members to PR ambassadors,  trends in the digital world, public affairs, how to avoid legal woes and crisis communications in a social world.  Presenters were from top notch companies such as JetBlue Airways, Ford Motor Company, NC State University and NASA.

For a complete recap of all conference events and information from all general and break-out sessions, visit the FPRA blog.

Save the date for next year’s conference, August 8 – 11, 2011 at the Naples Grande Resort.

Are you ready to stand out from a crowd?

August 12, 2010

Stand out from the crowd and become accredited in public relations (APR). APR is a mark of distinction for public relations professionals who demonstrate their commitment to the profession and to its ethical practice. Candidates earn accreditation based on broad knowledge, strategic perspective and sound professional judgment.

Learn more about accreditation at an information session on Monday, September 13. We will provide an overview of the APR process and the free eight-week study program. All interested candidates are invited to attend. Also, APRs who have recently completed the process will be available to answer questions.

Information Session and Study Program Kick-off:
Monday, September 13 at 6:00 p.m.
Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association
800 Trafalgar Court, Suite 200
Maitland, FL 32751

Visit the official website of the Universal Accreditation Board at www.praccreditation.org for the Candidate’s Process Chart for the Examination for Accreditation in Public Relations and the Eligibility Form.

About the APR Study Program Workshops
APR workshops are free to active FPRA or PRSA members and will be held weekly from September 13 through November 15 at a convenient time and location for participating candidates.  The one-hour sessions are led by seasoned APR facilitators to guide a discussion of core topics that will be covered on the APR computerized exam.  The workshops are not required “classes” but rather a professional development networking group of mentors prepared to help you succeed.

If you are interested in starting the APR process, please contact:
Stefanie Macfarlane, APR (FPRA) – 321.578.1722 or smacfarlane@cfl.rr.com
Lisa Lochridge, APR (PRSA) – 321.214.5206 or lisa.lochridge@ffva.com

Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation to Offer Karen Plunkett Scholarship

August 12, 2010

Recipient Will Attend the Rollins College Philanthropy & Nonprofit Leadership Center’s Certificate in Leadership Practice Program

As many may know, the profession lost an icon and FPRA-OAC leader with the passing of Karen Plunkett, APR on July 19. Karen was a former Florida Public Relations Association State President (1991) and FPRA Orlando Area Chapter President (1987). She was named Central Florida PR Professional of the Year in 1989 and FPRA Member of the Year in 1994. In 2008, she received FPRA’s highest individual honor — the John W. Dillin Award.

To honor her, The Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation in Winter Park is offering the Karen Plunkett Scholarship for the Rollins College Philanthropy & Nonprofit Leadership Center’s Certificate in Leadership Practice program. The scholarship will be awarded annually to a public relations or communications professional in Orange, Osceola, Seminole or Lake County. Preference will be given to an individual who is involved in the community or who has connection with a nonprofit organization. Applications are due by August 20, 2010.

Karen Plunkett specialized in public relations and represented law and accounting firms in the Orlando area. Among her public relations friends, she was known for her gracious style combined with a backbone of steel. She became president of the Florida Public Relations Association and earned the group’s Dillon Award for lifetime achievement. For 15 years, she also taught public relations courses at Rollins College and the University of Central Florida, where she earned her master’s degree.

Jerry Hilbrich, chairman of the board at the Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation, said, “This scholarship will honor Karen’s life as a public relations professional, distinguished community volunteer, mentor and teacher.” Margaret Linnane, executive director at the Philanthropy & Nonprofit Leadership Center adds, “We are so pleased to administer this scholarship honoring Karen, which will allow professionals in this field to enhance their leadership skills for years to come.”

The Certificate in Leadership Practice is designed for nonprofit professionals, including emerging leaders, who are ready to take their leadership skill set to the next level. Attendees develop a comprehensive understanding of their personal leadership style through self-assessment, learn about organization dynamics and the role leaders play at all levels, and learn how to be more effective leaders within their current or future leadership positions.

For additional information about the Certificate in Leadership Practice or to download the scholarship application form visit http://www.rollins.edu/pnlc/certificates/leadership.html or call 407-975-6414.

About the Philanthropy & Nonprofit Leadership Center is a Center of Excellence
The Philanthropy & Nonprofit Leadership Center is a Center of Excellence in the Roy E. Crummer Graduate School of Business at Rollins College. Its mission is to strengthen the impact, effectiveness, and leadership of nonprofit and philanthropic organizations through education and management assistance.