Dillin Award Winner: Roger Pynn, APR

September 10, 2009

Roger Pynn, APR received the John W. Dillin Professional Award, the FPRA’s highest honor, during the Golden Image Awards August 11 at the Boca Raton Resort & Club.  Named after FPRA Founder Lt. Col. John W. Dillin, the prestigious award recognizes outstanding contributions to FPRA and the public relations industry as a whole. Read the rest of this entry »


Communique Needs You

September 10, 2009

Communique at Rollins

The members of Communique, the student chapter of FPRA at Rollins, are anticipating a wonderful academic year of programs and service opportunities. As members of FPRA, you can offer invaluable knowledge, insights, and a “real world” perspective to programs for the students. If you are interested in participating in a panel, talking about your area of public relations, or attending a Communique meeting, please contact Carolyn Planck, the new faculty advisor, at  407-646-1885 or cplanck@rollins.edu.


Upcoming Professional Development Workshop: October 29

September 10, 2009

A wise manager once said that if you’re not putting at least 15 percent of your time into improving yourself, you’re  not only cheating yourself, but you’re cheating your company. FPRA’s Professional Development Workshop is the opportune time to put this philosophy into action. This year’s half-day workshop will be held on Thursday, October 29th at Rollins College. This annual workshop is for PR practitioners of all levels. Top professionals in the field of public relations will share their insights and experience in a forum where members can sharpen their PR skills, learn new strategies and network with peers. More information will follow – so keep an eye out for it.

This year, a guest from The Poynter Institute will be speaking about writing for multi-media outlets and there will be a panel about marketing messages during a tough economy. Co-chairs Doreen Overstreet and Jackie Benton are currently requesting committee members. If interested, please contact Doreen Overstreet at 407-657-4818 ext. 202 or DoreenOverstreet@costadevault.com or Jackie Benton at 407-895-3955 or Jackie.Benton@bentonmg.com. Please note that serving on the committee is a  limited time commitment – committee volunteers are mostly just needed for the ‘day of’ event needs on the 29th – and for their awesome brain power.


FREE APR Workshops Now in Session

September 10, 2009

FPRA in conjunction with PRSA is offering free APR workshops this fall to help prepare candidates for the accreditation process. If you have been thinking about getting accredited, think no more…just do!

You still have an opportunity to join in on the free weekly workshops that are held on Tuesdays from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. now through October 27. These sessions prepare candidates for both the Readiness Review and APR exam. If you are interested in attending or have questions about the process, contact VP of Accreditation Stefanie Macfarlane, APR at smacfarlane@cfl.rr.com or (321) 578-1722 today.

Wondering what Accreditation (APR) is all about?

Accreditation is offered through the Universal Accreditation Board (UAB) Read the rest of this entry »


Bob Davis Award: Tami Karaba

September 10, 2009

Congratulations to Tami Karaba, development coordinator with Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida, who was recently awarded the Orlando Area Chapter’s 2009 Bob Davis Award. The Award is presented annually to a member for working tirelessly behind the scenes as an “unsung hero” to support the chapter.


Celebrate Ethics Awareness Month

September 10, 2009

With the advent of social media, the escalation of sophisticated issues campaigns and the partisan nature of so much of our daily national dialogue, the public relations profession faces rising challenges, given a constant barrage of ethics and professionalism issues.  On Thursday, September 17 the Orlando chapters of the Florida Public Relations Association and the Public Relations Society of America will welcome Mary Beth West, APR, principal of Mary Beth West Consulting, a PR and reputation management firm based in Greater Knoxville, Tennessee, to share strategies that professionals can implement to “take back” our profession from those prominent voices who cast PR inaccurately and counterproductively. 

With her experience serving as PRSA’s national chair of advocacy (2007) and as a senior counsel to the PRSA national board for advocacy issues (2008), Mary Beth will also discuss PRSA’s role in the advocacy case study from late 2007 involving the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the California Wildfires. The luncheon will also feature the presentation of the Frank R. Stansbery PRSA Chapter Ethics Award.

Networking begins at 11:30 a.m. and the luncheon begins at noon.  To register for the event, visit www.fpra-orlando.org.