Happy New Year to everyone in the FPRA family.
Looking back at 2018, I am thankful to each and every one of you. I think one of the great things about an organization like ours is that we can turn to each other in times of challenge and triumph. I feel like we faced a lot of both this past year, both personally and as an association. I also feel like we’ve come together and are better for everything we faced together last year.
Last year our state president challenged us to find balance. It’s something we all struggled to find, but I hope you all had success doing so. This year, we’re challenged to be Smart, Engaged and Fun. It seems like an easier challenge, but I want to add my resolution to start now and not put off incorporating those three elements into our work and our lives. FPRA is here to help…
One of the most valuable things I’ve done for my professional development is earn my accreditation. If you haven’t earned your APR or your CPRC, don’t put it off. The spring APR sessions will be starting soon. Get with Mandy Kimmer, APR, CPRC today and see how you can take that first step toward accreditation.
If you already have your accreditation, or it isn’t in the cards for you right now, think about something new you can learn this year. Through monthly programming, webinars and conferences FPRA has lots of ways to support getting smarter in 2019.
We have lots of ways for you to have fun as well. Each monthly program features chances to catch up with old and new friends. We had a lot of fun in December with our annual service project, and there’s more planned for the future. Keep an eye on our social media channels for some more informal events coming in 2019. Sometimes it’s fun to just hang out with our PR friends in an informal setting to talk shop or not. Our annual backstage pass event is always a lot of fun too, so keep an eye out for that.
Most of us love our work or we wouldn’t be doing it. That’s part of having fun too, so don’t let the first part of the year go by without enjoying what you do.
I changed up the order because I wanted to emphasize the importance of being engaged. It’s cliché to say you get out of an organization what you put in, but I really believe it’s true. If you haven’t been to a monthly program in a while, resolve to come see us in 2019. We’ve tried to make it easier by letting you know in advance when the January, February and March programs will be.
If it’s been a few years since you entered an Image award, resolve to enter at least one this year. There is a lot of great work recognized every year, but I’m confident that there’s even more that isn’t.
Your FPRA board is doing a lot of great work putting together programs and services for you, so why not resolve to chip in this year and join a committee. Let me know if you’re interested and I’ll put you in touch with a board member who could use your unique skills.
I’ve suggested a lot of resolutions here. If you can tackle them all, great. If it’s more your style to pick one, focus on it and then move on to another, do that. Whatever you decide, I encourage you to not stagnate in 2019. Get smarter, get more engaged and have more fun. Let FPRA help you with all three.
Best wishes for a happy and prosperous New Year,