2014 Board Installation & Award Recognition

September 8, 2014




By: Gabriel Soltren
Orange County Library System




Cynthia Lambert



Immediate Past President Cynthia Lambert, APR addressed members of the Orlando Area Chapter of FPRA at the 2014 Board Installation & Award Recognition event held at Artisan’s Table Restaurant in Downtown Orlando.


Cynthia congratulated members for their wonderful job and for becoming the second largest FPRA chapter in membership.She thanked the officers, board of directors and family members for their many hours of dedication. “The unsung heroes are the families. Take time to thank them for their support.”

Dan Ward



Cynthia congratulated Dan Ward, APR, CPRC, for earning the Certified Public Relations Counselor (CPRC) credential and congratulated him for his 20 years at Curley & Pynn.



The CPRC credential recognizes professional growth and achievement of senior members who have earned the APR designation and have a minimum of 10 years of professional practice in public relations.


She also recognized award winners including Nicole Huie, the 2014 Bob Davis Award winner. “She is a faithful supporter. Her work is done while no one is around.”



The award is presented annually to an individual for his or her “behind the scenes” volunteer efforts that go largely unnoticed by chapter members and are not recognized by other awards programs. The award is named in honor of Bob Davis, Ph.D., ABC, APR, CPRC, a former professor and mentor from the University of Central Florida who gave tirelessly to FPRA and the profession for three decades.



Alayna Curry was named as the 2014 FPRA-Orlando Member of the Year. “She plays a vital role in getting communications out to our members,” Cynthia said. “She spoke to our student chapter and found a solution to save us money.”


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.

Special guest Laura Byrnes, APR, Florida Public Relations Association Executive Committee Member, spoke about leadership and encouraged members to learn about the history of the Orlando Area Chapter dating back to the founders of the Orange Blossom Chapter in 1956. Laura inducted the 22 incoming Board of Directors and encouraged them to anticipate, and not wait to be asked to participate. She herself benefited early in her career from holding FPRA leadership positions. “An introvert by nature,” she said, she was forced into being an extrovert by her profession.



Laura presided over the induction ceremony for new president Kerry Martin, APR. After thanking her colleagues, Martin shared a few thoughts and encouraged members to participate in events during the upcoming year. “We will strive to meet and exceed your expectations.”


For a list of current board members, click here.

Conference Scholarship – Apply by June 30

May 30, 2014

Apply to win a scholarship to this year’s annual conference, FPRA: The Road Best Traveled, to be held at the Wyndham Grand Orlando Resort Bonnet Creek on August 10-13. Since this professional development event is right here in our backyard, this is a great opportunity to attend!

The FPRA Orlando Area Chapter will award up two scholarships to local chapter members. Each scholarship will cover the conference registration fee of $695. To apply, please email your responses to the questions below to Cynthia Lambert, APR at clambert@metroplanorlando.com by June 30, 2014.  Please limit your answers to 50 words or less for each question and be sure to include all information outlined below:

  • Name:
  • Company:
  • Title:
  • Years in public relations:
  • How long have you been a member of FPRA?
  • In what ways have you been involved with FPRA? (Committees, events attended, positions held, etc.)
  • How will the conference scholarship benefit your career and current job?
  • What do you hope to learn by attending conference, and how do you intend to incorporate it in your daily position?

To be eligible, you must be an active member in good standing with the Orlando Area Chapter. Your chapter involvement and financial need will be considered.  Please note that the scholarship covers the $695 conference registration fee and excludes lodging, food outside of meals included in the regular conference registration and all other related expenses.

All scholarship winners will be required to participate on the conference blogging team and to write a short article for PRoclaimer discussing what they learned and how it enhances their profession.

President’s Message: 3 Ways to Get Involved

February 10, 2014

Cynthia Lambert, APR

Getting involved is the best way to take advantage of your FPRA membership. Here are three ways you can get active and #ThinkFPRA:

  1. Submit an entry to Image Awards by Feb. 28. Do you want to impress your boss by receiving recognition for your excellent PR work? Then take the time to submit for Image. See tips on putting together a winning entry here.
  2. Join our scholarship committee. For years, FPRA has raised money for student scholarships. I recently represented FPRA at a luncheon hosted by UCF recognizing donors, where I spoke with student winners and learned the true impact of our scholarships. We’re in the process of planning our next fundraiser – can you help? If so, contact me.
  3. Share your expertise with students. Our student chapter at UCF, Quotes, is looking for speakers. Learn how you can give back to the profession and become a guest speaker.

Cynthia Lambert, APR  |  FPRA Orlando Area Chapter President
Contact me anytime! 407-481-5672 x320  |  clambert@metroplanorlando.com

Member PRofile: Mary Ann Horne

November 4, 2013


What is your title and company name?
Community Outreach Specialist, MetroPlan Orlando

Give a brief explanation of your job.
I help communicate our activities and those of our transportation partners to the public. My job is a combination of pieces — from website and social media to presentations for groups to working with our board and committees.  My goal is to help Central Floridians understand more about long range planning for our transportation system in Orange, Osceola and Seminole counties.

How many years have you been a part of FPRA? Why did you join?
I have been a member for almost two years, but I attended meetings for a year before that to sharpen my skills and to network.  In fact, I first met my current boss, Cynthia Lambert, at an FPRA meeting!

What was your favorite FPRA event?
I always learn so much at the Professional Development workshops. This year’s was wonderful!

Tell us about an exciting achievement (personal or professional).
I was really honored when our 2012 annual report won the Grand Golden Image Award.

Tell us something people may not know about you.
I moved to Central Florida 20 years ago when the newspaper I was working for in Texas went out of business. I spent 15 years at the Orlando Sentinel, then three years in social work before finding the perfect job at MetroPlan Orlando to combine all my skills and interests.

Contact info:
407-481-5672, ext. 305

Orlando Members Shine at State Conference

August 13, 2013

Several members from our chapter were honored for leadership and excellent public relations programs at the state conference this month. Thank you for making your chapter proud!

State Board Executive Committee Installed


Three Orlando Area Chapter members were officially installed as members of the state board’s executive committee. Chris Gent, APR, CPRC will lead the state association this coming year as President. Amanda Forbes Mestdagh, APR will serve as VP of Technology and Roger Pynn, APR, CPRC will serve as Counselor’s Network Chair.

Awards for Service to FPRA

Congratulations to Roger Pynn, APR, CPRC, the winner of the Past President’s Award, which recognizes a senior member who has served the association time and time again. This special award recognizes a member who has achieved success in the field of public relations, but who has not forgotten FPRA.

Congratulations to Kerry Martin, APR for being honored as a member of the Rising Leader Class of 2013! Members of this class are up-and-coming FPRA members who have demonstrated emerging leadership traits along with dedicated active involvement in FPRA chapter activities and participation in programs, functions and events.

Congratulations to Cynthia Lambert, APR, the winner of the 2012-2013 Doris Fleischman Unsung Heroes Award! This award is intended to recognize an individual who consistently provides support and assistance to FPRA. It is meant to honor a member for his/her “behind the scenes” work and FPRA volunteer efforts that go unnoticed by chapter members and are not recognized by other awards programs.

Golden Image Awards

Congratulations to all the folks below who won big at Image Awards! View photos from the gala hereClick this link to view the complete list of winners by category.


UCF News & Information
Zenaida Kotala
Category A: Public Relations Programs; Division 9: Special Events
Golden Image Award & Judges’ Award
UCF’s Asteroid Encounter

Fry Hammond Barr
Allison Pope-Shutts
Christina Morton, APR
Category A: Public Relations Programs; Division 9: Special Events
Award of Distinction
Nemours Children’s Hospital Dedication Ceremony

MetroPlan Orlando
Cynthia Lambert, APR
Mary Ann Horne
Division B: Printed Tools of PR; Category 1: Annual Report
Grand All Golden Image Award, Golden Image Award, and Judges’ Award
What’s Next?: MetroPlan Orlando 2012 Annual Report

Curley & Pynn
Division B: Printed Tools of PR; Category 3: Magazine
Golden Image
Florida High Tech Corridor Council – florida.HIGH.TECH 2012

UCF News & Information
Zenaida Kotala
Division B: Printed Tools of PR; Category 6: News Release
Award of Distinction & Judges’ Award
Milky Way Cupcakes: A Savior for NASA’s Non-Manned Missions?

Florida Hospital Best in Care Team
Florida Hospital Experience Network
Division B: Printed Tools of PR; Category 6: News Release
Judges’ Award
100 Seizures a Day: Surgery Saves Boy’s Life

Curley & Pynn
Division C: Audio/Visual/Online Tools of PR; Category 4: Online Newsletter
Award of Distinction & Judges’ Award
Visit South Walton – South Walton “What’s New” eNewsletter

Florida Hospital Best in Care Team
Florida Hospital Experience Network
Division C: Audio/Visual/Online Tools of PR; Category 6: Video –Public Service/More than one minute
Judges’ Award
Epilepsy Explained: Finding the Right Treatment

Nonprofit PR Pros Learn to Boost Productivity

August 10, 2011

By Cynthia Lambert, APR

No one’s job is getting any easier.  With tightening budgets and staff reductions in recent years, PR pros are expected to do more with less.  But how can we get it all done?  At FPRA’s recent nonprofit roundtable program, attendees learned to boost productivity by better managing their time.

Laureen Martinez, chief public relations officer at the American Red Cross Mid-Florida Region, was the perfect person to share time management tips.  She serves as the main spokesperson for four American Red Cross chapters within Central Florida and covers a territory of 13 counties.  Additionally, she is also responsible for government and community outreach, media relations, website content, crisis management, and social media.

Here are just a few of Laureen’s secrets on how to make the most of your day:

  • Plan and Prioritize. If you don’t plan and prioritize, you’ll find yourself drifting and working in a scattered, disjointed way.  Don’t waste time on what’s not important and stay fully focused in the moment.  Write out your priority list for the next day before you go home.
  • Ban Procrastination.  Putting things off wastes not only your time, but also your energy and thoughts. When you procrastinate, much time is spent thinking and worrying about the things you need to do.  Do the last thing you want to do first.
  • Stop Interruptions.  Interruptions prevent you from being focused and pull you away from important things.  Get to know your phone’s “do not disturb” feature for when you really need to focus.
  • Teamwork.  Learn to delegate.  It’s a waste of time to think you need to do everything because no one ever does it as good as you. You’ll end up doing too much and having insufficient time to focus only on what you’re really good at.  Use your team of volunteers.  You may be pleasantly surprised at the results.
  • Meeting Agendas.  Meetings can be a real waste of time if there isn’t a specific reason, agenda and timeframe for holding them.  Make a concise agenda for every meeting to keep everyone focused on the task at hand.
  • Email, Internet and Phone.  It’s easy to spend quite a bit of time on these items without even realizing it. These are some of PR pros’ biggest time wasters.  Schedule a time to return calls and do research on the internet.  To save time on social media, try developing an editorial calendar so you don’t have to waste time coming up with a topic for your posts or tweets.

Special Thanks to our Sponsor
Special thanks to Enspire Communication, our presenting sponsor for the nonprofit roundtable.  Without your support, it wouldn’t be possible for us to offer this free benefit to our nonprofit members.