Southwest Florida Chapter presents Friendsgiving FPRA Member Happy Hour @ Shoeless Joe’s Sports Café
Nov 29 all-day

Who doesn’t love a Friendsgiving FPRA Member Happy Hour? This event is free on Tuesday, November 29 from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Shoeless Joe’s Sports Café in Fort Myers. Attendees will enjoy beer, wine and light bites on the outdoor deck of Shoeless Joe’s while catching up with fellow FPRA members.

In the spirit of the holiday season, please consider bringing a donation of a new, unwrapped toy for FPRA’s annual Merry Givemas toy donation drive! All donations will go to local children through the Children’s Advocacy Center.

FPRA State Office presents Shades of Grey: Ethical Considerations for PR Practitioners @ Zoom Online
Nov 30 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

We often think of ethics in terms of good vs. bad, or right vs. wrong; however, ethics are rarely that straightforward. PR practitioners have a responsibility to their employers, their clients, the profession, the public and to themselves to practice responsibly and to protect the trust they have with each. Unfortunately, conflicts of interest often arise in that pursuit. In those situations, how do we determine the most ethical, socially responsible path? Understanding the different approaches to ethics, the ethical decision-making process and key components of the law are foundational to effective and ethically-sound public relations.

Ethics topics:

Defining ethics
The ethical decision-making process and theories
How to handle conflicts of ethics
The First Amendment and Media law
FPRA Code of Ethics

Key takeaways:

Exploring the reality that ethics is rarely as cut and dry as right vs wrong – it’s often a matter of conflicting ‘rights’
Embracing the idea of PR as the conscious of an organization – this webinar will discuss how to be well-versed in the law and in the ethical decision-making process in order to be effective counselors
Understanding the potentially serious consequences of not having a firm grasp of the law or the ethical process in PR including the substantial loss of money, litigation, the loss of trademarks, SEC issues and reputational damage, among many others.

Pensacola Chapter presents Holiday Jingle Mingle supporting Gulf Coast Kid’s House @ Sir Richard's Public House
Dec 6 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Join FPRA Pensacola for our holiday Jingle Mingle at Sir Richard’s Public House! It’s free to attend.

This year we will be supporting the Gulf Coast Kid’s House. Their most needed item is Pack ‘n Plays. If you feel led to give, please bring a new Pack ‘n Play or monetary donation for Gulf Coast Kid’s House. Find out more about how they serve our community here:

Be sure to wear your most festive attire. Bring your friends and your best holiday cheer, we can’t wait to see you!

Orlando Area Chapter presents the Art of Storytelling @ Darden Restaurant Support Center
Dec 8 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Join FPRA Orlando for a lunch & learn (lunch provided by Olive Garden) on The Art of Storytelling featuring Darden Restaurants’ Senior Vice President of Communications Justin Sikora. Attendees will learn new methods on how to create and tell stories effectively to both internal and external audiences along with key learnings from Justin’s tenured career telling stories for various brands, including Darden, Time Warner (DC Entertainment) and Unilever’s AXE and Dove brands.
This compelling lunch & learn will be very popular. Space for the event is limited to FPRA members and FPRA students at this time.

Treasure Coast Chapter presents Brews, Boots, & Bylines, our Rowdy, Howdy Holiday Party! @ Islamorada Brewery & Distillery
Dec 8 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

FPRA Treasure Coast invites you to join us for Brews, Boots, & Bylines, our Rowdy, Howdy Holiday Party at the Islamorada Brewery & Distillery on Thursday, December 8! Celebrate the holidays with some of the greatest PR pros across the Treasure Coast – let’s mingle, eat, and let our boots hit the dance floor! Registration is $20 per person and includes one free drink and a specially-branded FPRA cookie. Seas The Day Food Truck will be on-site serving delicious food options, and for an additional $5, guests can boot scootin’ boogie their way through a line dancing lesson led by The Wild Roses.

Capital Chapter presents Holiday Social at Ology Power Mill @ Ology Brewing Co. (Power Mill Location)
Dec 8 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Join your FPRA family at Ology Brewing Company’s Power Mill location for a Holiday Social on Thursday, Dec. 8! Significant others/spouses/partners are welcome. If you’d like to bring your donations for our holiday giving drive for Brehon Family Services, we will collect them at the social and deliver them for you.

Please RSVP by Wednesday, December 7.

Members, Students, and Non-Members: FREE

Southwest Florida Chapter presents members-only (and their plus ones) MERRY MIXER! @ 5031 S Cleveland Ave.
Dec 9 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Join us for this members-only (and their plus ones) for a night of networking and a great opportunity to participate in the annual raffle to benefit our scholarship programs.

Get ready to mix, mingle and unwind with your FPRA friends. Admission is $25 per person. Guests must RSVP online by Friday, December 2 at Register today because spaces are limited!

Registration includes the choice of a beer, wine, or non-alcoholic beverage, heavy appetizers and a raffle ticket. Additional raffle tickets will be available for purchase.

So, mark your calendars for Friday, December 9 and get ready for a fun-filled evening. The Merry Mixer event is a little different each year, but a few things remain constant: great food and drinks, and wonderful company.

Dick Pope/Polk County Chapter presents Internal Communications – Aligning Hearts & Minds for Greater Success @ My Office & More
Dec 14 @ 8:00 am – 9:30 am

No matter the size, industry, model, or age of an enterprise, internal communications is the critical catalyst towards mission/vision success. Organizations are made up of people, whether two or 200,000. And, people need to be connected, informed, and encouraged. In this session, Garrett Wilburn will be covering the role of internal communications and some best practices for streamlining and elevating communications in any organization.

About Garrett Wilburn

Garrett Wilburn is the Director of Internal Communications at Compassion International. He leads a 10 person team to inspire, align and equip a global workforce across 27 countries. Garrett started his professional career doing PR, marketing communications and product brand launches at a Fortune 500. From there, he started a brand and communications consultancy to help not-for-profits, startups and intermediate size companies find greater success through brand development, PR, and marketing communications. His core belief is that individuals, teams, and organizations are exponentially better when they communicate well; communication is the catalyst to success. When not dabbling in the communications arts, Garrett spends his time on mountain-bound adventures with his wife, Allison, near their home in Colorado Springs, CO. He holds a B.A. in Mass Communications, an M.A. in Religion, and numerous certificates in disciplines such as leadership and social media strategy.

Central West Coast Chapter presents New Year’s Resolution: Earn Your Credentials in 2023 @ Zoom Online
Dec 14 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Consider setting a new year’s resolution in 2023 to help enhance your professional knowledge and career status. Earn your credentials and be part of the elite few to become accredited and/or certified in public relations.
The Central West Coast Chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association will host a free webinar from noon to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, December 14, 2022 on Zoom. Learn the steps to earn either an Accreditation in Public Relations (APR) credential or a Certified Public Relations Counselor (CPRC) credential (or both).
Led by our chapter’s Credentialing Team, Erin Hoffer, APR, CPRC and Laura Ansel, APR, the session will detail the process to earn both credentials. They will provide important insights and key take-aways for success.
The webinar is free for all Florida Public Relations Association members and non-members. Participants must have a Zoom login (free) to be able to participate in the webinar. For more information, email

Tampa Bay Chapter presents December Holiday Mixer @ Coppertail Brewing Company
Dec 14 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Mingle with fellow FPRA members at our holiday mixer and chapter awards ceremony presentation. The awards ceremony originally scheduled for Sept. 30 was cancelled because of Hurricane Ian, so we want to take a little time to recognize the incredible talent within the chapter at this event. Non-members, friends and family are welcome to attend this casual event. Dinner is included in the ticket price, and there will be a cash bar.

Volusia/Flagler Chapter presents How Philanthropy & Public Relations Can Drive Organizational Success @ Daytona Beach International Airport
Dec 15 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

The Volusia/Flagler Chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association (FPRA) will welcome Dr. Matt Wilson as the guest speaker at their December professional development luncheon for a presentation on Philanthropy and Public Relations. Dr. Wilson will discuss how bridging philanthropy and public relations can drive organizational success. This meeting will be held on Thursday, December 15 at 11:30 a.m. in the Dennis McGee Room at the Daytona Beach International Airport.

Matt Wilson, Ed. D., is a member of the Athletes First Initiative (AFI) leadership team. AFI’s purpose is to build out Name, Image, and Likeness (NIL) Collectives supporting intercollegiate student-athletes at Division I, II, and III universities. Currently, Wilson serves as Executive Director of the Hatters Collective Group, a collective group supporting Stetson University student-athletes with the ability to leverage their NIL opportunities.

Prior to his current role, Wilson spent the last five years with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU) Athletics serving as Senior Director of Philanthropy. During his ERAU tenure, Wilson oversaw a more than a 100% increase in student-athlete scholarship support, assisted in the creation and development of multiple new ERAU Athletic fundraising initiatives (Week of Giving, Hoops & Heels Luncheon; Corporate Challenge Golf Event), and effectively executed multiple six and seven figure naming rights campaigns.

Register by noon on December 12 at Lunch is included in the cost of $30 for members, $40 for non-members, and $15 for students. Walk-ins are accepted for a $5 additional surcharge.

Central West Coast Chapter presents CWC-FPRA Holiday Party! @ Gold Coast Eagle Distributing
Dec 15 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Celebrate the year with CWC-FPRA at an in-person Holiday Party at Gold Coast Eagle Distributing on Wireless Court in east Sarasota.

Ocala Chapter presents December Holiday Social Event @ Ewers Century Center
Dec 16 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

In lieu of a Professional Development meeting in December, please join us for our Chapter Holiday Social! Details (including a firm date and time) will be announced in the next few weeks. Online registration will be available.

Northwest Florida Coast Chapter presents Mingle & Jingle Holiday Mixer! @ Maxine Orange Studio Gallery
Dec 20 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

The Northwest Florida Coast Chapter will host its Second Annual Mingle & Jingle Holiday Mixer at Maxine Orange Studio Gallery in Fort Walton Beach. Join us for an evening of networking, celebration, and giving as they collect toys for the Northwest Florida Guardian ad Litem Foundation. Don’t forget to don your ugliest holiday sweater!

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