In 2015 Conference - Updates, 2019 President's Message


Let me tell you about your State Board of the Florida Public Relations Association.

Serving on the State Board are the presidents and presidents-elect of each of FPRA’s 15 chapters. In addition, are the officers which make up our Association’s Executive Committee. There is a total of 17 officers. Last weekend, we just completed our third State Board Meeting of the year. We meet each quarter and will finish up our term at the end of this Aug. The last board meeting of the year will be held during our Association’s 81st Annual Conference (AC) at the Marriott Water Street in downtown Tampa.

Throughout the year, your leaders are working hard to further our profession and provide the services our members need to stay relevant in today’s professional environment. It is at these meetings, where we review programming, budgets, policies, bylaws, and share best practices for the management of our chapters and Association. Last weekend, we approved the slate of officers for the 2019-20 Executive Committee. This slate, which you will find in this month’s newsletter, will be brought forth to the membership at our Annual Meeting on Aug. 5 for a vote.

Other items that were reviewed this past weekend was the great lineup of speakers and events planned for AC, scheduled Aug. 4 – 7 and ways to continue to improve our Image Awards processes, from entering and judging entries to conducting our Image Awards ceremonies.

Thanks to the efforts of Wendy Crites Wacker, APR, CPRC, our VP of Golden Image, this year’s Image Award entries increased statewide by 10 percent* over last year.

*(In this newsletter, we usually go by AP Style. However, I made a president’s “executive order” that anything I write that involves a percentage will be spelled out.)

Your State Board is a dedicated group of PR professionals. They take time out of their work week, as well as part of their weekends, to travel and attend the meetings. Some of the chapter presidents are able to bring guests, members of their own board, so they can see what it’s like.

They are smart, engaged and fun. You’ll get to meet them at Annual Conference at the President’s Luncheon on Monday.

Being on your chapter board is a great way to network and develop leadership skills. Anyone who has served as a chapter president is eligible to serve on the Executive Committee. If you’re interested in doing that in the future, talk to your chapter president or contact me. I’ll be glad to share information.

See you at Annual Conference!

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