Wednesday, June 20, 2012

APR Trivia - July

Q: What is the name of the accrediting body that bestows the APR honors?

A: The Universal Accreditation Board. (Some people mistakenly think it is FPRA or PRSA, but the UAB is an international accrediting body supported by 10 member organizations, including FPRA.)

Golden Image Celebration at Conference

This year’s Golden Image Awards will mark the 55th year for recognizing outstanding public relations programs in Florida and will be held in conjunction with FPRA’s 74th Annual Conference at The Renaissance World Golf Village Resort. FPRA’s Annual Conference regularly attracts more than 220 public relations practitioners from across the state for professional development, networking and peer recognition in the form of gold. Founded by the nation’s oldest public relations organization, FPRA, the Golden Image Awards have become a standard of public relations excellence in the state of Florida.
Come and show your support to fellow FPRA members!

Dr. Dave Fleming to share life practices for living the best life possible at FPRA luncheon July 10

The Florida Public Relations Association (FPRA), Southwest Florida Chapter welcomes Dr. Dave Fleming, a nationally acclaimed speaker, author, and leadership coach, who will present, “Since You're Already Here, You Might as Well Live Well.” The monthly luncheon will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Broadway Palm Dinner Theater located at 1380 Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers, Florida 33907.

Dr. Fleming speaks and works with clients around the country to help them possess the power to live engaged, innovative and fulfilled lives. All too often daily responsibilities and requirements can eclipse the life we know is possible. But, rather than blocking us from our destiny, daily life can be the doorway to the best life has to offer, if we know how to approach it. Dr. Fleming will introduce us to four life practices that will supply energy and opportunities that make life full of purpose and passion.  

The cost to attend the luncheon meeting is $20 for members, $25 for nonmembers, and $10 for students with advance reservations. Walk-ins are welcome for an additional fee of $5. For reservations or more information, please visit

The Florida Public Relations Association is dedicated to developing public relations practitioners who, through ethical and standardized practices, enhance the public relations profession in Florida.

Still time to donate to FPREF

Every donation large or small will help FPREF reach its annual goal. Donations help support programs like scholarship funds for college students, Annual Conference scholarships for its professional members and to support the APR program.

Please consider joining the Southwest Florida Chapter and help support the professional development of professional members and students by making a contribution. The Southwest Florida Chapter Board has voted to match funds donated by our Chapter members up to $300.

Registration Now Open For Member Exclusive Media Tour – Seating Limited!

Join your PR colleagues on Friday, June 29, 2012 from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. for a media tour with The News-Press Media Group and WINK News. The day will feature a tour of The News-Press’ manufacturing center, discussions with print and online editors, participation in the publication’s Editors Meeting, viewing of a live newscast at WINK and conversation with WINK’s news directors and anchors. Gourmet boxed lunch from Jason’s deli is included. Cost $25. Space is limited.  Participants are asked to arrive at the News-Press offices at 8:45 a.m., so that the tour can promptly begin at 9 a.m.

Conference Speakers Announced!

This year's 74th Annual Conference will feature eight dynamic general sessions and 16 stimulating breakout sessions.

This year, there will be an array of networking opportunities, which include a one-of-a-kind trip to the world famous Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park, tours in historic St. Augustine and FPRA's 1st Hall of Fame Networking and Recognition Event!  To see a full list of opportunities, download the full conference brochure.
If you are registered for the Annual Conference and would like to get more involved, consider volunteering to blog the general sessions and/or breakout sessions. To sign up, click here.   

Upcoming Programs

Join FPRA as we honor some of our outstanding members with our Chapter Awards program and vote on a slate of officers for the 2012-2013 FPRA year.

Enjoy a special presentation by Dr. Dave Fleming – Since You're Already Here, You Might as Well Livewell. 

We possess the power to live engaged, innovative and fulfilled lives. Yet, often those words don't describe our experience. The responsibilities and requirements of each day can eclipse the life we know is possible. But that is not the end of the story. Daily life does not have to block us from our destiny. In fact, daily life is the doorway to the best life has to offer, if we know how to approach it. Join Dr. Dave Fleming as he shares the four life-practices that enable us to livewell. Come discover how these four life-practices supply the energy and opportunities that make life full of purpose and passion. 

President’s Word: Media Matters!

By Carla Ulakovic

With communications practices constantly evolving, we as public relations practitioners must adapt quickly. But how do we navigate the course successfully? This month, our Chapter will focus on media matters in hopes to help members and guests identify the best way to navigate the ever-changing communications terrain. The Southwest Florida Chapter will welcome key media representatives to our annual Media Breakfast event on June 21 to share recommendations for successful communication with local media outlets. Once you’ve whet your media appetite, members are encouraged to sign up for the second course to our media breakfast on June 29. The Media tour is a member-exclusive event which offers a behind the scenes look at the New-Press and WINK offices. And to complete your PR toolkit we will issue an updated media directory later this month, so keep an eye out.