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I’m a firm believer in practicing gratitude every day. Pausing for a moment to appreciate the good things in life – however big or small – can boost your mood and improve your overall health. That said, I know sometimes it can be difficult to see the good. In a year like 2020, it’s hard to be grateful when we are surrounded by so much fear, pain, and loss.

Space Coast FPRA is in mourning. Last week we shared the news that longtime member, Geo Ropert, APR, passed away. Geo was a true legend who gave tirelessly to the PR profession and the Brevard County community. I only knew him for a few years, but like so many other FPRA members, he made an impact on my career. He sat on the panel when I presented to earn my APR credential, and though he ultimately agreed to pass me, he was the toughest panelist to convince. He asked hard questions and made me think about my work from a perspective I hadn’t considered. He was notorious for being the strictest judge in the local Image Awards competition, offering the most constructive criticism and challenging us to improve. He was tough, but he was also kind. And he was always willing to help.

Geo was a model of excellence in our profession, a mentor and friend to so many. For his life and legacy, we should all show gratitude.

We will carry on, as that’s what Geo would want us to do. This Wednesday, I invite you to join us for our last event of the year – a Virtual Cooking Class with The Bearded Chef. Let’s wind down 2020 by preparing a delicious appetizer, entrée, dessert and cocktail. The best part? All proceeds will go to The Children’s Hunger Project, a not-for-profit organization that Geo passionately supported.

As this year draws to a close, I would like to thank the Space Coast FPRA board of directors, our members, and everyone in the community who has supported us during these challenging times. I am grateful for all of you and wish you a healthy, joyful holiday season.

Sending big virtual hugs,

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