This past Saturday, FPRA held its quarterly statewide board meeting where each of the 15 chapter presidents were asked to share what they are most proud of since we kicked off our 2020-21 membership year last summer. I couldn’t pick just one thing. From our strong financial performance to our outstanding events and membership engagement activities, I went over my allotted time bragging about all the great things Space Coast FPRA has accomplished. We’ve not only survived during a pandemic – we’ve thrived.
It wouldn’t be possible without our loyal members and our hardworking board of directors. In the past few months alone, I’ve seen so much collaboration and creativity result in amazing programs. In March, our incredibly talented member, Brandan Payne of Payne Point Media, taught an interactive workshop on creating compelling content with your smartphone. This was one of our most well-attended virtual events of the year, and we all walked away with awesome videos to post on social media! Then in April, we celebrated our local Image Award winners at our first socially distanced gathering. It was refreshing to meet in person with a small group and honor such excellent work in PR. Huge congratulations to the City of Cocoa and the Space Coast Transportation Planning Organization on their wins!
The fun isn’t stopping anytime soon. I can’t wait for our annual Media Summit on May 21, where we’ll have a chance to interact with local journalists and learn best practices for getting media coverage in this transformative time. It’s a virtual event you won’t want to miss, with breakout rooms by industry and topic – so you’ll have more opportunities to ask questions related to your job and interests.
I’m also excited about the upcoming Golden Image Awards competition and this year’s super cool theme, “Goldchella: A Festival of PR Talent.” The early bird entry deadline is this Friday, May 7, and the extended deadline is next Friday, May 14. This is a chance to enter your best PR campaigns and be recognized at the state conference held August 8-11 in Orlando. Let’s get those entries in and represent all the great work we are doing on the Space Coast!
There’s a lot to look forward to in the coming months, and with the widespread distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine, I hope we’ll start seeing more of each other in person soon. Whatever happens next, I’m confident that our recently appointed 2021-22 board of directors (learn about them in this newsletter!) will keep our chapter thriving. Before long, they’ll be preparing for their new roles and leading us into the future. Until then, join me in celebrating how far we’ve come this year. I hope you are as proud as I am to be part of Space Coast FPRA.
Autumn Shrum, APR