Your membership with FPRA can be career changing, but there’s only one way to see full benefits of membership — by getting involved! Being an engaged FPRA member starts at the local level in your Gainesville Chapter. Focus on developing your leadership potential by serving on a committee. Grow your skill set by attending monthly programs, professional development and networking events. Elevate your expertise by entering the local Image Awards, or working with an area cohort towards achieving your APR or CPRC.
Are you new to the chapter or are you thinking of ways to get more involved? Some of the best ways to get involved with FPRA Gainesville is to serve on the board or on one of our various committees. Committees plan professional events, create bridges between students and professionals, host the annual local Image Awards competition and run internal chapter communications, just to name a few.
In addition, FPRA Gainesville has a proud tradition of working with students from University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications, as well as Santa Fe College, to help prepare them for future careers in public relations through networking events, interview workshops and internship placements.
Involvement truly is what everyone says it is, “you get what you give!”
FPRA Gainesville keeps you up-to-date on the latest developments in the world of PR so that you can be prepared for today’s communications challenges. Take advantage of outstanding professional development opportunities.
Expand Your Network
With 15 professional chapters, 14 student chapters and approximately 1,200 members, FPRA offers networking opportunities to make connections with your colleagues for professional support, references, problem solving and recommendations.
When you join FPRA, you join an organization that has positively changede PR since 1938. FPRA’s mission is to advance the profession of public relations in the state of Florida. All FPRA members are required to abide by FPRA’s Code of Ethics.
FPRA welcomes student members. For only $30 a year, you can have the opportunity to develop relationships with seasoned public relations professionals. Additional benefits include scholarships for annual conference, networking opportunities for career placement and a monthly luncheon with prominent professionals.
Some of our FPRA members are recruiting candidates for internships and jobs, so please join today! We guarantee you will get something out of your membership.
Chapter committees serve as a way for our members to become involved in the public relations community through specific projects. Below is a list of all FPRA Gainesville committees with contact information for the committee’s board liaison. Join a committee by contacting the chair!
The Accreditation Committee is responsible for generating publicity and distributing information to members eligible for the APR or CPRC designations. The Accreditation Committee organizes study sessions for those eligible, as well as coordinating the accreditation and certification processes.
- Board Liaison: Kathy Richardson, APR
- E-mail: email@example.com
The Communications Committee is responsible for performing public relations functions for the chapter. The committee writes or approves all press releases and coordinates the dissemination of releases. The committee also organizes the creating content — in-depth articles and case studies — for posting to the chapter website and for possible publication. The committee is also responsible for collecting information and designing, updating and coordinating the chapter website. This committee is constantly seeking new ways to make the chapter website a more effective and useful tool and to improve communications to better serve our members.
- Board Liaison: Alex Lucas Flinchum
- E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Community Relations Committee
The Community Relations Committee is the chapter’s service entity. This committee provides programs and other communication services to the Gainesville community in meaningful ways. Each year the committee selects projects from local non-profit organizations. In the past, the committee has also coordinated seminars and events aimed at non-public relations professionals that are both affordable and educational.
- Board Liaison: La’Kendra Garrison
- E-mail: email@example.com
Educational Services Committee
The Educational Services Committee is a liaison between the Gainesville Chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association and public relations students in North Central Florida. The committee plans networking events for students and professionals and student field trips. It also supports career preparation programs and promotes internships to help students acquire expertise in “real-world” public relations situations and to help public relations professionals by offering a pipeline of qualified, skilled pre-professional student assistants.
The committee works with graduate and undergraduate students enrolled in the University of Florida’s College of Journalism and Communications, particularly those who are members of the FPRA Chomp Chapter and the Alpha Chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA). All students attending Santa Fe College, Lake City Community College and UF are welcome to participate.
- Board Liaisons: Angela Chan & Amelia Bell, APR, CPRC
- E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Image Awards Committee
The Image Awards Committee is responsible for developing and instituting an annual local Image Awards program. This committee first creates and distributes a “call for entries” for the awards. It also organizes, implements and coordinates a fun, exciting event to recognize Image winners and publicize winners through local media and chapter events. The committee may be called upon to coordinate the judging process for another chapter.
- Board Liaison: Stephanie Esposito
- E-mail: email@example.com
Member Services Committee
The Member Services Committee is responsible for the recruitment of new members and the retention and general service to the chapter membership. This committee’s responsibilities include keeping a current member database with contact information and continuously updating it throughout the year, creating nametags, and coordinating registration at events, along with the originating committee and the chapter Treasurer. The committee is also responsible for developing and maintaining the electronic chapter member directory.
- Board Liaison: Marbella Miller
- E-mail: marbellaFPRA@gmail.com
Professional Development Committee
The Professional Development Committee is responsible for planning and organizing an educational seminar for the membership each year. The event is typically a full-day program and includes a series of speakers on public relations topics.
- Board Liaison: Amanda Overstreet
- E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Board of Directors
The FPRA Gainesville Chapter is governed by the Board of Directors. The nominating committee considers nominations for the Board of Directors for an annual term in June of each year, with the term beginning September 1.
Serving on the board of directors is an invaluable experience that builds leadership skills, develops personal and professional growth, and advances your career.
Not ready to serve on the board of directors just yet? Leadership opportunities through service on chapter committees exist year-round.