FPRA 2018-2019 Theme

An explanation of our theme from FPRA State President Gordon Paulus, APR, CPRC:

Smart is what we as an organization can do for you, the member. We’re looking to have our first webinar in September, rather than start in October. We sent out a survey about the Image Awards process and we’ll be taking a hard look at ways we can develop more tools for you to submit a strong, award-winning entry. Of course, there are other smart things to do like LeadershipFPRA and earning your accreditation.

Engaged is what you can do for yourself. Get involved in a chapter committee, attend the meetings, workshops, networking events and get to know as many other members that you can. You never know what kind of job it might lead you to. Here’s a neat networking story from one of our members in the Treasure Coast Chapter. We’ll be sharing more networking stories from our members throughout the year.

Fun. That goes without saying and it ties back to Ryan’s effective theme from last year, Find Your Balance. FPRA's Executive Committee is all volunteers and we’re in this profession because of our love of the craft. We need to make sure we’re enjoying it and I swear on my FPRA Hawaiian shirt that I’ll do my best to make sure it’s fun.

Our Founding

Founded in 1938 by Lt. Colonel John W. Dillin, publicity director for the Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce, the Florida Public Relations Association (FPRA) is one of the oldest public relations organizations in the U.S.

Originally known as the Florida Association of Publicity Directors, the group’s first meeting of roughly 50 practitioners has grown to include more than 1,200 members.

On May 10, 1956, a charter for the “Gator Chapter” of the FPRA was requested after its first organization meeting, during which S.E. Lorimier was elected general chairman and Walter A. Ketcham its vice chairman. Known today as the Jacksonville Chapter, the Northeast Florida’s FPRA continues to offer its members professional support and development opportunities in public relations and communications.

On May 17, 2016, the Jacksonville chapter of FPRA commemorated its 60th anniversary with a celebration at the home of Dr. Wayne Wood, honoring its members, past presidents, guests, and students. Mayor Lenny Curry proclaimed that special day as Florida Public Relations Association Anniversary Day.

Twenty FPRA Jacksonville past presidents gather at the home of Wayne Wood in Riverside to celebrate the Chapter's 60th Anniversary.

FPRA provides a variety of services, benefits and opportunities dedicated to the success of the public relations professionals. Membership in FPRA is a sound professional investment.

  • Continuing Education – programs affording members the opportunity to develop their professionalism to the
    highest degree.
  • Professional Accreditation and Certification – internationally recognized ranks of Accredited in Public Relations (APR) and Certified Public Relations Counselor (CPRC).
  • Monthly Meetings – monthly meetings with timely speakers on pertinent career growth, networking, and peer exchange.
  • Annual Conference – opportunity to stay in touch with professionals from throughout the state  that help you stay current on activities and events which have an effect on
    the profession.
  • Awards Programs – annual Golden Image Awards program recognizes outstanding public relations activities in Florida.

We are honored to have dedicated volunteers who have served, are serving and will be a future member of our Board, help guide FPRA members and provided the best programs.

Your 2018-2019 FPRA Jacksonville Chapter Board

President - Andrea Siracusa, APR

President-Elect – Warren Jones, APR, CPRC

Immediate Past President – Liz Anderson

Vice President of Membership – Jackie Green

Vice President of Program Development – Madelene Skinner

Vice President of Media – Natalie Spindle

Vice President of Accreditation – Rosemary Tutt, APR, CPRC

Vice President of Young Professionals – Laura Beth Huber

Senior Advisor – Lanette Hart, APR, CPRC

Secretary – TBD

Treasurer – TBD

What to learn more?

There are many ways that you can get involved with the Jacksonville Chapter of the Florida Relations Assocation. Your time, expertise, and ideas help make us stronger.