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A Message from the PResident

Jay Morgan-Schleuning, APR, CPRC

Changes at the Capital Chapter and a New Way to Learn About Our Programs
Building our chapter around you 

You may have noticed some changes at the Capital Chapter recently. Your board spent the fall asking members and prospective members what they want from their chapter. Thank you for taking time to complete the survey, participate in a phone interview or share your needs with us in conversation. We are using that feedback to build our programs. 

Our research revealed that some of our members can only meet in the morning or during their lunch hour, so we want to make sure we are offering programs during both time periods. This year, our meeting times will vary. Some will include lunch, and others will be breakfast meetings. (Occasionally, we may even have a networking event for the night owls among us!) We will also rotate venues to see which ones work best for our members.

You also told us when it comes to programs, you prefer quality over quantity. Our program team is using the list of topics you expressed an interest in to develop a strong line up of speakers, interactive workshops and professional development events. We won’t be following the traditional meeting schedule or format anymore.

We are also enhancing the way we keep in touch with you. Some members prefer to receive information via text, so this week we are launching our new PReminders. You can opt in to receive text updates from the Capital Chapter by texting “FPRA” to 38470. (Standard data rates apply.) 

We are excited about this Thursday’s program, Political Communications – The New Norm. It will include a strong panel of nationally recognized political pros you saw on TV analyzing the election. They will delve into communications and messaging strategies and tactics used by the campaigns. Join Republicans Rick Wilson and David Johnson, and Democrats Steven Schale and Kevin Cate as they discuss lessons learned and what to expect during future campaigns. We are grateful to Christina Johnson of On3 Public Relations for organizing and moderating this excellent panel. We will see you Thursday morning at the Aloft Hotel. Breakfast will be served at 7:30 and the panel begins at 8:00.

Please continue to share your feedback with us. You can contact me directly at or 407.592.7755. Thank you for being a member of FPRA!

Holiday social recap

The FPRA Capital Chapter and American Advertising Federation’s holiday social was a success! The two groups joined together to help celebrate the holidays, network and spread a little seasonal joy by donating to Kids Incorporated of the Big Bend. Held at Midtown’s latest restaurant, Table 23, the community’s top creatives and communicators celebrated with tasty hors d’oeuvres and drinks.

In an effort to spread joy, give back to the community and promote a wonderful organization, guests were asked to bring a new toy, book or cash as a donation to Kids Incorporated of the Big Bend. Overall, the event raised $580 in total donations ($320 in toys and books, $260 in cash). See more photos from the event.
Capital chapter text alerts

We are excited to announce PReminders! With the assistance of Call Loop, members can keep in touch via text message. Sign-up to receive text updates on our upcoming meetings, news and more.

To sign-up, please text "FPRA" to 38470.
(Standard data rates apply.) 

Celia Mott
Digital Communications and Engagement Specialist

Leon County Government 

Describe a project you were proud to be a part of.

I am proud of the grand opening of the Fred George Park and Greenway. I attended a conference a few months before the grand opening and came back with (what seemed like) a ton of ideas for the event. My team was very supportive of implementing the ideas. It was incredible to see how many people were excited for the new park and to see so many community members attend the grand opening.

What do you think is the biggest challenge creative-based professionals will face going forward? 

Finding a work-life balance. Our field is fast-paced and demanding. Sometimes it can be hard to disconnect, but we have to remember to unplug and make time for ourselves. Even though it may feel difficult to take time away from work, balance keeps you motivated.

Learn more about Celia!

2016-2017 Officers and Board of Directors

Jay Morgan-Schleuning, APR, CPRC

Molly Kellogg-Schmauch

Immediate Past President
Nanette Schimpf, APR, CPRC

John Fleming, APR, CPRC

Heather Teter, APR

Director of Membership
Zoe Linafelt

Director of Programming
Kenneth Morgan-Schleuning

Director of Awards and Professional Recognition
Stefanie Stricklin

Director of Communications
and PR

Brianna Barnebee

Director of Accreditation
Rachel Smith, APR, CPRC

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