Your local PRSA chapter will be turning 30 next year. The Gulf Coast Chapter, with a history of being about 50 members strong, is among the smaller chapters around the country. In Florida’s Sunshine District, our chapter is often referred to as the “boutique” chapter.

Well, we may be small, but we sure have been mighty. Since Judy Bricker served as our inaugural president in 2000, we’ve maintained a schedule of high-quality monthly programs and periodic social events. Recent media/social media panels and a program about nonprofit PR and donor communications drew more than 60 attendees. From time to time, nationally recognized speakers have joined us for workshops and seminars. Each year, one or two members complete the rigorous study program to earn their accreditation in PR. Several times, the chapter has provided a scholarship to send an FGCU student to the PRSA International Conference. So, what is next?

What do you need and want to grow personally and professionally? In this changing world of business, what can the Gulf Coast Chapter and the PRSA national organization do to help you develop skills to succeed in your current role and prepare for the next opportunity?

Soon, you’ll be receiving a short survey and perhaps you’ll also receive a phone call from one of our board members to gather ideas from you.

We want to be the organization that attracts and engages more local PR, marketing and communications professionals. When we better understand your needs and the needs of those who are not yet our members, we’ll be able to provide the tools—beyond lunch programs—to engage (and retain) current members and to attract new members.

The new (and expanded) board will be introduced to you at the January 22 Lunch & Learn. As has been our tradition, a formal installation ceremony and photo opp is planned for the enthusiastic team who will bring the Gulf Coast Chapter of PRSA into its 20th year!

Best wishes for a Happy, Healthy New Year!

Julie Pedretti, APR
President, 2019 Gulf Coast Chapter PRSA

January 2019 President’s Message – Julie Predretti

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