August 2016

Below please find the latest issue and archive of our chapter's newsletter, Talking Points. Included in each newsletter you will find such valuable information such as a message from our president, a Media Spotlight of a local news reporter, a PRSA member profile and so much more.

  August 2016 Newsletter  
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Chris Hardee - Freelance Copywriter


President's Letter

There’s just something special about the ‘Back to School’ time of year. Maybe it’s the Type A in me, but I love the preparation involved in gearing up for a fresh start, so I’m looking ahead to the remainder of 2016 with a sense of refreshment and renewal. PRSA Orlando has some wonderful things in store to close out the year.
Thank you to everyone who signed up to attend our PRSA Goes PuRple program occurring in just a few weeks, and a special shout out to program sponsor Orlando Health. We’re so excited to see many of you at the tailgate, tour and OCSC game. As you’ll see a little further down, we’ve also got some important September dates to ink in your calendars, with more details being posted on the website soon.
Speaking of the website, did you know that we have a direct feed for news coming out of PRSA National right on our homepage? If you’re interested in learning more about how our profession is evolving at both national and international levels, be sure to check that out at
As always, if you have any questions about the Orlando Regional chapter or would like to meet up to engage directly, I’m always here to help and support. Please feel free to reach out to me.



Lauren Leetun, APR
2016 President, PRSA Orlando Regional Chapter

Upcoming Events

Please save the date for several upcoming programs in September. More details are forthcoming and will be posted on the website events calendar soon.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016
How to Resolve Ethical Dilemmas in a Social Media World
11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at the Citrus Club

Join PRSA Orlando during Ethics Month as we welcome noted ethics expert and UF professor Dr. Norman Lewis to discuss recent case studies as well as a practical decision-making process that PR professionals can apply as we attempt to navigate a world in which ethical dilemmas are a daily challenge. Special thanks to September’s program sponsor True North Marketing + Public Relations.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016
Honoring the Heroes Among Us: The PR Community’s Response in the Wake of the Pulse Nightclub Tragedy
5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at a TBD location in SODO

Many of our friends and colleagues were called into action during the early morning hours of June 12 and the subsequent days and weeks. Often behind-the-scenes, they worked tirelessly to perform critical communications functions as the world turned its gaze toward The City Beautiful. PRSA Orlando and FPRA Orlando will be hosting a happy hour event on the 100-day mark of the tragedy – meant to serve as a show of support and group hug for our colleagues who stepped up when they were needed to communicate to the community. It will be held in the SODO area (specific details coming soon). All event proceeds will be donated to the OneOrlando Fund. If your organization is interested in sponsoring, please contact Lauren Leetun, APR.

Insider's Look at the APR Exam

WEBINAR: Tuesday, August 16, 2016
6:00 pm EDT

Whether you are preparing for the APR exam or just exploring the path to accreditation, plan to join your Central Florida colleagues for an informative discussion and Q&A.
Ginger Broslat, APR, CPRC will share her experience in taking the exam earlier this year.  She will be joined by accreditation mentors for the Orlando chapters of PRSA (Beth Swanson, APR) and FPRA (Jeff Grainger, APR).  This is a great time for interested candidates to explore the APR process and to learn about the resources available to you through PRSA and FPRA.

The webinar is free to PRSA and FPRA members. 
Hosted by the Orlando chapters of PRSA and FPRA.

Meeting number (access code): 625 886 402
Meeting password: Px2zbKpn
1-650-479-3208Call-in toll number (US/Canada) 

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Scott McCallum, APR
Congratulations to Scott McCallum, APR, who has been named Director of Government Affairs for Charter Communications.
Noel Peloquin
While we’ll miss her terribly, PRSA Orlando congratulates board member Noel Peloquin on her upcoming move to the Boston area.
Do you have kudos to share? Submit to VP of Communication, Alyssa Badalamenti.


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