I hope you all remained safe during last week’s brush with Hurricane Matthew. Many thanks to those of you who were required to work around the clock to communicate important emergency management messages with the public.
The Orlando Regional Chapter of PRSA is in the midst of a very busy month! This Thursday, we’ll be out at Chef Art Smith’s Homecoming for our Fall Member Mixer. Special thanks to our event sponsors: Walt Disney World Resort and Florida Dairy Farmers.
On the morning of Thursday, October 27, we’ll be participating in our second annual PRSA Gives Back event. This year, we’ll be volunteering for several hours with Clean the World, a non-profit organization that recycles hotel soaps and bottled amenities to provide hygiene products to people in developing nations who are severely impacted by preventable illnesses. In fact, Clean the World will be providing hygiene products to Hurricane Matthew victims in Haiti. If you haven’t already, please register to join us.
And we are so fortunate that a strong contingent of our membership will be in Indianapolis to represent Orlando at International Conference and the preceding Leadership Assembly. Like I said, October is a busy month for PRSA, and we’re so glad to have you along for the ride.
As always, if have any questions related to PRSA, please do not hesitate to reach out. I’m always happy to meet up with you or jump on a call to discuss how PRSA can better benefit you.
PRSA Gives Back
Join members of the Orlando chapter of PRSA for our second annual PRSA Gives Back event from 9 – 11 a.m. on October 27. This year, through the help of United Way, we will be partnering with the Clean the World initiative, which collects and recycles soap and shampoo products discarded by the hospitality industry. Through the distribution of these and other donated hygiene products to impoverished people, we can help to prevent the millions of deaths caused by hygiene-related illnesses every day.
10/27/16 | Clean the World
Volunteering starts at 9:00am
PRSA’s popular “Member-Get-A-Member” promotion is back by popular demand through the end of October. Current members who refer non-members to PRSA membership will receive a $25 Amazon e-gift card for each person they get to join before the end of the month. (Members who refer a group to PRSA Group Membership will only receive a max of $50 gift card.) The person joining PRSA will receive a free Section (up to $60 value) when they enter promo code MP16 upon checkout. Note, the person joining must enter promo code AND the full name and e-mail address of the member who referred them in order for member to receive gift card. Gift cards will be distributed after Oct. 31.
Honoring the Heroes among Us: How the Orlando PR Community Responded to the Pulse Nightclub Shooting
By Lauren Leetun, APR, PRSA Orlando President
I don’t think I’ll ever forget where I was or when I heard about the Pulse nightclub shooting. Living less than a mile from where a talented singer from The Voice had been shot and killed less than 24 hours prior, I recall thinking it was a mistake when I scanned Facebook on my phone around 4 a.m. and saw rumblings of another shooting in Orlando...
Congratulations to Ashley, who was recently awarded the 2016 UCF College of Sciences Scholarship. PRSA Orlando sponsored and presented the plaque to Ashley, who is currently an intern at Metro Orlando EDC working with PRSA members Jennifer Wakefield, APR and Laureen Martinez, APR.
Congratulations to John, on his new position as Director of Communications at Living Fuel.