2021 PRSA Orlando Hardship Fund

Thanks to the generous support of our donors at the PRSA Gives Back Virtual Holiday Mixer, we were able to reinstate/renew four members! We have enough remaining in the PRSA Orlando Hardship Fund to renew/reinstate two additional members. We have reopened the application through Friday, February 12, 2021. 

The PRSA Orlando Regional Chapter recognizes that some members of the PR and communications industry have experienced great hardships due to COVID-19. We believe it is important for people who may have experienced job loss or other hardships to have opportunities to still network and connect professionally.

All applicants and recipients will be kept confidential. Two Options to Apply:

  • PRSA National offers a financial hardship plan for members who meet certain qualifications (a member of PRSA for a total of three or more years and is unemployed or temporarily disabled). This plan reduces your membership rate to $130 (from $260). PRSA Orlando Regional chapter dues are $50. If you qualify and wish to be considered for the PRSA Orlando Hardship Reinstatement Plan, please complete and send the PRSA National financial hardship plan form AND the PRSA Orlando Hardship Fund Application to Wendy J. Roundtree, APR by Friday, February 12. 
  • If you do not meet the National financial hardship plan qualifications, but your membership has lapsed and you cannot renew due to unemployment or budget cuts in response to COVID-19, complete the 2021 PRSA Orlando Hardship Fund Application and submit for consideration to Wendy J. Roundtree, APR by Friday, February 12. 

To qualify for the PRSA Orlando Hardship Fund, you must:

  1. Be a previous PRSA Orlando Regional Chapter member for at least one year;
  2. Have dropped your membership from March 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020 or cannot afford to renew (if you are up for renewal in January or February 2021); and
  3. Demonstrate a hardship and financial need due to COVID-19.

Special consideration will be given to those who were active members of the Orlando chapter and who wish to volunteer for the chapter. The funds (national and chapter dues) will be dispersed to PRSA National directly from the Orlando Regional Chapter. 

Qualified applicants should download the application form and submit completed form to Wendy  J. Roundtree, APR, at wendyjroundtree@gmail.com by Friday, February 12. Applications will be verified.Applications must be received no later than February 12 and will be reviewed independently by another chapter to determine allocation of the funds. You will be notified within two weeks of the decision.

Click here to download the 2021 PRSA Orlando Hardship Fund Application.

2020 PRSA Orlando Hardship Fund Program

UPDATE:

Thank you for supporting the PRSA Hardship Fund! Because of your support our chapter was able to reinstate or renew four PRSA Orlando memberships.

Applications are now closed for this program.

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The PRSA Orlando Regional Chapter recognizes that some members of the PR and communications industry have experienced great hardships this year due to COVID-19. We believe it is important for people who may have experienced job loss or other hardships to have opportunities to still network and connect professionally.

The Orlando Regional Chapter will match donations made to the Orlando Hardship Fund up to three full-priced, one-year memberships ($260 + $50 chapter dues). Donations to the fund will be accepted through December 10, 2020. The total number of reinstated members will depend on the amount donated by that date. Donations will be accepted through Eventbrite as part of our regular programming, and by registrations and donations to the PRSA Gives Back Virtual Holiday Mixer fundraising event on December 10. 

Two Options to Apply:

All applicants and recipients will be kept confidential. 

  • PRSA National offers a financial hardship plan for members who meet certain qualifications (a member of PRSA for a total of three or more years and is unemployed or temporarily disabled). This plan reduces your membership rate to $130 (from $260). PRSA Orlando Regional chapter dues are $50. If you qualify and wish to be considered for the PRSA Orlando Hardship Reinstatement Plan, please complete and send the PRSA National financial hardship plan form AND the PRSA Orlando Hardship Fund Application to Wendy Roundtree, Co-VP of Membership Retention, by December 11. 
  • If you do not meet the National financial hardship plan qualifications, but your membership has lapsed and you cannot renew due to unemployment or budget cuts in response to COVID-19, complete the 2020 PRSA Orlando Hardship Fund Application and submit for consideration to Wendy J. Roundtree, APR, Co-VP of Membership Retention, by December 11. 

To qualify for the PRSA Orlando Hardship Fund, you must:

  1. Be a previous PRSA Orlando Regional Chapter member for at least one year;
  2. Have dropped your membership from March 1, 2020 through October 31, 2020 or cannot afford to renew (if you are up for renewal in November or December 2020); and
  3. Demonstrate a hardship and financial need due to COVID-19.

Special consideration will be given to those who were active members of the Orlando chapter and who wish to volunteer for the chapter. The funds (national and chapter dues) will be dispersed to PRSA National directly from the Orlando Regional Chapter. 

Qualified applicants should download the application form on the PRSA Orlando website, and submit completed form to Wendy  J. Roundtree, APR, Co-VP of Membership Retention at wendyjroundtree@gmail.com by December 11. Applications will be verified by the Co-VP of Membership Recruitment.

Applications must be received no later than December 11 and will be reviewed independently by another chapter to determine allocation of the funds. You will be notified within two weeks of the decision.

Click here to download the 2020 PRSA Orlando Hardship Fund Application. 

Register Now: November is Member Appreciation Month

November is Member Appreciation Month – REGISTER NOW to
RECHARGE Your Mind, Body & Spirit!

Recharge Your Mind: Improve Your Marketability Panel
Friday, Nov. 6 at 12 noon
Sharpen your personal brand with our interactive panel of experts who hire. What better time to grab your lunch and get virtual tips for marketing YOU?

Recharge Your Body
Thursday, Nov. 12 at 5:30 p.m.
Join E-RYT* and YACEP** certified Yogi Julie Kohler, to experience how yoga combines physical exercises, mental meditation, and breathing techniques to strengthen the muscles and relieve stress. GET READY TO MOVE in front of your screen!
*Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher (E-RYT) | **Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider® (YACEP®)

Recharge Your Spirit: Member Mixer
Wednesday, Nov. 18 at 5:30 p.m.
Grab your libation and join us for a fun virtual mixer! We’ve got some “Speed Meeting” secrets in store to get to know each other better, even if we can’t physically be together. Our PRSA Orlando spirit is sure to raise yours!
RSVP details will be sent separately for each event!

Register Now!

Membership Promotion

JANUARY – FEBRUARY PROMO: FREE Chapter PLUS waived initiation or reinstatement fee (up to a $165 value)

New and returning members will have their initiation or reinstatement fee waived, when they join National as a Regular member ($260 annual dues) and receive a:

FREE 1-yr Chapter Membership (up to $100 value)

Use promo code: JAN2020 or FEB2020

RESTRICTIONS:
N/A for Associate member types ($200 or less annual dues) and current or renewing members. Refer to http://www.prsa.org/joinus/howtojoin for details.

NOTE: Anyone who would like to be billed quarterly needs to call our Member Services Team at 212.460.1400.

Demystifying the College of Fellows

Serving as the crisis communication leader during the largest art heist in the world, interviewing President Reagan (on two hours’ notice), conducting media training for professional football players– all of these are part of special stories of the extraordinary professionals who make up the PRSA College of Fellows.

PRSA’s International Conference in 2021 will be held in Orlando.  Imagine what it would be like for you to be inducted into the College of Fellows surrounded by your family and colleagues right here.  Let’s get started.

If you were a Fellow, what amazing story would you share? What footprint have you left on the profession or what footprint do you intend to leave? Because, fellow PRSA Orlando friends, you could be a member of the College of Fellows. What a milestone for you personally and professionally and what a celebration for our Chapter.

As immediate past chair of the College of Fellows and a former president of our Chapter, what an honor and joy it would be for me to welcome you into the College or at least to plant the seed for you to consider, to intentionally plan for, and to apply someday. Just what is this mystical organization?

Q. What is the College of Fellows?
A. The College of Fellows is a group of 350 experienced practitioners and educators who, through a rigorous application and selection process, have received PRSA’s highest professional designation. To be a Fellow is considered the pinnacle of one’s public relations career. It by no mean signifies the END of one’s career.

Q. How long has the College existed?
A. The College celebrated its 30th year last year. Regrettably, we just lost Harold Burson, our last remaining member of the inaugural class, which was made up of 25 Gold Anvil winners including Pat Jackson, Edward Bernays, Betsy Plank, Lawrence Foster, Chester Burger, and many other legends of PR. So many other legends have followed.

Q. What do Fellows do?
A. First, they work in every facet of the public relations and communications profession. Some are retired. Second, they mentor, teach, guest lecture, speak at conferences, serve on APR panel reviews, and serve as leaders and advisors at all levels of PRSA. They are also leaders in their communities.

Fellows Give Back in 2019

• 6 Fellows served on the national PRSA Board.
• 15 Fellows mentored PRSA professionals through Mentor Match.
• 16 Fellows led national PRSA Task Forces, Committees, Boards. Many others served on these committees.
• 27 Fellows served as Bateman Competition judges.
• 35 Fellows finished the 2018-2019 school year as mentors to AspireHigher PRSSA university students.
• 40 Fellows presented at ICON
• 45 Fellows are Champions for PRSSA

45 of the past 72 Chairs of National PRSA have been Fellows

Q. Why should you consider being a Fellow?
A. Being a Fellow is a validation of who you are and what you have accomplished as a professional. Becoming a Fellow can be a journey of a lifetime, a goal to strive for, and one that can be part of your life.
As Jim Lukaszewski, APR, Fellow PRSA wrote, being a Fellow is “understanding what matters, what is helpful, what is sensible and often what is powerfully simple and true….It’s their professional footprint that makes a Fellow, a Fellow.”

When I served on the national board 2011-2013, I was not yet a Fellow, but I was inspired by the experience, quality, and knowledge of those board members who were. I began asking questions about becoming a Fellow, looked over the application documents and watched the “How to Apply” video that was on the COF website. The entire process looked daunting, but the more I reflected on my career and talked to Fellows about the whole experience, the more I aspired to become a Fellow. I started preparing in 2013, applied in 2014, and was inducted in Washington, DC, in front of my family and friends. It was a moment of a lifetime.

I’d like to help you experience that moment when the time is right. To apply you need to have your APR and at least 240 months of public relations experience. But you can and you should start early to understand what you need to do to apply. Resources abound.

Please contact me with your interest and questions. It is never too early or too late to consider becoming a Fellow.

All my best,

Geri Evans, APR, Fellow PRSA
2019 Chair, College of Fellows
2003 President, PRSA Orlando
gerievans2222@gmail.com
407-687-8782
President, Evans PR Group

Fall is in the air. And so is PRSA’s best membership deal of the year!

Now through October 31, 2019 you have three big benefits to joining PRSA. In addition to our national PRSA membership (with no initiation fee, a $65 value), you will also receive a free section membership (a $60 value) and a free chapter membership (up to $100)!

Use the code FALL19 when applying for membership to receive:

  • PRSA National Membership: Access to more than 21,000 public relations and communications professionals 24/7 via the members-only online community MyPRSA. Plus, you have access to dozens of other member benefits!
  • PRSA Chapter Membership: PRSA has more than 100 local groups across the United States, known as Chapters. These Chapters are run by local PRSA members who host networking and educational events to connect you to industry professionals and ensure you are staying up-to-date on the latest industry trends and skills. Check out the Orlando chapter’s upcoming events!
  • PRSA Section Membership: PRSA has 14 professional interest groups, known as Sections. Each Section focuses on a specific industry that public relations and communication professionals serve, and a few of the Sections are geared towards career level and business owners. Members of these Sections are able to connect with industry peers who have similar needs and share the same challenges. These groups share important and relevant information about their area of interest through a variety of channels throughout the year. Click here to view all 14 Sections.

Questions? Please feel free to reach out to Co-VP of Membership, Carter Flynn – cflynn@bdo.com

RESTRICTIONS: N/A for Associate member types ($200 or less annual dues) and current/renewing members. Refer to http://www.prsa.org/joinus/howtojoin for details.

Dive into professional development this summer

by Carter Flynn, Co-VP of Membership

Summer is a great time to join PRSA! Take advantage of this special offer to help you advance your professional future.

Join PRSA now as a Regular member with promo code BACKPACK19, and you’ll also receive two valuable bonuses at no additional charge:

  • PRSA Chapter membership (up to a $100 value), and
  • a handy backpack to help you stay mobile and organized! This popular laptop backpack from Lenovo features a durable, water-repellent polyester fabric and streamlined design with a padded interior to protect your laptop, notebook and other important items.

Raise your local profile and expand your network of PR and communication colleagues with your membership in one of PRSA’s more than 110 Chapters!

Questions? Please feel free to reach out to Co-VP of Membership, Carter Flynn – cflynn@bdo.com

RESTRICTIONS: Section dues are additional. N/A for Associate member types ($200 or less annual dues) and current or renewing members. Refer to http://www.prsa.org/joinus/howtojoin for details.

April Membership Promotion

Not a member of PRSA yet or considering rejoining?

In April, new and reinstated members pay no initiation fee and receive one year of Section membership for free. That’s a savings of up to $130!

Use code “APRIL19” on sign-up and don’t forget to select PRSA Orlando Regional as your local chapter.

Questions about your PRSA membership, email Maria Wyatt-Uhl or Carter Flynn.

Are you ready to fall for PRSA?

Football. Cool breezes. Pumpkin spice lattes. PRSA membership discounts. All great reasons to love this season!

Now through November 30, 2018 you have three big benefits to joining PRSA. In addition to our national PRSA membership (with no initiation fee, a $65 value), you will also receive a free section membership (a $60 value) and a free chapter membership (up to $100)!

Use the code FALL18 when applying for membership to receive:

  • PRSA National Membership: Access to more than 21,000 public relations and communications professionals 24/7 via the members-only online community MyPRSA. Plus, you have access to dozens of other member benefits!
  • PRSA Chapter Membership: PRSA has more than 100 local groups across the United States, known as Chapters. These Chapters are run by local PRSA members who host networking and educational events to connect you to industry professionals and ensure you are staying up-to-date on the latest industry trends and skills. Check out the Orlando chapter’s upcoming events!
  • PRSA Section Membership: PRSA has 14 professional interest groups, known as Sections. Each Section focuses on a specific industry that public relations and communication professionals serve, and a few of the Sections are geared towards career level and business owners. Members of these Sections are able to connect with industry peers who have similar needs and share the same challenges. These groups share important and relevant information about their area of interest through a variety of channels throughout the year. Click here to view all 14 Sections.

Questions? Please feel free to reach out to Co-VP of Membership, Carter Flynn – cflynn@bdo.com

*RESTRICTIONS: The Counselors Academy and New Professionals Sections are not included in this offer.  Chapter dues are covered up to $100. N/A for Associate member types ($200 or less annual dues) and current or renewing members. Refer to https://www.prsa.org/membership/membership-categories for details.

Easy, breezy value for new members

by Beth Swanson, Co-VP Membership Recruitment

We’ve got a hot offer for new members – use promo code SUMMER18* on your membership application before August 31 and receive a $25 Amazon gift card and waived initiation fee ($65).

For less than $300/year you can connect with colleagues in PR, marketing and communications for advice and fun.  Here are some of PRSA’s career-advancing benefits:

  • 24/7 access to the members-only MyPRSA online community. Share insights and ask questions of your fellow PR and communications professionals while elevating your thought leadership profile.
  • Member discount program for a wide variety of goods and services.
  • Discounted registration to a wealth of training programs and webinars.
  • The PRSA Membership App gives members access to the latest PRSA publications, including Issues & Trends, top-rated webinars, PRSA’s online community and membership directory.
  • PRSA Jobcenter
  • Opportunities to network with more than 21,000 communication and public relations professionals.
  • Subscription to the NEW industry-specific publication, PRSA Strategies & Tactics.

Summer is a perfect time to relax and reconnect with Central Florida colleagues. So take advantage and join today!

Have questions? Check out these links or email Beth Swanson, Co-VP Membership Recruitment

Membership Application

Why Join PRSA?

Member Benefits

*Offer is valid for persons joining at the Member and Associate Member 3 levels. Not valid for current members, renewing members, PRSSA Graduates, Graduate Students, Associate Members at levels 1 or 2. Refer to https://www.prsa.org/membership/membership-categories  for details.