To our NAPRCA members and friends,
As we wrap up the challenging (to say the least!) year of 2020, I want to write to you and say thank you. Thank you for being members and staying engaged with NAPRCA, even when that has looked different than years past, thank you for supporting one another, and thank you to our Board for guiding our chapter through this year with such steadfast professionalism.
Looking back on 2020, it’s easy to remember the pitfalls, but let’s not forget the major wins:
- Being recognized with the 2019 Sharon Heflin Chapter of the Year Award, the highest honor for PRCA Chapters throughout the state
- Being recognized with the 2020 Jamie Palmer Chapter of the Year Award, the highest honor for Southern Public Relations Federation (SPRF) Chapters throughout the Southeast
- Achieving the largest professional membership of all PRCA Chapters in 2020
- Establishment of our first Diversity and Inclusion Committee
…not to mention the abundance of personal awards and achievements individual members attained throughout the year.
We may not know what the future holds, but we do know that NAPRCA is already looking forward to a bright 2021, and to continuing to provide the highest value to our members through quality programming, networking (both virtual and – hopefully sooner rather than later – in person), and a variety of opportunities for professional development. Whether you’re looking to build your resume through speaking engagements, special committee involvement, or mentoring, be confident that those opportunities and more will be available.
How quickly we rebound and recover in the coming year will largely depend on how much we lean into our support networks – our family, friends, and colleagues that lift us up and want to see us succeed. That’s what NAPRCA has always boiled down to: a group of professionals that support one another and bring us to our fullest potential. That said, I would encourage you to consider your 2021 membership an investment – an investment in yourself, in your success, and your future.
On a personal note, I have immensely enjoyed serving as President these past two years and consider it the utmost privilege to have served alongside such outstanding professionals. Cheers to the incoming President, Michelle Stark, as well as the rest of the 2021 Board who I know will lead us into another award-winning year.
I look forward to seeing each of you in 2021, and wish you a safe, healthy and happy holiday!
Kristen Pepper, NAPRCA President