LAKELAND, FL (Aug. 25, 2014) – Amy Wiggins, vice president of communications of the Lakeland Area Chamber of Commerce, has been installed as the 2014-15 president of the Dick Pope/Polk County Chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association (FPRA).
Bob Gernert of Winter Haven, a former chapter and FPRA state president, installed Wiggins and other officers, directors and committee chairs at the chapter’s annual meeting on August 20 in the Cleveland Heights Golf & Country Club in Lakeland.
Wiggins, who is responsible for marketing, communications and public relations for the 1,700-member Lakeland Area Chamber of Commerce, is a graduate of Florida Southern College and holds the Florida Certified Chamber Professional (FCCP) designation. She succeeds Katy Martin of Florida Baptist Children’s Homes as president.
Other newly-inducted officers are Martin, immediate past president; Marybeth Soderstrom of CareerSource Polk, president elect; Jennifer Olivier of Florida Presbyterian Homes, vice president; Kristin Lawrence of A-C-T Environmental and Infrastructure, secretary; and Jessica Lawson of SPCA Florida, treasurer.
Newly-installed directors and their areas of responsibility are Sandy Bridges of the Sun ’n Fun Fly-In, membership; Merissa Green of the City of Auburndale, programs & professional development; Ken Nelson, publicity; and Olivier, student chapter liaison.
Members who will chair key committees are Sandra Horan of the Polk Museum of Art, accreditation; Rosa Driggs of Polk County Fire Rescue, media breakfast; Erin Ferguson of the GiveWell Community Foundation, newsletter and local image; Leigh Ann Wynn of Land South Group, website and social media; and Soderstrom, Carillon Classic 5K Run & Walk fundraiser.
After the new officers were officially installed, eight former chapter presidents took all attendees on a trip down memory lane by sharing highlights of their respective presidential terms while passing a special gavel to Amy Wiggins. This is the same gavel used by the late Lt. Col. John Dillin of Lake Wales, who founded FPRA back in 1938.
Former chapter presidents who participated in this historic/educational ritual, which is part of every annual meeting of the Dick Pope/Polk County FPRA chapter, were Bob Gernert, Cindy Sternlicht, Frances McMichael, John McShaffrey, Becky Murphy, Danny Kushmer, Jennifer Baker and Katy Martin.