Well, here goes. This is the first in a weekly series of blogs from members of our board. I would like to think that I’m the lead-off contributor because of my longevity with the organization but it’s really because my last name begins with B. Look to this space for a regular schedule of new content that we hope you will find interesting and informative (authored by board members in alphabetical order).
We start a new year this month with a lot of energy and enthusiasm. It is a time of reinvention, and because about two-thirds of our 12 officers and directors are brand new, we are essentially under new management.
In meetings over the summer the board has tackled a number of challenges and you will see the results unfold as the year progresses. One outcome we can report right now is the adoption of a new name – we are now the Fairfield County Communications Association which better reflects our appeal to a broader audience of communications professionals.
Our new co-presidents have articulated a vision of transformation, diversity, engagement and collaboration that will make the organization the go-to place for all area communicators to find great programs, a community, networking opportunities and professional growth. In addition, support for the Connecticut Creative Corridor Movement will be one of our main initiatives along with partnerships that will strengthen all these efforts.
You will be learning more in the weeks and months ahead. By joining FCCA (www.fcpra.org) now you can become part of the excitement. FCCA is determined to add to the quality of the membership experience by creating a culture that responds, relates and stimulates engagement. The board is focused more than ever on these needs.
I mentioned longevity earlier. I have been a member of the Association for about 40 years and in reviewing a history of the organization I was surprised to find that even though the organization can trace its roots back to 1958 it was not until 1971 (a year or two before I joined) that the Fairfield County Public Relations Association name was adopted.
During that time I have served the Association as a director, treasurer and administrator and have seen it become the leading independent professional public relations association in the country. FCCA’s more than half century of accomplishment provides the foundation for changes that will benefit all who are in public relations, marketing, and communications in this region. Stay tuned.