The President's Message: Spring 2015

Tidbits on the Upcoming Conference

The conference committee has been busy planning the annual Community Papers of Florida (CPF) conference scheduled at the Caribe Royale Resort in Orlando September 18-19.

In the planning stages are roundtable, panel and group discussions that will involve attendees. In following the suggestions made in a recent member survey, The Leadership Institute (TLI) will be utilized to present speakers on "How to Handle Sales Objections." A panel, "Making Money Online," will be established. The popular 3-Minute Idea Fair will be back.

For the annual "Best of the Best" awards ceremony, the committee agreed to return to the format of awarding the winners during a formal luncheon. This will include a photo session of the recipients. Once again, it will be your time to shine in the limelight.

Returning to the old format means you will have to dig into past files, select your entries, and have them delivered to the CPF office. A fee of $2.50 will be charged per entry.
The conference committee also decided to bring back the Milton and Bernice Beckerman Award. This award was started in 1993 when the Beckermans placed $15,000 in a CPF fund to honor a staff member of the association or a publisher for outstanding community service. A plaque and a $250 gift for the recipient's charity will be awarded.

The Beckermans spent many years in the newspaper business and as newspaper brokers. They were associate members of CPF for over 25 years.

If you have been involved in sponsoring a community event or charity, or if an individual on your staff (or you) have worked to improve the quality of life in the communities you represent, please use the entry blank in this newsletter to enter.

Make your plans now to attend the CPF conference. You can't beat the facility. The Caribe Royale Resort is a great place to enjoy Orlando and Disney World. The rooms are true suites and the recreation offered is outstanding. Those who want to take advantage of Disney World will receive reduced rates if you attend after 4 p.m.

In other news, the CPF Board of Directors has dissolved the Florida Community Paper Advertising Network (FCPAN). This for-profit association was established to allow display reps to sell advertising into other papers in the association. The CPF office still receives a few inquires for statewide advertising. They will determine what areas the client is looking for and the contact information will be turned over to the publications. CPF will continue to operate as a nonprofit corporation.

We look forward to seeing you at the Orlando CPF conference. If you are planning to attend the Association of Free Community Papers (AFCP) and Southeastern Advertising Publishers Association (SAPA) joint conference in Savannah, Ga., April 9-11, I look forward to meeting you then.


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