The President's Message: We're Gearing Up for the 2018 Conference!
The Community Papers of Florida's 2017 conference at the Hutchinson Island Marriott Beach Resort & Marina at Stuart was well received by the members who attended.

It was affordable, the location was great, the service was good and the beach was just a short walk away.

So why not go back for the 2018 conference?

That is what the board of directors decided to do. We will return to Stuart for the 2018 conference scheduled for September 14-15.

If you're in the mood to shop, downtown Stuart is a haven for shops and restaurants on the river.

If you want to sharpen up your golf or tennis skills, the hotel is offering attendees complimentary golf balls at the resort's driving range and unlimited tennis court time, including use of equipment.

A committee has been formed and we will soon be putting together the agenda for this conference. We are always looking for ideas; so if you have some to share, send an email to the CPF office: djneuharth@aol.com.

Meanwhile, you can start planning to get your graphic and editorial awards together to place in the annual "Awards for Excellence" competition. A list of the 2018 categories is attached below, and an email containing instructions for your graphics and editorial staff on how to upload this year's entries to the digital judging system is being sent to publishers.

Despite the revenue drop that the association has experienced, CPF is once again going to pick up the lion's share of the costs for those attending. There will continue to be limits on the number of attendees from each member that the association will pay for. Those limits are included in the registration form (attached below).

At last year's conference CPF charged those attending $59.50 per room night. The estimated cost of attendance, including food and beverages, was over $350 per person.

We look forward to meeting with you and to sharing revenue ideas with you at the annual conference.

Place September 14-15 on your calendar now!

Congratulations are in order for Glen Fetzner and Charlie Delatorre. Glen was named the Association of Free Community Papers Publisher of the Year, and Charlie was elected president at their recent conference in Baltimore. See the related articles.

Downloads

2018 Awards for Excellence Categories
2018 Conference Registration Form


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