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Newsletter Archive [eSource April 2011] [04/01/11]
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Don't forget to check out our community calendar for all of the latest events happening across the state of Florida!  Click here for more info.

Call for Articles

HR  Florida Review

HR Florida is currently looking for articles and/or professionals who might have an interest in contributing articles focused on any and all aspects of the HR profession for our quarterly HR Florida Review magazine. Please contact Lynnette Holsinger, Editor at for all of the details.


In 2011 there is much to be done in the area of diversity to help support our organization's mission.  My goal moving forward is to connect with all 28 affiliated chapters in an effort to organize our best practices in developing and enhancing a diversity program that will transcend throughout the state of Florida.  The greatest impact we can have is to acknowledge, enhance, and create opportunities to share information with HR professionals not only on a state level but perhaps expanding to a national level. By sharing what we create with other individuals we will open the doorway to efforts that would span the globe.  What better way to truly take diversity to a new level within our profession and the organizations that we serve?

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On Thursday, March 24th, the South Florida SHRM Chapters worked together to co-host a very special event at Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale. "Tri-County Connect" brought together HR professionals from across the region to network, celebrate their successes, and much more. The event, sponsored in conjunction with SHRM National, was designed and marketed to introduce SHRM at-large members to the benefit of local chapter membership. Although the at-large membership attendance was lower than hoped, the chapter members, invited guests and vendors alike were treated to an evening of excellence.

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President's Message

Heather Vogel, MHR, SPHR
Shaping energetic, educated and engaged HR business professionals who have an influence on our field and the organizations we serve.

Heather VogelFirst of all, thank you so much for your patience as we go through the “growing pains” of getting a new web-based module up and running for the eSource. My gratitude goes out to Aisha Butcher, Marty Bryson and Stephen Harrison for the countless (and thankless!) hours they have put in to launch this incredible new tool. The new eSource is just spectacular – easy to use and chock full of great need-to-know information.  Remember, use the eSource as one of your “go to” sources to find out what’s happening in the world of HR Florida.

We’ve had some changes in our support team, which you’ll learn more about at the April council meeting. Our very own Toni Mayros has moved over to take on the position of Awards Director and we’re thrilled to welcome Jim Gallo back to the council as College Relations Director.  In addition, we are happy to announce that Teresa Beckta has been appointed as our SHRM Foundation Director.  This leaves us with a vacancy in our Communications Director position. Please spread the word and if you or anyone you know is interested in the position, the job description can be downloaded by clicking here.  You may also contact Marty Bryson at for more information. The position will require some technical, writing and editing skills to add to our communications and technology team!

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Treasurer's Report

Shannon Lands, SPHR

To review the most recent Council Financial Summary, please click here and enter the "Council Member's Only" password. A more detailed analysis will be provided at our next regularly scheduled council meeting. Please direct any questions to Shannon Lands, Treasurer at

Annual Conference Update

Ray Dile - Conference Marketing Chair

HR Florida Conference & Expo

Discount Rates Expires April 30

Conference registration Discount Rates are available until April 30, 2011. Take advantage of these special rates either through individual full and one day registrations or through bundled package discounts available to Chapters and Companies. Bundled packages are a great way save money and cut costs!   Visit today for detailed information.

Master Series Sessions

We are proud to announce that we have an incredible line-up of five master series sessions at the 2011 HR Florida Conference & Expo.  Looking for that advanced educational session?  We will have just what you are looking for!

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SCHRA wins SHRM Pinnacle Award

Valarese Poole - SCHRA Marketing & Communications Chair

The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) recently presented the Space Coast Human Resource Association with the 2010 SHRM Pinnacle Award, the highest honor given to SHRM Chapters and state councils. SCHRA is one of nine winning programs this year. The winning program that was created by Valarese Poole and Susie VanMeter, “Advancing the Profession to Generation Next”, was developed to capture high school students transitioning to college while facilitating the advancement of entry-level practitioners into the Human Resource profession. Brevard Community College is currently offering the Human Resources Administrator Certificate Program to high school students that are enrolled in Dual Enrollment or Career Technical Education Programs. This program is also available to Space Center workers in transition.

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Workplace Leaders in Financial Education Awards

SHRM is proud to announce its partnership with the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) to launch a unique awards program to recognize and honor organizations that promote a fuller understanding of personal finance among their employees: the Workplace Leaders in Financial Education Award. In addition to the award, the program will offer tools and information to guide employers through the process of developing a workplace program for financial education. HR professionals and CPAs will be encouraged to take a leadership role in developing and implementing the programs.

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Executive Committee

Heather Vogel | President 
Joyce Chastain | President-Elect 
Carol McDaniel | Vice President 
Shannon Lands | Treasurer
Marty Bryson | Secretary
Dana Chatelain | Conference Director
Kitty Fields | Immediate Past-President

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State Legislative Affairs

HR Florida hosted is inaugural "Day on the Hill" event in Tallahassee, FL on February 23, 2011.  The event was inspired by SHRM's annual Employment Law and Legislative Conference held in Washington, D.C., during which SHRM educates attendees on a wide array of existing and proposed employment legislation and arranges meetings with congressional representatives to discuss the HR profession's interest in related policy.  SHRM does a fantastic job of creating opportunities for HR professionals to advocate on federal issues.  While SHRM's 50 state councils are encouraged to initiate advocacy on state policy, such efforts are often not as robust or as organized as they are on the federal level.

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Workforce Readiness

All chapters are reminded to report on their initiatives at least once monthly to the Council's Workforce Readiness Director, Abby Walker via email at As discussed at the council meeting in January and as printed in the February e-Source, Workforce Readiness (WR) efforts should include initiatives that focus on assisting employees in sustaining, maintaining and recovering in the workplace as a result of current economic conditions.

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