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Upcoming Events

Community Calendar

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

HR Florida Review

HR Florida Review - Summer 2011

Looking for the latest information on what is going on in the state of Florida in regard to the HR profession?  Check out the latest edition of the HR Florida Review at  As always we have an open call for articles for upcoming editions of the print and online magazine.  For more information or to submit an article, please contact Lynnette Holsinger, Editor at

Kids Against Hunger

The 2011 HR Florida Conference & Expo will be raising money and awareness for Kids Against Hunger, a non-profit humanitarian food-aid organization that was incorporated in 1999.  Their mission is to significantly reduce the number of hungry children in the United States and to feed starving children throughout the world.  We are very excited about supporting this incredible organization.

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Awards & Recognition

The HR Florida ATP/STP awards are now honoring the work you do as a chapter with the introduction of The Chapter Excellence Awards. The Chapter Excellence Awards will focus on the demonstrated achievements and execution of one or more of our core leadership areas.  A total of five awards will be presented at the August Council meeting.

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College Relations

Other than bringing on some new student chapters this year, we have some great plans for the student reception at the 2011 HR Florida Conference & Expo. Start passing the word to your student chapters that they will not want to miss this event. It will be Sunday late afternoon from 4:30 to 6:30 with special celebrity guests, music, and some wholehearted competition. Are you intrigued? Yes, then watch The Voice on NBC.

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HR Technology

I’ve moved my focus away from surveying into research. There is just so much information available, at times it’s overwhelming. I’m sure you feel that way also when diving into a new area. Although Technology itself isn’t new to me, I have had the opportunity to do a cradle to grave implementation of a new HRIS. What an adventure that was – and still continues to be.

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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 Vogel

It is my pleasure to welcome two new council directors, Lori Burke, SPHR and Kia-lee Bussey, SPHR, GPHR. Lori will be serving as our new Communications Director and hails from Naples, FL. Kia-lee will be serving as our Global Affairs Director and comes to us as the past president of the HR Association of Broward County. It is my pleasure to be able to work with these fine HR professionals – already they have jumped into HR Florida with both feet and hands to get involved. I can’t wait to see all the fine things I’m sure they will accomplish on behalf of HR Florida. We’re lucky to have Lori and Kia as a part of our 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

2012 Executive Committee Nominations

Joyce Chastain, SPHR - President-Elect 

The Nominating Committee will soon be convening to consider applicants and prepare the slate of candidates for the 2012 Executive Council (EC)! 

Our bylaws state that a Nominating Committee, composed of the president, the president-elect and five other directors of the state council, will convene to create a slate of nominees for the EC. The open EC positions for 2012 are Treasurer and Secretary.

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HR Florida  Wins SHRM EXCEL Award

Heather Vogel, MHR, SPHR - President

I am very excited to announce that SHRM has awarded the HR Florida State Council, the Silver EXCEL Award for 2010. This award recognizes our outstanding achievements in state council operations and our commitment to providing meaningful programs and services within the state of Florida. By achieving this award, our State Council has distinguished itself as an outstanding organization dedicated to serving the needs of HR professionals and to the advancement of the human resource management profession.

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Annual Conference Update

Ray Dile - Conference Marketing Chair

HR Florida Conference & Expo

Time is running on one of the best conference deals around! Register now for the 2011 HR Florida Conference & Expo for a rate of just $590; your registration includes access to phenomenal keynote, master series and concurrent sessions as well as exhibits, lunch on Monday and Tuesday, and tickets for the Tuesday Night Event! All this and the ability to earn 14 re0certification credits too – that makes HR Florida the best conference bargain available anywhere!

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Volunteers Needed!

The 2011 National Leadership Conferences for the Future Business Leaders of America & Phi Beta Lambda will be held in Orlando, Florida. The college division (PBL) is scheduled on June 23-26 (1,800 attendees) and the high school division (FBLA) on June 28-July 1 (8,000 attendees). We still need over 250 business and technology professionals to serve as volunteer judges on one or more of the following dates: June 24, 25, 29, and 30. Please consider judging and recruiting others to judge at the event. 

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SHRM Foudation Scholarships

Please make sure your chapter members know that the SHRM Foundation scholarship applications are due by July 1st. The eligibility requirement is that one must be an active SHRM member is in a professional HR role (i.e., not a student member). There are four different scholarships available.

  • Academic Scholarship ($2,000 award)
  • Barbara Sanchez Scholarship - for members in the media industry ($1,500 award)
  • Certification Scholarship for Chapter/State Councils ($750 award)
  • Certification Scholarship for Individuals ($750 award)

Click here for more information or to apply.

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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

HR Florida State Conference & Expo

Legislative Affairs (Federal)

On May 3, 2011, an amendment to an immigration bill in the Florida Senate, which would have penalized employers for hiring illegal aliens, failed to pass the Senate. The bill would have fined employers who hire illegal aliens $500 for the first offense, $1,000 for the second offense, and $1,500 for the third offense. The amendment’s sponsor, John Thrasher (R-St. Augustine), thought it would incentivize Florida employers to use E-Verify.

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Legislative Affairs (State)

On May 27, 2011, I attended the SHRM Advocacy Team (“A-Team") training session hosted by Charlotte County SHRM in Punta Gorda. David Lusk from SHRM Government Affairs was the presenter, and there were close to 20 attendees, which was an outstanding turnout. David provided a similar training session the day before with HR Tampa, which Iggy Garcia attended as the HR Florida Federal Government Affairs Director.

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My dues are due? Already? When it comes to membership retention, the basics are sometimes overlooked in favor of the latest, newest and greatest ideas. Yes, membership in your local chapter is the best possible way to stay connected and network with the greatest minds in Human Resources in your area! Yes, the SHRM website is one of the best on-line resources for current information, research, opinions, and announcements! Yes, the HR Florida State Council Inc. offers one of the best state conferences in the country! So why don’t more people retain their membership in their local chapters?

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