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Newsletter Archive [eSource July 2011] [07/01/11]
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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

Free Career Transition Support

Do you have chapter members in transition or are just getting ready to make that next jump in their career?  Well, HR Florida can help.  In collaboration with career transition specialist, Right Management, HR CONNECTIONS is a free career transition portal that provides access to valuable career development and planning tools for HR professionals across the state of Florida.

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Get the Most Out of Your SHRM Member Benefits

If you think that your annual SHRM national dues get you the monthly HR Magazine and an online wealth of information, then you’ve only hit the tip of the iceberg.

Review the member benefits you receive from SHRM. Learn how you can make the most of your investment in SHRM and how your membership will help with your day-to-day activities as well as take your career to the next level. SHRM’s Chief U.S. Membership Officer Pamela J. Green, SPHR, will review resources and tools available to you. Note: This webcast does not qualify for recertification credit.   View this webcast by linking to it here.

HR Technology

I had the privilege of listening to a webinar by Naomi Bloom, and she was praising the availability of cloud computing for the field of HR.  If you’re unfamiliar with the term, the cloud is another term for the Internet.  Cloud computing refers to having your information or software hosted or stored somewhere else other than your own systems and using a vendor’s software program.  It saves you money because you don’t have to purchase the storage equipment to house your data, and it is available on a time-limited contract..

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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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SHRM and Families and Work Institute (FWI) Partnership

The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and the Families and Work Institute (FWI) have joined in a major multiyear partnership called Moving Work Forward. A key aim: to transform the way organizations view and adopt workplace flexibility, helping them to become more competitive. The partnership will build on FWI’s When Work Works, a nationwide initiative designed to share research on workplace effectiveness and flexibility, and SHRM’s We Know Next campaign, which aims to highlight the value of HR in business success. 

For more about this exciting partnership click here.

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

Wow, it’s hard to believe that we are already halfway through the year.  It seems like only a few days ago we were at the Rosen Shingle Creek for our Leadership Conference – and now in a few short weeks, we’ll be headed back to Orlando for our state conference.  It’s the proverbial “time flies” syndrome, isn’t it?  Well, we’ve accomplished much and we’re not done yet.   Thanks to all of you, we’re certainly going to have a banner year.

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Treasurer's Report

Shannon Lands, SPHR

Effective July 1, 2011, the IRS increased the business mileage reimbursement rate from .51 cents to .555 cents per mile.  An updated 2011 Expense Reimbursement Form has been placed in the Council Members Only section of our website.  For any reimbursable mileage incurred after June 30th, please use the updated 2011 form.

To review the most recent Council Financial Summary and the updated 2011 Expense Reimbursement form, 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

Chapter Tax Exempt Status 501(c)(3)

Joyce Chastain, SPHR - President-Elect 

Have you been thinking it’s time to take your chapter to the next step in the nonprofit association world and gaining tax exempt status?  If you haven’t, there really are a lot of great reasons to do so.  For instance, if your chapter is classified as a 501(c)(3), you will be able to:

  • Be exempt from all federal corporate income tax,
  • Be exempt from all state sales tax,
  • Offer your members, sponsors, and supporters a tax deduction for their charitable donations, and
  • Gain eligibility to apply for and receive various federal and state grants.

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Chapter Challenges

Martha Bryson, SPHR - Secretary 

We’d like to hear what challenges the District Directors are facing each month within their chapter areas and, more importantly, how each of their respective chapters are addressing and resolving these challenges. Beginning this month, a District Director, guest columnist, or Chapter President will share their insights about how they tackled a not-so-common challenge.

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Need Access to Solid Salary Survey Data?


Florida’s unemployment rate is slightly above the national average – what does that mean for our Florida employers?  Accurate and timely local information is critical.  As a benefit to our Florida-based chapters and members, HR Florida has partnered with CompData Surveys Corporation to offer comprehensive pay and benefits survey data.  HR professionals can get discounted access to data from eight major industries, more than 350 cross-industry job titles, pay data including base rates, percentiles, ranges, etc, pay practices, and breakout data by FTE, revenue, profit status, industry, region, and local area.

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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 $655; 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 recertification credits too – that makes HR Florida the best conference bargain available anywhere!

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SHRM presents Metro Economic Outlook!

Have you ever wanted valid, localized research data regarding the composition of the labor force CPI, unemployment rates, benefits and turnover data?  SHRMs Research department offers this FREE valuable resource called the Metro Economic Outlook.  This report provides a comprehensive analysis of the economies of the 20 largest metropolitan areas in the United States. 

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SHRM Foundation Scholarships

Please make sure your chapter members know that the SHRM Foundation scholarship applications are due by July 15th. 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

Chapter Events a the Conference

We know many of you chapter presidents will want to arrange some social time with your chapter's attendees at the conference. The conference has a full schedule of outstanding events and you won't want your chapter members to miss anything. To accommodate chapter "get-togethers," we have set aside Monday evening from 7:00 - 8:30 as Chapter event time.

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Conference Mobile App

This is your chance to be part of an exciting, cutting-edge opportunity that will give your company direct access to attendees through smartphone technology.  This year, HR Florida attendees will have the ability to customize schedules, access maps, speaker bios and detailed exhibitor information right from their smartphone!  Promote your company and products on this mobile app and drive traffic directly to your booth during the 2011 Conference & Expo.

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First Time Attendee Orientation at the Conference

You've invested your time and money, now it's time to make the most of it! The HR conference of your dreams is closer than you think and first-time conference attendees won’t want to miss this information sharing event!

Join your Conference committee on Sunday, August 28th from 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm in the Shingle Resort’s Wekiwa 6 meeting room to find out how you can make the most of every conference day!

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Social Media Academy Attendance Capped

If you are interested in attending either of the Social Media Academy workshops on Sunday, August 28, there is a 30 person limit for both the morning and afternoon workshops.  Make your reservations today to ensure that you “have a seat at the table.”

'Sweet' Suite Deal

Once again, back by popular demand, and overwhelming interest, is the HR Florida Conference Sweet Suite deal.

The Grande Suite is over 1,300 sq. ft. of ultimate luxury hotel space.  Rack rate for the Grande Suite is $1,800 per night.  The Sweet Suite deal includes all of the above for the 3-night stay of Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday (August 28, 29 and 30).  That’s $5,400 of luxury for a starting bid of only $800!  That’s less than $270 per night including taxes and fees!  The Suite sleeps up to 4 people comfortably at a rate of only $67 per night!.

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