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Newsletter Archive [eSource August 2011] [08/01/11]
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Conference First Time Attendee Orientation

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!

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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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Chapter Events at 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 - Student Chapter Members

Student Chapter Members – Learn Some Networking Secrets! Join us for a fun way to meet people in your profession in an easy and social setting while making connections with HR Professionals around the state. HR Florida is hosting a FREE Reception for Student Chapter members. 

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'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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State Conference Tweet-Up

Come join your fellow HR professionals and active participants in the HR – social media movement for this top notch networking event where you will have an opportunity to learn best practices for personal and professional use of Twitter. Connect with new and old friends and enjoy a fun filled evening.

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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

First, a big thank you to HR Florida for sending Joyce Chastain, SPHR and Dana Chatelain, SPHR to the SHRM National Conference in late June.  I was jealous, jealous, jealous – a paying gig kept me away from all the festivities, but Joyce and Dana both brought back some great info and other things that we can use to continue to shape energetic, educate and engaged HR business professional who have an influence on our field and the organizations we serve.  Apparently, the energy out there was contagious, in spite of the heat.  A big conference highlight included SHRM making the announcement that “interim” president and CEO, Hank Jackson has been officially installed as the leader of the organization.  Best wishes to Hank in his old, ahem, new position!

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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 Challenges

Martha Bryson, SPHR - Secretary 

This month, we are pleased to introduce a new column that will enable chapters to share best practices, tips and tricks, success stories and all that will help others to make their chapters more effective and efficient.  This column will feature information from a District Director, Chapter President, or a guest columnist.  This is your change to help change the world – what are you waiting for?
We are pleased that our inaugural column highlights the Suncoast Chapter who shares their successes on how to gain and retain members.  Read on!

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Kids Against Hunger

Dana Chatelain, SPHR - State Conference Director

No child should go hungry and certainly no child should ever suffer a life of malnourishment leading to death.  This year has been exceptional in regard to devastation and natural disasters in our own backyards, within our nation’s borders and around the world. The 2011 HR Florida Conference & Expo team has selected Kids Against Hunger as the recipient of our collective kindness. 

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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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Salary Survey Data Available

Heather Vogel, MHR, SPHR - President

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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Silent Auction Donations Needed

Teresa Beckta - Foundation Chair

Attention Presidents and Foundation Chairs!

The Conference Team needs your help!  Donations from your chapter for the Silent Auction are needed to make this event a stand-out success at this year’s state conference.  Whether your chapter is small, large or somewhere in the middle, you can make a difference to the outcome of the auction by making a donation.  Sometimes it is extremely difficult to decide what item or items to donate.  May I make a suggestion?  Donate cash towards the purchase of an item for the auction.  For instance, maybe your chapter can afford to send $100 and another chapter can afford to send $50…together that $150 has more buying power.  Plus, you avoid the chance of sending the same item as another chapter.  And, something that many of us may not consider is that while gift cards are great items, they don’t generate the same level of excitement that an actual prize does.  Having trouble deciding how your chapter can participate?  Contact me at:

Free Career Transition Support

Heather Vogel, MHR, SPHR - President

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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Certification Study Group: Support Leads to Success

Anne Rollins, SPHR

With a lump in my throat and sweat on my palms, I walked into the testing center to take my SPHR Certification Exam.  It had been 9 ½ years since I took the PHR exam in a similar facility.  So much had changed: no more paper and pencil testing, no waiting two months for results.  I would see whether I passed or failed the exam exactly four hours from the time I clicked “Start.” 

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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

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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We are half-way through the year and we still have a ton of work to do!  There are some great things happening in the chapters in terms of membership, and make sure to share your ideas about any membership event, idea or project where your chapter has experienced a positive outcome, or even where the biggest thing you learned is that it didn’t work.  Either way, the experience is valuable and could offer insight to someone else.  What didn’t work in one chapter may be just the thing for another, so no idea is a stupid one!

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Public Relations

Media relations can simply be described as a two-way street.  The northbound lane is dedicated to proactive media campaigns initiated by local SHRM chapters or affiliates to communicate news and cultivate positive media relationships.  The southbound lane is reserved for reactive media situations in which you are responding to a reporter’s request for information and interview requests or to negative news coverage.  Read more to learn how to many public relations easy.

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State Legislative Affairs

During HR Florida’s inaugural Day on the Hill in Tallahassee last February, our members met with legislators to discuss legislation important to the HR profession and the businesses we represent.   Among other things, we advocated for the passage of House Bill 7005 and its related Senate bill, to amend several aspects of Florida’s Unemployment Compensation Law.  On June 27, 2011, Governor Rick Scott signed HB 7005 into law.  Ch. 2011-235, Laws of Fla.  Read more to learn what provisions are included among the reforms.

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Workforce Readiness

The Workforce Readiness team is in the process of creating a Workforce Readiness Toolkit as a statewide chapter initiative.  We need ideas on what information is to be included (topics/focus areas) and what platform is to be used.

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