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Newsletter Archive [eSource December 2011] [12/01/11]
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Community Calendar


Publicize your chapter meetings and/or events via the HR Florida Community Calendar.  Send us an email with all the details (Event name, Date, Time & Chapter) and we will get it posted ASAP.  We are unable to attach fliers or pictures, instead we link the event back to your chapter’s page where complete event information, map, registration, etc. is located.

Click here to check out the Community Calendar.

Email your meeting and/or event info to:  

Call for Articles

HR Florida Review

We are 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.  Don't forget that in edition to our print magazine we also have the online edition for your reference. Please submit your questions and/or interest to

SHRM Leadership

We were delighted to once again participate in SHRM's national Leadership Conference in Washington, DC, November 17 - 19. Over 50 volunteers from HR Florida's 28 chapters from around the state joined State Council volunteers to attend topical sessions ranging from general leadership to tips for expanding chapter membership. Several Florida attendees also attended the national Day on the Hill event sponsored by SHRM's legislative team.

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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, congratulations are in order to our state council for being a national finalist for the 2011 SHRM Pinnacle Award.  This annual awards program honors the highest achievements in chapters and councils that enhance the development of effective HR management.  Our submission was “Meeting the Unique Needs of the HR Executive,” presenting how the council is working to meet the unrequited educational and networking needs of executive level professionals across the state by hosting the premier HR Executive Summit, “Where the Conversation Begins.”  While we didn’t win this year, we’re very proud that HR Florida was a finalist – it just shows we’re on top of our game and we’ll get ‘em next year!

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Treasurer's Report

Shannon Lands, SPHR

Our next formal Treasurer's Report will be presented at our first council meeting in January.  In the mean time, you can review our Council Financial Summaries and access the 2011 Expense Reimbursement form by clicking here and entering the "Council Member's Only" password. Please direct any questions to Shannon Lands, Treasurer at

Chapter Challenges

Martha Bryson, SPHR - Secretary 

This is where we showcase YOU and your chapter or district’s best practices and success stories.  This column will feature information from a District Director, Chapter President, or a guest columnist all for the benefit of helping to make your chapter more effective and efficient.  We bet that your chapter has a great story to share and we’re anxious to hear it!  Send your contribution to:

This month we showcase HRMA of Southwest Florida and their "Preparing the Path for Chapter Succession" initiative, something that all chapters should take into consideration as they plan each year.

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2012 Chapter Rosters

Martha Bryson, SPHR - Secretary

As 2011 begins to close it is very important to ensure that you provide updated information related to your chapter roster (who is in what position, etc.).  Before the year ends, we ask that you please complete your chapter roster and submit to the following.  We greatly appreciate your support in this matter.

  • All chapters need to submit their 2012 board rosters to the  Council Secretary at  This information will be used to connect Counil Core Leadership Area representatives with their counterparts in each of our 28 Chapters.
  • All chapters need to submit their 2012 board rosters to the Editor of the HR Florida Review magazine at  This information will be used to ensure each member of your chapter ("local" members only) receive a copy of our magazine in print.

If you have any questions regarding this task, please do not hesitate to contact me.

2012 Leadership Conference

Joyce Chastain, SPHR - President-Elect

Don’t forget to register for the council meeting! The first state council meeting of the 2012 year will be held on Friday, January 6th starting at 7:30am, at the Marriott Renaissance at International Plaza in Tampa. Be sure to travel in the evening before as we have a special council dinner event planned for Thursday night before the council meeting!  There will also be a dessert reception hosted by your District Directors Friday evening.  Please be sure to register for each of these events via the Council Calendar on the HR Florida website.  Also, please click "Read More" below to get all the details.

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2012 State Conference & Expo

Dana Chatelain, SPHR - State Conference Director

Have you seen the teasers for the 2012 HR Florida State Conference & Expo yet?  Our team of volunteers has been working incredibly hard to ensure we have yet another hugely successful conference.  As we close out the year we have many conference related updates for you.  Please make sure to click through to read about all of the latest updates!

  • Top-notch keynote speakers have been secured.
  • Want to be part of the action? Volunteer today!
  • Submit to our official "Call for Presentations."
  • Nominate your company for Florida Trend's Best Companies to Work For 2012!
  • Looking for a great way to promote your company?

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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

2012 HR Florida State Conference & Expo

Website Upgrade

Aisha Butcher - Webmaster 

Your technology team is very excited to announce that we will be upgrading the HR Florida website through the holidays in order to implement a new conference management system.  This new system will provide all conference registrants (attendees, sponsors, exhibitors, etc.) with a far superior experience.  Our goal is to have this upgrade completed before a bulk of registration begins to flood in for the 2012 HR Florida State Conference & Expo.  Thank you in advance for your patience during this time.

Florida Trend

Nominate Today!

This exciting initiative is brought to you by Florida Trend magazine. This survey and recognition program is dedicated to identifying and recognizing Florida’s best employers in small, medium and large categories. If you think your organization has what it takes to be honored on the fourth annual "Best Companies to Work for in Florida" list, or if you simply want to learn more about this project, we invite you to explore their website.  Nomination deadline is January 27, 2012!

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