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Community Calendar


Generate more buzz by publicizing your chapter meetings and/or events via our 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 addition to our print magazine we also have the online edition for your reference. Please submit your questions and/or interest to  The deadline to submit for the spring edition is March 16, 2012.

2012 Chapter Board Rosters Needed

Shannon Lands, SPHR - Secretary

Thank you to those who have e-mailed me your 2012 Board Roster. It is very important for us to have this information so we can ensure that our Council Core Leadership Area Directors can communicate with their counterparts in each of our 28 chapters. If you have not submitted your Board Roster, please send it to Specific items needed are: Name, Board Title, e-mail address.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.

Chapter News

Lori Burke, Communications Director

As we kick off 2012 we would like for each chapter across Florida to consider sharing stories - milestones, successful events, charitable drives, awards, etc. - with us to share here in the eSource.  This resource is provided as a way to share best practices from you along with updates from our CLAs.  Please send updates and stories (pictures are highly encouraged) to and you may just see your chapter featured in an upcoming eSource!

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, what a great state leadership conference we had on January 7th. With over 204 chapter leaders in attendance, the day was chock full of education, networking and of course, fun! Many, many thanks to our president-elect Joyce Chastain, SPHR and our wonderful district director team for working so hard to provide an outstanding conference experience. I for one will always remember to say, yes, Yes, YES!

As we announced at the January council meeting, our mission for 2012 is “to be the catalyst for shaping energetic, educated and engaged HR professionals who have an influence on the profession and the organizations they serve.” To meet this mission, we intend to:

  • Build Relationships with Our Chapters
  • Increase Our Membership
  • Offer a World-Class State Conference
  • Advance the HR Platform

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Financial Summary

Marty Bryson, SPHR - Treasurer

To review the most recent Council Financial Summary and the updated 2012 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


Dana Chatelain, SPHR - State Conference Director
Early Bird Hotel Rates

With the Republican National Convention in Tampa the same week as our conference, hotel rooms in Orlando will be full! We highly suggest you make your room reservations early. Take advantage of the Early Bird Hotel Rate of $128/night including self-parking by registering before February 29, 2012. Call the Rosen directly at 866-996-6338 and indicate you are with the HR Florida Conference or book online by clicking here.

Super Saver Conference Rates

Super Saver Rates are available until February 29, 2012. Register now and save $$$Click here to register today.

Call for Presentations

Do you know a dynamic speaker you’d like to see at the conference? Please share our Call for Presentations via the web-survey or contact Deadline for submission is February 28, 2012.

GMSHRM Celebrates 60 Years

Debbie Winkles, SPHR - District Director, Area 11

GMSHRMI am very excited to acknowledge some outstanding news from south Florida.  The Greater Miami chapter is celebrating their 60th anniversary in 2012! During their first meeting of the year, they received a video congratulatory message from Hank Jackson, President and CEO of SHRM. Margaret Spence, a Greater Miami board member, tweeted Mr. Jackson about their celebratory year. He, in turn, sent them a congratulatory message which was played for the 120 attendees at the January meeting. In addition, Robert Garcia, President of Greater Miami SHRM, invited several past presidents to attend the 2012 celebratory meeting. One past-president who attended was from 1983!

Congratulations from HR Florida!  We thank you for your hard work, dedication and continued support.  What a way to kick off the new year!  Keep up the great work!

GMSHRMRobert Garcia (right), current GMSHRM President poses for a picture with Iliana Castillo-Frick (left), previous District Director and Past-Presidnt of GMSHRM and Jose Tomas (center), current SHRM board member.

For more information on GMSHRM visit their website at

District Director of the Year

Betty Jackson, SPHR - Director of Public Relations

For the second consecutive year, an HR Florida State Council District Director is recognized by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) for having advanced SHRM initiatives and the HR Florida State Council mission.  We proudlyKelly Marcoux congratulate Kelly Marcoux, MMC, PHR, the 2011 Southeast Region Territory A - District Director of the Year.  SHRM could not be successful without the hard work and support of the volunteer leaders. The District Directors (DDs) are particularly important volunteers, as they are the primary contact in their states for the chapter presidents. SHRM relies on the DDs, like Ms. Marcoux, to provide SHRM membership presentations, support and guidance to chapter boards, and much more. This award recognizes DDs who epitomize the volunteer role.

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Executive Committee

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

2012 HR Florida State Conference & Expo 

Day on the Hill

Day on the Hill

We are pleased to announce our second annual DAY ON THE HILL event in Tallahassee, FL from February 15-16, 2012!  We need your help introducing our legislators to HR Florida, educating them how we can be a valuable resource on legislation affecting the workplace, and shaping that legislation of concern to our profession. Attendees at this event will have opportunities to meet with their legislators and/or their staff to advocate on public policy issues of importance to the HR profession.  SHRM and HR Florida will prepare attendees for their afternoon meetings on the Hill and will provide assistance in setting up those meetings. 

Please make sure to click through to read all about this event.

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Membership Initiative

Calling all state of Florida SHRM Chapter Membership Directors! On Tuesday, February 7th, HR Florida will be having a Membership CLA conference call which will provide details on our membership incentie contest for 2012. The only way for Chapter Membership Directors to get information on this exciting program is to participate on the call. Presidents and/or Membership Directors are strongly encouraged to attend. Please bring your great ideas for membership acquisition and retention to the call. The details of the call are below. We look forward to talking with all of you!

Date:  Tuesday, February 7, 2012
Time: 11:00 am EST

Please look to your email for call-in details or reach out to our membership directors:

Chris Scott  -

Maryellen Castellano -

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