August 2017  

President's Report

I hope everyone has their I-9’s in compliance after our July program. Thank you to Dan Herrington for presenting our program “New I-9 Information”.

Congratulations to Linda Heitz, Arlington Resort Hotel & Spa, for winning a free registration to the ARSHRM Employment Law & Legislative Affairs (ELLA) Conference on September 14th and 15th at the Double Tree Hotel in Little Rock. Go to their website for more information or to register. (Note: The cost is $225 until 8/10/17 or $275 after.) Last year, the conference sold out, so register early.

Thank you to everyone who donated school supplies and participated in Stuffing the Bus in July. Please continue to support our community outreach programs.  Our chapter is making a difference in our community.

Please mark your calendars for the following Programs/ Events of interest for 2017: August 24th - 14th Annual WCASHRM Managers' Seminar- Hot Springs Convention Center September 14th & 15th - Arkansas SHRM Employment Law & Legislative Affairs (ELLA) Conference           Double Tree Hotel - Little Rock

Please help support the chapter by registering your managers for the 14th Annual WCASHRM Managers' Seminar August 24th at the Hot Springs Convention Center.  For more information on the seminar, go to the website. Also, please share the event on Facebook, or go the Managers’ Seminar event page and invite anyone you think might benefit from attending this event. US Army Green Beret, Scott Mann is our keynote speaker. We also have great concurrent session speakers lined up.

The 2017 Board Nominations are being reviewed, and the nominees will be announced in the near future. As a reminder, Members will vote on the new Board at our September meeting.

Our next meeting will be on August 29, 2017 at CHI St. Vincent Health Center. See you then!


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Monthly Sponsor

Sponsored By:

Kymberlie Jones - Financial Advisor, Operations Manager
Small & Associates Financial  / A private wealth advisory practice of Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc.

Professional Experience Kym joined Small and Associates Financial in 2013. Prior to joining, she was working for Ameriprise Financial in Memphis from 2006-2013 as a Paraplanner.

Kym is passionate about working with clients to help them meet their financial needs and plan for the future. She will look at your entire financial picture, including cash reserves and debt management, investments, protection and taxes. She also asks targeted questions and listens closely to your answers. That way, you can feel more confident that the advice she provides reflects your personal dreams and goals. You have dreams and goals and Kym will work with you to help put them more within reach. As an advisor living and working in your community, Kym is available to work with you in a way that meets your needs. Kym gains tremendous satisfaction in knowing that people in her community are more confident about their financial futures.

Kym holds the CRPC® Chartered Retirement Planning CounselorSM and APMA® Accredited Portfolio Management AdvisorSM  certifications.

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Meeting Topic

Arkansas New Gun Law
with Brian Vandiver

There will be a discussion on the new gun law in Arkansas that allows employees with Concealed Handgun Carry license (CHCL) to store in their automobile at work. 


Brian Vandiver is a partner with Cox, Sterling, McClure & Vandiver, PLLC and has over 15 years of experience in practicing law. He graduated from University of Arkansas Little Rock, William H. Bowen School of Law. Brian primarily represents employers in all areas of labor and employment law. He routinely advises and represents management in all areas of labor and employment law litigation and compliance. He also represent clients on various legislative, public policy, and constitutional law matters.

1 hour SHRM and HRCI pending


WCASHRM is recognized by SHRM to offer Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP.

The use of this seal is not an endorsement by the HR Certification Institute of the quality of the program.  It means that this program has met the HR Certification Institute’s criteria to be pre-approved for recertification credit. 

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Managers' Seminar

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Membership Corner

Membership Corner

Please join me in welcoming our newest members and renewals for the month of July

New Members

  • Kay Brown, Workforce Consultant @ Good Samaritan Society
  • Shawnee Cooper, HR Director @ HSV POA
  • Dennis Cooper, Semi-Retired HR Professional, HSV 
  • Brandi Smith, Mountain View Clinic, Mena


  • Missy Weaver, HR Generalist @ HSV POA

Help us GROW our chapter….Do you know someone in HR that is not a member of our chapter?  Please continue to reach out to local HR professionals (potential members) and invite them to one of our meetings. As we did in years past, bring a guest to the meeting, receive one chance for the end of the year drawing – if the guest joins the chapter, you will receive an additional chance for the drawing.  Pro-rated dues are available if not a SHRM Member and Dues are free for SHRM Members who designate WCASHRM as their primary chapter. Email for info.


Are you a member of SHRM?  Are you not sure WHY you should be a member of SHRM?  Click on the link below to learn why more than 285,000 HR professionals are members of SHRM and see all the benefits a SHRM membership has to offer.

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Upcoming Events

Thank you for your generous school supply donations in July to benefit the United Way’s Stuff the Bus event for local schools. We collected 6 backpacks full of supplies from B & F Engineering, and a box full of school supplies from our members.

This month we are holding an Arkansas Children’s Hospital Drive to benefit Arkansas Children’s Hospital.

Arkansas Children’s Hospital is the only pediatric medical center in Arkansas. Known for being one of the largest pediatric medical providers in the United States, ACH proudly provides world-class medical care to children and families throughout Arkansas and surrounding areas. The Arkansas Children's Campus spans 36 city blocks and is currently licensed for 336 beds. They have a staff of approximately 505 physicians and over 200 residents in pediatrics and pediatric specialties. Additionally, the hospital currently employs more than 4,400 employees.

We have uploaded a flyer for the hospital and an Arkansas Children’s Donation Form to the member area of the website. Members can make a donation on their own, or bring their donations to the August meeting to be mailed together. Checks should be made payable to “Arkansas Children’s Foundation.” [If you mail your donation separate, please email to advise me, so that we can keep up with the total donations made by our chapter.]

We are still working on filling up the year. If you have any suggestions for an organization, please email Deanna Harris.

Transportation Passes
Stephen Ezelle (Arkansas Department of Workforce Services) is in need of more bus passes for our veterans. If you would like to help him restock his supply, they can be purchased (cash or check only - No credit or debit cards accepted) at the Hot Springs Transportation Depot (located at 100 Broadway Terr).

Below are the bus fees:
Monthly bus passes - $41.25
Coupon books (10 rides) - $9.25

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HR Certification Institute® Announces HR Industry First on Day of 40th Anniversary Celebration

Testing windows will soon be "out the window" thanks to year-round testing to be offered by HR Certification Institute® (HRCI®). In an HR industry first, starting November 1, 2016, exams for each of HRCI's seven certifications will be available any day of the year!   Visit for more information regarding certification and re-certification! 

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