March 2018  

President's Report

I am excited to announce we have new board members. Amanda Mace has been appointed to the SHRM Foundation Director, and Mary Swope has been appointed to the College Relations Director’s position. Thank you for stepping up and volunteering to serve the chapter.

Congratulations to Tammy Boyd for winning the drawing for a free registration to the ARHSRM Conference at our February meeting. I look forward to seeing everyone at the ARSHRM Conference April 4 – 6 at the Hot Springs Convention Center. I hope everyone is planning to attend. Hot Spring is our hometown and it will be great to represent our Chapter at the Conference.

Thanks to Brian Vandiver for speaking to us on “Sexual Harassment in the Workplace”. I hope you enjoyed the program. If you have a program you would like to hear about or know someone who would like to speak to our chapter, please contact Minnie Lenox at

Thank you to those who brought kitchen supplies to benefit the Birch Tree Communities in February. Please continue to support our community outreach.

Please mark your calendars for the following Programs/ Events of interest for 2018:

April 4- 6, 2018 - Arkansas SHRM HR Conference & Expo (Hot Springs Convention Center)
June 17- June 20, 2018 - SHRM National Conference Chicago, IL
August 23, 2018 - Managers Seminar (Hot Springs Convention Center)
September 20-21, 2018 - Arkansas SHRM ELLA Conference (Robinson Center, Little Rock)

Nominations for the 2018 HR Awards to be presented at our Annual State Conference have been extended to March 15th.  Think of those who may have won other awards within our chapters, those previously nominated in the past, those companies whose creative and innovative HR initiatives have proven successful, those whose long-time commitment and dedication to the profession and impactful leadership are due recognition, those who have spent countless hours through the involvement of and contributions to legislative matters impacting HR and  those who simply want to further develop themselves through education in the field of HR to better serve the profession and nominate someone at

ARSHRM is looking for door prizes for the ARSHRM HR Conference in April. If you would like to donate something, please bring it to the March meetings or email Mary Swope at

Our next meeting will be at 11:30 a.m. on March 27, 2018 at CHI St. Vincent Health Center. See you there!


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Meeting Topic

March 27, 2018
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
CHI St. Vincent's Hot Springs McCauley Room

Active Shooter
Chris Chapmond - Assistant Police Chief, Hot Springs Police Department

Chris Chapmond will be our presenter this month.  He will present "Active Shooter."

Check back for more info.

1 hour SHRM PDCs 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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Monthly Sponsor

Telcoe isn’t just a savings account. We truly care about our members financial well-being. When a member from Mountain View came to us for a loan to cover some unexpected bills, we knew we could offer her more than just a loan. Our free financial counseling service, GreenPath, helped this member create a budget, negotiate her hospital bills, and finally achieve financial freedom. Mary was happy to share her story about how much Telcoe and GreenPath helped her family. Employees who are not stressed about money are more productive and focused at work.

Telcoe , a FREE employee benefit, knows how important is to get to and from work in a reliable vehicle. That’s why we make our auto loan process so easy, just ask our Facebook friends. Jane from Russellville has done three auto loans with us and described her process as helpful and timely. Sharon was impressed with the way we kept her updated through her loan process.

Telcoe was started in 1950 by Southwestern Bell employees. Since then, we have grown to serve over 200 employers across the state of Arkansas. We love serving the hardworking employees of our State. Telcoe can be your companies’ financial employee assistance program as well. Amanda and Renee are ready to assist. Email or call 501-375-5321.


Would you like to have a captive audience of human resource professionals? WCASHRM holds a meeting on the last Tuesday of each month featuring a luncheon speaker on a topic critical to our day-to-day success. The opportunity to sponsor our monthly luncheon is an exclusive opportunity within your particular industry or service. As a sponsor of our monthly meeting you receive: 

  • Logo on the WCASHRM website for 1 month with link to sponsor's website
  • Logo and recognition in Monthly Newsletter and Meeting reminders
  • Vendor Table to display products at the event
  • Lunch for 2 company representatives
  • Five minute presentation at beginning of monthly meeting.
  • Recognition by the chapter president at the meeting. 

Member companies:   $75
Non-members:          $125 

Contact: for more information. 

You can register online with the option to pay by credit card or by check. Please note the month you are wishing to sponsor (month not guaranteed). Then, email the with your Organization's website address, description and logo in JPEG, BMP, PNG or TIF format. Newsletter deadline is the first of each month.

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Membership Corner

If you have not yet renewed your membership for 2018, now is the time!!! Membership dues increase after March 31st. We are asking that ALL members who are renewing complete an application.

Just as a reminder:

-Membership Dues for WCASHRM are WAIVED for National SHRM members who designate WCASHRM as their primary chapter. Please provide your SHRM ID# on your application, so we can verify that you are still a SHRM member.

-If you are a National SHRM member AND designate another chapter as your primary chapter, dues will be $30 if paid by 3/31/18 (or $40 if paid after 3/31/18).

-If you are NOT a National SHRM member, dues are $45 if paid by 3/31/18 (or $60 if paid after 3/31/18).

-Annual dues can be paid online via credit. Go to “Member Log-In” on the website, type in your WCASHRM ID and Password and select “Pay My Dues.”

As an incentive to our members to help recruit new WCASHRM members, the chapter will have another give away at our annual Christmas party in December. Members can earn chances for this give-away by doing any of the following:

  1. Invite a potential member to our monthly meeting – 1 chance
  2. Recruit a new member (Non-SHRM member) – 1 chance
  3. Recruit a new member (SHRM member) – 2 chances

For questions on membership, please contact Marina Mueller, SHRM-CP, PHR, WCASHRM VP Membership, at

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Community Involvement

We will be donating to the Hope Movement for the month of March. They are in desperate need of feminine products such as: hair shampoo/conditioner, trash bags and paper towels, Feminine sanitary products (pads/tampons), soap bars and body wash.  Post this flyer in your workplace and collect items to bring on behalf of your organization to the March WCASHRM Meeting.

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Arkansas SHRM Awards

We KNOW you have "Super-Star" HR peers and companies with innovative HR ideas out there, deserving of an award this year!  Don't let their due honor pass by!  
* Information about ARSHRM awards and related application forms can be found HERE.  
* Information about the J. C. Cote Scholarship and its application can be found HERE  

The process is simple, forms are explanatory.... GET THOSE NOMINATIONS IN TODAY!  DEADLINE: Friday, March 16, 2018.

 Please send to:    

“Outstanding HR Professional” - displayed in the areas of

  • Achievement and service that promotes the profession of HRM
  • Service to an ARSRHM and/or an AR Local Chapter
  • Innovative solutions to HRM problems or issues
  • Active Member of SHRM

  “Jim Wilkin’s Lifetime Achievement” – having shown and promoted

  • Honesty, leadership, commitment, competence, integrity and moral strength
  • vision for upward HR
  • successful project and outstanding contributions that have benefitted the HR profession

  “Russell Gunter Legislative Advocacy” – recognized for

  • contributions of time and effort in local, state or federal legislative advocacy on behalf of the HR profession
  • demonstrating aggressive leadership in building relationship with legislators
  • taking action affecting law/policy
  • presenting SHRM and our mission to key media outlets and legislators
  • developing strong grassroots initiatives within SHRM

  “Best Practices” – awarded to a company based on

  • the creativity in the development and design of the Best Practice
  • how well the Best Practice aligns with the Company’s overall mission
  • recognizable and measurable positive outcomes (increased level of customer satisfaction, reduction in turnover, etc.)
  • the amount of value added through process improvements

  “J.C. Cote Scholarship” – awarded to a student who

  • demonstrated successful scholarly achievement
  • is committed to a career in HR
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Workforce Readiness

National Park College’s Career Pathways will host a Job Fair Boot Camp March 28th from 9am-1pm that will allow students to learn about how to dress for success, resumes and cover letters, interview and job search skills, and grooming tips. They are needed mock interview volunteers, please let Lanetta Bryant know if you will be able to volunteer for this Work Readiness event. A flyer is attached for this event.

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Upcoming Events

WCASHRM members are invited to attend the Arkansas Compensation Association meeting on Wednesday, March 21, for a roundtable discussion on the current and future implications of sexual harassment issues. 

Terri Beiner currently is the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and the Nadine Baum Distinguished Professor of Law at UA Little Rock Bowen School of Law.  She will be assuming the position of Dean of the entire law school on July 1.  Her areas of teaching and scholarly expertise include Employment Discrimination law as well as civil procedure. She has written two books (Gender Myths v Working Realities:  Using Social Science to Reformulate Sexual Harassment Law and Civil Procedure:  A Context and Practice Casebook) and written numerous articles in the areas of employment discrimination law, women in the profession, and federal judicial appointments.

To Register, go to Select “Events” and Scroll down to bottom and click on “Roundtable Discussion.”

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