April 2018  

President's Report

I am happy to see so many of our members attending the ARSHRM Conference. Thanks to the ARSHRM Conference Committee for all their hard work on the State Conference. If you attended the conference, please be sure to give them your feedback. They worked really hard to make it a great conference for everyone!  

Congratulations to Marina Mueller, Embassy Suites, for being named Arkansas HR Professional of the Year at the ARSHRM Conference. You make us proud! (Pictured below with Kelli Hernandez and Kevin Robinson.)

We had a very good turnout for our March meeting titled “Active Shooter” presented by Chris Chapmand, Assistant Police Chief with the City of Hot Springs. Seems like this topic is on the news every day. I hope you are more prepared if you are faced with an “Active Shooter”. 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

Our community outreach has been very successful. Thank you to everyone who participated in donating hygiene products to benefit the Hope Movement in March. Please continue to support our community outreach.

Our President-Elect position is currently vacant. This position will be the President of the chapter next year.  If you would like to nominate someone or yourself for the role please contact me at

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

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)

If you have not renewed your WCASHRM membership, please get your application turned in asap. Don’t forget to designate WCASHRM as your primary chapter.  

We have sponsors committed for all of our monthly meetings in 2018. We are currently scheduling for 2019 with January and February already spoken for. If you are interested in sponsoring a meeting or know of a company that might be interested in sponsoring, please email me at The cost is $75 for members and $125 for non-members.

A couple reminders to our members:

NAME BADGES: Be sure to return your name badges at the end of each meeting. This      helps immensely, so we don't have to make new badges. Thanks!

REGISTRATION: The deadline to register for the monthly meeting is the FRIDAY  prior to the Tuesday meeting. This is our deadline to give the hospital a headcount on    our meals. We are charged for the meals we order, so members who register and don't attend will be charged. We don't want to discourage anyone from attending, so last minute registrants always have the option to select the "Member Ticket - Attend But Not  Eating." (We'll do our best to accommodate late registrants who want to eat too, but I wanted to make sure members knew this is an option.)

Our next meeting will be at 8:00 a.m. on April 24, 2018 at CHI St. Vincent Health Center. See you there!


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Meeting Topic

April 24, 2018 - 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
CHI St. Vincent's Hot Springs McCauley Room

April Meeting is at 8 a.m.

Domestic Violence: When It Affects the Workplace

Our speaker will discuss being able to recognize the signs and symptoms of individuals who are victims of domestic violence.

Sgt. LeeAnn Zaner was a 2005 graduate of Henderson State University, where she majored in Sociology/Criminal Justice. Immediately after graduating from college (five days later), she began her career at the Hot Springs Police Department. She’s been employed with the Hot Springs Police Department since May 2005 and has served in multiple capacities and many different shifts over the last thirteen years.

She has served time in the patrol division and the Criminal investigations Division as a Detective. She specialized in Violent Crimes /sexually based crimes, domestic batteries, Crimes against Children, Sexual offenders, homicides and violent assaults and robberies. Zaner was the first certified Forensic Interviewer of Children at the HSPD and has been the lead Detective in over fifteen homicides and has assisted in countless others. She was in charge of registration and upkeep of Sexual offenders and the database for sexual offenders for the City of Hot Springs for over seven years. She is currently assigned to a 12 hour patrol shift and is a Patrol Sergeant. She speaks to multiple organizations on Internet Safety, Dating Safety, Sexual Offenders, Children and “Sexting” and Domestic violence.  She is compassionate about educating the public and helping women avoid becoming “victims”.-

LeeAnn Zaner is happily married to her husband, Cpl. Kirk Zaner, who is also an officer at the Hot Springs Police Department. He is the Public information officer for the Police Department and one of two certified Polygraphist. She has two step daughters, Emily and Erin. In her spare time, she teaches Active Kids Fitness classes at First Baptist Fitness. She enjoys being outdoors with her family, jeep riding, playing in the lake and spending time with her K-9 companions. Zaner and her husband have become Pitbull advocates after adopting the most “privileged” dog in their pack, Leo AKA #Leotherescuepitbull.

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



Alliance Rubber Company is a manufacturer and distributor of packaging, office and ad specialty products to a global market.  Since 1923 our team members have been our most valuable asset.  We provide innovative, quality products at competitive prices and support what we sell with exceptional customer service.  We provide opportunities for empowerment and self-improvement in a safe working environment for our team members.  We provide the opportunity for a mutually beneficial relationship for our suppliers.  We provide human, economic and responsible environmental support for the local and U. S. community. 

Alliance Rubber Co. has a unique corporate culture in that we value our people and customers before profits.  Many companies show keen interest in quarterly earnings and view their people as headcount.  We believe in nurturing and training our team members, and 95% of our managers have been promoted from entry-level positions.  We are committed to improving the lives and opportunities of our team members.  Our corporate culture values teamwork, collaboration, accountability, honesty, integrity, loyalty, fairness and personal growth.    We have found this to be the best path to higher sales, profitability and growth.

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Membership Corner

We had a very busy couple of months with registering new members to our wonderful group. Please join me in welcoming our newest members:

Claude Barnes, Barnes HR Group
Tammy Boyd, Window Mart
Theresa Craciun, ACTI
Lisa Galster, Healthstar
Leslie Schreckhise, Taber Extrusions, LLC

Kelly Slayden, VK Group
Sarah Smith, Project SEARCH
Deborah Varnell, Falk Supply
Laura Winston, Project SEARCH 

We are currently at 69 active members, down from end of year, 2017.  We need your help to grow our chapter, so please continue to reach out to local HR professionals (potential members) and invite them to one of our meetings.

There is something in this for you in helping to grow our membership…..

As we did this past year, only POTENTIAL MEMBERS will count for a chance in the drawing and guests who join the chapter count as another chance to win. Here’s the math 1 GUEST + 1 GUEST WHO JOINS THE CHAPTER = 2 chances for the end of the year drawing.

Our rates have now increased to the next level of fees. $60 if you are NOT a National SHRM Member; $40 if you are a National SHRM member BUT another chapter is listed as your primary chapter; and STILL $0.00 If you are a National SHRM member AND you designate WCASHRM (#0467) as your primary chapter. Whichever applies to you, an application form MUST be completed and returned to

If you have any questions on your membership renewal, please email or call VP of Membership, Marina Mueller, SHRM-CP, PHR at 501-321-4417.

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The Chapter would offer two (2) scholarships for each application period. Applications will be accepted January 1, 2018 thru February 28, 2018 and August 1, 2018 to September 30, 2018.  If there are more than two (2) applicants, a drawing of applications will take place to select the recipients. 

Drawing:   Four (4) names will be drawn each testing window.  Two (2) successful testers will be selected each testing window with the other two (2) as back-up should the elected candidate not pass or is unable to complete the test. 

Qualification:   Must be active member of SHRM and WCASHRM.  The member must pass the certification test within the testing windows and not receive reimbursement from their employer.

For more information, email Allison at

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Community Involvement

In April, WCASHRM will hold a Transportation Passes Drive to benefit local veterans. Member Steve Ezelle who works with our local veterans through the Arkansas Department of Workforce Services will ensure they benefit from the Chapter’s generous donations. Transportation passes can be purchased (cash or check only - No credit or debit cards accepted) at the Hot Springs Transportation Depot (located at 100 Broadway Terr) or bring a check made payable to the City of Hot Springs or cash to the meeting and we will purchase the passes for you. Below are the bus fees:
Monthly bus passes - $41.25
Coupon books (10 rides) - $9.25

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Workforce Readiness

Dear Community Partner,

My name is Lorrie Duke, and I am the Oral Communications teacher at Hot Springs High School.  I  take my job of preparing students for life beyond our school walls very seriously and am seeking your help in our bi-annual interview process.

Resume writing,  interview etiquette and oral communication skills are essential for success in today’s job market.  Data clearly shows that the mock interview process increases a student's success in related endeavors.  A successful job interview with a community business partner is a graduation requirement of each Hot Springs World Class High School student.  

We are requesting your assistance in participating in a Mock interview panel. Each interviewer will be supplied a rotation of questions, candidates resumes and a brief overview of that particular student’s professional goals.  You are also free to ask your own interview questions as well. This experience will also allow for the interview panel to give students helpful feedback that will could benefit them in the future.  We need your expertise and experience to make this work!

It is our sincere hope that you will (continue) help us by serving as an interviewer.  You may select the most convenient session(s) from the list below.  We would be delighted for you to cover as many sessions as your schedule allows.

Morning Session  8:00 am-11:30 am
Afternoon Session  12:30pm-3:20pm

You may contact me by  e-mail (, or phone - Work 501-624-5286 or Personal 501-538-0211.  RSVP by emailing me. with your information and preferred time.

Thank you for helping our students gain valuable, real world experience. - Lorrie Duke

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2018 SHRM Membership Advisory Council (MAC) Survey

Dear SHRM Volunteers & Members:

Let your ideas be heard by the SHRM Board of Directors! The primary charge of the Membership Advisory Council (MAC) is to serve as the liaison between our amazing SHRM volunteers and our SHRM Board of Directors.  We are proud that we have a Board who listens to your feedback and takes action, as evidenced by several Board initiatives which have resulted from your feedback through these surveys. Please help us by sharing YOUR perspectives.  Each survey result strengthens our collective voice. Simply click on the link below to complete the 2018 Spring MAC survey.  The survey should take less than 10 minutes to complete.  Your answers will be compiled with those of other SHRM members and will be addressed in a report that your MAC representatives will make to the SHRM Board of Directors in June. Please complete the survey as soon as possible as our deadline is Monday, April 23, 2018.

Thank you for taking the time to complete the survey.

Denise Montoya, Ph.D., SHRM SCP, Southwest Central Region
2018 SHRM Membership Advisory Council

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