May 2018  

President's Report

I am happy to say we have a new President-Elect. Mary Swope was appointed to the position during our April 24th board meeting.  I look forward to working with Mary.  Thank you Mary for stepping up and serving the chapter. 

We had a very good turnout for our April breakfast meeting titled “Domestic Violence: When It Affects the Workplace” presented by Sgt. LeeAnn Zaner with the City of Hot Springs.  Domestic Violence seems to happen behind the scenes and is not always evident.  I hope you enjoyed the program and learned some resources to help your employees.

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

Don’t forget out community outreach program. Thank you to everyone who helped with transportation passes in April. Please continue to support our community outreach.

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 want to continue to encourage our members to invite "potential members" to our monthly meeting. As a reminder, the first meeting is free for guests. You have the ability to register your guests online, but please feel free to Marina Mueller at if you have any problems. You may email her when you register your guest, so that she can make the necessary adjustment to waive the registration.

As we move into the summer, we would like to remind each of you that we will be taking Board nominations in the month of July. I would like to take the time to highlight some of these positions. 

PRESIDENT: Presides over monthly meetings and conducts 4 Board Meetings each year. Participates in the ARSHRM State Council meetings as a representative from our local chapter. 
PRESIDENT-ELECT: Works alongside the President and performs any duties that the President is unable to perform. The President-Elect also coordinates the sponsor for each meeting, interviews the Board nominees and coordinates the election for the incoming Board.
VP-PROGRAMS: Arranges the programs for each meeting and coordinates with HRCI and SHRM to certify these programs.
VP-MEMBERSHIP: Maintains a roster of our membership and reaches out to potential members to educate them on the value of being a part of WCASHRM. This position also coordinates different events to bring in new membership and reach out to past members.
SECRETARY/TREASURER: Manages check-in at our monthly meetings, takes payments, records minutes at the Board Meeting, and manages the WCASHRM accounts.
DIVERSITY DIRECTOR: Communicates diversity information to chapter and coordinates annual diversity program with VP, Programs.
LEGISLATIVE DIRECTOR: Communicates legislative updates and alerts to chapter members. Provides legislative updates to members at monthly chapter meetings. RECOMMENDED TO BE A SHRM MEMBER.
COLLEGE RELATIONS: Serves as liaison between WCASHRM and any area SHRM student chapter. Promotes the scholarship. Develops mentor relationships.
CERTIFICATION DIRECTOR: Coordinates HR Certification Study Group and promotes HR Certification.
WORKFORCE READINESS: Coordinates chapter’s school-to-work functions.
SHRM FOUNDATION DIRECTOR: Coordinates chapter SHRM Foundation fundraiser; promotes Foundation. MUST BE A NATIONAL SHRM MEMBER!

Committee Chair positions – (not board positions)
Chair, WCASHRM Managers Seminar – Oversees and coordinates chapter conference committee.
Chair, Business Expo – Oversees and coordinates chapter’s business expo booth.
Chair, Job Fair Booth – Oversees and coordinates chapter’s job fair booth.
Chair, Holiday Party – Oversees and coordinates chapter’s holiday party.
State Conference Door Prize Chair – Requests and organizes door prizes from our chapter members and local businesses for door prizes at the Arkansas State SHRM Conference.

This is just a brief overview of the positions. We welcome self-nomination or please nominate someone you think would fulfill one of these roles. Serve your profession, and get involved in your professional organization!

Our next meeting will be at 11:30 a.m. on May 29, 2018 at CHI St. Vincent Health Center. See you there!


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Meeting Topic

May 29, 2018 - 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
CHI St. Vincent's Hot Springs McCauley Room

Department of Workforce - Disabled Veterans Outreach with Stephen L. Ezelle, Disabled Veterans Outreach Program Specialist

Topics of the Program to be covered will be as follows: 

  • What is the Workforce Center and areas of coverage
  • Veteran Priority of Service opportunities at the Workforce Center
  • Coverage of Veterans Benefits such as GI Bill, Medical, PSTD, etc.
  • Translation tools for job employment from military to civilian
  • What is a DD214 and how to read into it
  • Veterans Court in Garland County

All the above will be covered in the session and probably other areas as they are brought up during the question and answer period. Most importantly, we as HR Professionals must understand how we begin to integrate our Veterans back into the workforce community.  As the drawdown continues from overseas, we will begin to see more come our way looking for work and ways to reintegrate back into the community.  It is mine and your challenge to bring them back into the fold.

Stephen L. Ezelle is a Veteran of the US Navy (6 years) and has served at the Pentagon, Washington DC, as a Flag Staff Administrative Aide at the office of the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations Submarine Warfare. After his enlistment, it was in Jacksonville Florida where he spent 22 years before moving to Hot Springs.  He has served as Executive Director of Human Resources over three hotels before coming onboard to with the Arkansas Department of Workforce Services.  Currently, Stephen serves as the Disable Veterans Outreach Program Specialist, serving not only Garland County but also Pike and Montgomery Counties. He holds degrees in Marketing and Management, from Jones College, Jacksonville Florida, and a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) degree with a concentration in Human Resource Management from Keller Graduate School of Management.  Stephen Ezelle helps all Veterans (male and female) that have barriers to employment. Stephen also offers a wide range of programs and services for our Veterans assisting with job searches, helping those who need mental health assistance, help in creating resumes, assists with finding places for the homeless to live or provide food. 

Once a month, he serves on the Garland County DWI/Veterans Treatment Court with the Honorable Judge Meredith Switzer presiding. Stephen has been a member of this court for over 2 years when the late Honorable Judge David Switzer requested Stephen to be a member of his Court.

He is a recent recipient of Arkansas’, “Veterans Representative of the Year 2017” and nationally recognized by the DAV receiving the National Award “Disable Outreach Program Specialist of the Year 2017.”

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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Managers' Seminar

Volunteers needed! Email Tara at if you are interested.

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Membership Corner



Last month we had one new member join our group –
Tonya Brickell, HR Generalist for Martin Marietta


We are currently at 73 active members, down from end of year, 2017.  We would love to get back to the 100 member mark and we would appreciate 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.


If you have not yet renewed or joined, our rates are as follows:
$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
$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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SHRM Foundation

Your support of the SHRM Foundation in 2017 has qualified our chapter to be a 2017 SHRM Foundation Chapter Champion! Your chapter received this honor because we completed all three SHRM Foundation activities outlined in the 2017 SHAPE workbook.

  1. Make a donation to the SHRM Foundation from chapter funds
  2. Conduct a leadership campaign
  3. Host a fundraising event to benefit the SHRM Foundation

Every gift we received, including donations from your chapter and members, will be used to deliver 300+ scholarships in 2018 and continue our work to engage and integrate military veterans in the workplace. Additionally, your contributions supported the launch of Innovation Grants, our newest funding opportunity that supports SHRM state councils and chapters working to improve their communities and build inclusive organizations. (Deadline to apply is May 5!)

Again – THANK YOU for making a difference in the lives of HR professionals.

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WCASHRM sponsors one (1) $500 scholarship to an undergraduate (junior or senior status) or graduate student annually. The scholarship is open to any student who meets the following requirements:

- Junior/Senior status or graduate student
- A resident of West Central Arkansas or enrolled student in an accredited college/university for the current school year in the West Central Arkansas region as defined on the form
- Pursuing a course of study in a business/human resource related field
- Minimum 3.00 GPA overall

You can find the form here to download. The application deadline is October 1.

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Workforce Readiness

Workforce Activities recently completed since our last meeting:

Steve Ezelle – Attended Transitional Fair at Cutter Morning Star school
Lauri Adams, Janet Edger – Day of Caring

Steve Ezelle is handling the Workforce Readiness role in Lanetta's absence. You can reach him at if you can volunteer.

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Community Involvement


Thank you for your donations to the Hope Movement!

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The 2018 When Work Works Award application is now open!  APPLY NOW and view award cycle timelines HERE. Deadline is May 25th. 


Here are the top 3 reasons to apply:

  1. Free comprehensive benchmarking report
  2. National and local media attention
  3. Inclusion in our searchable Guide to Bold New Ideas

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2018 Winter Exam Window: Dec. 1, 2018 - Feb. 15, 2019




May 14

Oct. 19

Nov. 9


Exam Fees

SHRM Member Price

Nonmember Price


$300 USD

$400 USD

Application Processing Fee

$50 USD
(included in exam fee)

$50 USD
(included in exam fee)

Late Application Fee

$75 USD

$75 USD

Transfer Fee

$100 USD
(subject to additional $53 Prometric exam cancellation fee when applicable)

$100 USD
(subject to additional $53 Prometric exam cancellation fee when applicable)

Retest Fee

Full exam fee

Full exam fee

Rescore Fee

$50 USD

$50 USD


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National Day of Prayer is an annual observance day which is observed on the first Thursday in the month of May. On this day, Americans are encouraged to give thanks and to turn to God in prayer and peaceful meditation.

Cinco de Mayo 2018 is a celebration that is observed, yearly, on May 5. It is a day that commemorates the Mexican army's victory, on May 5, 1862, over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War (1861-1867). In the United States Cinco de Mayo 2018 has become associated with the celebration of Mexican-American culture but should not be confused with Mexico's Independence Day which is celebrated on September 16. 

Mother's Day is a holiday celebrated annually on the second Sunday of May. It is a day that commemorates motherhood and appreciates all mothers and mother-figures (including grandmothers, great-grandmothers, stepmothers, and foster mothers) as well as their contribution to society. 

Ramadan is a religious holiday which lasts a whole month and one in which participants practice personal introspection, prayer and fasting.

Armed Forces Day 2018 is a federal holiday observed annually on the third Saturday of May. It is a day dedicated to paying tribute to men and women who currently serve in the United States' armed forces. Additionally, Armed Forces Day 2018 forms part of Armed Forces Week. It should be noted, that because of their unique training schedules, National Guard and Reserve units may celebrate Armed Forces Day/Week over any period in the month of May. 

Shavuot, a religious holiday which takes place on the sixth day of the month of Sivan. This holiday pays homage to the anniversary of when God gave the Torah to the nation of Israel atop Mount Sinai. From the second day of Passover to the day before Shavuot is a period of great anticipation of Jews. This period of waiting, which is approximately seven weeks, is a reminder of first being freed from physical bondage (from Egypt) to eventually being freed from spiritually bondage by receiving the Torah from God and learning of his laws.

Pentecost, also known as White Sunday, is a religious holiday that celebrates the coming of the Holy Spirit on the early followers of Jesus Christ and also recognizes the day that the church was established. 

Memorial Day 2018 formally known as Decoration Day, is a federal holiday observed yearly on the last Monday of May. Memorial Day 2018 is a day that commemorates all men and women who have died while serving in the military for the United States of America. 

World No Tobacco Day is observed all over the world on May 31st, a day when people are encourage to abstain from all tobacco products for a period of 24 hours. The purpose of this day is to not only encourage people to quit using cigarettes and other tobacco products, but also to raise awareness about the health related problems associated with using tobacco.

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