September 2017  

President's Report

Our August program Arkansas New Gun Law” with Brian Vandiver and Melanie McClure was very information. I hope those who attended are more prepared to revise your policy on employees who have concealed handgun license and bring their handguns to the workplace.

Thank you to the 2017 Managers’ Seminar Committee: Tara Arthur, Terry Davis, Janet Edgar, Holley Little, Mary Ann Wiestner, Deanna Harris, Tyler Porterfield, Kym Jones and Jeryleen Woerpel. We appreciate all of your hard work to make our 14th annual seminar another successful event. This was our largest turnout to date with 375 registrants. If you attended the seminar, please be sure to complete the online evaluation to give us your feedback.

Please mark your calendars for the following Programs/ Events of interest:
September 14 & 15, 2017 - Arkansas SHRM Employment Law & Legislative Affairs (ELLA) Conference (Robinson Center & DoubleTree Hotel in Little Rock)
September 26, 2017 - Vote on 2017 Board
October 14, 2017
 - SGK Breast Cancer Race for the Cure (Little Rock)
TBA -WCASHRM Holiday Party (location TBA)
April 4- 6, 2018 - Arkansas SHRM Conference (Hot Springs Convention Center)
August 23, 2018 - Managers Seminar (Hot Springs Convention Center)

If you are planning to attend the Arkansas SHRM Employment Law & Legislative Affairs Conference registration is still open.  Last year, the conference sold out, so get your registration submitted.

Thank you to everyone who donated to Arkansas Children’s Hospital. Please continue to support our community outreach programs.  Our chapter is making a difference in our community.

The 2017 Board Nominations are being reviewed, and the nominees will be announced in the near future. Please send your nominations by August 31st. As a reminder, Members will vote on the new Board at our September meeting.

Our next meeting will be on September 26, 2017 at CHI St. Vincent Health Center. See you there!


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Meeting Topic

Project Search
September 26, 2017
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
CHI St. Vincent's Hot Springs McCauley Room

Discussion the Project Search program for young adults with disabilities whose goal is to find competitive and sustainable employment within the community. 

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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Monthly Sponsor


The Arkansas Regional Organ Recovery Agency (ARORA) was established in 1987 as non-profit, independent organ procurement agency. ARORA is headquartered in Little Rock with a regional office in Fayetteville, is managed by an Executive Director and governed by a Board of Directors who are community volunteers. ARORA is also served by an Advisory Council, representing various stake holders in transplantation, including transplant recipients and donor families. ARORA’s primary mission is to restore lives through the recovery of organs and tissues.

Your company can be a part of this mission by joining with ARORA as a Workplace Partner. The Workplace Partnership program offers employees donor education, and the opportunity to register as organ, eye and tissue donors to save and enhance lives. There is no cost to your company, and your participation can make a lasting impact on generations to come.

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Managers' Seminar

This was our largest Managers Seminar ever with 375 attendees. Thank you to everyone who supported the event and attended. Our keynote, Scott Mann posted photos on his Facebook page, and we'll be posting some on the WCASHRM Facebook page. Mark your calendars for August 23, 2018 for our 15th Annual WCASHRM Managers Seminar!

 Thank you to FirstStaff for being our event Presenting Sponsor!


 Thank you to the committee:
 Tara Mauk Arthur – Chair
Holley Little – Programs
Janet Edgar – Sponsors & Vendors
Terry Davis – Registration
Deanna Harris – Publicity
Shayne King & MaryAnn Wiestner – Doorprizes
Tyler Porterfield - Facilities 

Thank you to our speakers:
Scott Mann
Tom Baxley
Wes Booker

Bruce Cross
Dan Herrington

Jason Hudnell
Sherry Johnson
CW Miller

Thank you to our concurrent session sponsors:

Thank you to our vendors:
Arkansas Blue Cross Blue Shield
Arkansas Heart Hospital
Arkansas Records Management
Arkansas Workforce Center
Bariatric Metabolic Institute
Community Coffee
Diamond Lakes Federal Credit Union
Express Employment Professionals
First Security Bank
Governor’s Dislocated Taskforce
Henderson State University
Morgan Stanley
National Park College
New Directions Behavioral Health
Regions Bank 

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Membership Corner

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

New Member:

Allison Ramsey - Triumph Airborne Structures

SHRM Membership
We received notice that several of you have lapsed your SHRM membership. As a reminder, your chapter membership is free with your SHRM Membership, so please renew with SHRM as soon as possible. Please keep us informed of your status or we'll have to remove you from our roster.

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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Meet the 2017 WCASHRM Scholarship Award Recipient!


My name is Christina McNutt and I am seeking a degree for Business Management with emphasis in Human Resources. I am currently a junior, completing a full class schedule online at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. I also work full time as Head Teller at Diamond Bank in Hot Springs. I have always liked working with people and enjoy interacting with my co workers. I am ready to get started with my career and grow my knowledge as I feel that I can be a great asset to this field. I want to thank WCASHRM for this scholarship and giving me the opportunity to be able to continue to pursue my goals. I hope to one day be apart of a wonderful organization such as this!

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Upcoming Events

Thank you for your generous donations in August to benefit the Arkansas Children’s Foundation.

This month we are holding an underwear drive to benefit the CALL.

Did you know that there are over 5,000 children in foster care and less than 2,000 foster homes in Arkansas? Our state is in a state of crisis. Since 2014, the number of children in foster care has steadily increased. The State of Arkansas is scratching its head, trying to figure out what to do about the problem.

In the past 10 years, The CALL, which is a non-profit organization, has helped open over 1,161 foster homes and 369 adoption homes. Over 501 children have been adopted by families supported by The CALL.

They need people willing to donate their time, talent, and resources to help eliminate the crisis in Arkansas. If you have an extra hour a week, or a few hours a month or maybe more, they would love to get you plugged in. Check out their volunteer page on the website:

Last year our company held several fundraisers and donated pajamas for The CALL. There is always a need of items, so today we want to help them collect underwear. They can use for all ages, but specifically NEED UNDERWEAR FOR LITTLE CHILDREN. Please bring your donated items to the September meeting or mail a donation to The CALL. PO Box 25524, Little Rock, AR 72221-5524.

We are still working on filling up the year, so please email me at if you have any suggestions on an organization that would benefit from one of our drives.

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Workforce Readiness

As written in the charter application two years ago, Hot Springs World Class High school has started the process of  providing students with internships related to their career path. Internships are an invaluable experience to students. They provide the necessary skills for students to be successful in their chosen career path, and they provide students an opportunity to learn real-world communication, critical-thinking and problem-solving skills.  As theymove throughout the school year, Hot Springs School will develop more internships to offer students a value-added diploma through internship partners.

If you would like to find out more information about our internship process, please contact Crystal Myers, Instructional Facilitator for Career Services at HSWCHS.  

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Go to the Top of the HR Class

It’s Back to School time, as millions of students prepare to head back to classes. This is also the time that HR professionals should be thinking about their own professional development opportunities – to leap to the top of the HR profession.

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Empowering Equality: 5 Challenges Faced by Women Entrepreneurs

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