October 2018  

President's Report

We hope you enjoyed our September program on Disability in the Workplace presented by Steve Varady. Come join us this month for How to Spot a Phish with Jeff Winter.

During the September meeting, the members present voted on the new board. I am pleased to announce the 2019 WCASHRM Board.

Officers: (One Yr Term)
President – Mary Swope 
President-Elect – Kymberlie Jones
V.P of Programs – Lauri Adams
V.P of Membership – Marina Mueller, SHRM-CP, PHR
Secretary-Treasurer – Terry Davis

Directors: (One-Yr Term) 
Certification – Deanna Harris
Diversity – Minnie Lenox
Legislative – Bruce Cross
Workforce Readiness - Lanetta Bryant
College Relations – Kelli Hernandez
SHRM Foundation – Amanda Mace, SHRM-CP

Non-Board Positions (Volunteers/ Not Board Voting Members) 
Technology Coordinator - Tara Arthur, SHRM-CP, PHR
Managers' Seminar Chair - Tara Arthur, SHRM-CP, PHR
Job Fair Booth Coordinator – Amanda Mace, SHRM-CP
Holiday Party (December 2018) – Deanna Harris
State Conference Door Prize Chair – Cinthia Machado

We appreciate our board member’s willingness to volunteer and serve their profession!

Please mark your calendars for the following Programs/ Events of interest for 2018:
November 3, 2018 - SGK Breast Cancer Race for the Cure (Little Rock)
Holiday Party – TBA
April 3-5, 2019 - Arkansas SHRM Conference (Hot Springs Convention Center)

August 29, 2019 - Managers Seminar (Hot Springs Convention Center)

We have been unable to award the 2018 WCASHRM Scholarship because we did not receive any qualified applications. If you know of a student with an emphasis in HR, please refer them to the Scholarship tab on our website. We’ve have extended the deadline to accept applications to November 1, 2018.

We will continue to hold a SILENT AUCTION at the Holiday Party in December, with the proceeds going to the SHRM Foundation, as part of our annual fundraising. Members can bring their items to the October or November meeting or to the Holiday Party. **If you plan to bring your item to the Holiday Party to donate to the Silent Auction, please email Amanda Mace at the item to be auctioned and the value, so she can prepare the necessary bid sheet.

Please continue to support our community outreach programs.  Our program in October is clothes, shoes and personal hygiene items to benefit Arkansas Career Training Institute. Our chapter is making a difference in our community.

Our next meeting is October 30, 2018 at 11:30 at CHI St. Vincent Health Center. Hope to see you there!


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Meeting Topic

How to Spot a Phish? with Jeff Winter
October 30, 2018 - 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
CHI St. Vincent's Hot Springs McCauley Room

Phishing is a fraudulent attempt to obtain sensitive information by the attacker masquerading as a reputable entity or person in the form of emails or other familiar communication channels. Their goal is to get sensitive information such as usernames, passwords, and other detailed information by distributing malicious links with attachments that can perform a variety of functions including extracting login credentials or account information. This has been on the rise and is costing companies and organizations millions as well as compromising their integrity to conduct business.

Jeff Winter began working for the City of Hot Springs 26 years ago and Garland County 10 years ago. Jeff graduated from the University of Arkansas with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering. He started as a staff engineer, but has been the City’s IS Director for the last 20 years. The IS Team of 10, maintains 700+ desktops. 60+ servers, networking for 30+ locations and all the associated security. Jeff’s hobbies include woodworking and mountain biking. Jeff wants you to know that he is far from a security expert, but is learning every day.

1 hour SHRM PDCs and HRCI approved


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

Celebrating 42 years of service, family owned and operated, Dan’s Whetstone Co., Inc. is a proud producer of American Made sharpening stone products. Located in Pearcy, Arkansas, just Southwest of Hot Springs, an industry leader as producer and distributor of Arkansas Novaculite stone and recognized around the world.

Mr. Dan Kirschman, a mining engineer and graduate from Colorado School of Mines, developed a fascination with Arkansas Novaculite stone after moving to Arkansas. He began cutting and finishing stones as a hobby, thus the beginning of Dan’s Whetstone Company, 1976, with the help and support of his family and simple philosophy – quality and service.  Today, Dan’s Whetstone Company is recognized as the industry standard, leading producer and supplier of Natural Arkansas Whetstone all over the world offering hundreds of different Arkansas Novaculite products. 

Genuine Arkansas Novaculite is a rare, natural resource that is mined in one small region in the state of Arkansas, mostly in Garland County area. The Arkansas Novaculite stone has earned the reputation of the most sought-after natural abrasive worldwide and premiere sharpening product used not just by knife sharpeners, also by woodworkers, jewelers, surgeons, dentists, veterinarians, die makers, gunsmiths, and goldsmiths.  Other applications:  calibration of x-ray crystallography machines and maintenance of ice skates and snow skis. 

Dan’s Whetstone Co., Inc. currently offers over 350 products and is the only Arkansas Novaculite stone producer that quarries, manufactures, and distributes Natural Arkansas Whetstone products worldwide. Dan’s owns over 500 acres of mineral properties and controls several quarries that supply the various grades of Novaculite used in manufacturing.  According to the reserve projections, these quarries will supply the next four generations or more, which would lead one to believe that Dan’s Whetstone will be in operation for many years to come.

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Membership Corner


We are still seeking new members and we NEED YOUR HELP. Please invite a potential chapter member (HR professional) to one of our monthly meetings as a guest at no charge and your name will go into the drawing for a $100 gift certificate. We will hold the drawing at the Christmas party.

Potential members should contact Marina Mueller, Vice-President of Membership, at or 501-321-4417 for more information on joining the chapter.

During the month of September, we did not grow our membership, so we still have a total of 81 current active members.

There are many benefits from joining a local chapter including Networking Opportunities, Professional Development Learning Opportunities, Up-To-Date Information on Legislation that may impact your organization, Volunteering, and of course, Earning Credits toward recertification to name a few.

If you have any questions or need additional information, please email:

In the next month or so, we will be emailing the 2019 WCASHRM Membership Applications for your membership renewal.

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Community Involvement

We are collecting Personal Hygiene products, gently used Clothes and Shoes for the Arkansas Career Training Institute (ACTI). Please bring your donations to the October meeting.

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WCASHRM sponsors one (1) $500 scholarship to a 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 extended to November 1.

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Workforce Readiness

Lauri Adams will continue to go to the Garland County Detention Center every Monday to give career readiness classes to inmates.


Steve Ezelle is needing 5 volunteers as interviewees for his class that he is teaching.

Steve is the HR Instructor for Human Resource Management at Henderson State University.  This semester each student has to interview an HR Professional.

Excerpt:  “Each student will be required to select and interview an HR professional currently in the workplace. The interview should be 45 minutes max… in respect of your time” pursuant to the student directions I have given them.  Below are some of the questions they may be asking:

  1. Why did you choose Human Resources?
  2. What has been your proudest moment in the field of HR? 
  3. What has been your most difficult task concerning (or conversation with) an employee?
  4. What has been your biggest learning experience?
  5. Name the Top 5 greatest challenges HR professionals face today.
  6. Name the #1 challenge/obstacle/HR issue you face today.
  7. Would you encourage others to get involved in Human Resources?  Why or why not?
  8. What is the greatest advice you would give someone interested in the field of HR?

Email Steve at if you can help. 


Diamond Lakes Federal Credit Union is having a Reality Fair at the Hot Springs High School on Thursday, September 20, 2018 and is still in need of volunteers.  Please contact Kim Kellar at if you are available to volunteer your time to this event.

November 8-Teen Challenge of Arkansas 9:30am -12Noon
November 14 - Fountain Lake 8:00am -12Noon
November 28 – Sheridan Jr High 7:30am – 3:30pm
December 6- Lakeside High School 7:30am – 3:30pm

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