December 2018  

President's Report

I cannot believe another year has come and gone by so quickly. I want to say thank you to the 2018 WCASHRM Board and Committee Members for all of their hard work this year. Your dedication to the chapter is amazing and it has been my honor to work with you and serve as your Chapter President. I am truly grateful for the opportunity to have served our chapter. 

Stephen Ezelle with the Arkansas Department of Workforce Services is in need of transportation passes for our veterans. Stephen is also looking for volunteers for Our Point in Time (PIT) to help count the homeless population in Hot Springs.  If you would like make a donation or volunteer, please reach out to Stephen at [email protected].

SHRM is offering $15 off recertification through 12-31-18. The promo code for the $15 is 15OFFCSC.  SHRM is also offering $25 off SHRM membership renewals for chapter members through 12-31-18. The information related to both offers is on the Volunteer Leadership Resource Center (VLRC) page on SHRM’s website. 

SHRM is now offering Specialty Credentials. Specialty Credentials of Talent Acquisition and People Analytics are available now with more to come.  If you are interested in a Specialty Credential, please visit the VLRC page on SHRM’s website. 

Thank you to Melinda Thornton and Janetta Ritter for presenting True Colors at our last meeting. I hope you enjoyed the presentation and were able to apply the concept to your workplace.

Please mark your calendars for the following Programs/ Events of interest for 2019:
Junior Achievement – Looking for volunteers to participate in the Spring Semester
Junior Achievement Community Meeting – TBA (February 2019)
March 14, 2019 – Dawson Co-op Regional Advisory Meeting (Malvern)
April 3-5, 2019 - Arkansas SHRM Conference (Hot Springs Convention Center)

June 23-26, 2019 – SHRM Annual Conference (Las Vegas)
August 29, 2019
 - Managers Seminar (Hot Springs Convention Center)

We are still looking for a few sponsors for 2019. If you are interested in sponsoring a meeting in 2019, please reach out to Kym Jones at [email protected].

If you have speakers or topics you would like to hear in 2019, please contact Lauri Adams at [email protected]. We would like to hear your thoughts and ideas.  


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West Central Arkansas SHRM Wins Pinnacle Award from SHRM for Exceptional HR Program

West Central Arkansas Society for Human Resource Management (WCASHRM) has won a Pinnacle Award from the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), the highest honor given to SHRM state councils and chapters for notable contributions to the human resource profession.

Created in 1991, the award is the most prestigious achievement SHRM state councils and chapters can attain, and it honors programs that exceed the standard activities of SHRM local networks in enhancing the creation of effective HR management. WCASHRM was one of 12 human resource organizations from across the country to win the award.

The award was presented on Friday, Nov. 16, during SHRM’s national Volunteer Leaders’ Summit held in suburban Washington, D.C. Mary Swope, 2019 WCASHRM President, attended the summit and accepted the award (pictured above).

“These chapters and state councils embody what it means to be HR leaders,” said Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., SHRM-SCP, president and CEO of SHRM. “They are tackling some of the highest-profile and relevant HR issues today and doing it at a local level. Some of this year’s winners included programs on combating the skills shortage, employing untapped talent pools such as veterans and those with mental illness, and raising awareness on handling sexual harassment in the workplace.”

Winning programs, selected from over 80 applications, received a $1,000 prize given by award sponsor, Paychex Inc.

The 2018 SHRM Pinnacle Award winners are:

  1. Northwest Arkansas Human Resources Association – “Providing Re-Certification Opportunities for our HR Community”
  2. West Central Arkansas Society for Human Resource Management – “Partnering with our Community”
  3. HR Florida State Council – “Different Not Less…Fantastic”
  4. Snake River Chapter of SHRM (Idaho) – “Serving our Future”
  5. Central Louisiana Society for Human Resource Management – “Sexual Harassment Awareness and Prevention in the Workplace – A Panel Discussion”
  6. LakeNormanHR (N.C.) – “Partnering with Duke Energy to meet their HR employee development needs and increase engagement”
  7. Human Resources Association of Central Ohio – “Hanging with the Young Professionals”
  8. Oklahoma State Council for Human Resource Management – “OKHR in Indian Country Conference”
  9. Portland HR Management Association (Ore.) – “Cultivating Member Engagement, Retention and New Member Acquisition with Livestreaming and Satellite Locations”
  10. Greater Valley Forge Human Resource Association (Pa.) – “Supporting Local Veterans”
  11. Greenville SHRM (S.C.) – “Decoding the Mystery of Disability Employment/Rethinking the Ideal Employee”
  12. Virginia SHRM State Council – “Virginia SHRM State Council’s Bold Purpose to Thrive!”
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Featured Spotlight Member

Mary Swope, 2019 WCASHRM President, attended the SHRM Leadership Conference in Washington, DC. As part of the conference, she visited with our state's congressman about issues important to HR. Pictured below, Mary is with other Arkansas chapter leaders and Senator John Boozeman.

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Workforce Readiness

Hot Springs World Class High School will be having Senior Interviews on December 13  from 8:00 am until 1:30 pm, Lorrie Duke is in need of volunteers for the interview panels please contact Lanetta Bryant at [email protected] or Lorrie Duke at [email protected] if you are interested in volunteering.

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Community Involvement

We collected approximately 80 canned goods for the Arkansas Food Bank at the Holiday Party.

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Membership Corner


Please join me in welcoming Jeff Goff of AJG to our group.


Our year has now ended and overall, we did well. Although we did not grow our membership to 100, we did end up with 82 members.


The new 2019 WCASHRM Membership Application is now available. We kindly ask that you download and complete the application and return it to [email protected]. If you indicate that you are a National SHRM member, please submit your most recent SHRM membership with renewal date information along with your WCASHRM membership application.

I am very pleased to announce that the WCASHRM Board of Directors decided to continue to waive the membership dues for SHRM members who designate WCASHRM as their primary chapter. (IMPORTANT: Please provide your SHRM ID # on your application, so we can verify that you are a SHRM member) If you are a member of another Arkansas Chapter or you are a Non-SHRM member, you will still pay membership dues to rejoin WCASHRM. Those dues did not increase.

As a reminder, your annual dues can be paid online via credit card. (Go to “Member Log-In” on the website, type in your WCASHRM ID and Password and select “Pay My Dues.”) If you do pay your dues by credit card, please complete a membership application that can be mailed (P.O. Box 8, Hot Springs, AR 71902-0008), faxed (501-321-4423) or scanned and emailed ([email protected]).


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.


Know an HR professional who is not a member of our chapter? Forward the application and encourage them to join. Remember, dues are free for SHRM members.

If you have any questions or need additional information, please email: [email protected].

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SHRM Foundation

Apply Now for the FREE Veterans at Work Certificate 

Our highly anticipated Veterans at Work Certificate program launches today! Developed for HR professionals, hiring managers, and front-line supervisors, this new multi-faceted program from the SHRM Foundation will enable participants to:

  • Learn the value that skilled veterans bring to the civilian workplace
  • Demonstrate their commitment to attract, hire and retain these talented professionals
  • Earn 10 professional development credits toward SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP recertification


The Veterans at Work Certificate is completely free and open to all and requires the completion of five tasks: two surveys, two learning segments, and a short quiz.

The Veterans at Work Certificate program is made possible due to the generous sponsorship from Comcast NBCUniversal, in partnership with PsychArmor Institute®.                    

To register or learn more, visit or email [email protected]

On Friday, November 16 a group of on-site participants received a day of programming at SHRM’s Volunteer Leaders’ Summit, focused on the content of the SHRM Foundation’s guidebook, which serves as the foundation for the certificate program. A special thanks to The USAA Foundation and subject matter experts at the Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University for making this inaugural day of programming possible.                               

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