January 2019  

President's Report

Happy New Year to everyone! May you have new hopes, aspirations, and resolutions for the coming year! I am very excited and am looking forward to serving as your WCASHRM president for 2019. I can’t wait to meet each and every one of you all. To all of our incoming 2019 board and committee members, Thank you for volunteering for your position. Your service is greatly appreciated.

For our last meeting of 2018, our 2017/2018 president, Shayne King was recognized for her gracious dedication for the last two years. Again, Shayne your hard work and dedication has and will be appreciated more than you know.

In case you haven’t heard - The Pinnacle Award that was awarded to WCASHRM for 2018 at the SHRM Volunteer Leadership Seminar in Washington, D.C last November. The Pinnacle Award is a national award from SHRM is an annual recognition program honoring the highest achievements in affiliate development and contributions that serve HR professionals, advance the HR profession and enhance the SHRM community. Thank everyone for not only the support but, all the hard work that went into this prestigious national award.

Don’t Forget:

  • Stephen Ezelle with the Arkansas Department of Workforce Services is in need of transportation passes for our veterans.  If you would like make a donation, please reach out to Stephen at [email protected].
  • 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.
  • Donations for our monthly community drive for January to benefit, Salvation Army - Hygiene Products (Toothpaste, toothbrushes, Deodorant). Donations benefit our community and are greatly appreciated!
  • For our January 2019 meeting we want to thank our sponsor: Arkansas Heart Health and we want to welcome our speaker: Joe Childers with JTS Financial Services.   Thank you for your support and time to our chapter. We appreciate you!


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].

Our next meeting will be at 11:30 a.m. on January 29, 2019 at CHI St. Vincent Health Center. We will also be having a 2019 board orientation meeting directly after. See you then! 

-- Mary Swope

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Meeting Topic


The Evolution of Benefits Administration Platforms with Joe Childers

January 29, 2019
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
CHI St. Vincent's Hot Springs McCauley Room

After the passage of the ACA, employers and HR professionals have (hopefully) benefited from an increase in the sophistication and service models of the brokerage community. It is no longer enough to simply try and quote a group at renewal and try to save money.  Compliance support and technology are increasingly becoming the standard as opposed to a differentiating factor. This discussion will take a closer look at some of things employers and HR professions should come to expect from their broker from technology standpoint. A few specific discussion items include:

  • Types of benefits administration platforms.
  • Benefits administration versus Human Capital Management.
  • The Zenefits model, and the missing link.
  • The convergence of payroll and benefits platforms (and some of the challenges).
  • How HR can leverage the ACA, technology, and benefits to create efficiencies and improve the healthcare experience of employees.

Joe Childers, a Jonesboro native, has spent his entire career in the HR, Benefits, and technology fields. After graduating from JHS, Joe attended the University of Central Arkansas and completed a degree in International Trade. Shortly thereafter, he completed an International MBA at UCA in partnership with The Hague School of Business in the Netherlands.

After graduating, Joe settled in central Arkansas working with Transamerica Employee Benefits for just over a decade.  Then, Joe spent four years as owner and president of Watershed Benefits, helping hundreds of Arkansans navigate the post- ACA healthcare market.  In 2016, Joe joined JTS Financial to bring his experience in the group and individual markets to one of the fastest growing Arkansas benefits and HR firms.

1 hour SHRM PDCs and HRCI is 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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Membership Corner


It’s renewal time for your WCASHRM Membership. The 2019 application is available HERE. As in the past, the board of directors have once again approved to waive the membership dues for those who are National SHRM members AND designate WCASHRM as their primary chapter. Our chapter number is 0467. Please make sure to provide your SHRM Member ID# on your application so that we can verify your National SHRM status. For those of you who are not a member of SHRM or if you are a member of another Arkansas Chapter, your WCASHRM membership dues have not increased. You will still be required to pay membership dues when you renew your WCASHRM application.

The dues in 2019 for the SHRM Professional Membership are $209/year. This includes all benefits listed below plus printed issues of HR Magazine. Here are just a few of the valuable benefits you get with a SHRM Membership…..

  • HR Tools & Resources – templates & samples, legal & compliance resources, the latest HR news, HR solutions (Ask an advisor)
  • Career Resources & Tools – tools to help you accelerate your career
  • Networking opportunities – SHRM Connect and volunteer opportunities
  • Professional Development to help and prepare you for obtaining your certification
  • Research Insights & Solutions – Studies and repots, business solutions
  • Upcoming Events – keeps you informed of upcoming SHRM sponsored events


Questions? Email [email protected].

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Board Positions Open

The Vice President of Programs position is open and we are seeking a volunteer to serve in this role. The position arranges each monthly meeting program and coordinates with HRCI and SHRM to certify these programs.

If you are interested in the position, please contact our President, Mary Swope, at [email protected].

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Community Involvement

Donations for our January monthly community drive will go to the local Salvation Army. Please bring Hygiene Products (Toothpaste, toothbrushes, Deodorant). Donations benefit our community and are greatly appreciated!

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Workforce Readiness

Junior Achievement (JA) Program: We are in need of 4 volunteers to work with the JA program in the Spring Semester at Lakeside High School for 7 weeks in a classroom setting. Please contact Lanetta Byrant at [email protected] or Tonya Villines at [email protected].

The JA programs help connect young adults to life outside the classroom by giving them the tools to develop the knowledge, skills, and attitudes needed to become involved citizens and productive workers. Certain programs emphasize soft skills, such as working teams, critical thinking, problem solving and conflict resolution while others focus on more tangible business knowledge like starting and managing a successful business, how to get and keep a jobs, how to manage personal finances and exploring national and global economics.

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SHRM Foundation

Register for the FREE Veterans at Work Certificate Program

Our highly anticipated Veterans at Work Certificate program is now open for registration! 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 complimentary and open to all. 

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

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

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