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2011 Membership Meeting Summaries

 

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 January 2011 

June 2011

February 2011  

July 2011

March 2011  

 April 2011

November 2011

 May 2011 

December 2011

 

 

 


December 2011

 

The installation luncheon was held at the Harbor Grill.  Everyone was in a festive mood as we enjoyed the beautiful location and each others' company. The food was delicious! Toys were collected for Toys for Tots and a raffle ticket given for each toy donated. 

 

District Director Pat Szczesny conducted the installation of officers.  Your 2012 officers are:  President - Gina Calla, President Elect - Faith Reed-Begley, Vice President Programs - Stacy Mastrov, Vice President Membership - Jeanna Shannahan, Treasurer - Terri Clarke, Secretary - Amy Milliard, Past President - Maryellen Castellano. 

                               

 

Jeanna Shannahan won the raffle grand prize of a coach purse. Other raffle prizes included a gift certificate for lunch and Visa gift cards.  Everyone had a great time with the white elephant gift exchange. 2011 President Maryellen Castellano recognized Stacy Mastov with the President's award.  "[Stacy] went over and above her job as secretary.  Every presdient runs into a situation where a team member cannot fulfill the duties of his or her position, and Stacy was the person that stepped in to do them when someoneone else couldn't." Maryellen also recognized and thanked her board for the amazing work they accomplished this year.

 

‘Twas the night before Installation, I’m in a partying mood,
Looking back at this year, I’m filled with much gratitude
Such a wonderful board no president has known,
with all of their help, how this year has flown.

Now Gina’s worked hard on SHAPE as president-elect
What fun is in store, she can hardly suspect.
Angelique finished up her time as president past
providing advice from the first day to last.

Teri did a great job keeping track of the money,
She and Jeanna greeted members with smiles so sunny.
Our secretary Stacy, meeting minutes she took,
Other help she provided by hook or by crook.

Professional Peggy our was Programs Vice President,
with fabulous programs her hard work was evident.
Handling HR Martin publicity was diligent Louise,

Having articles placed, she was the bee’s knees.

 

Helping determine which workplaces are best,
were Jan and her team, with an event that impressed.

Amy was in charge of the auction for foundation,
such a successful event brought a record donation.

 

And Tim was a dynamo on Steps to Success,
teaching high school job seekers how to impress
Kathleen found instructors, classes were lead,

 Such great test preparation left nothing to dread.

Thom is an expert at College relations
finding scholarship winners who exceed all expectations.
Maddy kept us informed as legislative chair,
and Lara updated the website with flair.

As for me this starts my year as president past
with such a great team it went like a flash.
As my year as HR Martin president ends I cheer,
"I WISH YOU HAPPY HOLIDAYS AND A PLATINUM YEAR!"

 

 

November 2011

 

The HR Martin November Membership Meeting was focused on Diversity. Maryellen Castellano, President, announced that the winner of the 2011 Diversity Award is Helping People Succeed. Thanks to all those companies who participated in the Diversity Award Program. Their dedication to diversity in the workplace benefits both their companies and employees!

 

Congratulations to both Stacy Mastrov and Gina Calla, who are the recipients of the fall 2011 HR Martin Professional Development Scholarship. HR Martin County will again be accepting applications for the scholarship in January and February and will be awarding up to $500 in professional development scholarships in April, 2012. Please check out the website, www.hrmartin.org, for more information on how you can apply to receive scholarship money to be used toward professional development activities.

 

Many HR Martin County members contributed many non-perishable food items for the annual food drive for donation to House of Hope.

 

Thanks to Karl Nembach at American Portfolios for sponsoring the November Diversity Meeting.

 

Angelique Lyons and Robert Kilbride presented an informative seminar, “Divine Accomodations: Preventing Religious Discrimination in the Workplace.” Both Angelique and Bob gave attendees some valuable information to assist them in maneuvering the maze of religious discrminiation.

 

 

 

July Meeting Summary

 

HR Martin County’s Membership Luncheon was held on July 20, 2011. The luncheon was sponsored by Whole Child Connection Martin (WCC), a web-based program that identifies family and children’s needs and links them to services. The WCC Profile is based on 6 dimensions of well-being for children and their families-Health, Social, Economic, Environment, Education, and Spiritual/Identity. WCC connects families to over 300 service providers in Martin County-all of whom work together to address your child’s needs. Nicole King, Executive Director of Whole Child Connection, also talked about the availability of low-cost health insurance for uninsured children birth through age 18 through Florida Kid Care.

 

HR Martin County President, Maryellen A. Castellano, reminded attendees that the book collection drive will continue through the end of July. Books can be dropped off at her office, Fox, Wackeen, et al, located at 3473 SE Willoughby Blvd, Stuart.

 

The HR Martin County, Schoonover Professional of the Year Award was presented to Peggy DeMars. Peggy’s passion, enthusiasm and dedication to her profession, clients and to the Chapter is apparent in all that she undertakes. Congratulations, Peggy, well deserved!

 

 

The Officer/Chair reports followed. 

  • The Best Places to Work Program in Martin County is underway. All members are encouraged to participate and complete the survey for their respective businesses.
  • The HR Florida State Conference will be held August 29 thru August 31 at the Rosen Shingle Creek in Orlando and has been approved for a maximum of 14 General and/or Strategic Management HRCI recertification credits. There is still room at the inn, so let’s make this a record breaking year for HR Martin attendance!
  • The HR Martin networking event and SHRM Auction will be held on September 21. Admission is free and this event promises to be a lot of fun.

The meeting topic, “Healthcare Reform: 2011 and Beyond,” was presented by Dean Hitsos of Corporate Benefit Advisors. Dean has 17 years of HR experience, 8 of those years focused on benefit administration.  The presentation provided an excellent overview of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act as it relates to group health benefits. The overview emphasized current and future compliance for employers, as well as potential future implications due to changes in the political environment.

 

 

HR Martin welcomes new members. Current members please put the word out to colleagues and peers about what a great Chapter we are. Invite them to a meeting!

 

There will not be a general chapter meeting in the month of August. See you in Orlando at the Conference and in September at the Auction.

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June Employment Law Conference

 

HR Martin County’s 4th Annual Employment Law Conference, was held at Monarch Country Club on June 17, 2011. The conference was sponsored by The Society for Financial Awareness-“A Non-Profit Educational Speaker’s Bureau.”  Approximately 60 people were in attendance including HR professionals and staff from government and both profit and nonprofit organizations. The conference provided a wealth of information, a great brunch and a comprehensive handout. 4.5 HRCI Credits were available for certified SPHR/PHR professionals. 


Past-President, Angelique Lyons of Constangy, Brooks & Smith, presented substantive information on the following topics:

  • Harassment
  • Legal Implications of Alternative Work Arrangements, Independent Contractors, Telecommuting, Electronic Devices, Changes in Job Duties
  • ADA Amendments
  • ADA’S vs. TITLE VII’S Religious Accommodation Process
  • General Legal Updates on Title VII/EEOC, ADEA, FMLA, FLSA, Immigration and USERRA

Elaine McArthur from the Tampa District Office of the EEOC provided attendees with an overview of the latest ADA changes and information on GINA (Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act).

 

Thanks and appreciation to Angelique Lyons and Elaine McArthur, for giving their time to present such a wonderful learning opportunity.

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May Meeting Summary

 

HR Martin County’s May, 2011, Membership Luncheon was sponsored by David Enoch, District Sales Manager for Paychex. David presented an overview of Paychex, One Source Solutions selection of HR service and support options and benefits which include one-on-one service, control flexibility, ease of use, reliability and economy.

HR Martin County President, Maryellen A Castellano reminded attendees of the upcoming SHRM Annual Conference, to be held June 26-29 in Las Vegas. The HR Florida State Conference will be held August 29 thru August 31 at the Rosen Shingle Creek in Orlando and has been approved for a maximum of 14 General and/or Strategic Management HRCI recertification credits.

 

The Fourth Annual Employment Conference is scheduled for June 17, 2011, at Monarch Country Club in Palm City. Registration fee is $55 for members and $65 for nonmembers. Get the word out to your colleagues, business owners and nonprofits to attend this great learning opportunity.

 

The Officer/Chair reports followed. 

The meeting topic, “Fundamentals of a Smoke Free Workplace,” which was presented by Valerie Graham & Dr. Barry Hummel, Quit Doc Research & Education Foundation and the Tobacco Free Partnership of Martin County.  Dr. Hummel presented some fascinating facts about the effect of tobacco use in the workplace, including costs, liability, employee health, employee absenteeism and workplace productivity. Valerie spoke to members about establishing a tobacco free policy and issues to keep in mind to ensure the implementation goes smoothly and successfully. Remember the issue is SMOKE, not the smoker. Smoking is not a RIGHT, but a Personal Choice. We are very grateful to both Dr. Hummel and Valerie for such an excellent presentation.

 

 

HR Martin welcomes new members. Current members please put the word out to colleagues and peers about what a great Chapter we are. Invite them to a meeting!

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April Meeting Summary

 

HR Martin County’s February, 2011, Membership Luncheon was sponsored by Walgreens. Greg Upham, Certified Diabetes Educator, talked about the numerous diabetes outreach clinics that Walgreens conducts from several of their locations in the South Florida area. Greg spoke about the many services and events Walgreens provides to assist patients and educate the community about this disease.

 

HR Martin County President, Maryellen A Castellano reminded attendees of the upcoming SHRM Annual Conference, to be held June 26-29 in Las Vegas. The HR Florida State will be held August 29 thru August 31 at the Rosen Shingle Creek in Orlando and has been approved for a maximum of 14 General and/or Strategic Management HRCI recertification credits.

 

The Fourth Annual Employment Conference is scheduled for June 17, 2011, at Monarch Country Club in Palm City. Registration fee is $55 for members and $65 for nonmembers. Get the word out to your colleagues, business owners and nonprofits to attend this great learning opportunity.

 

The Officer/Chair reports followed. 

 

The HR Martin Professional Development Award in the amount of $500 was awarded to Louise Auclair Sikorski, Public Relations Chair for the chapter. Louise will be attending the HR Florida State Conference in August. One of the practice areas of Louise’s business is providing HR services to nonprofit organizations.

 

The meeting topic, “Workplace Bullying: The New Sexual Harassment,” was presented by Commissioner Thom Epsky. Thom reported that research indicates that 37% of workers have been bullied and 49% have witnessed bullying in the workplace. The problem has reached such epidemic proportions that there is actually a Workplace Bullying Institute, www.workplacebullying.org. Thom discussed the likely targets for bullying, early signs and the physical, emotional and social effects of this behavior. In addition, there is a huge cost to the employers due to lost productivity. Commissioner Epsky went on to discuss what organizational leaders and HR need to understand with regard to tolerating or banning workplace aggression. This was quite a timely topic and Thom gave us some great information.

 

HR Martin welcomes new members. Current members please put the word out to colleagues and peers about what a great Chapter we are. Invite them to a meeting! Be sure to register for the next meeting, May 18, 2011, Fundamentals of a Tobacco Free Workplace,” presented by Valerie Graham, Prevention & Treatment Specialist and Dr. Barry Hummel, Quit Doc Foundation.

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March Meeting Summary

 

HR Martin County’s March, 2011, Membership Luncheon was sponsored by Martin Zickert, Society for Financial Awareness. Martin presented an a summary of the information and services provided by SoFA.

 

HR Martin County President, Maryellen A Castellano reminded attendees of the upcoming SHRM Annual Conference, to be held June 26-29 in Las Vegas. The HR Florida State Conference will be held August 29 thru August 31 at the Rosen Shingle Creek in Orlando and has been approved for a maximum of 14 General and/or Strategic Management HRCI recertification credits.

 

The Fourth Annual Employment Conference is scheduled for June 17, 2011, at Monarch Country Club in Palm City. Registration fee is $55 for members and $65 for nonmembers. Get the word out to your colleagues, business owners and nonprofits to attend this great learning opportunity.

The Officer/Chair reports followed. 

Heather Vogel, HR Florida President, spoke about ways to motivate employees when money is not an option non-monetary ways to motivate employees.  With a lack of “extra” money for perks these days, that was a topic of interest to many HR professionals. Heather reminded us that money is not what makes truly engaged employees. The number one thing employees want:  for management to listen to their opinion.  Recognition, a sense of accomplishment and positive feedback are just a few other things Heather mentioned to keep our employees engaged.

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February Meeting Summary

 

HR Martin County’s February, 2011, Membership Luncheon was sponsored by Corporate Benefit Advisors (CBA) of Delray Beach, FL. Michael Powers, Account Executive for CBA gave an overview of the services provided by CBA including Data Analysis, Plan Design Modeling, Vendor Management & Selection, Legislative Guidance, Human Resource Support, Custom Communications, Comprehensive Wellness Services, Retirement Planning, Voluntary Benefits and Healthy Advocacy. Michael offered HR Martin members a free consultation for an audit of their company’s benefit programs. Contact Michael at 561-330-3131 or mpowers@cba.us.com.

 

 

HR Martin County President, Maryellen A Castellano, welcomed members and asked for guest introductions. She reminded members of the upcoming SHRM Annual Conference, to be held June 26-29 in Las Vegas NV.  This once-in-a-lifetime conference will feature Keynote speakers, Sir Richard Branson and Michael J. Fox.  Rates go up after April 15, so maximize your training dollars by registering today. The Officer/Chair reports followed.  Maryellen asked for volunteers to assist the HR Martin Website Chair. Please e-mail Lara Alameddine at lalameddine@tcjobs.org to volunteer.

 

The Legal Conference is scheduled for June 17, 2011, at Monarch Country Club in Palm City. Registration fee is $55 for members and $65 for nonmembers. Get the word out to your colleagues, business owners and nonprofits to attend this great learning opportunity. The HR Martin Professional Development Award will be presented on April 1st. The eligibility requirements and application are on the HR Martin website, Completed applications must be sent to Angelique Lyons, alyons@constangy.com, by March 1.

 

Tim Doyle, Workforce Readiness Chair and Chair for the Steps to Success Program presented the slate of topics that will be presented to the student participants at this year’s program on April 15, 2011. Tim advised that there is a need for cash donations, and bag stuffers that will be given to the students. Please contact Tim at TimothyDoyle@Spherion.com.

 

Kathleen Doyle, Certification Chair, reported that plans are underway for the latest certification preparation course. Right now classes are scheduled to start on March2, at Donovan Enterprises in Stuart. Kathleen also needs two instructors to teach certification prep classes for Employee & Labor Relations and Strategic Management. Contact Kathleen at kfoley@donovan-ent.com, if you are interested. This is a great opportunity to gain recertification credits while helping certification students achieve this professional milestone.

 

There is a FREE Seminar:  Interactive HR Workshop: Essential Strategies from Industry Leaders in an Era of Change, March 3, 2011, 9:00 a.m. - 4:45 p.m. at the Boca Raton Resort & Club, Boca Raton, FL. The free seminar offers 5.25 recertification credits (of which 2.25 are Strategic Management) Go to http://www.ultimatesoftware.com/workshop_overview.asp?id=53&rsite=70160000000T84r to register.  Conference objectives are to provide you with step-by-step instructions, focus on issues of peak concern to the HR industry, and supply concrete, practical advice to use immediately in your own HR department.

 

Nicki Schoonover, the HR Florida State Conference Ambassador gave meeting attendees a quick quiz on the conference “facts,” reminding us to register before Feb 28 for additional savings. Invest in yourself and your career by attending the conference, August 29 thru August 31 at the Rosen Shingle Creek in Orlando.

 

The meeting topic, “Do I Really Have to Shower Every Day? The Do’s and Don’ts of Dealing with Socially Challenged Employees”  was presented by Past President, Angelique Lyons, Esq. This was an interactive session that encouraged audience participation while discussing real life issues that impact recruiters and human resources personnel who are trying to maintain the company’s standards while ensuring individuals’ rights under the existing employment laws, including Title VII and the Americans with Disabilities Act. Lively discussion revolved around such issues as fragrance sensitivity, grooming standards, hair length, earrings, sexual preferences, gender stereotyping and dress codes. Attendees learned a great deal regarding these sensitive issues, but had a few laughs in the process.

HR Martin welcomes new members. Current members please put the word out to colleagues and peers about what a great Chapter we are. Invite them to a meeting! Be sure to register for the next meeting, March 16, 2011, “Motivating Employees When Money is Not an Option,” presented by Heather Vogel, SPHR, HR Florida State Council President.

 

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January Meeting Summary 

 

HR Martin County’s January, 2011, Membership Luncheon was sponsored by Denice Polselli and Kathryn Spencer of Body by Vi. Denice and Kathryn spoke about the ViSalus Sciences® Body by Vi™ Challenge, a program based on nutrition to help burn fat and keep lean muscle, boost metabolism and help control hunger.  Included in the program are nutrition guides, fitness tips and plans, and downloadable tracking tools. Denice and Kathryn provided a sample of one of the products that everyone agreed was quite tasty.

 

 

HR Martin County President, Maryellen A Castellano, welcomed members at our new location, Knights of Columbus on Gaines Avenue in Stuart. All the officers and chairs were introduced and reports were presented. Maryellen requested volunteers to assist officers and chairs to help insure the success of every program. Immediate volunteer needs include: Tim Doyle, Workforce Readiness Chair, who is already busy working on the award winning Steps to Success program to be held this spring.  Please contact Tim at TimothyDoyle@Spherion.com,  if you can volunteer.

 

Louise Auclair Sikorski, Public Relations Chair, asked for help in setting up social media accounts for the chapter. Anyone interested in helping, please contact her at Lpa@gate.net. Of course, HR Martin welcomes all new members. Current members please put the word out to colleagues and peers about what a great Chapter we are and invite them to a meeting!

 

Plans are underway already for the HR Florida Conference, to be held August 30, 2010 to September 1, 2010 at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort in Orlando.  Conference Ambassador Nicki Schoonover urged everyone to invest in themselves and attend this very informative conference, which offers up to 13.75 HRCI Recertification credits.  Save $40 on conference registration by registering before February 28.  Make your hotel reservations by the same date to take advantage of the hotel Early Bird rate of $125/night which includes self-parking. 

 

The month's seminar, presented by Heather Vogel, SPHR, Florida State Council President, was on the Latest Trends in Using Metrics to Calculate the ROI Resulting from HR Initiatives. Heather could not be with us in person, but due to our wonderful world of technology, she presented virtually. She talked about the “Talentship” theory, which is how organizations must apply logical, reliable and consistent thinking when making talent management decisions, especially those that are pivotal to its long-term strategic success. This theory advocates the use of a decision-making framework where talent is concerned, which can help boost HR to the standing of such professions as accounting, finance and marketing. The foundation of this framework is based on three main performance outcomes; Impact, Effectiveness & Efficiency. The Talent strategy focuses on People, Work Processes, Management Structure, Information & Knowledge, Decision Making and Rewards.

 

Be sure to register for the next meeting, February 16, 2011, which will be presented by Past President, Angelique Lyons, titled “Do I Really Have to Shower Every Day? - The Do’s and Don’ts of Dealing with the Socially Challenged”. This should be interesting….and fun!

 

 

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