August 2010

Volume: 17 Issue: 08

In This Issue

  1. Monthly Meeting
  2. President's Desk
  3. Upcoming Events
  4. Sponsor Thanks
  5. Diversity Award
  6. Membership Drive
  7. World’s of Opportunity
  8. 2010 Conference


Upcoming Events

2010 PHR/SPHR Fall Certification Prep Course
Registration Deadline 8/20/2010

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Welcome Members Our Newest Members!.


Gloria Reed
Mobile Public Library
Human Resources Officer
(251) 208-7107

Carl O. Smith
Tindall Corp-Mississippi Division
Divisional Human Resources Manager
(228) 365-3209

Ellis Bea, Jr.
Troy University
(251) 209-0804


Guy Carter
The Carter Group, LLC
(251) 342-0999

Sheila Clark
Diamond Properties
(251) 802-5720

Alicia Donoghue
AltaPoint Health Systems
Director of Human Resources
(251) 665-2531

Stephene Hosey
Signature Publishing, LLC
(251) 343-3004

Jennifer Miniard
ThyssenKrupp Steel, USA
(251) 289-3789

ATTENTION New Members:
Everyone please update your on-line membership profile on the web-site ( After logging-in on the "CLUB LOGIN" go to "My Profile" and update your information. There is log-in assistance if you can't remember your log-in or password. Of particular importance is your e-mail address. This is the groups preferred manner of communications and is extremely important. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Angel Persson, the treasurer, at


Chapter Meetings

September Chapter Meeting

Meeting Time: Fri, 09/10/2010
7:30am - 9:15am

Speaker: Harold Williamson, Chief Financial Officer, Wesco

Topic: Reading Financial Statements for Non Financiers

Sponsor: America's First Federal Credit Union

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October Chapter Meeting

Meeting Time: Fri, 10/08/2010
11:15am - 1:00pm

Speaker: Kevin Atkins, Director of Workforce Development/Internships for Mobile Area Education Foundation

Topic: Partners Win with Workforce Development

Sponsor: Daily Access Corporation

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December Chapter Meeting

Meeting Time: Fri, 12/10/2010
11:15am - 1:00pm

Speaker: Tom Woodford, J.D. and Kelly Woodford, J.D.

Topic: Who Wants to Be an HR Star (3rd Annual HR Game Show!)

Meeting Sponsor: AFLAC

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Monthly Meeting

August board

When: August 13, 2010
Time: 11:15 am – 1:00 pm
Where: Heron Lakes Country Club
Lunch: $15 per person for members and $17 per person for guests.
(includes tax & gratuity)


RSVP/pay online at
*If you wish to pay at the meeting, simply choose COD as your payment method when you RSVP

Reservations should be made
by noon Tuesday, August 10, 2010

The Impact of Healthcare Reform on Group Benefit Plans

Speaker: Michelle Dortch, Vice President of Resolution Benefits Design, LLC
Sponsor: Managed Health Care Administration


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President's Desk

Mr. Obama, as you clearly requested sir--- They have finally plugged that damn hole!

Oils is Gone?It is hard to explain, we did not anticipate that after more than 100 days of worry and wait a collective sigh of relief would feel this good, just to get to this point. Hope springs eternal, they say, thank goodness oil doesn’t! Let’s enjoy this stage, but in all reality, we still have a long way to go to restore our life to pre-disaster conditions. We will be faced with problems that we do not even know exist yet. We cannot let our guard down, and must be diligent in holding those accountable to fix what they promised. Are you listening BP?? The hardest work is just beginning in restoring jobs, the economy and our way of life here on the Gulf Coast, our own backyard. It will be only as good as we work hard to make it!

We have some new exciting things happening at Mobile SHRM that I want to tell you about that will add even more VALUE TO YOUR MEMBERSHIP (VAM!!).

There is no such thing as a free lunch, which I can definitely vouch for, but a reduction in the price of lunch is still a great thing, right? We have struggled hard and crunched the numbers, menus, vendors and a couple cooks, I think.
Starting with this lunch meeting, the price has been lowered to $15 for members and $17 for non-members. Do not panic, fried chicken will still be served! Breakfast meetings will be $10 and $12 respectively. Please bring your guests and potential MSHRM members. We have a great group. Let’s share the excitement with them!

On Thursday night September 23rd, we are going to hold the first ever, but certainly not the last, NETWORKING ON THE BAY at Felix’s Fish Camp on the causeway. It will be right after work, only for our members and those of our sister chapter Baldwin County SHRM. This is your chance to meet, greet and chat with all those members that you see in our monthly meetings, always try to, but have never had the time to say hello to. Come enjoy great food, cold beverages, good music and wonderful fellow SHRM members. No sponsors, no speeches, no guests, no rush back to work, just SHRM members doing what we do best….NETWORKING! I promise you do not want to miss this special event!

Rapidly approaching is our annual Gulf Coast Conference on November 5th at the Mobile Convention Center, and we are definitely “kickin it up a notch” this year. It will be bigger and better than last year. We have added new speakers and hot topics that you will want to hear and learn from. There will be a record number of vendors and door prizes as well as the SHRM Foundation Silent Auction and raffle. Kay Watson, our Conference Chair, has even cooked up some never seen before, special razzle dazzle for you this year. Details to be announced soon, watch your email and the MSHRM website for more information!

Do not miss the lunch meeting this Friday! We asked for your honest input, you spoke loudly, we listened wholeheartedly, and we are taking action. If you want to see the members’ unedited responses to our recent MSHRM Survey, please be there when I cover the results with the chapter.

I sincerely look forward to seeing each of you this Friday!!

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Mobile SHRM Thanks!

Managed Health Care Administration (MHCA)
for sponsoring our August Luncheon

Thank you

Thank you to the following companies who donated July door prizes:

Aker Solutions
Dauphin Island Sea Lab
Managed Health Care Administration

We appreciate your support of our chapter and our mission!

** All Door Prize Donors will be recognized
in our Monthly Newsletter **

For more info contact Linda Ramsey at
(Door prizes are needed for August and future meetings)

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Members Social

Cert HR


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2010 PHR/SPHR Fall Certification Prep Course

  • When: September 7, 2010 -December 7, 2010 Tuesday evenings from 5:30 –8:45 pm
  • Where: Mobile Technical Institute (MTI) Training Center 1301 Azalea Road Mobile, AL
  • Cost: $835 (Includes SHRM Learning System and professional instruction in a classroom setting.)
    (Note: An additional processing fee will apply for Visa or MasterCard payments.)
  • Deadline: August 20, 2010
    (Note: Seating is limited and pre-registration, including payment, is required by this date.)
    Contact: Jeanine Wilson, SPHR at 251-607-7707x7831
    Mary White, M.A., SPHR at 251-478-6848.

2010 Meeting Sponsorships!

Would you like to have an opportunity to market your company’s products or services to a captive audience of HR professionals? Sponsor a Mobile Society for Human Resource Management chapter meeting and you’ll have an exclusive opportunity to do just that! For only $400, sponsors may have an exhibit near the check-in table, place literature on each table, and have an opportunity to speak briefly about their companies during the meeting agenda. What could be better than that? Limited opportunities are available, as there can be only one sponsor for each regular meeting.
Contact Mary White at or 251-478-6848 to reserve your month!


The Mobile Society for Human Resource Management (MSHRM) invites you to participate in the 2010 Workplace Diversity Award. The Workplace Diversity award will be presented at MSHRM’s annual Holiday luncheon in December. Help us to acknowledge those organizations and/or companies who foster an inclusive work environment in which all employees are inspired to contribute their best through their different perspectives, backgrounds and life experiences.

The Workplace Diversity award will be presented to recognize one company in our community who has set an example as a leader and innovator in creating and/or encouraging workplace diversity and inclusion. The award will be based upon organizational achievements and not individual achievements. This award is open to all organizations within the local community. Membership in MSHRM is not required to participate.

Deadline for all nominations will be 5:00 pm on Friday, November 12, 2010.

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Support the Worlds of Opportunity Event

As the Work Force Readiness coordinator, I (Renee Sorensen) would like as many Mobile SHRM members as possible to join me in support of the World’s of Opportunity event in September. The event will be held September 29th and 30th at the Mobile fairgrounds off Cody Road. The event hours are 7:30am to 4:30pm each day.

Middle school students from the five county regions surrounding Mobile will be coming through the “Worlds” for 1 1/2 to 2 hour intervals. It is anticipated that over 6,000 students will attend. There will be eleven “Worlds” of work which include: maritime, architecture, energy, manufacturing, health care, aerospace, public safety, communications and auto technology. There is a great need for volunteers to make this event a success! Volunteers can work 4 to 8 hour shifts depending upon their schedule.

Sharon Cureton is the volunteer coordinator for the event. Her contact information is: , 251-625-4893. Or you may contact me at, 251-476-4080.

2010 Professional Membership Drive

Mobile SHRM is pleased to announce its 2010 Professional Membership Drive.  Under Mobile SHRM’s bylaws, Professional Members are defined as follows: Professional membership shall be limited to those individuals who are engaged as one or more of the following: (a) practitioners of human resource management at the exempt level for at least 50% of their professional time; (b) certified by the Human Resource Certification Institute; (c) faculty members holding an assistant, associate or full professor rank in human resource management or any of its specialized functions at an accredited college or university and have at least three years of experience at this level of teaching; (d) full-time consultants with at least three years experience practicing in the field of human resource management; and/or (e) full-time attorneys with at least three years experience in counseling and advising clients on matters relating to the human resource profession. Professional members may vote and hold office in the chapter.See  Any questions in this regard should be directed to a board member. 

GUIDELINES: Throughout 2010, any current professional or associate member who successfully solicits a new professional member will be entitled to one free year of membership in Mobile SHRM (currently $40 per year) or two free lunches at a Chapter meeting (currently $18 per meeting).  There is no limit on the number of professional members you may solicit.  However, the new professional member cannot be an employee of your company, firm or entity.  In addition, credit will be given only for new members, not for past professional members whose membership has lapsed.  For credit to be given, the referring member’s name must appear on the application for membership. 

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2010 Gulf Coast Mobile SHRM Conference

The 2010 Gulf Coast Human Resource Conference is just 3 months away! It will be held on Friday, November 5th from 8:30am to 4:30pm. We have a great speaker line-up hosting a variety of awesome topics.

Our keynote speaker will be Thom Kaz. Thom is a well know motivational speaker, trainer and entertainer. He has been an entertainer for Harrah’s, Bally’s Las Vegas, Palms, Rio and many other venues. Thom was also voted “One of the Best” by USA Today during his engagement in Las Vegas. At our conference in November, Thom will be speaking on the motivational topic “Stress Less for Success”. What is better than being entertained while you learn?

In addition to Thom Kaz, we have many other fabulous speakers that you will not want to miss! So go ahead and get your registration forms in as soon as possible. All the latest conference information is detailed on our website at or you can e-mail your questions to Kay Watson at or Candice Swiger at

We look forward to seeing you at the conference in November. Save the date and get registered!


The Mobile, Alabama chapter of SHRM exists to promote quality human resource practice among local industries, businesses, educational institutions, and government agencies. We bring together leading practitioners to provide education, networking and discussion of various human resource topics and to identify the best practices for all aspects of human resource and industrial relations work.