July 2010

Volume: 17 Issue: 07

In This Issue

1. Monthly Meeting
President's Desk
Upcoming Events
Sponsor Thanks
Membership Drive
2010 Conference


Upcoming Events

2010 PHR/SPHR Fall Certification Prep Course
Classes begin Sept. 7,2010

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Welcome Members Our Newest Members!.

All new members will be annouced in next month's newsletter!

ATTENTION New Members:
Please update your profile on our website,, at the “member login” link


Chapter Meetings

August Chapter Meeting

Meeting Time: Fri, 08/13/2010
11:15am - 1:00pm

Speaker: Michelle Dortch, Vice President of Resolution Benefits Design, LLC

Topic: The Impact of Healthcare Reform on Group Benefit Plans

Sponsor: MHCA

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September Chapter Meeting Breakfast
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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Monthly Meeting

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When: July 9, 2010
Time: 7:30 am – 9:15 am
Where: Heron Lakes Country Club Breakfast: $15 per person for members and $18 per person for guests.
(includes tax & gratuity)

RSVP to Cindy Giddens,
or RSVP/pay online at
Reservations should be made by 12:00 pm Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Speaker: Casi Callaway, Executive Director & Baykeeper, Mobile Baykeeper

Topic: Every Company Makes a Difference: Tips for Conservation & Environmental Responsibility in the Workplace

Sponsor: Chiropractic Works, PC


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President's Desk

pelican eggs

Today is day 77 since the oil disaster began………

Over 19 times the amount of oil that was released from the infamous Valdez has now erupted, sorry but it no longer technically qualifies as a spill, into our Gulf of Mexico, our very own backyard.

Most importantly, to quote our President “plug the damn hole”! Until then, it will be very difficult for us to focus on a real recovery process, because the damage is continuing daily. In many respects this constant state of uncertainty has taken a toll on our previous “peace of mind”, which is something even money cannot replace.

Albeit slow and late by all accounts, some positive things are now starting to come together: pelicans are being saved and released, money has been set aside to assist payment of losses, locals are now actively leading and participating in the cleanup plans, and most importantly our hometown hero Jimmy Buffett will be doing a FREE beachfront concert in Gulf Shores, with Kenny Chesney, Zac Brown and Alan Touisaint. All 35,000 tickets are gone, but, thankfully, the concert will be carried nationwide on CMT!!!

Mark your schedule----you do not want to miss our MSHRM BREAKFAST meeting this Friday!!! Casi Callaway the award winning Executive Director of Mobile Baykeepers will be the speaker and will definitely have a lot to say. She has been in the media a lot recently and has been a valuable gatekeeper for our local environment in this crisis and is intimately knowledgeable concerning our catastrophe. Be there to show support for her and her efforts.July 4

I sincerely hope that you and your family have a fun and safe 4th of July weekend in spite of the “oil crisis”. This very significant holiday is time to stop, celebrate and reflect on what a wonderful country we have and the very real privilege it is to live here. We need, heck no, we deserve, to take a short break from all the recent events.

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PS----Personal thanks for the fantastic feedback on the survey that all of you have provided to help add value to MSHRM membership--VAM!! Stay tuned for some exciting news soon in response to your suggestions, ideas and comments. Keep them coming-----I promise we listen!!

Sidenote: Those of you attended our last few MSHRM meetings may have noticed that I completed the pre-lunch blessing much faster than in the past. The primary reason is that I do not want the fried chicken to get cold and I know HR people are hungry at that time of day and ready to eat. A secondary reason is that, as it has been brought to my attention, we need to be sensitive to the faiths and beliefs of all of our members, which is an important standard for HR. I personally surveyed all the other chapters in the State. We are only one of two in the entire State of Alabama that actually say a blessing at their meeting. Most of the other chapters and the State Council as well as SHRM National utilize a moment of silence. Your survey responses to the issue have been overwhelming that you wish to keep the blessing. To honor our members’ wishes and to respect all our members’ beliefs at the same time, the short non-denominational blessing I say is the closest way to accomplish those goals without reverting to a moment of silence. There you have it, politically correct and hot fried chicken----a win-win situation!! I just felt you should know....................

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Mobile SHRM Thanks!

Chiropractic Works, P.C.
for sponsoring our July breakfast

Thank you

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

Remington College
Employment Screening Services, Inc.
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 July and future meetings)

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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!

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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New, first-time members to SHRM can join online using the promotional code CHSED for a reduced rate of $145.

That’s only about 39 cents a day!

Go to and enter the code CHSED
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2010 Gulf Coast Mobile SHRM Conference

Only 5 months remain until the annual Gulf Coast Mobile SHRM Conference! It will be held on Friday, November 5, 2010 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. It is going to be a great conference and you do not want to miss out! One new thing we are doing this year is a BINGO card.

The first 25 exhibitors and sponsors that sign up and pay will be on each of the BINGO squares. This BINGO card will be used for the participants to receive a chance to win $500.00 in CASH. We will share all of the details at the next Mobile SHRM lunch meeting. So, if you plan to exhibit get your registration information in quickly! For more details on the conference go to If you have questions about anything regarding the conference email Kay Watson at or Candice Swiger at


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.