June 2010

Volume: 17 Issue: 06

In This Issue

  1. Monthly Meeting
  2. President's Desk
  3. Upcoming Events
  4. Sponsor Thanks
  5. Announcements


Upcoming Events

Employing People with Disabilities:
to WORK for US
June 22-23, 2010

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

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Welcome Members Our Newest Members!.

Jeanette Ferguson
Financial Services Representative
McElhaney Insurance Agency, Inc.
(251) 432-2777


Chapter Meetings

Sponsor: Chiropractic Works

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September Chapter Meeting

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

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Next Monthly Meeting

Meeting Board

When: June 11, 2010
Time: 11:15 am – 1:00
Where: Heron Lakes Country Club Lunch: $18 per person for members and $23 per person for guests.
(includes tax & gratuity)

RSVP to Cindy Giddens,
or RSVP/pay online at
Reservations should be made by 10:00 am Tuesday,
June 8, 2010

TOPIC: An Overview of Strategic Social Networking: Essential Tips for Aligning Social Media to Business Strategy

SPEAKER: Mary G. White, M.A., SPHR – Mobile Technical Institute

Mary Gormandy White, M.A., SPHR is co-founder of Mobile Technical Institute and MTI Business Solutions . She provides training and consulting services to a variety of human resources and public relations clients throughout the U.S. As a trainer, Mary specializes in soft skill employee development classes, and has extensive experience facilitating training in areas related to human resources, communication, customer service, management, leadership, social networking, and public relations.

Mary also works as a Group Editor and Social Networking Specialist for, one of the top three women’s websites. She is the author of 101 Successful PR Campaign Tips and 101 Human Resource Management Tips in the LifeTips book series and holds graduate and undergraduate degrees in Communication.

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Pres Desk

oil rig


oil spill


The oil spill is now becoming personal…….

We are now into day 46 of the oil spill, I am sorry, but the term “spill” is no longer sufficient in itself to describe the reality now that it has now arrived in our own sandy backyard. Oil disaster/catastrophe is even an understatement for the worst environmental accident in U.S. history. We have sweated through the dome of hope, top hat, top kill, junk shot, cut & cap, we are now on cut & hat. Our anxiety continues to mount. Who knows what is next? Who knows how far this will spread? Who knows how or when it will end?

Yet there is one thing that is certain…. it will end! Life on the Gulf Coast will be changed, that is true. It is hard to see it now, but some of the changes we will have to make will actually be positive. We will adjust, just like we did after Katrina.

I am sure that hurricane season, which, by the way began unnoticed, on June 1st, will add to the intensity of the situation. We will need to learn to keep our hurricane tracking and oil spill flow “terminology” separate, as we watch the weather broadcast as well as get prepared for either or both possible occurrences.

In the interim, as Human Resources professionals, we need to understand and assist our employees and their families as they proceed through this anxious and fearful time. Our job is to keep our employees motivated and focused on the mission of our companies. There is a whole new batch of issues that HR will be challenged by. We will handle them well and professionally, as we always do.

Again, I encourage you to get involved in some way in the efforts underway to help preserve our coast. It is our backyard!

And after all… is now very, very personal to all of us………….

Jeff Signature


PS---- IMPORTANT MESSAGE----Please check your email for the MSHRM SURVEY!!! It is very short, quick and easy and we need YOUR individual feedback to help us to “add even more value to your membership” (VAM)!! The results will be confidential and feel free to add any thoughts, comments, questions, ideas or any good funny jokes or stories you wish to share, etc. in the box at the end of the survey. PLEASE RETURN YOUR SURVEY BY JUNE 10th!!

I personally and sincerely look forward to receiving your feedback. Thank you in advance for sharing your insight and helping to “kick it up a notch” and make this chapter all that it can be!!!


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Mobile SHRM Thanks!

Remington College
for sponsoring our June luncheon
Thank you

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

Employment Screening Services, Inc.
Mobile Technical Institute
Dauphin Island Sea Lab
Managed Health Care Administration

We appreciate your support of our chapter and our mission!

For more info contact Linda Ramsey at
(Door prizes are needed for April 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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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.