Vol 18 Issue 3 March 2011

Monthly Meeting

Mini Seminar and Chapter Meeting
Fri, 03/11/2011 - 8:00am - 1:00pm

Attend the full mini-seminar or lunch; your choice!
Mini-Seminar includes breakfast and lunch..

Morning Session Topic: Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act: Effect on Employer-Sponsored Group Health Plan
Morning Session Speakers: Dwayne O. Littauer, J.D., The Kullman Firm and Thomas J. Woodford, The Kullman Firm
Lunch Session Topic: It’s Fourth and Long for Your Grandfathered Health Plan: Punt, Pass or Kick Your Employees’ Healthcare Coverage
Lunch Session Speaker: Dwayne O. Littauer, J.D., The Kullman Firm

Sponsor: McNeil, Jackson, Ahrens and Lambert Financial Group, LLC

Registration: Advance reservations are required. Register online to reserve your seat. Pre-pay with a credit card or select COD to pay at the door.

  • Mini Seminar Fee - $45 for MSHRM members. $55 for guests (includes breakfast, lunch and both sessions)
  • Lunch Only Fee - $15 for MSHRM members, $17 for guests

Location: Heron Lakes Country Club, 3851 Government Boulevard, Mobile, AL 36693

***Please note: Requests for HRCI recertification credit approval have been submitted for both the morning (2.75 hours) and lunch sessions (1 hour).

Register Online

President's Desk

Now that Mardi Gras is over, it’s time to start thinking about spring activities. This year, the Mobile SHRM member appreciation event will be held during the spring. Mark your calendar for May 5 for an evening of fun, food and music with your fellow Mobile SHRM members at The Blue Gill. This members-only event is sure to be a lot of fun! More details will be included in next month’s newsletter. If you’re interested in working on the member appreciation event committee, contact Becky Lovgren at doorprizes@mobileshrm.org or see her at the check-in table at this week’s mini seminar.

What else is going on? Educational opportunities – and opportunities to earn credit, credit and more credit – are plentiful!

  • Mini-Seminar: Be sure to attend this month’s mini-seminar! You’ll learn important information about healthcare reform, earn 4.5 HRCI recertification hours, enjoy networking with other HR professionals and enjoy a continental breakfast and lunch buffet all for only $45.
  • State SHRM Conference: The Alabama SHRM State conference is slated for May 17 and 18 in Birmingham. See www.SHRMAlabama.org to learn more.
  • Gulf Coast Human Resource Conference: Go ahead and mark your calendars for the Gulf Coast Human Resource Conference while you’re updating your scheduled. It will be held November 18 at the Mobile Convention Center.

Isn’t it great to have so many opportunities to earn continuing education credit through affordable chapter and state council events? This is just one of the many benefits of being a member of the Mobile SHRM chapter! I hope to see you on Friday at the mini-seminar!


Mary White, Chapter President

In This Issue


Our Newest Members!

March Members

Kelli Beckmann
Mobile Press-Register
HR Representative

Jason Crane Johnson

Shannon Wade
Mobile Press-Register
Human Resource Rep/Generalist

Kellie Howell
International Shipholding Corporation
Human Resource Generalist

James Thomas
Advanced Clinical Services LLC

Kasie Irby
Army Aviation Center Federal Credit Union
Business Development Officer

ATTENTION New Members:
Everyone please update your on-line membership profile on the web-site (www.mobileshrm.org). 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 the treasurer, at treasurer@mobileshrm.org.


2011 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 Tom Woodford at pres-elect@mshrm.org or 251-378-2211 to reserve your month!

“Workforce Development Update”


For those who are National SHRM members please check out this great article on a new workplace flexibility initiative at www.SHRM.org

If you have any questions please contact Renee Sorensen at workforce@mobileshrm.org.

Find your shadow!

HR students in the USA SHRM Student Chapter would like to shadow you to gain insight into what is involved in human resource management.  Shadowing offers students an up-close look inside a workplace, by providing an opportunity to spend work time with an HR professional.  Students observe the application of specific HR practices, but more importantly observe professional behavior in the workplace. 
HR professionals will be matched to students based on students’ interest in your industry or HR specialty. Shadowing can last from a half day to two full days, based on your schedule.  To participate in the showing program, please e-mail Dr. Marjorie Icenogle (micenogle@usouthal.edu), who will put you in contact with one or two students.

Join SHRM at a Special Discounted Rate!

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 www.shrm.org/join and enter the code
into the promotional code space on the application.

Join today!

Wanted - HR Internships and Co-op experiences

Interns earning course credit must work at least 10 hours per week for 15 weeks. Hourly pay is Help Wantedrequired Co-op students may work up to 20 hours per week. Hourly pay is required.

Students must be engaged in substantive work in their field during the experience Interns must be juniors or seniors and meet minimum GPA requirements.

For information, contact Dr. Marjorie Icenogle micenogle@usouthal.edu or to post an internship or co-op opportunity, contact Ms. Crissa Letson, USA Career Services, cletson@usouthal.ed

Mobile SHRM Thanks!

Thank You

“Thank you for all of the door prizes donated at the February meeting”.

Eveyln Barbee, MHCA
Jane Bahr, ESS
Dana Carter, Dauphin Realty

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 Becky Lovgren at becky.lovgren@expresspros.com
(Door prizes are needed for future meetings)

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.

5300 Halls Mill Road Suite H #102 | Mobile, AL 36619