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The Mobile SHRM Chapter Newsletter
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SHRM Primary Chapter Designation

If you are a national SHRM member, please visit the SHRM website and designate Mobile SHRM as your primary chapter.


The primary chapter designation is important to Mobile SHRM for two reasons:

To remain affiliated with SHRM, at least 30% of our members must also be SHRM members.

SHRM reimburses chapters $10 per year per SHRM member, which helps keep our program costs low.


To designate Mobile SHRM as your primary chapter, please follow these steps: (You are not required to log in to complete this process.)

  • Click on “Communities”
  • Click on “Volunteer Leader Resource Center”
  • Click on “Resources”
  • Click on “Forms”
  • Click on “CDF-Primary Chapter Designation Form”
  • Chapter #: 176
  • Chapter Name: Mobile SHRM
  • Complete the remaining information and click “Submit.”
  • Chapter Name: Mobile SHRM
  • Complete the remaining information and click “Submit.”

We appreciate you taking the time to designate Mobile SHRM as your primary chapter!

Members may belong to more than one chapter, but may only designate one chapter as their primary chapter. The designation can be changed at any time.


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Governmental Affairs

Update from Kay Watson, Governmental Affairs Director

As the presidential election approaches, political conversations in the workplace are likely to increase. HR is tasked with providing guidance on appropriate conversations. Remind your employees that the workplace is a neutral zone. Political comments, in support/opposition of a particular candidate or discussions regarding political issues, could potentially harm interpersonal relationships, as well as create hostility. If concerns are raised or political discussions get out of hand, manage the potential conflict before it escalates. Click the link below to read an article on this topic, on
Also, if you’re wondering what Alabama law states about allowing your employees time to vote.

Go to:
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Is a Leadership Role Right for You?

Mobile SHRM’s leadership team is working on slating Officer, Director and Coordinator positions for 2017, and we need YOU!!! Available positions include:

  • College Relations Director
  • Foundation Director
  • Workforce Readiness Director
  • Publicity Coordinator
Please let Mary White ( know if you’re interested in becoming part of the chapter leadership team.
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Diversity Spotlight

Our workforce and our entire economy are strongest when we embrace diversity to its fullest, and that means opening doors of opportunity to everyone and recognizing that the American Dream excludes no one.

Thomas Perez
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SHRM Foundation Silent Auction – We Need You!

The silent auction held at the Gulf Coast Human Resource Conference is Mobile SHRM’s primary SHRM Foundation fundraiser. We are in need of items to include in the auction. If you or your company would like to donate an item, or if you would like to refer one of your contacts as a possible donor, please contact Shelly Mathis at


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Door Prize Sponsors

Thank you


Thanks so much for providing door prizes for the last month's meeting!

Door Prize Request

Members love door prizes! We’d love it if you’d bring a door prize to share at an upcoming meeting! No prior arrangements are necessary – just drop off your door prize at the check-in table. You’ll be recognized at the meeting and in the newsletter.


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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.

6300 Grelot Rd., Suite G 102, Mobile, AL 36609