Vol 17 Issue 10    October 2010

Monthly Meeting

August board When: October 8, 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)

IMPORTANT!!- RSVP/pay online at www.mobileshrm.org
*If you wish to pay at the meeting, simply choose COD as your payment method when you RSVP or email secretary@mobileshrm.org.

Reservations should be made by noon Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Partners Win with Workforce Development

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

Sponsor: Daily Access Corporation

(Please note: Online registration closes 24 hours before the meeting.)

President's Desk


FINALLY! The cooler crisper air has arrived, footballs are flying and we can enjoy the early days of Fall.

Those of you who could not attend the first ever, but certainly not the last “Networking on the Bay” last Thursday night missed a fantastic networking event for all MSHRM and BCSHRM professionals. I have always believed that members vote by their attendance. With the large turnout we had (our biggest event this year), I know we will be providing additional networking opportunities for you in the future; adding even more value to your membership (VAM!!). I would like to personally thank Felix’s Fish Camp for hosting our event and donating unbelievable crab claws. YES, it is okay to eat them again folks! In addition, their terrific wait staff provided first class service to our group all evening. Make plans to attend our next special networking event!

It seems like I just started serving as your President and already we are introducing our 2011 Board nominees. Time flies when you are having fun! The following members are the leadership nominees for your approval at next week’s meeting:

President---Mary White SPHR
President Elect---Tom Woodford
VP Membership---Kay Watson
Secretary---Linda Ramsey
Treasurer---Carol Statter
Past-President ---Jeff LeBlanc SPHR
Conference Chair---Candice Swiger
College Relations---Marjorie Icenogle
Diversity---Leilani Reed-Logan PHR
Workforce Readiness---Renee Sorenson
SHRM Foundation---(tbd-to be determined)
HRCI Certification---Teresa Taylor
Governmental Affairs---(tbd)
Conference Co-chair---(tbd)
Publicity Coordinator--- Karen Presley
Door Prize Coordinator---Becky Lovgren
Audio/Visual Coordinator---Carlton Spinks

It is also time to send in your nominations for the recipient of our annual Holiday Charity donation. Please send an email to Cindy Giddens at cgiddens@soearth.com with a brief description of the organization’s mission and their key contact person. St. Mary’s Home and Victory Health Partners are ineligible for the award this year as they were each winners in the past two years. Voting ballots will be available on the conference registration table on November 5th. If you prefer, you can email your vote to Cindy directly.

May each of you have a very safe yet SPOOKY HALLOWEEN!!!!

Jeff's Signature

Mobile SHRM Thanks!

Daily Access
for sponsoring our October luncheon

Thank you

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

America’s 1st Federal Credit Union
Delta Institute
Clark Personnel
Army Aviation Center Federal Credit Union
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 lindar@clarkpersonnel.com
(Door prizes are needed for October and future meetings)

In This Issue


Upcoming Events

2010 Gulf Coast Human Resource Conference
Friday, November 5
Mobile Convention Center
8:30 am

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Our Newest Members!


Jay Proescher
AKZO Nobel Functional Elements
Human Resources Manager
(251) 679-4325

Tucker Frazer
ITAC Solutions
Business Development Manager
(251) 300-6301

Michael Price
Kimberly-Clark Corporation
Organizational Effectiveness Team Manager
(251) 330-2288

Shelley Stephens
University of South Alabama Center for Continuing Education
Marketing Specialist
(251) 431-6411

Jaime Blaschak
Tonsmiere Properties
Assistant Property Manager
(251) 344-0910

Gail Davenporte
Commonwealth National Bank
Senior Vice President/Retail Banking
(251) 434-0696

Lauren Boswell
Harbor Communications
Human Resources Manager
(251) 445-0958

Bonnie Dailey
Human Resources Manager
(251) 679-5321

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 Angel Persson, 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 Mary White at mgwhite@mtimail.com or 251-478-6848 to reserve your month!

Dear Employer/Supervisor:

In an effort to assess our academic programs, the Mitchell College of Business at the University of South Alabama is conducting a brief survey to gather feedback from companies/supervisors about our graduates. Your opinions are important to us. We want to know what you thought our graduates did well, and identify ways that we can continue to improve our programs. To gather this information, we are conducting a short, online survey. To complete the survey, click on the following link http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/GHYJPT6 or cut and paste it into your Internet browser.

To ensure anonymity, no names - neither employers nor supervisors - will be used in reporting survey results. Therefore, please be candid in your responses. Your time and cooperation are greatly appreciated.


Carl Moore

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 required 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.edu.

Recently Certified HR Professionals

Cathy Davis, SPHR

Congratulations, Cathy!

Registration Deadline for PHR/SPHR Exam is October 8, 2010. Testing window is December 1, 2010 through January 31, 2011

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 http://www.mobileshrm.org/content/laws.  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 $15 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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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 CHSED
into the promotional code space on the application.

Join today!

2010 Gulf Coast Mobile SHRM Conference

conference 2010

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!

Friday, November 5th
Session Topics:

  • Humor in the Workplace

  • Legal Updates

  • Best Practices in Talent Management Strategy

  • Leadership Essentials: What Separates Leaders from Managers

  • 10 Key Financial Indicators You Can Use to Grow Your Business

  • WOW! Your Y’s…employee recognition for the new generation

  • Substance Abuse in the Workplace

  • Stress Less for Success

Register today at: http://mobileshrm.org/

So go ahead and get your registration forms in as soon as possible. All the latest conference information is detailed on our website at www.mobileshrm.org or you can e-mail your questions to Kay Watson at conference@mobileshrm.org or Candice Swiger at candices@wescoweld.com.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.

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