Vol 18 Issue 9 September 2011

Monthly Meeting

Meeting Time: 
Fri, 09/09/2011 - 11:15am - 1:00pm

Speaker: Dr. Semoon Chang
Topic: Economic Forecast for the Mobile Metropolitan Area
Sponsor: Tonsmeire Properties
Fee: $15 for MSHRM members, $17 for guests
Location: Heron Lakes Country Club, 3851 Government Boulevard, Mobile, AL 36693

Register online (below) to pay with a credit card or RSVP to secretary@mobileshrm.org to pay at the door.

Register Online

President's Desk

Now that fall is just around the corner, it’s time to announce the slate of officers for next year’s Mobile SHRM Board of Directors and coordinators. Voting will be in October so that we can all enjoy the conference in November and install next year’s officers and Board during the December meeting.
The slate of officers is below. Thanks to the returning nominees as well as those who have volunteered to get involved for the first time.

Proposed 2012 MSHRM Officers, Board of Directors and Coordinators:

President                                              Tom Woodford
President-Elect/Programs                 Kaulla Watson
Membership                                         Candice Swiger
Treasurer                                              Carol Statter
Secretary                                               Linday Ramsey
Past-President                                    Mary White
College Relations                              Marjorie Icenogle
SHRM Foundation                             Judi Meadows
Certification                                        Teresa Taylor
Workforce Readiness                      Open
Diversity                                              Sheila Campbell
Conference Chair:                            Scott Dwelle
Governmental Affiars                       Brandon Barnhill
Conference Co-Chair:                     Leilani Reed-Logan
Audi-Visual Coordinator                 Richard Thome
Publicity                                             Open
Door Prizes                                       Becky Lovgren

For those of you who are looking for a way to get more out of your membership with the chapter, notice that there are a few positions still available. Contact me at president@mobileshrm.org if you’d like to throw your name in the proverbial hat for an open position or volunteer to serve on a committee.
I look forward to seeing you all at the chapter meeting on Friday!


Mary White, Chapter President

In This Issue


Our Newest Members!

September Members will be annouced next month!

Congratulations for the following members for earning their HRCI certification:

Mary Ivanovich,SPHR Shelly Mathis,PHR
Diana Canady, SPHR
Paula Lindsey, PHR

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.


Register now and mark your calendar!

The 17th Annual Gulf Coast Mobile SHRM Conference is fast approaching.  It’s Friday, November 18, 2011 from 7:30 am to 4:30 pm at the Mobile Convention Center.  As always, we have a great line up of speakers:

  • Legal Updates - Kelly Woodford, JD/Professor/University of South Alabama and Tom Woodford, JD/The Kullman Firm
  • Global HR Communications - Dwayne Cyder, Director of Learning/Rosetta Stone (strategic HRCI Credit)
  • Disability Simulation –  Leslie Dawson and Peggy Anderson/Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Diversity and Multiculturism – Dr. Daniel Crosby, SPHR/inkblot.com
  • OSHA Audit – What to Expect! – Speaker TBA
  • Feedback Strategies That Work: Key Skills for Supervisors & HR Professionals – Mary Gormandy White, M. A., SPHR/ co-founder of Mobile Technical Institute and MTI Business Solutions
  • Human Resources and Social Media Risks - Jesse Torres/President and CEO Pan American Bank/Author of Human Resources Guide to Social Media Risks

All presentations have been submitted for HRCI credit.

The discounted rate for participant registration has been extended to September 15th.  Save $10 and register now…don’t wait!  Participant registration can be completed/paid online (www.mobileshrm.org) - just be sure to complete the actual registration form and submit either via email, mail, or fax to 251-478-0203.

Welcome Reception – Networking Event

The Welcome Reception (sponsored by Nationwide Retirement Solutions) is scheduled for Thursday, November 17, 2011 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm at the Hampton Inn – Downtown (on Royal Street).  All conference sponsors, vendors, and participants as well as Mobile and Baldwin SHRM members are invited to attend.  RSVP is required and should be made by email to conferencecochair@mobileshrm.org.

The reception will be catered by Chef Rob and Atlanta Bread Company.  A cash bar will be available. 

The reception is free to attend; however $10 per person donation to the SHRM Foundation is requested.  Also, the silent auction benefiting the SHRM Foundation will begin at the Welcome Reception and continue until the end of the actual conference.  

If you have any questions, please contact Candice Swiger at conference@mobileshrm.org or Scott Dwelle at conferencecochair@mobileshrm.org.

The Mobile SHRM – 2011 Annual Conference is now on Facebook!  Just search for “Mobile SHRM – Annual Conference” when using Facebook.  Be sure to “like” the page.  This will be a great way to keep up with what’s going on in regards to the 2011 Annual Conference.

Mobile SHRM Newsletter Sponsor

Dauphin Reality Ad

2012 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!

Wanted - HR Internships and Co-op experiences

Students majoring in HR would like to complete internships this summer and fall. Students must work approximately 150 hours for course credit. Fewer hours are possible without course credit. IRS regulations discourage the use of unpaid internships.
Pay ranges from minimum wage to $10 per hour. If your company needs an intern, please contact Dr. Marjorie Icenogle, micenogle@usouthal.edu (251-508-6491)

Mobile SHRM Thanks!

Thank You

"Thank you for all of the door prizes donated at the August meeting".

Candlewood Suites
Employment Screening Services
Hampton Inn & Suites
Life South Blood Center
Managed Healthcare Administration
Mobile Country Club

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)


This year, as part of our Diversity outreach efforts, Mobile SHRM will once again be a sponsor of the annual Alabama Governor’s Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities Annual Awards Luncheon.

The chapter is also expanding its diversity initiative by sponsoring two important events held by the Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce: The Hispanic American Business Association of the Gulf Coast Annual Meeting and the 2011 Minority Business Week Awards Luncheon. Tickets are available for the Chamber events. Details are provided below.

The Hispanic American Business Association of the Gulf Coast (HABAGC) 3rd Annual Meeting
Renaissance Mobile Riverview Plaza Hotel
Friday, October 7, 2011
9am – 2pm
Keynote Speaker: Jorge P. Piñón
Speaker: Jose Serrano
$55 HABAGC Members/$85 Non-Members
RSVP: Ed Seoane @ Seoane@intship.com or call 251-243-9134

2011 Minority Business Week Awards Luncheon (Eagle Awards & Minority Enterprise Development Awards)
Renaissance Mobile Riverview Plaza Hotel
Thursday, October 27, 2011
11:30am – 1pm
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Winslow Sargeant
$40 Chamber Member/$45 Potential Chamber Member
RSVP: www.mobilechamber.com or call 251-431-8607

Hot Summer

The Mobile Governor’s Committee on
Employment of People with Disabilities
Invites you to attend our
24th Annual Awards Luncheon
Friday, October 21, 2011
11:30 am to 1:30 pm
Heron Lakes Country Club
3851 Government Street, Mobile, AL
R.S.V.P to Jeannie.brown@rehab.alabama.gov or
Call (251) 479-8611

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