Vol 17 Issue 09    September 2010

Monthly Meeting

August board When: September 10, 2010
Time: 7:30 am – 9:15 am
Where: Heron Lakes Country Club
Breakfast: $10 per person for members and $12 per person for guests.
(includes tax & gratuity)


*This seminar is approved for 1 hour of
Stratigic HRCI recertification credit

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

Reservations should be made by noon Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Finance. ..It's Not Just About the Money! Reading Financial Statements for Non Financiers

Speaker: Harold Williamson, Chief Financial Officer, Wesco

Sponsor: America's First Federal Credit Union

President's Desk

The appropriate question now is: ARE YOU READY FOR SOME FOOTBALL!!!

Oils is Gone?Yes, the kids have returned to school, the humidity is dropping a bit, and the final holiday of summer has now arrived.

Forget football! No way, but MSHRM has even more exciting events of our own coming up for YOU this fall season!

On Thursday night September 23rd, we are going to hold the first ever, but certainly not the last, NETWORKING ON THE BAY at Felix’s Fish Camp on the causeway. It is for our MEMBERS ONLY and those of our sister chapter, Baldwin County SHRM. You will be receiving a personal invitation soon. This is your chance to meet, greet and chat with all those members that you see in our monthly meetings, always try to, but have never had the time to say hello to. Come enjoy great food, cold beverages, good music and wonderful fellow SHRM members. No sponsors, no speeches, no guests, no rush back to work, just SHRM members doing what we do best….NETWORKING! The hours are 5:30-7:30. The cost is $10 at the door. Live music begins at 6:30-10:30! I promise you do not want to miss this special event!

Coming up soon is our annual Gulf Coast HR Conference on November 5th at the Mobile Convention Center, and we are definitely “kickin it up a notch” this year with “recipes for success”. It will be even bigger and better than last year. All the ingredients you will need will be there and in the correct proportions. We have added new speakers, more sessions, hot topics that you will want to include in your professional HR Cookbook. There will be a record number of vendors and door prizes as well as the SHRM Foundation Silent Auction and raffle. Head Chef Kay, and Assistant Chef Candice, have cooked up some new very special hot and spicy dishes for you this year. BAM!!! , I mean VAM!!! Watch your email and the MSHRM website for more details!!

In addition, do not miss our September $10 breakfast meeting next Friday the 10th at 7:30! Please RSVP as soon as possible if you are going to attend.

I personally would like to take this opportunity to wish you and your families a very fun, but safe Labor Day holiday weekend

Jeff's Signature

Mobile SHRM Thanks!

America’s First Federal Credit Union
for sponsoring our September breakfast

Thank you

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

Resolution Benefits Design
Dauphin Island Sea Lab
Employment Screening Services
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 September and future meetings)

In This Issue


Upcoming Events

2010 PHR/SPHR Fall Certification Prep Course
Registration Deadline 8/20/2010

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Our Newest Members!


Steve Sheridan
Project Manager
(251) 432-3336

Shawn Maynard
Coordination Resources Administrator
(650) 291-9624

Shannon Williams
Human Resources Administrator
(251) 443-2221

Dana Carter
Dauphin Realty of Mobile and Baldwin County
Relocation Manager/Broker
(251) 405-6400

Gemma Gatdula
Manpower International
Sr. Staffing Specialist
(251) 633-4636

Angela Marie Smith
The Hiller Companies
Director, Human Resources
(251) 661-1275

Carleen Bena
Alliant Human Services (Former Employer)
Human Resources Specialist
(757) 722-3245

Carla Morgan
Cooper T. Smith Corporation
Director of Human Resources
(251) 415-3001

Nick Villacampa
Cooper T. Smith Corporation
Benefits Manager
(251) 415-3003

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.

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 mgwhite@mtimail.com or 251-478-6848 to reserve your month!

2010 PHR/SPHR Fall Certification Prep Course .....
There are only a few seats left!

  • When: September 7, 2010 -December 7, 2010 Tuesday evenings from 5:30 –8:45 pm

  • Where: Mobile Technical Institute (MTI) Training Center 1301 Azalea Road Mobile, AL

  • Cost: $835 (Includes SHRM Learning System and professional instruction in a classroom setting.)
    (Note: An additional processing fee will apply for Visa or MasterCard payments.)

Contact: Jeanine Wilson, SPHR at certification@mobileshrm.org 228-217-3272
Mary White, M.A., SPHR at mgwhite@mtimail.com 251-478-6848.

Support the Worlds of Opportunity Event

As the Work Force Readiness coordinator, I (Renee Sorensen) would like as many Mobile SHRM members as possible to join me in support of the World’s of Opportunity event in September. The event will be held September 29th and 30th at the Mobile fairgrounds off Cody Road. The event hours are 7:30am to 4:30pm each day.

Middle school students from the five county regions surrounding Mobile will be coming through the “Worlds” for 1 1/2 to 2 hour intervals. It is anticipated that over 6,000 students will attend. There will be eleven “Worlds” of work which include: maritime, architecture, energy, manufacturing, health care, aerospace, public safety, communications and auto technology. There is a great need for volunteers to make this event a success! Volunteers can work 4 to 8 hour shifts depending upon their schedule.

Sharon Cureton is the volunteer coordinator for the event. Her contact information is: curetons@aol.com , 251-625-4893. Or you may contact me at rsorensen@longshrs.com, 251-476-4080.


The Mobile Society for Human Resource Management (MSHRM) invites you to participate in the 2010 Workplace Diversity Award. The Workplace Diversity award will be presented at MSHRM’s annual Holiday luncheon in December. Help us to acknowledge those organizations and/or companies who foster an inclusive work environment in which all employees are inspired to contribute their best through their different perspectives, backgrounds and life experiences.

The Workplace Diversity award will be presented to recognize one company in our community who has set an example as a leader and innovator in creating and/or encouraging workplace diversity and inclusion. The award will be based upon organizational achievements and not individual achievements. This award is open to all organizations within the local community. Membership in MSHRM is not required to participate.Deadline for all nominations will be 5:00 pm on Friday, November 12, 2010.

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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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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.

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