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President's Message

“Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence.” – Vince Lombardi

 

 

It appears that everywhere we look these days, HR Tampa is excelling in advancing the profession. These accomplishments are something you as a member should be very proud of.

 

This March, SHRM awarded HR Tampa its prestigious EXCEL Platinum Award for the Chapter’s accomplishments in 2015. The award is part of the SHRM Affiliate Program for Excellence, which aligns individual chapters and councils’ activities with SHRM’s aspirations for the HR profession. The award recognizes accomplishments and strategic activities and initiatives that enhance the human resources profession.

 

“Advancing the HR profession is at the heart of what SHRM does and HR Tampa’s work this year helps us further showcase that mission.” said Henry G. (Hank) Jackson, president and CEO of SHRM.

 

HR Tampa achieved many great successes this past year including increasing the overall membership by 9.2%, bringing our total membership as of December 31, 2015 to 608 Human Resources professionals. In addition, over 200 veterans were connected with HR professionals through a variety of veteran-related community events and a record number of professionals traveled to Tallahassee and Washington D.C. to speak with their representatives on workplace-related legislation. Finally, HR Tampa members’ generous donations helped the Chapter rank #7 in the nation of top donors to the SHRM Foundation.

 

This Chapter has always strived to build upon our successes and we aren’t going to stop. Over these next few months, there will be plenty of ways for you to get involved. May’s chapter meeting the morning of May 18th will be very special as we put the spotlight on hiring our veterans. Be sure to register you and a guest (or 2) to hear Paul Huszar (Lieutenant Colonel-US Army-Ret), CEO/President of VetCor (www.vetcorservices.com).

 

HR Tampa members will also have an opportunity to win a free registration to the HR Florida Conference in August by purchasing raffle tickets for $10/each or bringing in school supplies to “Stuff the Bus” to support Lutheran Services of Florida. Tickets may be purchased (and donations collected) at our June, July and August chapter meetings. The winner will be drawn on August 15th and you will not need to be present to win. A complete list of items can be found here.

 

Finally, speaking of the HR Florida annual conference, back by popular demand 5-Star Staffing will be hosting HR Tampa members at a reception on Sunday evening. The hospitality won’t stop Sunday evening this time. HR Tampa has reserved a suite the length of the conference for our members to have a quieter and inviting place to catch up on emails, grab a snack and meet up with other members throughout the conference.

 

Want to get more involved? Drop me an email at president@hrtampa.org. We will find an opportunity that is perfect for you. We have several more initiatives coming up this year including shadowing the military to gain a greater awareness in the day in the life of our soldiers to raising money for the SHRM Foundation, planning the annual holiday party, and participating in Day in the Beltway in D.C. These initiatives could benefit from your talented minds and hands.

 

Until next time…ROAR!

 

~Melissa

 

For more information on the EXCEL Platinum Award visit www.shrm.org/communities/volunteerresources/resourcesforchapters/pages/award_info.aspx.

 

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