The HR Florida State Council consists of 10 districts, each with 2-3 chapters, across the state. Our Chapters have accomplished so many amazing initiatives that may not be known outside of their Districts. So, starting with this issue, we are introducing the Monthly District Spotlight to showcase the accomplishments of our Chapters.
In the Panhandle, District 1 includes the Greater Pensacola SHRM Chapter and the SHRM Emerald Coast Chapter from Ft Walton Beach. Each of these high performing Chapters have had numerous successes so far in 2019:
Greater Pensacola SHRM (GPSHRM)
GPSHRM has had an amazingly successful start to the year! The Chapter has hosted five events that have allowed members to earn 10 recertification credits. Monthly lunch-and-learn meetings have averaged over 65 attendees. This turnout translates to the attendance of 40% of active members each month!
Chapter members have collected food for charity (over 300 pounds to date), professional clothing for women entering the workforce, and backpacks for youth. With a Board of Directors and a superb Committee Chair, GPSHRM hosted a record breaking Annual Legal Conference.
Here are some metrics to wow you:
- Six speakers, six topics, six recertification credits
- 4 year attendance high with over 150 attendees
- 33 vendors
- Surveyed 93% satisfaction rating by the attendees and 92% satisfaction rating by our vendors
- Total profit to the chapter of almost $20k (still balancing the books)
- Collected 150 pounds of food for charity
- Raised $1000+ for SHRM Foundation and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
Finally, just this week, GPSHRM received notification of the 2018 Gold Excel Award for 2018. Definitely a banner year so far!
SHRM Emerald Coast Chapter
Just down the highway, the SHRM Emerald Coast Chapter is also enjoying a productive year! Many of their initiatives are in the area of Workforce Readiness, specifically with the transitioning military veteran. The Chapter partnered with Career Source Okaloosa Walton to encourage employers to actively recruit and hire veterans. Chapter members participated in several transition programs including the Syracuse University Institute for Veterans and Military Families, the Centurion Military Alliance’s Warrior Transition Program and the Air Force Wounded Warrior Empowerment in Transition Program.
As part of these programs, Chapter members presented seminars, conducted mock interview sessions, assisted in crafting an “elevator speech” and reviewed resumes of veterans entering the civilian workforce. The Emerald Coast Chapter continues to be active in their community with board members sitting on the boards of many other service organizations and attending local Chamber of Commerce events.
Both Chapters of District 1 are certainly off to a great start with more yet to come. I’m proud to represent GPSHRM and SECC as their District Director!