In the North Florida Panhandle, District 2 includes the Bay County SHRM Chapter in Panama City and the Big Bend SHRM Chapter in Tallahassee. Both Chapters were recipients of the 2018 SHRM Excel Platinum Award and are off to an impressive start in 2019.
HR Florida District #2
Big Bend SHRM
Big Bend SHRM kicked off 2019 year with their immediate Past President receiving the HR Florida Council President’s Award, as well as being recognized for their 2018 Workforce Readiness efforts!
Big Bend SHRM continues to support their community by donating money and goods to local charitable organizations such as Junior Achievement, Brehon Family Services, and Big Bend Cares. Most recently, the Chapter held a Summer Fan Drive to support the Big Bend Elder Care Services and was able to donate 56 box fans to elders to help them stay cool during the summer heat.
Big Bend SHRM hosted their 15th Annual HR Tallahassee Conference and Expo. This conference yielded over 150 attendees from the Big Bend and surrounding area with two keynote speakers, 12 breakout sessions, and more than 20 sponsors/vendors. The conference was a huge success, resulting in over $23,000 of income to the Chapter, over $2,000 in SHRM Foundation donations, and 94% attendee satisfaction.
Big Bend SHRM participated in the annual North Florida Veterans Stand Down event, which provides resources to local homeless and/or at-risk veterans. This event yielded over 360 veteran attendees. The Chapter distributed 75 income-based books (29 Ways to Earn Additional Income), hand sanitizer and lip balm to attendees.
Bay County SHRM
Bay County SHRM started 2019 with a continued emphasis on providing hurricane recovery and support to their membership. In January, Bay County SHRM hosted a much-needed fun membership teambuilding event at Dave & Busters. Members had a great time networking while relieving stress at this hurricane delayed holiday mixer.
Bay County SHRM refused to be sidelined after their regular Chapter meeting space was badly damaged by Hurricane Michael. They utilized temporary meeting space for their monthly Chapter meeting for several months before securing a new meeting location at St. Andrew’s Bay Yacht Club. Bay County SHRM has held six monthly Chapter meetings offering HR related topics that are relevant to their member’s post hurricane HR needs. Each meeting provided recertification credit to members.
As part of their community initiative, Bay County SHRM hosted a donation drive to restock the pantry at Catholic Charities at their March Chapter meeting. They collected over 100 pounds of non-perishable food items that will be used to help those affected by Hurricane Michael.
Bay County SHRM hosted a Mental Health First Aid Certification Class in April to assist their members and the business community with recognizing signs of mental health issues. Sponsors were obtained to cover the cost so the class could be offered free to all 26 attendees. Upon completion of the class, attendees left with valuable tools necessary to help others with their mental health issues as Bay County navigates through their lives post hurricane Michael.