Mid Florida SHRM
Mid Florida SHRM hosted their second annual Bingo Night to benefit the National SHRM Foundation. They had great attendance with over 60 people including many first time attendees! The event was at the beautiful Lakeland Yacht Club. Over $800 was raised which exceeded expectations!
They now have enough to start a Mid Florida SHRM Scholarship for the 2020 HR Florida Conference!!
Lake Sumter SHRM
Lake Sumter SHRM held their 2019 annual conference on May 22, 2019. The conference theme was “My Employee Did What” and they had over 100 people in attendance. Some of the highlights were JJ Jarrell who spoke on Cleaning the Toxic Work Place and Joyce Chastain who spoke on Workplace Investigations. A special thank you to Greg Sales with OMS for their continued support of Lake Sumter SHRM.
Lake Sumter SHRM had a great time participating in the 5K run to benefit Suicide Prevention that was sponsored by HR Florida. The chapter raised over $400.00 for the charity.
Finally, Lake Sumter SHRM participated in the Lip Sync contest at the HR Florida Conference, performing Henry the Eighth I Am by the Herman Hermits. They didn’t win but had a great time participating!
Nature Coast HRA Chapter
Nature Coast HRA Chapter hosted Lourdes Bahr with the US Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division as the guest speaker for the June meeting. Lourdes program was titled “Just Asking for a Friend,” and it was very informative and laid back. Lourdes answered questions on a plethora of wage and hour topics.
They also hosted Scott Bowers at their July meeting and the topic was “Is That Employee High? Are They Drunk?” Scott covered how to recognize substance abuse and how to handle it in the workplace.
When Chapters Struggle
Albert Einstein is widely credited with saying, “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results.”
While struggling chapters are not “insane”, they are stuck in a rut, and it is a common trap that as humans and leaders of our chapters that we all fall into. If we want change in our lives or with our chapter we have to try different approaches. A favorite quote of my mother’s was “if it is to be, it is up to me.”
As I look at the matrix of the 28 chapters in the state, I see a lot of diverse and unique challenges that are specific to their group and geological area. We are not all the same and therefore we can’t all expect to operate the same, however there are some aspects that we all have in common and need to do that are the same, such as:
- Have a Vision and Mission statement.
- Adopt rules for conducting business.
- Adopt By-laws and make sure that your board members know what they are and that you operate within those guidelines.
- Adopt a budget and vote on expenditures even if they are in the budget.
Be consistent with how and when they conduct business. Make sure that you keep your board meetings and membership meetings on a schedule that your membership can rely on.