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December 2012 MVHRA Connections Vol 1 Edition 11


Newsletter - December 2012

Presidential Ponderings Volume 1, Edition 11, December 2012

The end of a successful MVHRA year and the joy of the Season

Erin Henry, MSA, PHR
Servant Leader MVHRA 2012

This year marked quite the notable year for MVHRA. As I wrote about in last month’s newsletter, we submitted for a Pinnacle Award to the Society for Human Resource Management and were chosen out of 45 submissions, to be a top 16 finalist. The initiative submitted is a Workforce Readiness one which helps our local Veterans gain skills for their job search though resume and interview tips. This is a free 2-day workshop, offered 4 times a year, and is lead by Robin Brun, Workforce Readiness Chair. This initiative, by far, has been one in which MVHRA was able to make a positive impact in our community; showing our appreciation to the Veterans for their service to our country. SHRM’s award dinner was held November 16, in Washington, D.C. While we didn’t come back with a Pinnacle Award this year, we learned more about the process of submitting initiatives for this prestigious award. More importantly, at the conference we were sought out and recognized as a HR Thought Leader as a result of this initiative and were asked by SHRM to participate in a small interest group and share our lessons learned about our program. We certainly will continue to communicate more about this interest group initiative and always welcome your active participation in assisting us with the Vets Employment & Training Workshop (especially if you are an employer who hires Veterans)!

Personally, this program has brought me joy in so many ways. I have been able to learn more about military life first-hand and have received as much, if not more, education from them as they have from us. Furthermore, nearly four years ago, due to unrelated health complications, I lost my oldest brother who served as a MP (Military Police) for the United States Air Force. For me, this program is a way in which I can honor and remain connected with him.

As this year comes to an end, I can attest that serving as your leader has brought me much joy in many ways. Given the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, I would encourage you to take time for reflecting on what about this year has brought you joy. Then, think about how you can do more of that which brings you joy next year.

Whatever your faith, beliefs, and/or customs, I wish everyone a safe & joyous season! May peace reign among all!

Next Chapter Luncheon - December 11, 2012

Terry Schalnat / Founder, Executive Director / We Care Arts
Topic: Art and its healing properties for our region's most vulnerable people

We Care Arts (WCA) believes that the healing power of creating and producing art transforms people with physical, emotional, intellectual and neurological challenges, making their lives rich with possibilities. We Care Arts teaches people living with mental illness, developmental and/or physical disabilities and those recovering from an acquired brain injury to create and market desirable pieces of art; helping them to achieve a level of personal independence. Often, our clients have never held a job and live either at home or in a sheltered community. Coming to the agency provides them the opportunity to interact with people, learn art and life skills and reinforce effective communication skills. For people experiencing a life-altering physical challenge like a head injury, WCA serves as a bridge as they re-enter society. We help them rebuild their confidence and give them the tools they need to adjust to their new life circumstances.

Terry Schalnat is the founder and Executive Director of We Care Arts. She loves art in any form and finds great joy in attempting to learn as many art skills as she can. Her next love is to share these skills with others, especially the disabled. The We Care Arts program began twenty-eight years ago and has served over 8,000 disabled adults. As Executive Director, she has been responsible to raise the funds for the growing and expanding We Care Arts Program and for the everyday operations of that organization. She and her husband Roger have raised 5 sons and enjoy being grandparents to five grandchildren.

Terry is on the executive committee of the Kettering Leadership Academy, member of the Kettering Arts Counsel and The Society of Decorative Painters. She is also a graduate of Dayton Leadership Academy. She attended the University of Cincinnati and attended many other art classes throughout the state.

Event Registration: Printable Registration - Click HERE ; Click HERE to register online for this event.

The holidays are here and you know what that means….It’s time to renew your membership!

2012 has been a great year at MVHRA with interesting professional development workshops and luncheon speakers. We thank you for your membership with MVHRA and look forward to your continued membership in 2013 and another great year of professional development and networking with HR practitioners in our community! <More>

PHR/SPHR Certification Workshop Scholarships Available to MVHRA Members

The MVHRA is pleased to announce our Spring, 2013 scholarship program.

One scholarship will be awarded for a qualified applicant to attend a Wright State University PHR/SPHR certification workshop scheduled for February through April, 2012. (Held on 7 consecutive Saturday mornings from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.) This scholarship is awarded through a cooperative arrangement with Wright State University's Raj Soin College of Business Division of Community Programs. The scholarship will include full payment for the workshop plus all books and materials. Once notified of the scholarship award, the winner will be given the registration deadline and instructions regarding the steps to take to register and secure a seat for the workshop. <More>


Next Meeting December 18, 2012 - Click HERE for more information and to RSVP.

Recent Decision Helps Employers Manage Risks From Off-the-Clock Work

The President's re-election ensures that his administration's intensified enforcement of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) will continue. Fortunately, a new decision by the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit creates a rare bright spot for employers seeking to manage their FLSA liability risks.<More>

SHRM Foundation News: Thought Leaders Retreat

Each fall, the SHRM Foundation Thought Leaders Retreat brings together a select group of leading-edge thinkers and practitioners in the HR field. It started in 1999 as a way for SHRM Foundation board members to interact with outside experts and to generate new research ideas. From that beginning, the event grew each year to include members of the SHRM boards and special guests.

Today, the invitation-only Thought Leaders Retreat targets a senior executive audience and focuses on strategic issues such as Rebuilding the Talent Value Proposition for What's Next (2010)Positioning Your Organization for Recovery (2009) and Workforce 2012: Attracting and Retaining Top Talent (2008).Participants explore issues shaping the future of the profession and their implications for research and practice.

Content summaries of past events are available on the SHRM Foundation website ( under "SHRM Foundation Products" then "Thought Leaders Retreat."

Membership Report

Please welcome these new members to MVHRA.

Joe Smith - Tri dec Technologies
Debbie Parker - United Grinding Technologies
Christine Taylor- United Grinding Technologies

Stephanie Tracy - Speedway
Jesse Schaap - Perrigo
Kathryn Phillips - WilmerHale

Maris Rogers - Brower Insurance
Matt Salts - The Little Clinic Inside Krogers
Heather Shrader - UES

Kim Stucker - Compunet Clinical Labs
Kimberly Witt - Valued Relationships
Treva Jones - Brainerd Industries
Martin Belinsky - PriMed Physicians

Total MVHRA membership: 321 Professional: 276 Vendor: 29 Student: 16

New MVHRA luncheon cost for 2013


Due to an increase in cost of food, MVHRA needs to increase the rates for our luncheon meetings. We’ve managed to absorb the rate increases for the past several years and haven’t increased rates to our attendees in over five years. Unfortunately, it is no longer feasible for us to remain at the current rate for lunches. So we’re increasing the rate by $2 for all membership levels and hope to avoid having any increases over the next several years.  Please see below for the new rates.

Wright State

Hello, my name is Melissa Gruys, I am a Professor at Wright State University.  I am seeking organizations to work with our Senior Human Resource Seminar this year.  There is some information below about the class and the general aspects of the project the students will be working on.  The student teams, under my instruction, will basically be providing free HR consulting advice and recommendations on various aspects of HR, in exchange for hands-on experience in the real day to day world of human resources.  It is truly a win-win for everyone involved! <More>

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