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March 2014 - MVHRA Connections


MVHRA Connections - March 2014

Presidential Ponderings Volume 3, Edition 3
Cabin Fever Cure

Kelly O’Connor, PHR, GBA
President/Servant Leader

I know everyone is over winter. Even I, an avid fan of snow, am over the cold and snow. But what I really miss are the social interactions that occur when the weather is nice… chatting with the neighbors outside, mingling on restaurant patios during happy hour, a little extra pep in our step because we can go outside without a coat, etc.

So as we hopefully head into some spring-like weather (please, mother nature, please), I encourage you to break that cabin fever and go out and re-connect with friends, colleagues, neighbors, etc.

MVHRA can help! We have lots of opportunities to network and reconnect with our local HR community and colleagues. Have you visited our calendar of events lately? It’s full! April is an exceptionally busy month with the OELS workshop, our luncheon with a SHRM speaker and the full-day HR Collaborative conference. Plus we have our monthly social networking events. Plenty of opportunities to wipe out that cabin fever and re-connect with each other.

Let’s pack up those snow boats and save dates on our calendars for intentional networking. Connections and friendships are a beautiful thing. It’s been a long winter and we miss seeing you.

Please come out and mingle with us. You can learn more about the MVHRA events and networking opportunities at 


Together We Can Make a Difference

There is a new activity developing this Spring, so we spent a few minutes last week with chapter President Kelly O’Connor to find out a little more about it.

Editor: We heard there is something new that will be announced soon.  Can you tell us a little bit about it?

Kelly: Sure. Recently the chapter was rather unexpectedly a recipient of a gift of sorts. A corporate suite at Fifth/Third Field, home of the Dayton Dragons as we all know, was made available to the chapter for the game on Saturday, May 31. It is a standard corporate suite package made available to the general public where a group has exclusive access to one of the suites and it comes with 20 game tickets. We talked about what we might do with it, knowing we already had a chapter outing on one of the party decks scheduled for May 14.  Someone suggested we look at offering it to chapter members through some type of drawing or raffle.  The executive board discussed the idea and decided that we should conduct a raffle within the chapter, but instead of keeping the money, why not donate all the proceeds to a local charitable organization. We thought we should seize the opportunity to turn a nice gift into a chapter fundraising activity to help those in our local community.  

Editor: So the raffle is a winner-take-all type thing?

Kelly: Yes, the winner receives the package to do with it entirely as they wish. They could take 19 friends, neighbors and family members, or they could figure out a way to treat employees at their place of business, or you know, whatever. That’s strictly up to the winner. No strings attached.

Editor: Wow, that’s pretty cool. Has the board decided on which organization locally will receive the raffle proceeds?

Kelly: Not yet, but we hope to make that decision at the March 4 board meeting, and we’ll let everyone know as soon as that decision is made. There are so many worthy groups and organizations, it may not be an easy decision.

Editor: When will the raffle kick off?

Kelly: We will make a formal announcement at the March luncheon meeting and we plan to begin selling tickets that day.  We will continue selling tickets at the April and May meetings and social events. The drawing will be held no later than the May 14 chapter outing at the Dragons game.

Editor: What else can you share?

Kelly: We’ll communicate all the additional details at the March meeting and through the standard communication channels. The theme will be "Together We Can Make a Difference."  I’m really jazzed about this project.  I’m hopeful we’ll receive a very positive response from everyone! 

Learn more by clicking HERE

Employment Corner

Check out these exciting Human Resources job opportunities:
•         Human Resource Administrator – DRT Holding Co., Inc.
•         Human Resources Generalist – SoBran, Inc.
•         Human Resources Generalist – Norcold, Inc.
To see full job descriptions and/or apply for these employment opportunities, please visit the MVHRA website and click Job Opportunities

New College Relations Networking Program

The College Relations Committee is launching a new program with the SHRM affiliated student chapters at Wright State University and Edison Community College.  MVHRA current student members are also included.  The program will focus on 2 collegiate members each month being hosted by our members at MVHRA luncheon meetings to encourage networking skills.

We are seeking companies and organizations that will cover the $12 cost of the lunch who will meet the students, introduce them to other MVHRA members, and help make them feel welcome at their table serving as a model on how to network.  It’s a great way to meet new talent and market our member companies benefitting both students and MVHRA members. 
To become a sponsor, contact Betsy Brown, College Relations Chair, at (937)429-9225 or for more details.

OELS Event Focuses on Positive Change

DAYTON, OHIO, February 19, 2014 - Even the most complex, seemingly insurmountable organization challenges can have positive outcomes. Want to learn how? Attend the next Organizational Effectiveness Lecture Series (OELS) at Wright State University. Come hear an expert panel talk positive organizational development and the practices that encourage successful organizational change. You’ll hear about appreciative inquiry, authentic empowerment, and the science behind new trends in the field of organization development. Join us for...
Positive Organizational Change
Appreciative Inquiry: How to Create Positive Change
Thursday, April 3, 7:30 - 10 a.m.
Wright State University Nutter Center, Berry Room
3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy.
Cost (includes hot breakfast): $20 for members of partner organizations;
$10 for students; $30 for others

Welcome the New MVHRA Members!!

Shannon Campbell,  Student, Sinclair College

Dominique Koukol, HR Manager, Alternate Solutions Healthcare Systems

Heidi  Hennessy, HR Director, Hartzell Propeller

Margaret Liversage, HR Manager, Washington Centerville Public Library

Cathleen Daily, SR. HR Strategy Manager, Staples

Beth Thomas, VP of Training, Blue Gill Consulting Group

Joanne Henry, HR Manager, Wylie

Bridget Malesko, Sr. Compensation Analyst, Kettering Health Network

Carolyn Timmons, Student, University of Dayton

Veronica Lopez, Human Resources, Victoria Theatre Association

Jennifer Gossett, Org Development Training Manager, Compunet Clinical Laboratories

Megan Lavercombe, Professional-in-Transition 

Karen Rubenstein, Principal, Jog Marketing

Vonciel English, Student, Indiana Wesleyan

Stephen Nofzinger, HR Manager, Clopay Building Products

David Castel, HR Coordinator, Composite Advantage

To Engage or Not to Engage:  How to Enhance Workplace Performance through Employee Engagement

By: LaTonia McCane, PHR

President Elect

We would like to call your attention to the fact that our April luncheon will feature Laurie McIntosh, SPHR.  Laurie is SHRM’s National Director, Member Engagement!!! How exciting that we will have a SHRM representative coming to Dayton to address our members and guests.

You may notice that we are offering those SHRM members-at-large who are not currently MVHRA members a one-time substantial discount for this luncheon only. Hopefully you will understand why we are doing this…It is simply to get them to attend one of our events so that we can emphasize the benefits of MVHRA membership in addition to SHRM membership and, of course, to have the opportunity to hear a SHRM spokesperson.

And, we’d like to ask your help in attending this luncheon and meeting and greeting non-MVHRA members.  Who better to act as an ambassador for MVHRA than you, our members? So, please join us on April 8 and mix and mingle with fellow SHRM members and help us to encourage them to join MVHRA.

2014 MVHRA Annual Survey

The MVHRA Annual Survey will be open from 03.13.14 – 03.24.14 and we hope you will take a few minutes to complete.  Your opinion is extremely valuable to us, and the information collected from the survey will be reviewed as part of our ongoing improvement efforts.  One of our goals at MVHRA is to meet the needs of your membership by providing you with topics that will enhance your professional development, and we’d like to know what those are for you.  Overall, we hope that by collecting your responses to a few questions, we can better gauge what our members are looking for with MVHRA.  If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact LaTonia McCane, MVHRA President Elect at 937-225-9963 or

Miami Valley Human Resource Association 2014 Schedule of Programs and Social Events

Click here to read about the events for the rest of the 2014 calendar year!

Congratulations on 2013 Fundraising efforts!

Congratulations are in order! As a result of your fundraising efforts in 2013, your chapter has been designated as a 2013 SHRM Foundation Champion. The support provided by the SHRM chapters and state councils allows the SHRM Foundation to provide opportunities available to your fellow HR professionals that they may not have had otherwise, including:

♦ Assisting individuals in their pursuit of greater academic credentials
The SHRM Foundation awards more than $200,000 in educational and certification scholarships each year to help create the next generation of HR leaders.

♦ Supporting researchers who bring us greater understanding of the complexities of HR
In 2013, the SHRM Foundation introduced its new Thought Leadership Initiative to inform "what's next". To achieve this vision, The SHRM Foundation is working with the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) to conduct a multi-phase program to identify and analyze critical trends likely to impact the workplace in the next 5-10 years. Additionally, the SHRM Foundation has awarded more than $3.8 million in research grants funding original, rigorous, empirical research studies that have direct, actionable implications for HR practice.

♦ Creating materials that explain how HR practitioners can capitalize on the new knowledge that research provides
From identifying emerging trends to helping HR practitioners become strategic business leaders, the SHRM Foundation’s educational products are at the forefront of the HR profession. These include the Effective Practice Guidelines series, the Executive Briefings & educational DVD series, all of which are available for complimentary download from to SHRM members and the public.

These resources are making a difference every day by shaping the future of HR!

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