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2011 Chapter Participation Events
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2011 One Day to Make a Difference Recap

For the second year in a row the WI SHRM Council encouraged our local chapters to organize a day and find time to give back to a local service agency in their community. This year they sure exceeded our expectations, as we had over 300 HR volunteers from 15 different HR chapters give time to "Make a Difference." An update of the list of local activities and how each of the volunteers made a difference in their community can be found below.

We were also honored to have the work of our WI SHRM Chapters recognized last year by SHRM, please read the highlights below:


This program continues to highlight the innovation and involvement of SHRM Chapters and HR professionals across the state, creating opportunities for cooperation and collaboration within our chapters and the local community to be of service. We are very thankful to all of the volunteers for making that difference!

Blackhawk Human Resource Association
Rock County Job Center and the Southwest Workforce Development Board
Date: April 7th, 2011 - COMPLETED
On April 7, 2011 we held our 2nd annual BHRA WISHRM “One Day to Make a Difference” event. The event was an overall success due to our member volunteer participation and collaboration with the Rock County Job Center and the Employer Relations Team facilitated by the Southwest Wisconsin Workforce Development Board.

Our goal for the event was to prepare employable job seekers for three “industry-specific” job fairs also held at the Rock County Job Center in April. We have learned already that more than a dozen job seekers have gained employment as a result of this effort.

We kicked off our day with a panel discussion facilitated by Amy Charles, Rock County Job Services Director, featuring four BHRA members. Approximately 50 job seekers attended the kick off, up from approximately 30 last year.

BHRA Kick-off Panel
Lesa Crawford SSI Technologies
Susan Jarvis Parkview School District
Julie Mosley Fairbanks Morse Engine
Traci Scherck Community Action

Following the panel discussion, job seekers participated in mock interviews focused on four behavioral questions that most everyone struggles with. Blackhawk Technical College Human Resource Students (graduating May 2011) conducted the mock interviews.

Blackhawk Technical College Students
Lori Fobes  
Mike Vaughn  
Terry Sebero  

After completing a mock interview, job seekers attended three small-group/round table discussions. A BHRA member and a Rock County Job Center employee co-facilitated each round table discussion. Materials and talking point were provided to each by BHRA Workforce Readiness Chair.

BHRA Co-facilitators
Jennifer Wolfe Kelly Services
Erika Penny Mercy Hospital
Florence Haley City of Beloit
Thelma Busker Patch Products
Jennifer Griffith Genencor
Jenny Swales Janesville Gazette
Beth Chambers Blackhawk Technical College
Pat Vago  

Round Table Discussion Topics:
  • Standing out in a crowd (Interview preparation, company research, proper follow-up)
  • TMI – Telling too much in the interview.
  • Technology in Today’s Work Search
The feedback received from job seekers included wonderful comments regarding the knowledge they took from the event. The event provided an excellent forum for the job seekers to ask questions, voice opinions and ultimately become more knowledgeable.

The three “industry-specific” (manufacturing, healthcare, non-manufacturing) career fairs held in April collectively attracted more than 2500 job seekers.

Promotion for the events consisted of alerting local schools, dislocated workers, Email Campaign, Billboard, Radio, News Paper Print Ads and Press Releases. 

Our volunteers where acknowledged in the BHRA newsletter and during our May Election meeting.
Central Wisconsin SHRM
CWSHRM members volunteered at the Career Closet!
Date: June 10, 2011
The CWSHRM Chapter sponsored an interview and resume writing workshop at the Career Closet on June 10. We had nine CWSHRM members volunteer their time and talent to assist those in need. In addition to hosting the workshop, the volunteers helped sort through the many donations that the Career Closet receives.
L to R: Robin Hegg, Sara Ackermann, Sue Matis, Carol Howard, Krissy Rodewald, Nancy Wendorf    
Chippewa Valley SHRM
Hope Gospel Mission Bargain Center
Date: Thursday, June 9th from 8 am - 11 am.
This year on June 9th, the Chippewa Valley SHRM volunteered our time to serve the needs of Hope Gospel Mission by working at the Hope Gospel Mission Bargain Center (a business run by the Mission and the people they serve.) Hope Gospel Mission is a leader in the "rescue" of poor and homeless men and women in the Chippewa Valley. They provide short and long-term shelter for homeless women and men and offer programs dedicating to addressing the root causes of a homeless person's problems. Their ultimate goal is to see their residents become contributing, independent members of society.
Pictured: Angela Koehler, Jennifer Held, Katie Reid, Paul Glittenberg, Jackie Luxford, Bethany Mathison, Beth Heffernan, and Carrie Meyer
Fond du Lac Area Human Resources Association
Annual Walleye Weekend
The Fond du Lac Area Human Resources Association volunteers participated in the annual Walleye Weekend event held in Fond du Lac, on June 11 and June 12, 2011. Admission to the event is free and is attended by over 100,000 visitors per year. The event is family friendly and includes activities such as sporting events, fishing tournaments, music, rides and, of course, plenty of food and refreshments. Our volunteers participated by painting children's faces and working in the Morning Rotary tent serving food and refreshments. We chose the Walleye Weekend event as a way to give back to our community and found the philosophy of the Morning Rotary to be in line with our goals. Walleye Weekend is a fund-raiser for the Morning Rotary and all funds are channeled back into the community.
Fox Valley SHRM
Rebuilding Together
Date: May 7th, 2011
FVSHRM will be partnering with WOW Logistics in the Rebuilding Together program.
Day to Make a Difference
Date: Friday and Saturday, July 15-16, 2011
GMA SHRM The Greater Madison Area Chapter of SHRM , in partnership with Wisconsin SHRM State Council, is excited to promote the 2011 HR Professionals Volunteer Days and give back to our community!
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Green Bay Area SHRM
Freedom House Family Life Advancement Center
Date: June 10, 2011
Green Bay SHRM is partnering with other chapters from around the state to help with the statewide Make a Difference Day. Green Bay SHRM members will be volunteering together at Freedom House on June 10.
The Freedom House is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization dedicated to serving all types of homeless families with children in the Green Bay/Brown County area – single Moms, single Dads and couples. But they don’t just provide food, clothing and shelter until these families find a place to live, they change lives.
By providing education and counseling; modeling appropriate behaviors and sound family practices; and offering spiritual guidance through their 8 to 12 week Family Life Advancement Program, they help families break the cycle of homelessness and hopelessness and give them the tools they need to become vibrant members of our community; self-sustaining, certainly, but also volunteers with a heart who give back to the community in abundance; moving into a “new normal” of being “givers” rather than “takers.”
Volunteer opportunities include:
  • Various indoor and outdoor cleaning projects
  • Serving a pizza lunch to the families donated by the Chapter
  • Various data entry projects
If you, your family, or your co-workers are interested in volunteering, please contact Michelle Szymik at by May 20 and let her know what times and tasks you would like to volunteer for.
Green Bay Area SHRM
Jefferson County Human Resource Management Association (JCHRMA)
Run for the Rock

Date: June 11, 2011
Join other HR professionals from around the State of Wisconsin in “Make a Difference Day - 2011”. Members of Jefferson County Human Resource Management Association are encouraged to volunteer time in support of the “Run for the Rock”! Money raised by this event supports the Rock Lake Activity Center in Lake Mills (A non-profit organization with a mission to positively affect the health and wellness of the community through quality programming and activities. For more information visit:
Volunteers are needed to help with the 5K Run/Walk Event (set-up, check-in, water station, finish line, raffle table, food table, etc). Or you may participate as a walker or runner by registering at $20 registration fee if registered prior to May 26th, after that the fee is $30.
Registration begins at 7:00am, with the actual run starting at 8:00am; some volunteers are needed as early at 6:30am. The event is expected to conclude by 11:00am.
Please indicate your level of participation by signing up today, at the Spring JCHRMA Social or by an e-mail Craig Schmidt prior to April 30th.
Affiliate           JCHRMA           Run for the Rock
LaCrosse Area SHRM
Salvation Army
La Crosse SHRM is once again partnering up with other chapters from around the state to help with the statewide initiative Make a Difference Day, where chapters give back to their communities.  This will be the second annual event through WISHRM, and WISHRM won the SHRM National Pinnacle award for their efforts in 2010 for this event!  La Crosse SHRM will be offering the opportunity to volunteer at the Salvation Army in La Crosse on June 10. 

Opportunities include:
   • Lunch service – 11:15 a.m. – approx. 12:45 p.m.
   • Projects TBD (may include landscaping, cleaning toys and lounge) – throughout 
      the afternoon, come and go as you are able to
   • Dinner service – 4:15 p.m. – approx. 5:45 p.m.

If you, your family, or your co-workers are interested in volunteering, please contact Kim Schultz by June 1 and let her know what times and tasks you would like to volunteer for.  For the lunch and dinner service, we ask that you volunteer for those only if you can stay for the whole meal service.
Lakeshore Area Human Resources Association
Hike and Heal
Date: Thursday, June 9, 2011
      10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
LAHRA held their Make A Difference Day on June 9th entitled, Hike and Heal. Originally it was designed as a Mini Wellness Day with education provided to our members about an upcoming initiative for Manitowoc County to attempt to gain Well Manitowoc County Status through WELCOA (Wellness Council of America). Efforts to successfully organize the education piece were too premature in the development process of the initiative so we were unable to accomplish that. However, we elected to keep the wellness component by organizing a walk along Mariners Trail that follows the shore of beautiful Lake Michigan. Walkers began at various points along the Trail depending on their time available and physical stamina to the site of Aurora Medical Center that is located almost midpoint between Manitowoc and Two Rivers. As is often the case in Manitowoc in Spring and early Summer, the weather was quite miserable. Cold and windy with a slight drizzle of rain. But, we persevered and walked anyway.
Aurora Medical Center has developed two gardens, a Healing Garden on the hospital grounds and a Japanese Garden at the site of the Doctors Clinic. The walking route was intended to finish at the site of the Healing Garden with a serene lunch to be served in the garden. The weather conditions moved us indoors. Everyone at Aurora was very gracious and well coming. Despite the weather, staff members guided us through a brief tour of the garden and provided information on the therapeutic value of it to patients and their families who spend time experiencing the garden, tending to it and making meaningful contributions to its enhancement. To celebrate the day, LAHRA, both through individual and Board donations purchased a commemorative engraved brick to be installed in the garden pathway in support of how the beauty of the gardens make a difference in so many lives and in the entire Manitowoc/Two Rivers community. Next year we plan to "Hike the Hill to Heal" to spend a day supporting the Heritage Garden at Holy Family Memorial Hospital.
Metro Milwaukee SHRM
Preparing Youth for the Workplace — RECAP
On Friday, May 6, the Metro Milwaukee Society of Human Resource Management (MMSHRM) sponsored a program designed to assist Milwaukee youth with critical job skills.  More than 50 volunteers and nearly 200 students participated.  Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett provided opening comments to volunteers at 8:30 a.m. with students arriving at 9:00 a.m.  The program, was held at the Milwaukee Center for Independence (2020 W. Wells Street, Milwaukee, WI), concluded at 3:00 p.m.  The program was one in a series of volunteer programs coordinated by the Wisconsin State Council of the Society of Human Resource Management under the banner of “One Day to Make a Difference.”
Feedback was excellent and the Mayor remarked on the value of the program as young people begin the transition to work.  During the day, HR professionals coached young people in the following areas:  networking, resume building, social media, interviewing preparation and skills, phone etiquette, job search basics, choosing a career path, and the creation of an “elevator speech” to grab the attention of potential employers.
Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett greets volunteers and participants A Metro Milwaukee SHRM member works with a Milwaukee Public School student on Resume Building skills It was a full house at the “One Day to Make a Difference” event in Milwaukee with more than 200 students participating and more than 50 volunteers contributing to the event
Oshkosh Area SHRM
Habitat for Humanity
Date: TBD July, 2011
The Oshkosh Area SHRM chapter will be volunteering for the Habitat for Humanity in Oshkosh in July.
Racine & Kenosha Area SHRM
Racine County Workforce Development Center
The SHRM Racine and Kenosha Area chapter has decided to partner with the Racine County Workforce Development Center to support their Summer Youth and Employment Program. We are promoting this program to get volunteers to assist with interviewing from 4 – 8 p.m. on May 25 and May 31 in Racine at the Workforce Development Center and from 5 – 8 p.m. on June 2 at the Gateway Technical College Burlington Campus.
Sheboygan Area SHRM
Sheboygan County Relay for Life
We participated in the Sheboygan County Relay for Life as a team! This event was held at Sheboygan Falls HS on Friday, July 15 through Saturday, July 16, 2011. The team consisted of 14 SA SHRM members and raised in excess of $800 for the American Cancer Society.
SA SHRM President Doug Hamm circles the track during the event
West Central WI SHRM
Developing an HR Best Practices
The West Central WI SHRM will be developing an HR Best Practices booklet that we will be giving away free to non-profits and small businesses in our community. Many of these businesses are too small to have HR departments but they are still need HR information. We feel that this will provide vital information to businesses in our community, further the HR profession and introduce local businesses to WCW SHRM as well as national SHRM.
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