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March 2011 Newsletter

Next Member Meeting -May 3rd Evening Program 

 Do you enjoy the GSHRM social hour each month, but never have enough time to visit with everyone?

Need a break from a long day at the office?

 A GSHRM meeting is just what you need!

Socialize, munch, sip, and unwind with your colleagues

at the Upstate History Museum on May 3, 5:30 to 8:30 pm.

You’ll get a chance to do all that AND enjoy the museum,

while listening to the upbeat music of “Groove Planet.”


This is one meeting you will not want to miss!

Sponsor: TalentWise
Cost: $25


Helpful Links

HRCI Credit - April 2011 Meeting

2010 HRCI Credit Certificates

Please remember per GSHRM by-laws, an individual may only attend 2 meetings annually as a guest.


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Special Thanks to:

February Sponsor

March Sponsor

jackson lewis llp  



President’s Letter


GSHRM Members:

It is only March and the GSHRM Board and Committees have accomplished very much!  We are working diligently to position GSHRM for another great year.  Committees are beginning to develop their SHAPE initiatives and we are working together to link those initiatives to our Strategic Plan.  I am pleased to share with you the following information:

Support Greenville Literacy – It is Not Too Late to Support the Novel Event on March 26

GSHRM partners each year with the Greenville Literacy Association on its annual fund raiser, A Novel Event.  This year’s Novel Event in on Saturday, March 26.  Please join GSHRM in continuing the support of this important event.  Support can be offered in many ways including donations, silent and live auction items, and sponsorships.  For more information, please go to the GSHRM website, contact Greenville Literacy, or contact the GSHRM Literacy Benefit Committee Chair, Kelly Shumaker.

 SHRM National Conference – The Best HR Conference in the World

The SHRM Annual Conference & Exposition will be held in Las Vegas on June 26-29.  The SHRM 2011 Annual Conference will allow you to identify proven practices that are right for you and for your workplace by choosing from over 200 concurrent sessions which will offer a wide variety of perspectives, strategies, tools, and tips for increasing your knowledge as an HR professional.  Leading experts will speak on the most important HR topics in today’s changing economy. 

February/March Meetings and Sponsors

At our February dinner meeting, Attorney Skip Spooner presented “How Vulnerable is Your Company to an Employment-Related Lawsuit?  Selecting Winnable Employment Law Cases from the Perspective of a Plaintiff’s Employment Lawyer.”  Skip, thank you for helping us consider employment matters from a different perspective.  Special thanks to Jackson Lewis, our February Platinum meeting sponsor. 

 At our March lunch meeting, we were honored as ADP, the 2010 SHRM Pinnacle Award sponsor presented Penny Wofford, the 2010 GSHRM President, and Ginger Lawrence, Workforce Readiness Council Chair, with a check for $1,000 made payable to GSHRM.  As you are aware, GSHRM was honored as a 2010 recipient of the prestigious SHRM Pinnacle Award due to the exemplary work of our Workforce Readiness Council.  In presenting the check, David McGrath, ADP Representative, stated, “This chapter recognized a work skills gap in its community and the need to address that gap through communication and collaboration among local and state government, community organizations and businesses, educators, and city residents.  Working together, all these stakeholders are getting the job done.  They’re giving both students and workers the skills they need to compete today and into the future.”  Thank you to all of the Workforce Readiness Committee and Strategic Planning Committee members for their work and dedication in making this award possible.  Thank you also for your significant contribution to our community. 

 The March GSHRM program was excellent as Attorney Daniel T. Sulton with Ford and Harrison presented An Update on Health Care Reform.” We extend a special thank you to Daniel for bringing us up to date on this important topic.  Special thanks to our March silver sponsor, Webster University. 

 HR Careers Shadow Day

The GSHRM College Relations Subcommittee has announced that the 2nd annual HR Careers Shadow Day will be held on April 8.  This Day gives college students seeking a Human Resources career an excellent opportunity to spend the day shadowing a GSHRM member at work.  It is an excellent opportunity for HR students to have a first-hand look at a day in HR.  Please volunteer to be a Shadow Day sponsor. For further information, please contact Tracey Crews-Hammond .  Tracey, thank you for spearheading this important event.          

 An Exciting Event is Coming to our Region and Support/Assistance is Needed to Make it a Success

On March 25-26, the 2011 SHRM Southeast Regional Student Conference is being held at Clemson University.  This event gives students from across the region the chance to engage with fellow students and HR professionals in networking, learning, career development, and idea-sharing opportunities.  It also features the first annual SHRM case-solving competition.  Approximately 50 volunteers are needed to serve as room monitors and SPHR-certified judges for the competition and that’s where you can contribute.  We hope you will attend the event and bring a few of your HR colleagues with you.   

This is a great opportunity to meet with and engage HR students – the future of our profession!  The Southeast Regional Team appreciates any help you can provide.  If you have questions, please contact Chris Stapleton, the SC SHRM State Council’s College Relations Director,  

SHRM Sons and Daughters Scholarship Program

SHRM has established a scholarship program to help finance higher education for children of its members. Applicants must be children of national members of SHRM, and may be either high school seniors, high school graduates, or first-year college undergraduates enrolled or planning to enroll in a full-time course of study at an accredited four-year college or university. Awards are $1,500 each and may only be used for the first or second year of undergraduate study. A total of twenty-four (24) scholarships are awarded annually. Students must complete the application and mail it along with a complete high school or college transcript of grades to Scholarship America, postmarked no later than May 15. Scholarship recipients are selected on the basis of academic achievement, leadership and participation in school and community activities, honors, work experience, statement of educational and career goals, and recommendation by an adult. For More Information Contact: SHRM Sons & Daughters Scholarship Program, Scholarship America, One Scholarship Way, P.O. Box 297, Saint Peter, MN 56082.  Telephone: 1-800-537-4180.

 Legislative Update

As you are aware, the State of South Carolina enacted a new rate structure for State unemployment taxes (SUTA) last year. This law went into effect on January 1, 2011; however, businesses were not notified of their new rate assignments until January 31, 2011. The new rates are astronomical for many companies that had unemployment claims filed in the last several years.  Ed Parris, GSHRM’s Legislative Committee Chair, is working to help GSHRM members have their voice heard by our legislators concerning this matter.  We can make a difference in changing legislative matters.  If you have questions or need assistance, please contact Ed Parris.  

A New Look for the GSHRM Website

SHRM recently announced changes to the website software, which they provide to GSHRM.  If you are reading this message, you have noticed the new changes.  We hope you will find the updates helpful in accessing GSHRM information via the web and ask for your patience as we continue to learn this new system.  Our Website Committee Chair, Luke Varn, donates a significant amount of time to our website.  Luke, thank you for your dedication and assistance!  We greatly appreciate your help and support.    

Please Join us at the April Dinner Meeting

Our next meeting is a dinner meeting on April 5.  GSHRM’s 2010 Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, Rhonda Lockhart, Director of Corporate Human Resources with J. M. Smith Corporation will present a program regarding her Company’s nationally-recognized wellness program.  As many HR professionals continue to seek successful ways to offer the best benefit programs while balancing the bottom line, we look forward to this presentation. 

I look forward to seeing you in Aril.

Best regards,

Teresa Medlin

2011 GSHRM President

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Congratulations to ...

Susan Rector

GSHRM's 2010 HR Professional of the Year

Awards Sponsor

Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C. is the annual sponsor for the GSHRM Human Resources Professional of the Year Award and the GSHRM Lifetime Achievement Award. These awards are presented each year in January.

As one of the nation’s largest labor and employment specialty firms, Ogletree Deakins is dedicated to partnering with human resources and in-house legal professionals to deliver timely, client centered counsel and representation, creating a national reputation for legal excellence matched only by our commitment to client service.

Ogletree Deakins' labor and employment practice is complemented and supported by related practice groups in the areas of business immigration, litigation, employee benefits, environmental law, occupational safety and health, and construction law.

L. Gray Geddie, Jr.
Managing Shareholder
300 North Main Street
Greenville, South Carolina 29601




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All Professional Partners, please be reminded that you must maintain current membership with SHRM to have current membership with GSHRM. When completing your invoice, please complete the section requesting your SHRM membership number. If your membership with SHRM is not current, please update your membership as we do verify membership status with SHRM quarterly. If you have questions, contact: Membership Committee.



Job Mart

Please be reminded that we have a Job Mart page on the website for GSHRM Members to post job openings and for members to apply to posted jobs. We have had several members to utilize this page and received immediate response to their postings. This is a great way to obtain good qualified employees for your organization.

To post a job vacancy, please complete Part B on the website GSHRM Job Mart page and you will be contacted regarding job posting billing. Until you are contacted to discuss your posting layout, all information will be kept confidential!

To post your position, there will be a $25 monthly fee for GSHRM members and a $50 monthly fee for non-GSHRM members. 

View our Job Mart page for current listings.



President: Teresa Medlin, SPHR
Past President: Penny Wofford
President-Elect:   Andrew Lominack, PHR
Treasurer: Patti Padgett, SPHR
Treasurer-Elect: Velverly Donald, PHR
Secretary:   Nancy Bratcher, PHR


Jennifer Floyd, SPHR
Michael Braunschweiger
Tracey Crews-Hammond, PHR
Debra Ham, SPHR
Nancy Bonge, PHR



Next Board Meeting

April 11th

Meeting Reservations

GSHRM now uses the Punchbowl software system to RSVP for monthly meetings. While this is the preferred method for reservations, if you do not receive a Punchbowl invitation, you may respond by clicking RSVP. You should make your reservation no later than Thursday before a meeting. Cancellations must be made by Friday before the meeting. NO SHOWS, UNLESS PREPAID, WILL BE BILLED.

Please remember to complete your response cards after each meeting. Many of the meeting topics scheduled are in response to needs and requests listed on the response cards.




Any members who have never participated in a New Member Orientation are welcome to join the orientation sessions held each month. For more information, please contact: Orientation.



Job and Address Changes

Send job and address changes to GSHRM, P.O. Box 5202, Greenville, SC 29606 or email: Address Change.



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Sponsorship Opportunities

As a sponsor of a GSHRM event, you have the opportunity to target market HR professionals in your service area with the message you need them to hear. Sponsorship levels are designed to help you maximize both your sponsor dollars and your exposure to our membership. To find out more click here.



GSHRM Website Advertising

Our website receives approximately 1500-2000 visits, 4000-6000 page views from 319 unique URLs per month. And we get visitors from:  Canada, US Military, Mexico, Czech Republic, Germany, Brazil, US Government, France, Norway, South Africa, India, Seychelles, Japan, and the Netherlands.

GSHRM has allocated space for 5 spaces on their web-site newsletter to be used for advertisement purposes. Each space can be designed in various ways to promote your organization.

The cost for advertising for a six-month time period is $600, the full amount which must be paid in advance. In an effort to allow more organizations the opportunity to advertise, GSHRM will currently not allow companies to renew their advertising for a period longer than the initial six-months. In the event no additional companies wish to advertise, current advertisers will be contacted in the order in which they initially paid, and allowed to renew.

If you wish to advertise, please contact Advertising to arrange design and payment details.

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