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2013 Platinum Excel Award Presented to SESHRM 

March 17, 2014


Dear Chapter President:


On behalf of the Society for Human Resource Management, I am pleased to confirm that your chapter has been awarded the 2013 Platinum EXCEL Award.  This award recognizes outstanding achievements in chapter operations and a commitment to providing meaningful programs and services to your members. It also is recognition of your continued growth and development as a business leader, capable of developing strategies that lead to business success!  We are very proud of your leadership, and thank you for your continued partnership with SHRM.



    By achieving this award, your chapter distinguishes itself as an outstanding organization dedicated to serving the needs of your members and to the advancement of the human resource management profession.  Throughout the year, we will continue to recognize your chapter's achievement as a Platinum EXCEL award winner.


Congratulations on your achievement.




Elissa O’Brien, SPHR

Vice President, Membership 




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 providesFrom 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!


From all of us at the SHRM Foundation, we thank you for your commitment and support with which we were able to celebrate the 2013 Annual Campaign as our first-ever campaign to exceed $1,000,000. Please visit to access the resources you can use to join us in making 2014 our most successful year yet!



Mark J. Schmit, Ph.D., SPHR
Executive Director




Thank you Volunteers

SESHRM Chapter #217 recognizes the many VOLUNTEERS who have assisted with numerous events in 2013 including Conferences, Programming, Awards, Salary Survey Committee and the Student Chapter.

Your input and expertise is greatly appreciated!  A certificate valued at $20 for a guest to attend an upcoming 2014 regular meeting will be available to you in January!

Thank you!

SESHRM Board of Directors

 Abbey Vanderwerf Joelle Thies Lyla Pedersen
 Amanda Rock Jolene Smith Lynn Hagen
 Anita Norling Julia Kuyper Mary Jo Vance
 Barb Vanderham Julie Waage Mary Medema
 Cassandra Nicolai Justin Rey Melissa Beek
 Christina Kokenge Karen O'Connor Mesa Rogers
 Christine Hormann Kari Kiesow Mike Thompson
 Cindy Krekelberg Kathy Deidrich Ona Reker
 Claudia Dail Keri Hubers Pat Lund
 Darla Lukens Kerri Huber Rachell Henning
 Doug Van Beek Kerry Bamsey Roxie Lofteness
 Erin Kohles Kim Olson Sharon Crichton
 Gloria Bormann Kristi Baumgartner Shelly Amundson
 Heidi Bowers Kristi Johnson Tammi Mahlstedt
 James Payer Kristi Runkle Tammy Loos
 Jana Quam Kristi Leisinger Tammy Wierenga
 Jeff Adler Linda Clauson Teresa Frederick
 Jennifer Adix Linda Heliman Trisha VanHorssen
 Jessica Ashton Lindsay Willitis Vicki Hird
 Joan Rensch Lisa Lohr 
 Jody Wilson Lisa Schenk 



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