From the Desk of the President 


Great news everyone! We were just notified that your SESHRM has been awarded the 2013 Platinum EXCEL Award! This is the top award that a chapter can receive. In order to receive this award many tasks and initiatives must be completed. This is a true testament to not only the 2013 SESHRM Board but every one of you. Every volunteer and every member played a big role in achieving this great accomplishment. Congratulations everyone and I look forward to seeing you all at the next meeting!

  • The Diversity Conference Committee is looking for volunteers. Please contact Mary Jo Vance.
  • LEADer Cast 2014 will be in Sioux Falls again on May 9th. Speakers will be Malcolm Gladwell, John Maxwell, & Laura Bush. Contact Jason Wierenga at 553-1333 for more info and visit
  • State SHRM Conference in Sioux Falls – Sign up today online!




Justin Rey, SPHR














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





Feeding SD



On Tuesday, December 3rd SESHRM members, family, and friends joined forces to carry out Feeding South Dakota’s mission of eliminating hunger. The crew packed over 3,000 bags of food in record time to feed hungry kids in the Sioux Empire. SESHRM is proud to volunteer our time to help the 5,000 children that benefit from this wonderful program!



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
Amanda Rock
Anita Norling
Barb Vanderham
Cassandra Nicolai
Christina Kokenge
Christine Hormann
Cindi Krekelberg
Claudia Dail
Darla Lukens
Doug Van Beek
Erin Kohles
Gloria Bormann
Heidi Bowers
James Payer
Jana Quam
Jeff Adler
Jennifer Adix
Jessica Ashton
Joan Rensch
Jody Wilson
Joelle Thies
Jolene Smith
Julia Kuyper
Julie Waage
Justin Rey
Karen O'Connor
Kari Kiesow
Kathy Deidrich
Keri Hubers
Kerri Huber
Kerry Bamsey
Kim Olson
Kristi Baumgartner
Kristi Johnson
Kristi Runkle

Kristi Leisinger
Linda Clauson
Linda Heliman
Lindsay Willitis
Lisa Lohr
Lisa Schenk
Lyla Pedersen
Lynne Hagen
Mary Jo Vance
Mary Medema
Melissa Beek
Mesa Rogers
Mike Thompson
Ona Reker
Pat Lund
Rachell Henning
Roxie Lofteness
Sharon Crichton
Shelly Amundson
Tammi Mahlstedt
Tammy Loos
Tammy Wierenga
Teresa Frederick
Trisha VanHorssen
Vicki Hird



Countdown to the 2014 HR Mission:Possible

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2014 State Conference


Vendor/Sponsor Brochure


2014 SD SHRM Conference

April 30, May 1-2 at the

Convention Center, Sioux Falls

Hosted by SESHRM


Upcoming events

Wed, April 30, 2014 8:00 AM • SF Convention Center
Tue, June 10, 2014 11:30 AM • CJ Callaways

Education Opportunity

SHRM Essentials of HR
Management Course

March 27th to April 24th

Click here for more details.


HR Fundamentals &
Certification Preparation

BAHRA is pleased to announce that we
will once again be offering the
HR Fundamentals & Certification
Preparation Course
. This course may

be of interest to those wanting to learn

the fundamentals of Human Resources

or those seeking to sit for the PHR or

SPHR certification exam.This is a 9

week program beginning February 6th

and running through April 10th. Courses will be held Thursday evenings from

6pm-9pm. Patty Romsdahl, PHR will

be the instructor for this course.  


Please see attached flyers for

additional information on this course.

Questions about the course may be directed to Patty at

2014 SPRING HR Certification Prep Course

2014_Prep Course_Chapter_Flyer.pdf

Did you attend the Diversity Conference in October?  Do you need the Program ID's for your HRCI credits?

If so, please contact MaryJo Vance at





PO Box 1302
Sioux Falls, SD  57101



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