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Welcome to the Apple Valley Human Resources Association

Welcome to the Apple Valley Human Resource Association (AVHRA) website.

The Apple Valley Human Resource Association (AVHRA) is comprised of a diverse group of professionals looking to advance in the HR profession. Our chapter provides its members with opportunities to network with their peers, to learn from experts in their field and to promote HR management.

Our purpose is to support and enhance the pactice of HR management and the effectiveness of HR professionals in the organizations and communities we serve in northern central Washington.   

July President's Newsletter

July 20, 2022

Hello HR community!

Where has 2022 gone?! I don’t know about you, but I am happy to feel like we can take some time for ourselves this year without the pressures of needing to be careful about our every move. Families are reuniting, travel has ramped up, domestic and foreign, and I find that the majority of people are genuinely feeling that breath of fresh air. As we navigate back to what we once thought was our “normal” lifestyles, the past couple of years have allowed us to stop and think about where our priorities lie and what works for us as individuals. Navigating the curve balls in life is no easy feat and they become greater learning, self-reflection, and growing opportunities for all of us. As Business Leaders and HR Professionals we had to navigate this both in our personal and work lives. No matter what capacity you assisted with COVID relief/policy planning/etc. in your organization, your knowledge and services mattered! May the remainder of your 2022 year continue to bring forth more rest and relaxation that is deserved by all.

We had a great turnout at our first membership event for 2022 at the Wenatchee Valley Brewing Co. at the end of May! We met several new AVHRA members and look forward to our next membership event. We plan to have our next membership event at the end of August/beginning of September. We would also like to start a monthly early morning/in person coffee chat as well which should provide an opportunity for people to network (coffee will be the member’s responsibility). Please watch your emails and the AVHRA website for our upcoming events.

  • Virtual Workplace Convos & Coffee’s next occurrences are:
    • August 9th, 2022 at 8:00 am
    • October 11th, 2022 at 8:00 am.
  • Mark your calendars for our Annual Employment Law Summit, Thursday, December 8th from 7:30 am – Noon. Breakfast will begin at 7:30 and the program will begin at 8:30.  We will bringing back the silent auction this year!

To sign up for any of the above, please visit and follow the links to Eventbrite. We would love to see your smiling face!

Emily Vincent, President, AVHRA       

Convos and Coffee is a regular opportunity for the HR community to informally explore issues, share ideas, and inspire each other! We'll have some topical questions and then we'll listen and learn from each other...with some encouragement and laughter thrown in!

Learn more here!


Upcoming Events

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  • August 16, 2022 - 7:00am to 8:00am
    Cafe Meal - 17 N. Wenatchee Ave

    Looking for an opportunity to network before your work day begins?  Join members of the AVHRA board for our new 'in-person' Coffee Chat sessions. Look forward to seeing you there!

    Note:  Members are responsible for purchasing their own morning beverage.

  • October 11, 2022 - 8:00am
    Zoom - Register on Eventbrite (links in Event description)

    Convos and Coffee is a regular opportunity for the HR community to informally explore issues, share ideas, and inspire each other! We'll have some topical questions and then we'll listen and learn from each other...with some encouragement and laughter thrown in!

  • October 25, 2022 - 11:00am to 3:00pm
    Attend in person or online!

    Topics of Discussion:

    • What Every Fiduciary Needs to Know
    • Top Issues Facing Retirement Plan Sponsors
    • Knowing Your Plan Fees
    • IRS & DOL...
  • December 8, 2022 - 7:30am to 12:00pm
    Wenatchee Convention Center - 121 N. Wenatchee Ave. Wenatchee WA



    • Early Bird Pricing Purchased Before Sept 30:  $40 members/$55 non-members
    • Purchased After Sept 30:  $50 members/$65 non-members

    Presentations will include:

    1. Erin McCool, AVHRA board member and attorney from Ogden Murphy Wallace who will...

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