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President's Message

    September 15, 2016

    Last call!  Mike Nash Workshop registration closes September 23, 2016.

    Don’t miss this great opportunity to learn from the best!  Mike Nash is a dynamic speaker with a tool belt of information to equip leaders, engage employees and improve organizational dynamics.  High workplace morale and employee engagement aren’t just “feel good” ideas – they’re crucial to your organization’s ability to sustain high productivity, employee retention, excellent customer service and a positive workplace environment. With relevance, clarity and creativity, Mike will help you and your organization reach full potential.  It’s a practical, skill-based, results-oriented workshop full of proven leadership strategies in communication, decision-making, team building, facilitating effective meetings, building morale, dealing with difficult employees and stopping gossip, negativity and much more!  This local, four-day workshop is affordable for all businesses. See our website for more information and register today!

    2017 AVHRA ELECTIONS – with a number of open board positions for 2017, we’re calling for an early election to help transition new members.  There are great benefits of volunteering in leadership and committee member positions:

    • Make an impact to the HR profession through board membership and continued chapter development
    • Be recognized as a leader in the human resources field
    • Improve your competencies and advance yourself professionally
    • Network with peers and colleagues in the HR profession and in our community
    • Attend all chapter meetings and workshops for FREE – this is a tremendous value to you personally and professionally; what a great selling point to your employer!
    • Earn HRCI/SHRM CP-SCP credits for leadership and/or committee positions


    As a board member of AVHRA, you are expected to be an active and engaged member – this includes attending monthly board meetings and helping the Board come to agreement in making decisions that affect our membership.  You are also committed to the growth of the chapter – actively engaging with others in discussion of the benefits of AVHRA and SHRM membership.

    Please participate in the election process by voting in support of HR professionals for positions as listed below and please consider joining us for the 2017 chapter year!  Contact co-Presidents Ruth Erwert (661-4540 or Reagan Bellamy (682-6445 if you have any questions about board or chapter membership.  ELECTIONS CLOSE ON OCTOBER 6, 2016

    President – OPEN

    Programs – Jeremy Jordan, Chelan PUD

    Secretary/Foundation – Brenda Reagan, Washington State Dept. of Transportation

    Treasurer – Jennifer West, Cashmere Valley Bank

    Diversity/Legislative – Erin McCool, Ogden Murphy Wallace

    Communications (website management) – OPEN

    Newsletter – Hana Tate, Chelan PUD

    Certification – OPEN

    Membership – OPEN

    College Relations – Staci Sleigh-Layman, CWU