District 4 Report
Fresh off a remarkably successful Leadership Conference I am happy to report on District #4’s activities this year. While there have been leadership changes in two of my three chapters, but President Elects and Past Presidents have done an excellent job maintaining forward momentum:
Lake Sumter SHRM
Lake Sumter added an associate member as President Amanda Perry Warner stepped back as President to delivery her and her husband’s new addition in a precious daughter named Annie. The Chapter anxiously awaits Annie’s first visit to a membership meeting.
President-Elect Dena Ouellette picked up the leadership role and has led the Board to continued membership growth at double digits and except the October meeting which was lost to Ian have had in person meetings and a successful conference. Membership has grown to over fifty members.
While not all Board members made the Leadership Conference those in attendance were energized and discussed the direction of the Chapter for 2023.
President Jacquelyn Bobb and her President-Elect have had a solid year of successful leadership. The Chapter’s membership has grown by twenty-three new members to a total of 119 members. They provided energized monthly dinner/breakfast speakers and had sponsors for all their meetings. In addition, they had successful Bingo and Holiday meetings.
They support a Student Chapter at Polk State College by providing scholarships for students to belong to the Chapter and mentor the students as they discover the profession of Human Resource. The Chapter has contributed to their community in many other ways:
- Donating Business Attire to assist in candidates through Career Source
- Donating reading material to Lil Libraries for summer reading
- Celebrating “Mental Health Awareness” by wearing GREEN
- Distributing food to the elderly through ViSTE
- Donating Toys for Rudolf Round Up for Heartland for Children
- Implementing STARS at every meeting
Mid-Florida Chapter is immensely proud to have Andrea Williams on the EC as Operations Chair and William Hamrick as CLA for Workforce Development.
Nature Coast SHRM
Also had a Leadership change in 2022 with Past President Tim McClain stepping back in as President and Lisa Parisi stepping up to President-Elect. Meeting site was changed from Hernando County to Pasco County to improve monthly attendance. The Chapter serves a mostly rural area of 1,357 square miles with a population of 731,000 residents and has twenty-eight members.
They have begun to hold joint meetings with other local associations to increase attendance. They are very welcoming to any professional who is seeking to join a group of HR professionals or any one whose job requires them to dabble in HR and looking for education on HR subjects.