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Chapter President Profile:
Joann M. Bielinski, CPP,Greater Milwaukee Chapter

By Caren Bennett

Tena Gibson, CPP, President of the Detroit Chapter, sees her position as a way to support the APA at both the local and national level.

Joann Bielinski received her CPP certification in 2011. The Greater Milwaukee Chapter of the American Payroll Association was instrumental in helping her achieve this goal.

"As a member, I was able to take part in a four-month study group for free," Bielinski explains. "You don't get something like that for nothing anymore."

Joann hoped to be able to give back to the chapter. Serving as President was the perfect way to do so.

"The chapter won't run itself," she said. "I thought, 'Why not see if I can't add to the bottom line.'"

As Chapter President, Joann ensures that all committees work together for the same purpose: educating and celebrating members of the chapter.

"The Greater Milwaukee Chapter has so many working parts and offers so much that it is a full-time job assuring that all members are recognized for their contributions and that all committees provide well-rounded offerings, as expected and demanded," she said. "As a member, I never realized how much effort so many make to keep the chapter going."

The chapter has many committees, including the NPW Committee, whose members recently organized and raised money for the chapter's National Payroll Week celebration. The celebration was held at a park pavilion, and all members were invited, along with their co-workers, families, and neighbors.

"We exposed a lot of new people to NPW and had a good time doing it," she said. "I thought all members of the NPW Committee went above and beyond this year. Apparently, APA thought so as well because we won recognition and prizes in four NPW contest categories!"

The chapter's newest committee is its Social Media Committee. Members of the committee explore ways to use different social media outlets, maintain posts, and reach new and existing members. Bielinski has made it her goal to increase members of the chapter's existing LinkedIn page.

"Since my mission commenced, we increased from 106 members to 142 members," she said.

Along with social media, the chapter also uses word of mouth to increase its membership.

"We enter contests and win prizes and notoriety," she said. "People want to belong to a fun, winning team. We are featured in magazines, social media posts, and websites. Current members invite future members to see what they will enjoy. We have been maintaining this fever pace for 22 years. I think we have been at the top of our game for a few years now. Word of mouth and excitement keep us energized."

The Greater Milwaukee Chapter is committed to remaining involved in its local community. Each month the Community Involvement Committee highlights a local charity as a "featured charity." Members are informed ahead of time about the mission of the charity and what it needs.

"The generosity of our membership is unmatched by any other," Bielinski said. "They always come through with an abundance of time, talent, and donations."

The chapter also donates time to other charities in addition to the featured charities. From September 2016 through December 2016, the chapter helped six different local charities.

Bielinski is proud that the Greater Milwaukee Chapter is sustained by volunteer effort.

"Just about every member volunteers themselves for one thing or another," she said. "I get to be the leader for the best group of volunteers. Everyone is so willing to go over and above. They make my job easy."



Chapter Contests
Chapter Pictorial Contest

Deadline: March 3, 2017

The contest allows chapters to be creative and display their successes through the use of photos in a PowerPoint slideshow. Creating a unique electronic montage gives everyone a glimpse into your chapter’s hard work, chapter meetings, study groups, community service, NPW, and statewide conferences. All of the pictorials will be displayed on monitors at the 35th Annual Congress in Orlando, FL.

Download the Chapter Pictorial Contest entry guidelines.

Best Chapter Website Contest

Deadline: March 3, 2017

Local chapters are rewarded for their efforts in innovation and information while serving their members using their chapter’s website as an educational tool. Share how your chapter has successfully created a user-friendly website to educate, stimulate, and inform local members.

Download the Best Chapter Website entry guidelines.

Photo Caption for Website 1st Place Alamo Chapter: Alamo Chapter of the APA won 1st place for their Best Chapter Website Contest Entry.

Best Statewide or Regional Meeting

Deadline: March 4, 2017

Planning for a successful conference takes a lot of time, hard work, and teamwork! Share the fruits of your labor by entering the Best Statewide or Regional meeting contest. Winners are determined by their execution of the planning/marketing of the statewide/regional meeting, choice of theme, the education provided, and the recognition of chapter members.

Download the Best Statewide or Regional Meeting entry guidelines.

All of the awards will be presented during the Chapter Exchange at the 35th Annual Congress in Orlando on May 17, 2017. APA offers one-day, two-day, and three-day passes to Congress along with the entire week pass. Register by April 18 to save $50!

Chapter Memo



APA’s Local Chapter Guide – How to Create, Develop, and Maintain a Local Chapter contains new information including the new chapter event and chapter marketing guidelines. Read this important resource to ensure your chapter is in compliance with APA’s chapter guidelines.

Do you have questions? Contact Chapter Relations at [email protected] or 210-226-4600.

2017 Statewide
or Regional Meeting

Is your chapter organizing a statewide or regional meeting? If so, submit the Statewide of Regional Meeting Registration Form and submit it to the Chapter Relations Department. Your statewide or regional meeting will be advertised on the APA website and in PAYTECHOnline. Plus, you will receive free promotional materials from APA.

Along with tons of networking, the conference will also provide nine, 90-minute educational sessions for specialized training in various topics including social media, study groups, knowledge transfer, marketing, and membership participation from our hand-selected guest speakers.

For the most current list of 2017 statewide or regional conferences, visit the Chapter Section of APA's website.



2017 Chapter Study Groups

Register your study group with the Chapter Relations Department by submitting the Study Group Registration Form. Your study group will be advertised on the APA website and in PAYTECHOnline. Plus, you will receive free study materials (see form for details).

Along with tons of networking, the conference will also provide nine, 90-minute educational sessions for specialized training in various topics including social media, study groups, knowledge transfer, marketing, and membership participation from our hand-selected guest speakers.

For the most current list of 2017 chapter study groups, visit the Chapter Section of APA's website.



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