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By Caren Bennett.

As President of the Atlant Chapter,Ansleigh Smith, CPP, is always looking for ways to improve the chapter experience.

"We are not content to remain status quo," she explains. "We are always evolving and looking for new things to pursue or ways to improve on old processes. I think our chapter is unique in that we always want to do better than we did with an activity in the previous year."

Most recently, Smith has been working to build the chapter's social media presence. Social media accounts such as Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Instagram have proven to be effective ways to engage with current chapter members. They are also great marketing resources to reach potential new members.

"We post updates, reminders, photos, as well as payroll news on our accounts," Smith said. "The chapter also makes frequent updates to our website."

For Smith, her most important responsibility as Chapter President is to encourage members to be active in the chapter through networking and volunteering. Her current goal is to encourage more CPPs to volunteer to teach in the chapter's study group sessions, as well as to volunteer for other leadership positions in the chapter's committees.

This year, Smith established the chapter's first scholarship for a national APA seminar. She has also begun working on ensuring the chapter has good documentation of officer tasks, as well as developing sponsorship benefits to solicit sponsorships for the chapter.

Smith works to ensure there are plenty of opportunities for chapter members to promote the Atlanta Chapter in their local community.

"The Atlanta Chapter gives back to the community by volunteering with local organizations, making greeting cards for children in the hospital and for our troops that are away from home, and by collecting food, school supplies, and other items that local charities need," Smith said. "The chapter also offers study groups for payroll certification/recertification that benefit the local payroll community. These study groups also serve as a way to recruit new members, as the chapter includes a six-month membership with the study group fee for non-members."

Serving as Chapter President has been greatly rewarding for Smith. She enjoys seeing chapter members succeed in their planned activities and new initiatives.

"It is an amazing feeling to see members volunteer and have a passion for an activity they are leading or participating in," she said. "I am proud of our chapter's accomplishments and all of our members and their activities that keep the chapter growing and thriving."

On a personal level, Smith said serving as Chapter President has helped her feel comfortable speaking in front of large groups.

Smith obtained her CPP certification in 2013. She is active in her local Corvette club, where she serves as secretary.

New APA Chapter



Please welcome the Kern County Chapter of the APA in Bakersfield, California.

Chapter President
Deanna L. Crow, CPP
Payroll Specialist
Wonderful Orchards
Contact the Chapter President

Secretary
Donna Diaz
Payroll Manager
WorklogicHR

Treasurer and Vice President
Leslie Witt
Aera Energy Services
Contact the Chapter President

Prepare for the
2017 Chapter Contest Season



With the year coming to an end, now is the time to look back on 2016 and show off your chapter's successful social and community service events by participating in the 2017 Chapter Contests. This is the perfect opportunity to share with APA your chapter activities and conduct your own evaluation for future enhancements. Each chapter has its own unique way of sharing its creative ideas and showcasing achievements. All chapter contest information can be found on the Local Chapter Contest section of APA's website.

Your chapter's entries will not be judged on the size and volume of your chapter's activities but on the quality, creativity, originality, enthusiasm, and service your chapter has provided to the payroll profession over the past year. All awards will be presented at the 35th Annual Congress in Orlando. Start your contest entry preparations now and enter on February 17, 2017.

To help with the Chapter Contest entries, APA's Chapter Relations Department wants to give you some helpful tips on how to answer the questions, prepare for the contest entry, and understand what the judges are looking for to better your chances of winning.

  • Be proactive -- The chapter contest guidelines are posted on the APA website. Start collecting information from all of your 2016 chapter events.
  • Know the contest rules-- Read the Chapter of the Year questionnaire and the contest guidelines to make sure your chapter completes its entry correctly.
  • Contact Chapter Relations with any questions -- If you need help, just ask! This project could be assigned to one individual , but it is better to make it a group effort.
  • Work together -- This project could be assigned to one individual , but it is better to make it a group effort. Form a committee or group dedicated to gathering information and creating the entries for the chapter contests.
  • Brag about your accomplishments -- This is your time to let your chapter shine! Make certain to show your chapter's achievements.
  • Give your entry a second look -- Proofread the entries for grammatical errors. Make sure all the contest guidelines have been followed and all questions have been answered, and check for any confusing statements. Don’t lose points for missing questions or not providing clear details. Multiple pairs of eyes will help you submit a strong entry!


2016 State or Regional Meeting

Is your chapter organizing a statewide or regional meeting? If so, download the Statewide/Regional Conference Registration Form and submit it to the Chapter Relations Department.

For the most current list of 2016 chapter study groups, visit the Chapter Section of APA's website.



Chapter Memo

Register your statewide or regional meeting with APA. Registering gets your event advertised on APA's website and in the Chapter Network section of PAYTECHonline, gives you access to free giveaways, and support from the Chapter Relations Department.

To contact the Chapter Relations Department, email [email protected] or call 210-226-4600.



2016 Chapter Study Groups

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

View the most current list 2016 Chapter Study Groups.



The Chapter Relations Department is proud of all of our chapters and their accomplishments. To join the list of winning chapters, we encourage you to enter one or more of the 2017 Chapter Contests. Remember, the Chapter of the Year Contest entry is due February 15, 2017! It is never too early to start working on your chapter’s submission! Go to www.americanpayroll.org/chapters-main/chapters-recognition/chapters-recognition-2/ for information on chapter contests.Contact your local chapter to join or get involved. Visit www.americanpayroll.org/chapter for links to any of these chapter profiles.The Chapter Relations Department would like to recognize all active chapters, along with NPW contest winners and Chapter of the Year contest winners from 2014-2016:

Alabama
Birmingham Payroll Association

Alaska
Midnight Sun Chapter, Fairbanks
Northern Lights Chapter, Anchorage

Arizona
Flagstaff Area Chapter
Metro Phoenix Chapter, Tempe

California
Central Coast Chapter of the APA, Monterey
East Bay Chapter, San Ramon
Greater Los Angeles Chapter
Inland Empire Chapter, Riverside
Kern County Chapter of the APA, Bakersfield
North San Diego County Chapter, Carlsbad
2014 NPW Chapter Photo Contest, 2nd place
Orange County Chapter, Irvine
2014 Best Chapter Website, 2nd place
2015 NPW Chapter Promotion Contest, 3rd place
Sacramento Valley Chapter
San Diego Chapter
2014 Chapter Pictorial, 3rd place
2014 Best Chapter Website, 3rd place
San Francisco Bay Area Chapter
2014 Chapter Pictorial, 1st place
2015 Chapter Photo Contest, 3rd place
2016 Chapter Pictorial, 2nd place
San Gabriel Valley Chapter, Covina
Santa Barbara Area Chapter
Santa Clarita Valley Chapter
Silicon Valley Chapter, Santa Clara
2014 NPW Chapter Photo Contest, 1st place
2015 Chapter Photo Contest, 2nd place
Ventura County APA Chapter, Chatsworth

Colorado
Denver Chapter Payroll Association
2014 Best Statewide Meeting Contest, 2nd place
2014 NPW Local Media Outreach, honorable mention

2016 Best Chapter Website, 3rd place
2016 Best Regional Meeting Contest, honorable mention
Northern Colorado Chapter, Greeley
2014 Best Statewide Meeting Contest, 2nd place
Southern Colorado Chapter, Colorado Springs
2014 Best Statewide Meeting Contest, 2nd place

Connecticut Hartford Chapter
Southern Fairfield County Chapter, Norwalk

District of Columbia
Washington Metropolitan Area Chapter, Beltsville, MD
2014 Chapter of the Year, 1st place
2015 Chapter of the Year, 2nd place
2015 Chapter Photo Contest, 1st place
2015 NPW Educational Outreach and Community Service, 3rd place
2015 NPW Local Government Outreach, 1st place
2015 NPW Local Media Outreach, honorable mention
2016 Chapter of the Year Gavel Award, Innovator
2016 Chapter Pictorial, 3rd place

Florida
Bay to Gulf Chapter of the APA, St. Petersburg
Gulf Coast Chapter, Bradenton
Jacksonville Chapter
Orlando Chapter
Palm Beach-Treasure Coast Payroll Association, Jupiter
Southeast Florida APA Chapter, Miramar
Volusia Flagler County Association of Payroll Professionals, Daytona Beach

Georgia
Atlanta Chapter
2014 Chapter of the Year Gavel Award, Innovator
2014 NPW Chapter Promotion Contest, 1st place
2014 NPW Educational Outreach and Community Service, 1st place
2014 NPW Local Government Outreach, 2nd place
2014 NPW Local Media Outreach, 1st place
2014 NPW Local Media Outreach, 2nd place
2015 NPW Chapter Promotion Contest, 1st place
2015 NPW Educational Outreach and Community Service, 1st place
2015 NPW Local Government Outreach, 2nd place
2015 NPW Local Media Outreach, 1st place
2016 Chapter of the Year, 2nd place
Central Savannah River Area Chapter, Augusta

Hawaii
Hawaii Chapter, Honolulu

Idaho
Mountain States Payroll Professionals, Boise

Illinois
Central Illinois Chapter, Peoria
Chicago Chapter
2014 Chapter of the Year, honorable mention
2016 Chapter of the Year, 1st place
Fox Valley Chapter, Aurora

Indiana
Greater Lafayette Chapter, West Lafayette
Indianapolis Chapter
Northeast Indiana Chapter, Fort Wayne
Northwest Indiana Chapter, Francesville
Michiana Chapter, South Bend
Iowa
Central Iowa Chapter APA, Des Moines Iowa-Illinois APA Chapter, Davenport

Kansas
Wichita Chapter

Kentucky
Payroll Professionals of Kentuckiana, Louisville

Louisiana
APA of Acadiana, Lafayette
Southeast Louisiana Chapter, Metairie

Maine
Maine Association of Payroll Professionals, Topsham

Maryland
Charm City Payroll Association, Baltimore

Massachusetts
Greater Boston Chapter, Cambridge

Michigan

Great Lakes Bay Chapter, Saginaw
Detroit Chapter, Southfield
West Michigan Area Chapter of the APA, Kalamazoo
2014 Chapter of the Year, honorable mention

Minnesota
Northstar Chapter, Minneapolis
2014 Chapter of the Year, 2nd place
2014 Chapters’ Choice Award
2016 Chapters’ Choice Award

Mississippi
Central Mississippi Chapter, Jackson

Missouri
Gateway Association of Payroll Professionals, St. Louis
Greater Kansas City Chapter
Joplin Chapter of Southwest Missouri
Springfield Chapter

Nebraska
ebraska Chapter, Elkhorn

Nevada
Northern Nevada APA Chapter, Reno
Southern Nevada Chapter, Las Vegas

New Hampshire
Northern New England Chapter, Hampton

New Jersey
Central Jersey Chapter, Roseland
North Jersey Chapter, Lincoln Park
South Jersey Chapter, Burlington and Cape May Counties

New Mexico
Albuquerque Chapter

New York
Buffalo-Niagara Chapter, Lockport
Greater Binghamton Area Chapter, Endicott
Greater Rochester Area Chapter
Long Island Chapter, Wheatley Heights
New York Metropolitan Chapter
2016 Best Chapter Website, 2nd place
New York State Capital Region Chapter, Altamont
Syracuse Payroll Association

North Carolina
Charlotte Chapter
North Carolina State Chapter, Franklinton
Triad Chapter of the APA, Greensboro

Ohio Columbus Area Chapter
Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky Chapter, Cincinnati
2015 NPW Local Media Outreach, 3rd place
Greater Cleveland Chapter, Cleveland Heights
Hall of Fame Chapter, Canton
Miami Valley Chapter, Dayton
Toledo Area Chapter
2016 Best Chapter Website, honorable mention

Oklahoma
Northeastern Oklahoma Chapter, Tulsa
2014 Best Regional Meeting Contest, honorable mention
Oklahoma City Chapter
2014 Best Regional Meeting Contest, honorable mention
Sooner APA Chapter, Norman

Oregon
Central Oregon Chapter of the APA, Bend
Heart of Oregon Chapter, Salem
Portland Metropolitan Payroll Association, Milwaukie
Willamette Chapter, Monmouth

Pennsylvania
Lehigh Valley Chapter, Allentown
Southeastern Pennsylvania Chapter, Philadelphia
2014 Best Regional Meeting Contest, 1st place
2015 Chapter Promotion Contest, 2nd place
Susquehanna Valley Chapter, Lancaster
Western Pennsylvania Chapter, Pittsburgh

Rhode Island
Ocean State Chapter, Providence

South Carolina
South Carolina Chapter, Columbia
Upstate South Carolina Chapter, Greenville
Western Piedmont Chapter, Greenwood

South Dakota
Siouxland Chapter of APA, Sioux Falls

Tennessee
Chattanooga Chapter
2014 Best Statewide Meeting Contest, 3rd place
2016 Best Statewide Meeting Contest, 1st place
Cordova First National Chapter
East Tennessee Payroll Association, Knoxville
2014 Best Statewide Meeting Contest, 3rd place
2016 Best Statewide Meeting Contest, 1st place
Greater Nashville Chapter
2014 Chapter of the Year, honorable mention
2014 Best Statewide Meeting Contest, 3rd place
2014 NPW Educational Outreach and Community Service, honorable mention
2014 NPW Local Government Outreach, 1st place
2014 NPW Local Media Outreach, 1st place
2015 Chapter of the Year, 3rd place
2015 NPW Local Government Outreach, 3rd place
2015 NPW Local Media Outreach, 2nd place
2016 Chapter of the Year Gavel Award, Facilitator
2016 Best Statewide Meeting Contest, 1st place
Memphis Chapter
2014 Best Statewide Meeting Contest, 3rd place
2016 Best Statewide Meeting Contest, 1st place

Texas
CenTex Chapter, Austin
2016 Best Statewide Meeting Contest, 2nd place
Dallas Chapter, Plano
2014 NPW Chapter Promotion Contest Winners, 3rd place
2015 Chapter of the Year, honorable mention, Communicator
2015 Chapter of the Year, honorable mention
2016 Chapter of the Year Gavel Award, Communicator
2016 Best Statewide Meeting Contest, 2nd place
Fort Worth Chapter
2016 Best Statewide Meeting Contest, 2nd place
Houston Chapter
2014 Chapter of the Year Gavel Award, Mentor
2014 NPW Chapter Promotion Contest Winners, 2nd place
2016 Chapter of the Year, honorable mention
2016 Chapter Pictorial, 1st place
2016 Best Statewide Meeting Contest, 2nd place
South Plains Chapter of the APA, Lubbock
2016 Best Statewide Meeting Contest, 2nd place
Texas Bluebonnet Chapter, Cypress
2016 Best Statewide Meeting Contest, 2nd place
Alamo Chapter of the APA, San Antonio
2014 Chapter Pictorial, 2nd place
2014 Best Chapter Website, honorable mention
2016 Best Statewide Meeting Contest, 2nd place
2016 Chapter of the Year, honorable mention
2016 Chapter Pictorial, honorable mention
2016 Best Chapter Website, 1st place
The Woodlands Chapter of the APA
2016 Best Statewide Meeting Contest, 2nd place
West Texas Chapter, El Paso

Utah
Utah Chapter, Murray

Vermont
Green Mountain Payroll Association, Greensboro Bend

Virginia
Colonial Capital Chapter of the APA, Williamsburg
Hampton Roads Chapter, Virginia Beach
2014 NPW Chapter Photo Contest Winners, 3rd place
Richmond Chapter
2014 NPW Educational Outreach and Community Service, 2nd place

2014 NPW Local Government Outreach, 3rd place
2015 Chapter of the Year, honorable mention, Facilitator
2015 Chapter of the Year, honorable mention
2015 Chapter Photo Contest, honorable mention
2015 NPW Educational Outreach and Community Service, 2nd place
2016 Chapter of the Year, 3rd place
Shenandoah Valley Chapter of the APA, Harrisonburg
Southwest Virginia Chapter of the APA, Roanoke

Washington
Cascade Payroll Association, Amboy
Rainier Chapter, Seattle
West Virginia
Charles Town West Virginia Chapter

Wisconsin
Chippewa Valley Chapter, Eau Claire
Greater Madison Area Chapter
Greater Milwaukee Chapter
2014 Chapter Pictorial, honorable mention
2014 Best Chapter Website, 1st place
2014 Chapter of the Year, 3rd place
2014 NPW Chapter Photo Contest Winners, honorable mention
2014 NPW Educational Outreach and Community Service, 3rd place
2014 NPW Local Media Outreach, 3rd place
2015 Chapter of the Year, 1st place
2015 NPW Educational Outreach and Community Service, honorable mention
2016 Chapter of the Year Gavel Award, Mentor
2016 Best Regional Meeting Contest, 3rd place
Northeast Wisconsin Chapter, Green Bay

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