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APA Extends Special Offer
to Chapter Members

APA loves its chapter members, but that love is mutually beneficial when its chapter members become APA members. To show its appreciation for all the hard work and commitment associated with belonging to a local chapter, APA is making the process of joining its esteemed ranks of payroll professionals more rewarding.

Chapter members who join the APA as a new member will not only have their one-time enrollment fee of $35 waived, they'll also receive one of two great gifts absolutely free! Whether you choose a handy stainless steel mug (use coupon code CHPMEMSM at checkout) or a nifty payroll-themed photo frame (use coupon code CHPMEMPH at checkout), you'll still receive all the great perks of being an APA member.

APA member benefits include:

  • 3 RCHs per year
  • Instant compliance updates sent via email
  • PAYTECH, PAYTECH-Digital, PAYTECHonline, Payroll Currently, surveys, and polls
  • Discounts on all APA resources
View APA's website to discover all the benefits of APA membership.

As you purchase your APA membership, be sure to choose your state and chapter name at checkout. But hurry...this offer only lasts until May 31.

Consider the benefits, consider the value -- join the APA today!



Chapter Events Set for
32nd Annual Congress

Chapter members from all over the nation are looking forward to the fun chapter events that will take place at the 32nd Annual Congress, May 13-17, in Minneapolis. For a glimpse of what's to come, check out the individual categories below:

Chapter Pictorials
Monitors throughout the convention center during the week of Congress will showcase all the creative and colorful local chapter pictorial presentations that were entered in the 2014 Chapter Pictorial Contest. Each unique photo montage slideshow reflects the activities and events APA's individual chapters participated in throughout 2013.

Chapter Hospitality Booth
The Northstar Chapter will be welcoming fellow chapter members to its hometown. Stop by their booth to learn more about the restaurants, shopping, and sightseeing opportunities the Twin Cities have to offer. Plus, this host chapter will have fun giveaways. Stop by to receive a warm welcome and possibly plan your next big adventure!

Chapter Exchange, May 14
at 8:30 p.m.

Network during an interactive session with fellow local chapter members and peers from across the nation at the Chapter Exchange. Sponsored by Workday, the event will also include the presentation of APA's 2014 Chapter Contest Awards. Take this opportunity to meet APA's Board of Advisors from each of the nine regions and discuss how to make your chapter a success. Last year, we had the largest turnout ever with almost 500 in attendance! Chapter members do not want to miss this event.

Chapter Workshop, May 15 at 2:15 p.m.
Four esteemed chapter members will present the chapter workshop "Success: Grow Your Chapter, Enrich Your Meetings, and Create Great Conferences." The session will focus on formation, by-laws and officers, planning chapter events, finding speakers and exhibitors, your website and social media, and chapter tax issues. All four speakers bring vast knowledge to this workshop with decades of experience with their local chapters; they also have served as members of the APA President's Board of Advisors:

  • Daniel Dycus, CPP
  • Rosemarie Fraumeni, CPP
  • Robyn Maslouski, CPP
  • Bruce Phipps, CPP
Costume Contest, May 15 at 7 p.m.
Is your alter ego a creepy monster or a bright glamorous cover girl? Show us during the Congress Costume Contest. Show off your favorite horror movie villain or light up the Congress party in glowing neon colors at this year's costume contest. Start designing your costume for one of the following categories:
  • Best Zombie
  • Most Horrific
  • Creepiest Creature Creation
  • Best Monster Mash Group
  • Glam Glow Girl
  • Best Movie/TV Look-a-Like
  • Light Up the Party
Gather your chapter members to enter the Best Monster Mash Group category. Join us on stage during the Cocktail Reception and Smorgasbord in the Expo Hall on Thursday, May 15, beginning at 6:30 p.m. to enter. Everyone is welcome to wear their costumes all day Thursday.



Chapter President Profile
Kirk Simmet, CPP
President of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Chapter

By Caren Bennett

Kirk Simmet, CPP, has been a member of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Chapter for more than 20 years. Prior to becoming Chapter President, Simmet attended quarterly meetings regularly, but hadn't been involved on a deeper level.

"I thought, what better way to get involved than to jump in as President?" Simmet said. "We have had a succession of really great leaders, so a sound foundation to the office was already in place."

As President, Simmet challenges himself by seeking out the best local speakers for quarterly chapter meetings.

"It is always on my mind to look for someone of interest that fits the APA requirements. It is enjoyable seeing the membership react to a good presentation," he explained.

Simmet is most proud of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Chapter's community involvement. As President, he reactivated chapter involvement in the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation's Adopt-A-Highway Program. Members volunteer to clean up a one-mile stretch of local highway twice a year. Additionally, each chapter meeting provides a variety of collections for local charities.

"Our members really come through," Simmet said.

Recently, the chapter board passed a resolution to make every attempt to cover the APA's Annual Congress fee for an officer each year.

In 2014, Simmet looks forward to expanding the Money Matters National Education Day program within his chapter. Last year, he participated in the program, presenting the course to 65 students in three classes at a local high school. He hopes to continue expanding the chapter by reaching out to payroll professionals in the area.

Simmet is currently Payroll Manager at Villanova University. He has been with the university for almost 25 years. He also teaches the APA instructor-led PayTrain® course during the summer.

"I always joke with my class each summer that most of us 'end up' in payroll. I actually chose a career in payroll," Simmet said. "After spending five years with a non-profit feeding program as their financial director and the birth of my first daughter, I decided to move on and payroll was the direction I chose. Of all the various functions I provided at the feeding program, I enjoyed payroll the most."

In addition to being a payroll pro, Simmet is an avid motorcyclist.

"I ride to work as many days as I can year-round, which can be a challenge in the Northeast," he said.

Simmet has two adult daughters and enjoys camping with his wife and their dog.



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