Final Chance to Get Your Chapter Contest Entries In
If you missed the Chapter of the Year contest deadline, be sure to enter one of the remaining chapter contests before the March 7 deadline. These contests allow you to showcase your chapter's successful enhancements, events, and services. It's the perfect opportunity to share with APA your 2013 chapter activities and conduct your own evaluation for future enhancements.
APA is still accepting entries for:
Chapter Pictorial Contest
The Chapter Pictorial Contest allows chapters to be creative and display their successes through the use of photos in a PowerPoint slide show. A creative and unique electronic montage gives everyone a glimpse into your chapter's hard work, chapter meetings, study groups, community service, National Payroll Week® festivities, and statewide conferences. All pictorials will be displayed at the 32nd Annual Congress in Minneapolis.
Best Chapter Website Contest
Local chapters are awarded for their efforts to be innovative and informative while serving their members using their chapter's website as an educational tool in the Best Chapter Website Contest. Share how your chapter has successfully created a user-friendly website to educate, stimulate, and inform local members.
Best Statewide or Regional Meeting
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 how well the chapters executed the planning/marketing of the statewide or regional meeting, chose a theme, provided education, and recognized their chapter members.
All awards will be presented at the 32nd Annual Congress in Minneapolis on Wednesday, May 14. 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.
Chapter President ProfileBy Caren Bennett
Mary Norton, CPP
President of the Birmingham Payroll Association Chapter
Mary Norton, CPP, became President of the Birmingham Payroll Association as a way to give back to her chapter. As President, Norton strives to serve her chapter with respect and professionalism.
"My most important responsibility as Chapter President is to set the best example of professional leadership in order to improve our chapter education and membership," she explained.
In 2013, Norton focused on recognizing the chapter's membership.
"We all know payroll can be a thankless job," she said, "but we are so proud of our members and what they do. I am proud to be leading such a wonderful group of people who are successful in their field."
The Birmingham Payroll Association provides many opportunities for education and networking for members, including bi-monthly meetings, CPP certification classes, and online support. Each year during National Payroll Week®, the chapter selects a member as Payroll Professional of the Year. The chapter also holds a special luncheon during NPW.
This year, Norton looks forward to continuing to improve and to grow chapter membership. To do this, the Birmingham Payroll Association advertises in a local business journal. The chapter focuses on networking and consistently inviting fellow payroll professionals to attend chapter meetings. The chapter also organizes the Alabama Statewide Conference, which provides exposure for the group.
Norton began her career processing payroll for a retail establishment and is now Vice President for Lyons HR, responsible for payroll and benefits. She was named Payroll Professional of the Year for 2012-2013 by the Birmingham Payroll Association. She received her Certified Payroll Professional (CPP) certification in the spring of 2008. She encourages anyone new to the payroll field to get involved in a local chapter and to set a goal to attain CPP or FPC certification.
In her free time, Norton enjoys spending time with her grandson.