Showcase Your
Chapter With Contests

If you missed the deadline for the Chapter of the Year Contest, then you do not want to miss the deadline for the rest of the 2015 chapter contests. These contests allow your chapter to showcase its successful enhancements, events, and services. This is the perfect opportunity to share with APA your 2014 chapter activities and conduct your own evaluation for future enhancements.

Because local chapter membership varies in size, your chapter's entries will not be judged on the size and volume of its activities, but on the quality, creativity, originality, enthusiasm, and service your chapter has provided to the payroll profession over the past year.

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, NPW and statewide conferences. All the pictorials will be displayed on monitors at the 33rd Annual Congress in Las Vegas.

Deadline: March 6, 2015

Best Chapter Website Contest
In the 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. Share how your chapter has successfully created a user-friendly website to educate, stimulate, and inform local members.

Deadline: March 6, 2015
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 chapter members.

Deadline: March 6, 2015

All awards will be presented during the Chapter Exchange at the 33rd Annual Congress in Las Vegas on May 6.

Get Publicity, Support
for Your Next Statewide

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

View the most current list of 2015 Statewide or Regional Conferences.

Receive Free Materials
for Your Chapter Study Group

Register your study group with Chapter Relations 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 of 2015 Chapter Study Groups.

Chapter President Profile
Julie Reinhardt, CPP
Gulf Coast Chapter

By Caren Bennett

As President of the Gulf Coast Chapter, Julie Reinhardt, CPP, works to provide a safe and comfortable atmosphere where payroll professionals both new and veteran can "share and talk about what they do, present their challenges, and look to one another for help."

"We all may work for different companies, but we are 'one' team when it comes to payroll," Reinhardt explains. She strives to provide leadership and direction for members while also building a cohesive team.

While talking with Reinhardt, it is easy to sense her passion for payroll and her drive to help payroll professionals succeed.

"Payroll isn't just about numbers, it's about people," she says.

The Gulf Coast Chapter is one of the only chapters in the area that provides CPP/FPC study groups for members. Reinhardt and her fellow officers work as a team to put together materials, organize, and even teach the study groups.

"We remember what it feels like to study for the CPP/FPC exam; how nervous and excited we were and looking for some support and guidance," she says. "We provide that. We want to help others succeed."

Reinhardt and her team also have been instrumental in helping members find jobs in the payroll field.

To encourage growth, the Gulf Coast Chapter offers prospective members their first meeting at no cost. Chapter meetings offer a casual and welcoming atmosphere and also feature captivating speakers to discuss hot payroll topics.

"We keep putting the word out and trying to get people excited about the APA and the networking, learning, support and, of course, the wonderful friendships that come from becoming a member and part of a local chapter," Reinhardt says.

The chapter also participates in fund raising for community needs, and members volunteer their time with Money Matters National Education Day, helping local students understand their paychecks.

Serving as Chapter President has enhanced Reinhardt's life both professionally and personally.

"I have grown so much in a leadership capacity," she says.

Her role at work involves handling all of the payroll duties, as well as serving as benefits administrator.

"I am often meeting with my customer base, a.k.a. the employees; I now do this with confidence and have built a trusting relationship with them. The confidence I've built in addressing a group has definitely been beneficial," she explains. "I've also experienced firsthand the importance of a team in order to be truly successful."

Reinhardt has also developed close relationships with her fellow officers, especially Marcia McKeen, the founder of the Gulf Coast Chapter.

"We've done a lot of walking and talking together, and of course our conversations always encompassed payroll," she says. "Toward the end of 2013, our walking turned into a decision to run, and we then signed up for our first 5K. We trained and ran our first one in February of 2014. Since then, we have done about four 5ks and we have two more before the end of 2014; many of these raise funds for a good cause. If it wasn't for payroll and the APA local chapter opportunities, I would have never met my best friend and payroll mentor."

After having attended several APA Congress events in the past, Reinhardt looks forward to attending the 33rd Annual Congress in Las Vegas later this year.

"Attending Congress is a fantastic experience. I learned so much, and the networking has been a staple in my payroll career. This is a key event to attend in order to grow and improve in your payroll career; it is not to be missed. And the APA spares no expense to show their appreciation to its payroll professionals; they make me feel like payroll royalty," she explains.

Outside of payroll, Reinhardt enjoys playing co-ed softball and has even played on a championship team.

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