National Payroll Week
Only Weeks Away

If you haven't already, be sure to prepare for National Payroll Week® celebrations by participating in these fun activities!

Take the NPW Survey Today!
Give your opinion and win! APA's giving away a free paycheck and a trip for two to Las Vegas just for giving your feedback on important payroll topics. Every person who takes the 2014 "Getting Paid In America" survey will be entered for a chance to win.

National Payroll Week (NPW) Chapter Contests
Show your support, spirit and dedication by participating in the 2014 NPW Chapter contests. Make plans with your chapter to celebrate NPW. All winners and participants will receive a certificate and acknowledgment in the January 2015 edition of APA's PAYTECH magazine.

Entering the NPW Chapter Contests is simple! Simply visit the NPW website and submit the completed Q & A required items to the Chapter Relations Department.

Chapter Promotion
Encourage your colleagues and chapter members to support the payroll profession by purchasing 2014 NPW merchandise. To gain credit towards your chapter's NPW purchase total, ensure your chapter's name is selected from the NPW store drop-down menu. These contributions will help support the national NPW campaign and will help your chapter become a winning promoter of NPW 2014!

Deadline: August 22, 2014

Chapter Photo
Show off your chapter's spirit for the payroll profession and National Payroll Week by submitting up to three chapter photo(s) in the 2014 NPW Chapter Photo Contest. We are looking for photos that capture the excitement and activity during NPW. Snap the fun in action!

We strongly encourage you to be as detailed as possible in your descriptions and include photos taken at the events. Photos should be attached to the entry in JPEG format.

And don't forget these other great NPW Contests:

National Education Champions Contest
Educational Outreach and Community Service
Local Media Outreach
Local Government Outreach
Individual Activity Contest

Deadline: September 26, 2014

Questions? Contact the Chapter Relations Department at 210-226-4600.

Chapter President Profile
Pamela Pohorence, CPP
Greater Cleveland Chapter

By Caren Bennett

Pamela Pohorence, CPP, became President of the Greater Cleveland Chapter as a way to share her love of payroll and to help others improve their payroll knowledge. She works to provide excellent educational opportunities to members, including study groups and informative monthly meetings.

"I've made it a priority to make sure we have topics at our bi-monthly meetings that are essential to what our members need in regards to their job and related updates for payroll," Pohorence says.

She also ensures that there are opportunities for members to attend a meeting without charge so "their companies will continue to invest in them to stay updated on payroll-related topics."

Pohorence has focused on growing chapter membership.

"Members are what make the chapter thrive," she explains, "and I feel an important responsibility to help our chapter grow so there is quality networking among members."

To encourage growth, the chapter instituted a membership-wide "Invite a friend, co-worker, or business near yours" campaign. Each member received an invitation to send out to fellow payroll professionals as a way to attract more individuals to visit chapter meetings. Members were offered one free meeting if they had three new members sign up within the year.

Pohorence is also currently working with the Vice President to set up an after-work networking opportunity as a way to encourage many different businesses in the area to join the Greater Cleveland Chapter and to learn about the APA.

For Pohorence, the best parts of being Chapter President are the networking opportunities and the friendships she has formed.

"Everyone is genuinely supportive of each other," she says.

It has also helped her grow both personally and professionally.

"Being President of the chapter has helped me when I was looking for a new job with this designation on my resume being noticed," she says. "And I have learned to delegate and trust individuals will complete the task given them. It has also given me the confidence to teach in our study group."

Pohorence looks forward to planning the chapter's annual event for National Payroll Week 2014.

"We pick a particular theme to focus on in regards to topic, gifts, food selection, decorations, and a fun way to donate to a particular charity" she says.

Last year, the chapter selected the theme "Payroll Under the Big Top" and used a circus theme with carnival games and lunchtime circus foods. The event coordinator dressed as the Ringmaster and Pohorence herself dressed up as a clown! Members purchased tickets to play games or get their picture taken and the money went to a charity.

"We got a lot of positive feedback on the fun everyone had," she says, "plus we had a great speaker who incorporated the circus theme into her PowerPoint presentation."

A huge personal achievement for Pamela was obtaining her CPP certification. When she is not processing payroll, she loves to sew, garden, read, and visit with her grandchildren.


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