APA Congratulates 2016
Chapter Contest Winners

We would like to congratulate all chapters that participated in the 2016 chapter contests for their hard work and team spirit. This year's winners are:

2016 Chapter of the Year Contest Winners
1st Place: Chicago Chapter
2nd Place: Atlanta Chapter
3rd Place: Richmond Chapter

Honorable Mentions: Houston Chapter
Alamo Chapter of the APA
Northstar Chapter

2016 Gavel Awards
Innovator: Washington Metropolitan Area Chapter
Mentor: Greater Milwaukee Chapter
Facilitator: Greater Nashville Chapter
Communicator: Dallas Chapter

2016 Chapters' Choice Winner
Northstar Chapter

2016 Chapter Pictorial Contest Winners
1st Place: Houston Chapter
2nd Place: San Francisco Bay Area Chapter
3rd Place: Washington Metropolitan Area Chapter

Honorable Mention: Alamo Chapter of the APA

2016 Best Chapter Website Contest Winners
1st Place: Alamo Chapter of the APA
2nd Place: New York Metropolitan Chapter
3rd Place: Denver Chapter Payroll Association

Honorable Mention: Toledo Area Chapter

2016 Best Statewide or Regional Meeting Contest Winners
1st Place: Tennessee Statewide Payroll Conference -- "Payroll Round-Up"
East Tennessee Payroll Association
Chattanooga Chapter
Greater Nashville Chapter
Memphis Chapter

2nd Place: Texas Payroll Conference -- "A Tribute to 25 Years of Payroll Excellence"
Alamo Chapter of the APA
CenTex Chapter
Dallas Chapter
Fort Worth Chapter
Houston Chapter
South Plains Chapter of the APA
Texas Bluebonnet Chapter of the APA
The Woodlands Chapter of the APA

3rd Place: Wisconsin Statewide -- "Payroll a Tropical Pay-cation"
Greater Milwaukee Chapter

Honorable Mention: Rocky Mountain Regional Payroll Conference -- "Buckin' Payroll Rodeo"
Denver Chapter Payroll Association

Enter to Win NPW Contests

It's time to show your National Payroll Week® (NPW) spirit and participate in the 2016 NPW Contests. NPW is September 5-9 this year, and we want to make sure you have fun and properly prepare when planning your NPW events and contest entries. The many NPW contests you could enter are:

Chapters Only:

For Individuals and Groups: For Everyone: When purchasing NPW merchandise, remind your chapter members to select your chapter name from the drop-down menu on the NPW online store in order to win the Chapter Promotion Contest. The deadline for purchases to go toward the contest count is August 26.

Visit for more information on the Chapter Promotion Contest and other NPW Contests.

Chapter President Profile
Alicia Horton, FPC
Central Savannah River Area Chapter

By Caren Bennett

For Alicia Horton, FPC, becoming President of the Central Savannah River Area Chapter seemed like a natural step.

"I have been a local Central Savannah River Area Chapter member since its inception in 2008," she explains, "I previously served as co-treasurer and vice president, had always helped coordinate events as a board/committee member, and had developed good relationships with the other chapter members."

As President, Horton provides leadership to the chapter by coordinating different chapter functions and goals. These include board meetings, monthly meetings, annual events, and volunteer opportunities. She has also organized and served as instructor for two FPC study groups each year to help and encourages chapter members to achieve their FPC certification. In the past spring and fall seasons, the Central Savannah River Area Chapter had 40 candidates successfully achieve their FPC certification!

"For me, the most enjoyable part of being President is helping someone prepare for their FPC exam and seeing them pass," Horton says, "They are so excited, and I am so proud of them. It takes hard work and dedication to study, and together we make it happen."

As part of the study group, participants enjoy a yearlong membership to the chapter.

"I would like to see more of these memberships turn into renewals the following year," Horton explains.

To encourage this, the chapter holds a May celebration to honor the FPC and CPP candidates and invites all members in good standing to attend for free.

"We advertise our meetings as the easiest way to earn RCHs toward renewal," Horton says.

Horton is proud of the way the Central Savannah River Area Chapter makes its monthly meetings fun and interactive. The chapter has a number of long-term members, and Horton credits them with making meetings enjoyable and engaging.

"We also love to eat at our meetings, and planning the menu is the first thing we take care of, with a different type of food each month," Horton says.

The chapter also gives out inexpensive but fun door prizes and plans games such as a "Name That Tune" musical quiz, relays, or puzzles.

"When members leave, they are relaxed and happy," Horton says.

In its community, the Central Savannah River Area Chapter is a sponsor for Hope House of Augusta, a local organization that houses mothers and their children and provides services to help the mothers recover from substance abuse, achieve their GEDs, find employment, and offers legal assistance to help them get back on their feet.

"I have a passion for helping children in need," Horton explains.

Each year, the chapter adopts a family that is housed there during the holidays and provides a holiday dinner when members bring in new toys and clothes so that the children will have presents on Christmas morning.

In her free time, Horton enjoys spending time with her husband of 22 years, two grown children, and two grandchildren. She and her husband are especially involved with their grandchildren's sports, even coaching the girls' volleyball team. Horton also enjoys gardening and RV trips with her family.

Attend the 2016
Chapter Leadership Summit

The American Payroll Association (APA) and its Chapter Relations Department are proud to present the 2016 Chapter Leadership Summit! On October 14-15, chapter officers will have a day and a half to network, lead, and motivate each other at MEET Las Vegas. The event will unite fellow local chapter officers from more than 165 APA-affiliated chapters (129 active) across the country as they discover useful and important information on how to organize a successful chapter.

Along with tons of networking, the conference will also provide nine, 90-minute educational sessions for specialized training in various topics including social media, study groups, knowledge transfer, marketing, and membership participation from our hand-selected guest speakers.

Registration is open now. Visit to reserve your spot at the 2016 Chapter Leadership Summit! Spaces are limited, so meet with your chapter officers to decide the two lucky people who get to attend.

Get Publicity, Support
for Your Next Statewide

All chapters hosting a statewide or regional conference are encouraged to register their event with APA's Chapter Relations Department. Once the conference is registered, APA will provide brochures and a door prize. Additionally, APA will send one speaker from APA's National Speakers Bureau (NSB), APA's Board of Directors (BOD), or APA's staff to speak at the meeting. To request your one free speaker for your statewide or regional conference, please view the Requesting Speakers from APA form. Additional speakers are at the cost of the requesting chapter(s).

To register your statewide or regional conference with APA National, you may do so electronically through your Chapter Profile or submit the Statewide Meeting Registration form.

View the most current list of 2016 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 2016 Chapter Study Groups.


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