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APA Thanks Pay Pros for Involvement in NPW 2014

By Jessica Neidhart


APA members, chapters, and businesses celebrated and captured the essence of National Payroll Week® through their planned events, contests, and excitement. We would like to thank everyone who participated last year and showed their appreciation to the payroll profession.

Alamo Chapter

  • Members participated in the Chapter Photo Contest by submitting a photo with a life-size cutout of Elvis. This event must have been loads of fun with the King of Rock 'n' Roll in attendance.
Atlanta Chapter
  • Members were hoping to catch a ball at the Atlanta Braves game. Their Chapter Photo Contest entry showed them sporting their NPW shirts and having a great time at the baseball game.
  • Won first place in the Educational Outreach and Community Service Chapter Contest.
  • Volunteered and gathered items for Dress for Success, Georgia Public Broadcasting, Habitat for Humanity, and Money Matters.
  • Won first place in the Chapter Promotion Contest. Members showed how important it is to choose your chapter's name when ordering NPW items.
  • Won second place in the Local Government Outreach Chapter Contest.
  • Received 30 proclamations.
  • Won second place with their submission for the Local Media Outreach Chapter Contest using six different means of media.
Canton Hall of Fame Chapter
  • Participated in the Chapter Photo Contest.
  • Volunteered at the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank. They helped repack 12,300 pounds of meat and provided 10,548 meals to local families in need.
  • For National Education Day, members taught Money Matters to the youth in their community as one of their events for the entry in the Educational Outreach and Community Service Chapter Contest.
Chicago Chapter
  • The members of Chicago Chapter took part in the Chapter Photo Contest. The day the picture was taken was very eventful for these members. They had their officer elections, gave out candy bars, and had two guest speakers who spoke about how NPW first started. This gave a better understanding of NPW to the Chicago chapter members.
  • Participated in the Educational Outreach and Community Service Chapter Contest.
  • Members volunteered to cook dinner for about 20 people at Ronald McDonald Meals from the Heart.
Dallas Chapter
  • Participated in the Educational Outreach and Community Service Chapter Contests.
  • Members showed their passion for education by teaching Money Matters to a total of 249 students.
  • Won third place in the Chapter Promotion Contest. Members showed how important it is to choose your chapter's name when ordering NPW items.
  • Participated in the Local Government Outreach Chapter Contest.
  • Received 16 proclamations.
Denver Chapter
  • Won Honorable mention in the Local Media Outreach Chapter Contest.
  • Members were on Channel 9 News to answer the phones when people called asking questions about payroll. They received more than 100 calls and were able to help all of the callers.
Gateway Association of Payroll Professionals
  • Participated in the Chapter Photo Contest by submitting a fun masquerade picture of their members. The picture was taken at their Mardi Gras-themed NPW celebration.
  • Participated in the Educational Outreach and Community Service Chapter Contest.
  • Taught Money Matters at two different high schools to help promote financial literacy.
  • Participated in the Local Government Outreach Chapter Contest.
  • Planned a whole day of events with speakers, games for prizes, food, and the presenting of the proclamation. They had 60 attendees at their proclamation signing event.
Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky Chapter
  • Participated in the Chapter Photo Contest. Members created a Payroll Speakeasy celebration with some gambling and silent auctions. All proceeds from the gambling and auctions benefited the Virginia Hospital.
Greater Milwaukee Chapter
  • Won honorable mention for its submission to the Chapter Photo Contest for creativity in building a Payroll Source Castle.
  • Won third place in the Educational Outreach and Community Service Chapter Contest.
  • Taught Money Matters to 30 students and hosted two educational speaker events for the chapter members.
  • Participated in the Local Government Outreach Chapter Contest.
  • Greater Milwaukee members presented their three proclamations at NPW celebrations on August 27 and September 6.
  • Won third place in their Local Media Outreach Chapter Contest.
  • Members were featured in three separate newspapers, online articles, online websites, and newsletters.
Greater Nashville Chapter
  • Participated in the Chapter Photo Contest. Members had a great time at their red, white, and blue-themed NPW celebration. Their photo showed that America's colors look great on everyone.
  • Won honorable mention in the Educational Outreach and Community Service Chapter Contest.
  • Chapter members served dinner to cancer patients and caregivers at Hope Lodge and taught Money Matters to 20 students.
  • Won first place in the Local Government Outreach Chapter Contest for their work with promoting their event through different forms of media.
  • Received 10 proclamations.
  • Won first place in Local Media Outreach Chapter Contest.
  • They used public service announcements, newspaper advertisements, Facebook, LinkedIn to promote NPW. They were also featured in an article in the Williamson County newspaper.
Hampton Roads Chapter
  • Won third place in the Chapter Photo contest for their "We 'mustache' you, how did you celebrate National Payroll Week?" picture.
Heart of Oregon Chapter
  • Participated in the Educational Outreach and Community Service Chapter Contest.
  • Participated in the Walk for Hope fundraiser for the Simonka House on June 21, 2014
  • Participated in the Local Government Outreach Chapter Contest.
  • Received two proclamations and requested four.
Houston Chapter
  • Participated in the Chapter Photo Contest. Members posed with their 15 proclamations to show their hard work and dedication to NPW.
  • Participated in the Educational Outreach and Community Service Chapter Contest.
  • Members provided dinner, games, prizes and supplies to the residents at Ronald McDonald House; they donated $500 in household supplies.
  • Participated in the Children's Resource Foundation by helping in the back to school backpacks and supplies drive; they raised $658 for the nonprofit organization.
  • Won second place in the Chapter Promotion Contest. Members showed how important it is to choose your chapter's name when ordering NPW items.
  • Participated in the Local Government Outreach Chapter Contest.
  • Received 15 proclamations, requested 54.
  • Participated in the Local Media Outreach Chapter Contest.
  • Members reached out to four local news stations to come report about their NPW celebrations.
Midnight Sun Chapter
  • Participated in the Chapter Photo Contest.
  • Celebrated their own chapter accomplishments. In the last year, this chapter has grown from seven to 20 members, received approval to teach Money Matters at schools, and made testing for CPP and FPC more cost-efficient for its members.
Northern San Diego Chapter
  • Won second place in the Chapter Photo Contest.
  • The picture was taken at the Antique Gas & Steam Engine Museum; members also donated $50 in honor of NPW to the museum.
Orange County Chapter
  • Participated in the Chapter Photo Contest. Members took their picture at a dinner meeting in August. The meeting had a speaker, prizes, and networking games.
Richmond Chapter
  • Won second place in the Educational Outreach and Community Service Chapter Contest.
  • Members participated in a total of eight events that were both educational and community service throughout the year.
  • Won third place in the Local Government Outreach Chapter Contest.
San Francisco Bay Area Chapter
  • Participated in the Chapter Photo Contest. These payroll professionals gathered together for an afternoon of fun, laughter, and camaraderie.
Silicon Valley Chapter
  • Won first place in the Chapter Photo Contest by incorporating hashtags and the NPW poster into their picture.
Texas Bluebonnet Chapter
  • Participated in the Chapter Photo Contest. Members held their chapter poster that says, "Plant seeds of knowledge. Come grow with us," which fit this Bluebonnet chapter perfectly.
Ultimate Software
  • Conducted a payroll awareness contest in which one lucky winner received a free trip to Las Vegas.
  • Featured a complimentary breakfast for employees.
  • Held a "green day" where employees could wear green to support the paperless process that UltiPro® provides.
  • Provided complimentary snacks on multiple days, including PayDay candy bars, sno-cones, and ice pops.
  • Conducted casual "Anywhere Friday" courtesy of UltiPro®, which allows payroll managers to access their payroll virtually from any location; all employees were invited to dress down.
Woodlands Chapter
  • Participated in the Chapter Photo Contest. Members posed in front of a "Boomers to Millennials" banner to show their theme of "FLSA to ACA, You've Come a Long Way Baby"
Toledo Chapter
  • Participated in the Chapter Photo Contest. Chapter members unlocked the artist within for their NPW celebration. They went to "Uncork the Artist" to test their abilities on following directions.
Washington Metropolitan Area Chapter
  • Participated in the Chapter Photo Contest. Since they are in the D.C. area they incorporated the White House and President Barack Obama in their photo.
  • Participated in the Educational Outreach and Community Service Chapter Contest.
  • Taught Money Matters to 750 students.
  • Participated in the Local Government Outreach Chapter Contest.
  • They showed that this chapter worked hard to increase their success rate of receiving proclamations from 63% in 2013 to 66% in 2014.
  • Participated in the Local Media Outreach Chapter Contest.
  • Members submitted a letter to the editor to eight local newspapers and contacted two local radio stations to promote NPW.
Thank you to the following individuals for competing in either or both of our Online Survey Promotion Contest or Individual Activity Contest: Educational Outreach and Community Service, Local Government and Media Outreach, and Company Involvement.
  • Abbey Moran, CPP -- XO Communications
  • Allison Strong, CPP -- Mosaic Employer Solutions
  • Andrea Holliday -- Mosaic Employer Solutions
  • Antonia Ricks -- Home Depot
  • Becky Hendriksen -- Symmetry Software/ PaycheckCity
  • Christine Stolpe, CPP -- Silicon Valley Bank
  • Dave Scorza, CPP, PHR, CPS -- ADP
  • Elke Sanborn -- T-Mobile
  • Linda Springer, CPP -- Mosaic Employer Solutions
  • Lisa M. Odom, CPS -- Greater Nashville Chapter
  • Lynda Westbrook, CPP -- RTI International
  • Michelle Ganzer, CPP -- Greater Milwaukee Chapter/ Sensient Technologies Corporation
  • Millie Hernandez -- JULIE, Inc.
  • Sean Sullivan, CPP -- Highwoods Properties
  • Tammy Hess -- Mosaic Employer Solutions
  • Teresa Sahlfeld, FPC -- TriQuint Semiconductor
Lastly, thank you to everyone who participated in the National Education Champions contest. You were able to educate 7,160 students about the payroll profession. Congratulations to Region 4 for being crowned the 2014 National Education Champion. This region is composed of 20 chapters in Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, and Texas.

Again, thank you to all the APA members, chapters, and businesses who participated in the NPW contests. We appreciate your support for National Payroll Week, and congratulations to everyone for their hard work and dedication. If you or your chapter would like to enter this year's contests, go to www.nationalpayrollweek.com for more information.

For more information on last year's NPW events, contests, and winners, refer to the January 2015 issue of PAYTECH.



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