APA Congratulates 2015
Chapter Contest Winners

We would like to congratulate every chapter that participated in the 2015 chapter contests for their hard work and team spirit. This year's winners are:

2015 Chapter of the Year (COTY) Contest Winners
1st Place: Greater Milwaukee Chapter

2nd Place: Washington Metropolitan Area Chapter

3rd Place: Greater Nashville Chapter

Honorable Mentions: Dallas Chapter, Richmond Chapter, Silicon Valley Chapter

2015 Gavel Awards
Innovator: Alamo Chapter of the APA

Mentor: Chicago Chapter

Facilitator: Houston Chapter

Communicator: Northstar Chapter

2015 Chapters' Choice Winner
Northstar Chapter

2015 Chapter Pictorial Contest Winners
1st Place: Richmond Chapter

2nd Place: Houston Chapter

3rd Place: San Francisco Bay Area Chapter

Honorable Mention: Dallas Chapter

2015 Best Chapter Website Contest Winners
1st Place: Washington Metropolitan Area Chapter

2nd Place: Alamo Chapter of the APA

3rd Place: New York Metropolitan Chapter

Honorable Mention: Sacramento Valley Chapter

2015 Best Statewide or Regional Meeting Contest Winners
1st Place: Texas Payroll Conference -- "A Tribute to 25 Years of Payroll Excellence"
Alamo Chapter of the APA, CenTex Chapter, Dallas Chapter, Fort Worth Chapter, Galveston Bay Area Chapter, Houston Chapter, South Plains Chapter of the APA, Texas Bluebonnet Chapter of the APA, The Woodlands Chapter of the APA, West Texas & Southern New Mexico Chapter

2nd Place: 2014 Payroll Statewide Conference -- "Land of 10,000 Payroll Challenges"
Northstar Chapter

3rd Place: Virginia Statewide Payroll Conference -- "Putting the Compliance Puzzle Together"
Charles Town West Virginia Chapter, Colonial Capital Chapter of the APA, Hampton Roads Chapter, Richmond Chapter, Shenandoah Valley Chapter of the APA, Southwest Virginia Chapter of the APA, Washington Metropolitan Area Chapter

Honorable Mention: Tennessee Statewide Payroll Conference -- "Payroll Always on My Mind"
Chattanooga Chapter, East Tennessee Payroll Association, Greater Nashville Chapter, Memphis Chapter

Get a Head Start on
Chapter Promotion Contest

Be ahead of the crowd; make sure your chapter is ready to celebrate in National Payroll Week® (NPW) gear! The Chapter Promotion Contest is for all chapters to participate.

To gain credit toward 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 2015!

Encourage your colleagues and chapter members to support the payroll profession by purchasing 2015 NPW merchandise by Friday, August 21, 2015.

Chapter President Profile
Maria Huddleston
Fort Worth Chapter

By Caren Bennett

Maria Huddleston has been a member of the Fort Worth Chapter since it was founded in 1994. She volunteered to become Chapter President in 2014. As Chapter President, Huddleston organizes monthly chapter meetings, guides the chapter's board, networks with members, and ensures that they have access to the best payroll education.

Huddleston has focused on growing the attendance at monthly chapter meetings.

"I am seeing more and more businesses not allowing payroll professionals to attend meetings or not paying for the business lunch," she explains. "But we have dedicated members who attend every month. We are small but big!"

To encourage chapter growth, Huddleston has sent out fliers and letters marketing the Fort Worth Chapter. Attendees at monthly meetings also have the chance to win giveaways for conferences as well as great door prizes. The Fort Worth Chapter is also active in the local community, working with charitable organizations such as the Tarrant Area Food Bank and SafeHaven of Tarrant County.

Huddleston feels that serving as Chapter President has helped her to become a better public speaker. She enjoys the opportunity to network with her fellow payroll professionals.

"I have been able to learn about different experiences with other companies and how they handle problems in their workplace," she says.

Huddleston has worked in payroll since 1982. In her current position, she handles payroll for employees across the U.S., Canada, and Europe.

"As a payroll professional, you will never have a dull moment," Huddleston says. "You are also the most well-liked employee in the company!"

Over her long career, she has seen many changes in payroll technology.

"I hate to say, but I started out on a pegboard ledger, moved to a CRT terminal, then to a PC, and now to laptops and tablets," Huddleston explains. "Payroll technology and laws change daily, keeping payroll professionals on their toes."

In her free time, she enjoys gardening, reading, and relaxing by the pool.

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.

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