2015 Chapter Contest Winners

By Jessica Neidhart

During the Chapter Exchange at the 33rd Annual Congress in Las Vegas, many chapters came out on top by winning first place in one of the five Chapter Contests. The room was filled with camaraderie and excitement as many chapters received the coveted awards. After the award ceremony, the winners gave us great advice to share to help you win the 2016 Chapter Contests.

Chapter of the Year:
Greater Milwaukee Chapter attained the greatest achievement of all by winning first place in the Chapter of the Year Contest. 2014 was a great year for the chapter and its members with it being their 20-year anniversary.

"We have submitted the COTY for 20 years for the chapter and are so proud to win first place," said Cindy Cichosz, CPP, Executive Board Member for the Greater Milwaukee Chapter and Assistant Payroll Manager at Milwaukee Center for Independence. "We worked hard this year to honor our 20th anniversary, all members, and the history of our chapter."

Chapters' Choice Winner:
Northstar Chapter won this award for the second year in a row. Chapter members used their social media resources to get their members, friends, colleagues, and family members involved in their effort to win the award.

"We announced the Facebook poll to everyone at one of our face-to-face meetings, as well as sent out a reminder through Facebook, LinkedIn, and email," said Jerry Hennek, CPP, Northstar Chapter President and Payroll Manager for Anoka County Government Center. "Daily reminders the week of the contest for those who may have forgotten helped to drive the numbers. And not everyone is connected to everyone, but we knew that it gathers momentum as more join in to further the new connections."

Best Chapter Website Winner:
Washington Metropolitan Area Chapter shined in this contest by winning first place.

Members' advice for aspiring Best Chapter Website entrants?

"Always look for ways you can make improvements and bring more fun to members," said Abbey Moran, CPP, Washington Metropolitan Area Chapter President-Elect and Payroll and Treasury Manager at XO Communications. "We don't want to do the same thing year after year, because that stagnancy loses our members' interest. We strive to come up with new ideas and ways to get more members involved in our activities outside of chapter meetings."

Best Statewide or Regional Meeting Winner:
Texas Payroll Conference took home first place in this contest. Eleven chapters worked together to make the statewide a success. They celebrated the 25-year anniversary of the conference, and it showed.

"The 25th Anniversary was a special event celebrating our amazing journey since the first TPC payroll workshop in 1989," said Juanita Trotter, CPP, 2014 TPC President and Assistant Director for Ernst & Young LLP. "TPC had a strong board of directors whose message and common goal was to celebrate our payroll professionals who supported TPC's mission of providing quality, continuous education and networking opportunities with colleagues."

Chapter Pictorial Winner:
Richmond Chapter took first place for showing off its chapter pride in its entry. The theme of the pictorial was "The Payroll Games," which included lots of fiery accents to tie it all together. The Richmond Chapter celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2014, so its pictorial featured many pictures of its accomplishments, events, and great times!

Richmond members' advice for Chapter Pictorial Contest entrants next year?

"Take lots of pictures of all your chapter activities," said Victoria Mason, CPP, Richmond Chapter President and Senior Key Account Executive for ADP.

If your chapter is interested in entering the 2016 Chapter Contests, the flyers will be posted on the Local Chapter Contests page of the APA's website in October.

Please contact Chapter Relations with any questions you may have about the contests.

Chapter President Profile
Tena Gibson
Detroit Chapter

By Caren Bennett

Tena Gibson became President of the Detroit Chapter in January 2015 after having served as Vice President of the Chapter in 2014.

"As a member of the APA, I was looking for a way to get involved at the local level," she explains.

Gibson feels that her most crucial responsibility as Chapter President is to provide members with opportunities and a forum for networking and sharing information. The chapter holds frequent meetings during which subject matter experts provide insight and updates to various payroll topics.

Her goals for the chapter this year include becoming more active at the regional and the national levels. She is also working with the Chapter Secretary and Treasurer to make efficiency improvements within the chapter. Gibson would also like to make improvements to the chapter website, and she plans to work with the webmaster accordingly. She also hopes to reach out to potential new members through personal networking, professional colleagues, and by using the National New Member Contact Information Summary.

For Gibson, the best part of being Chapter President is the opportunity to interact and network with members.

"I think that the members make our chapter unique, as each individual brings different backgrounds, perspectives, and experiences to the mix," she explains. "I really enjoy the camaraderie with the members."

Gibson was first introduced to payroll from an international perspective.

"It sounded too intriguing," she explains, "and I can say that I have not been disappointed."

In addition to payroll, Gibson enjoys traveling and listening to a variety of music. She is also an avid reader.

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 2015 "Getting Paid In America" survey will be entered for a chance to win.

Participate in the Chapter Promotions Contest

Encourage your colleagues and chapter members to support the payroll profession by purchasing 2015 National Payroll Week® (NPW) merchandise.

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 Payroll Week campaign and will help your chapter become a winning promoter of NPW 2015!

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

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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