Earn Chapter Recognition
With NPW Contests

National Payroll Week® (NPW) is a time when we honor all payroll professionals for their hard work and dedication to their profession throughout the year. APA local chapters make it a priority to show their spirit and pride for payroll during NPW. This is a great time for members to host a wide array of events, then submit their NPW contest entries.

Make sure your chapter takes lots of photos during your NPW events! These photos will be beneficial for your chapter to refer back to in the future and will bring some personality to your NPW contest entries! We love to see how our members are celebrating NPW around the nation!

Be ahead of the crowd; make sure your chapter is ready to celebrate in their NPW gear! The Chapter Promotion Contest is open to all chapters. 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!

Encourage your colleagues and chapter members to support the payroll profession by purchasing 2014 NPW merchandise by Friday, August 22, 2014.

APA Members Benefit From New Membership Feature

Effective January 1, 2014, all national members of APA in good standing are being granted three RCHs per year. The RCHs will be awarded at the end of the APA member's membership year based on anniversary date, meaning the first membership RCHs will be issued in 2015.

Membership in a local APA chapter does not qualify for RCHs.

To sweeten the deal, APA's Chapter Relations is waiving the $35 enrollment fee for a new APA membership for all chapter members. Submit the APA Membership Application to Chapter Relations by email or fax to 210-281-3976. Indicate your chapter name on the form and include the $219 payment.

Update Important Chapter Information

You could be missing important chapter news if APA's Chapter Relations Department doesn't have your most current chapter officer listing. Submit an Officer Update Form to Chapter Relations -- including term dates -- for new chapter officers.

Make a great first impression on those looking for a local chapter by updating your Chapter Profile on APA's website. The Chapter President information, chapter meeting information, and chapter membership benefits are listed on the chapter profile webpage. For easy-to-use procedures, view the Online Chapter Profile Edit Procedures.

Get Free Resources for Hosting Study Groups, Attending Meetings

All CPP/FPC Chapter Study Groups can be found on the Local Chapters section of APA's website. To register your study group, complete the Study Group Registration Form. All study groups with more than 10 registrants receive free APA publications.

Chapter members can also get an up-to-date listing of statewide/regional meetings. To register your statewide or regional meeting, complete the Statewide/Regional Meeting Registration Form. All chapter statewide or regional meetings receive free materials and giveaways.

Also, be sure to send in the National Speakers Bureau Request Form to the Speaker Administration Department well in advance of your event to receive a speaker from APA's National Speakers Bureau.

To receive credits for your chapter meetings, study groups, statewides, or events, submit your RCH (Recertification Credit Hours) Approval Form to the Certification Department. Provide your form well in advance of your event to ensure your attendees receive their proper credits.

For anything chapter-related, contact the Chapter Relations Department via email or call (210) 226-4600.

Chapter President Profile
Pamela Lachaussie, CPP
Jacksonville Chapter Chapter

By Caren Bennett

Pamela Lachaussie, CPP, became President of the Jacksonville Chapter after becoming a member in 2010.

"The chapter was in need of someone to fill the Vice President position, which is a four-year term with two years as Vice President and two years as President, and I was asked to serve," she says.

Lachaussie has almost 30 years of experience serving on a variety of boards' executive committees and uses her leadership experience to benefit the Jacksonville Chapter.

This August, the chapter will be hosting the 10th Annual Florida Statewide Conference. Lachaussie says her top priority this year is to work toward a "truly collaborative and successful statewide conference involving all chapters across the state."

The Jacksonville Chapter has included members from other Florida chapters in its 2014 planning committee as a way to provide experience and assistance for chapters that may host the event in future years.

Along with hosting the Florida Statewide Conference, Lachaussie also hopes to increase chapter membership this year.

"As a new group of officers, we are beginning to discuss a variety of marketing and membership development strategies," she explains.

Lachaussie also plans on creating a new chapter website to better serve the community.

She believes that networking plays an essential role in the success of payroll professionals.

"Networking is extremely important," she says. "It's nice to know that you aren't alone when dealing with all of the variety of issues we come across in our profession."

Along with her fellow officers, Lachaussie works to reach out to other local organizations for additional networking opportunities and to find guest speakers for future events.

As Chapter President, Lachaussie enjoys encouraging members to share their ideas and viewpoints.

"The best part of being President is meeting new people with a variety of talents to share with others," she says.

Lachaussie is proud of the members of the Jacksonville Chapter and their dedication to the community.

"We have a core group of spirited individuals who take membership seriously and work as a team to promote the chapter's mission while encouraging growth and serving the chapter and community by bringing new ideas to the table," she says.

In her free time, Lachaussie enjoys vegetable gardening, needlework, and cheering for the Pittsburgh Steelers, Pirates, and Penguins. She also helped to develop a new daycare facility, Choice Child Care, Inc., and served as the initial chairperson.


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