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Involvement in NPW

By: Jessica Neidhart

Every year, APA members and chapters celebrate National Payroll Week ® with festivities, contests, games, and a heap of excitement. Last year was not any different, and everyone's hard work paid off! Thank you all for your efforts, ideas, and participation. Here is some of the great participation by chapters and members (you can also find a recap of 2015 NPW activities in the January PAYTECH issue):

Atlanta Chapter

  • Decked out its celebration with tons of NPW balloons, teddy bears, and posters, earning the chapter first place in the Chapter Promotion Contest.
  • Solidified first place in the Educational Outreach & Community Service Contest by educating 1,894 students on their paychecks and participating in nine community service projects.
  • Utilized Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn by sending out more than 80 NPW reminder and celebration posts, earning first place in the Local Media Outreach Contest.
  • Received second place in the Local Government Outreach Contest by obtaining a total of 29 proclamations from Atlanta and surrounding cities.
  • Chapter members sported yellow NPW polos while posing with proclamations in their Chapter Photo Contest entry.
Birmingham Chapter
  • Participated in the Educational Outreach and Community Service Contest by presenting the Money Matters curriculum to more than 100 students at an area high school.
  • Collected donations of care packages for Support Our Soldiers, a local organization that provides items for America's deployed military personnel.
  • Received nine proclamations in its effort to gain recognition of NPW from government officials.
Dallas Chapter
  • Thirteen volunteers were able to enlighten more than 370 students on payroll practices and Money Matters. This was a 49% increase in students from the previous year.
  • Launched its first-ever NPW Facebook campaign with three professional ads. The three ads ran from September 8-11 and reached 73,680 Facebook users.
  • Obtained 14 National Payroll Week proclamations from surrounding cities and the Governor of Texas, Greg Abbott.
Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky Chapter
  • Celebrated NPW and Cincinnati pride in its Chapter Photo Contest entry by wearing mustaches and posing with Rosie Red, an official mascot of the Cincinnati Reds.
  • Requested 30 proclamations in an effort to receive recognition from government officials.
  • Utilized a local radio station, 55KRC, and social media to take home third place in the Local Media Outreach Contest.
  • Donated 60 pounds of food and $457 to a local food bank, Freestore.
Greater Milwaukee Chapter
  • Earned honorable mention in the Educational Outreach & Community Service Contest for donating school supplies to the Boys and Girls Club and teaching the youth of America about their paychecks.
  • Received three proclamations and celebrated their accomplishments at the Walworth County Government Center.
Greater Nashville Chapter
  • Hosted a dinner for over 50 patients at the American Cancer Society's Hope Lodge.
  • Received third place in the Local Government Outreach Contest for receiving 11 proclamations.
  • Secured a one-month public service announcement for NPW on a popular radio station, Lightning 100 Bolts. The chapter received second place in the Local Media Outreach Contest for its outstanding efforts.
  • Chapter members showed their NPW pride in their Chapter Photo Contest entry.
Hampton Roads Chapter
  • Chapter members asked, "Do you recognize these masked payroll pros?" in their Chapter Photo Contest entry.
Houston Chapter
  • Sixty chapter members participated in the Ronald McDonald House project, and chapter members donated $975 to The 100 Club of Houston and Wounded Warrior Project.
  • Received 20 proclamations from government officials throughout Texas.
Inland Empire Chapter
  • Chapter members gathered at a restaurant with smiles to celebrate the momentous occasion for their Chapter Photo Contest entry
North San Diego County Chapter
  • Chapter members really knocked NPW out of the park with their baseball-themed Chapter Photo Contest entry.
Orange County Chapter
  • Won third place in the Chapter Promotion Contest for buying more than 290 NPW items.
Richmond Chapter
  • Collected $50 and more than 300 pounds of non-perishable food at its community-wide food drive, and for these efforts took second place in the Educational Outreach & Community Service Contest.
  • Received honorable mention in the Chapter Photo Contest for incorporating the NPW artwork.
  • Received 10 proclamations from mayors and governors in the Virginia area.
Sacramento Valley Chapter
  • In their Chapter Photo Contest entry, members showed their love for a good, nutty PayDay.
San Francisco Bay Area Chapter
  • Won third place in the Chapter Photo Contest with inspiration from Lady Liberty, who was shining bright with the San Francisco Bay Area payroll professionals.
Silicon Valley Chapter
  • Nabbed second place in the Chapter Photo Contest by representing all different types of workers in America.
  • Exceeded its goal of obtaining at least one proclamation this year. Members beat this goal by 100%.
Southeastern Pennsylvania Chapter
  • Earned second place in the Chapter Promotion Contest by purchasing NPW totes, bears, and other fun promotional items.
Utah Chapter
  • Collected about 500 pounds of food and supplies for the Utah Humane Society. The Humane Society's employees were shocked by how much the chapter donated.
Washington Metropolitan Area Chapter
  • Embodied all American workers by wearing hard hats, chef hats, and more with a sign reading "America Works," making it the first place winner in the Chapter Photo Contest.
  • Received third place in the Education Outreach and Community Service Contest for the creation of a scholarship for high school students to win a 529 college savings account with $250 already deposited.
  • Received 23 proclamations from cities, towns, and counties in two states and one from the District of Columbia, taking first place in the Local Government Outreach Contest.
  • Received honorable mention in the Local Media Outreach Contest for submitting three letters to the editor to three different newspapers in an effort 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.

Individual Activity Contest
  • First place: David Scorza, CPP, PHR, ADP-CPS-Automated Data Processing
  • Second place: Becky Hendriksen-Symmetry Software
  • Third place: Katie Wyatt-Automatic Payroll Systems
  • Cindy Cichosz, CPP-Milwaukee Center for Independence
  • Deborah Greer-District of Columbia Office of Pay and Retirement Service
  • Michelle Ganzer, CPP-Sensient Technologies
  • Sean Sullivan, CPP-Highwoods Properties
  • Trina Adams, CPP-Walworth County, Wisconsin
Online Survey Promotion Contest
  • First place: Lisa Odom, FPC-Greater Nashville Chapter
  • Second place: Christine Stolpe, CPP-Roku
  • Third place: Michelle Ganzer, CPP-Greater Milwaukee Chapter
  • Kimberly Jackson-Birmingham Payroll Association
  • Sean Sullivan, CPP-Highwoods Properties
Last but certainly not least, thank you to everyone who participated in the National Education Champions Contest. We had 390 volunteers this year. Congratulations to Region 6 for taking the crown as the 2015 National Education Champion. This region consists of 21 chapters in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina.

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 into this year's contests, visit NationalPayrollWeek.com for more information.

For more information on the 2015 NPW events, contests, and winners, refer to the January 2016 issue of PAYTECH magazine.

Jessica Neidhart is Public Relations and Social Media Coordinator for the APA.



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