Enter Contests to Show Off
Your Chapter Pride
Now is the time to look back on 2013 and show off your chapter's successful enhancements, events, and community service by participating in the 2014 Chapter Contests.
In addition to entering the contests, this is the perfect opportunity to share with APA your chapter activities and conduct your own evaluation for future enhancements. Each chapter has its own unique way of sharing its creative ideas and showcasing achievements.
All chapter contest information can be found on the Local Chapter section of APA's website. All chapter awards will be announced during the Chapter Exchange at the 32nd Annual Congress, May 13-17, in Minneapolis.
Enter Chapter of the Year Contest
The prestigious Chapter of the Year (COTY) competition gives chapters the opportunity to share their developments, accomplishments, innovations, and activities. Every activity your chapter has organized or participated in during 2013 should be part of your campaign to be APA's Chapter of the Year.
From the COTY contest entries, four Gavel awards also are presented. The Gavel Awards recognize specific achievements, activities, or aspects of a chapter's COTY entry in four separate categories
The deadline to participate is February 7, 2014.Enter Chapter Pictorial Contest
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The Chapter Pictorial Contest
allows chapters to be creative and display their successes through the use of photos in a PowerPoint slide show. A creative and unique electronic montage gives everyone a glimpse into your chapter's hard work, chapter meetings, study groups, community service, NPW and statewide conferences. All the pictorials will be displayed at the 32nd Annual Congress
, May 13-17, in Minneapolis.The deadline to participate is March 7, 2014.Enter Best Chapter Website Contest
Local chapters are awarded for their efforts to be innovative and informative while serving their members using their chapter's website as an educational tool in the Best Chapter Website Contest
. Share how your chapter has successfully created a user-friendly website to educate, stimulate, and inform local members.The deadline to participate is March 7, 2014.Enter Best Statewide or Regional Meeting Contest
Planning for a successful conference takes a lot of time, hard work, and teamwork! Share the fruits of your labor by entering the Best Statewide or Regional Meeting Contest
. Winners are determined by how well the chapters executed the planning/marketing of the statewide/regional meeting, chose a theme, provided education, and recognized chapter members.The deadline to participate is March 7, 2014.
Your chapter's entries will not be judged on the size and volume of your chapter's activities, but on the quality, creativity, originality, enthusiasm, and service your chapter has provided to the payroll profession over the past year.
Chapter President ProfileBy Caren Bennett
Linda Springer, CPP
Denver Chapter Payroll Association President
Linda Springer, CPP, seized the opportunity to become President of the Denver Chapter Payroll Association because she wanted to step outside of her comfort zone and take on all of the challenges the position has to offer. As President, she has worked to ensure that members feel welcome and that their concerns are heard by the board.
Springer adds that another important responsibility is to "ensure that the chapter is portrayed as a professional organization and that decisions made by the board are in the best interest of members."
Since becoming President, Springer has focused on using technology to benefit the chapter. She has started a conversation with the board to upgrade existing technology and update the chapter website.
"I would like to see the website become more interactive with members and registrations," Springer said.
She also works closely with the dedicated board members of the Denver Chapter.
"I feel holding the position of Chapter President isn't about making individual contributions; it's about guiding the board as a whole to make the best decision possible for our members. Our board members come with ideas on what will benefit our members, we discuss the ideas, we vote on the ideas, and then put the ideas into action," Springer explained.
She is most proud of the dedicated members of the Denver Chapter. The chapter has several committees that are run by volunteers, including an NPW committee, a community outreach committee, a nominations committee, and a study group committee. The study group committee holds two study groups a year that last six weeks with an average of 40 attendees.
"All of our volunteers including our board members give countless hours to the chapter without complaint," Springer said, "And we continue to welcome new members, with many of them joining a committee within their first year."
This year for National Payroll Week®, chapter members participated in "PayCheck Line9," a call-in event at a local television station. Volunteers answer calls from the public concerning questions about their paychecks, overtime, garnishments, severance pay, what to do if they don't receive their pay, and many other important topics. The chapter also holds an NPW celebration at its September monthly meeting that features a surprise guest speaker, great food, and prizes.
For Springer, the most enjoyable aspect of being Chapter President has been the opportunity to meet people who she may not have otherwise met. She also feels that being able to list her affiliation with the APA and the many board positions she has held in the chapter gives her a leg up on her competition.
"My employer is also very proud of having me work for their organization," Springer added.
An important personal achievement for Springer has been the development of her public speaking skills: "I used to be terrified to speak in front of people; throughout my schooling I would shake badly when I would be forced to get up and speak. Now, after many years and opportunities, I am very comfortable to stand up and speak to a group."