Chapter President Profile:
Donna Carsno, CPP, Utah Chapter

Donna Carsno, CPP, was initially interested in helping the Utah Chapter grow its membership.

"Through the natural progression, I grew to evolve into the leadership role as President," she said. "I have surrounded myself with incredible people who share the same vision for the Utah Chapter."

As Chapter President, Carsno's priority is to ensure the continued educational growth of Utah Chapter members. The chapter holds informative meetings six times a year and holds an annual Statewide Conference. This year's conference was held on October 20 and was themed "Paycation: Having Fun With Payroll!" The chapter also offers study groups to members interested in obtaining their payroll certification.

Carsno has concentrated on chapter growth by heavily focusing on word-of-mouth references to recruit and engage new members. The chapter also uses direct email blasts as a marketing channel. The Utah Chapter is unique because the chapter covers a large geographical area.

"We are able to bring together members from distances far and near," Carsno said.

The Utah Chapter is involved in community service projects. This year, chapter members collected donations for the Utah Humane Society.

For Carsno, bringing in new members is the greatest reward of serving as Chapter President.

"I enjoy bringing in new members who can fully realize what the APA has to offer," she said.

Carsno's future goals for the chapter include continued chapter growth and an even higher level of participant involvement.

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Chapter Pictorial Contest

The Chapter Pictorial is the most fun and creative contest a chapter can enter! This is a great opportunity to share your chapter's personality, chapter activities, and accomplishments through a unique PowerPoint presentation. Don't be afraid to be creative, original, and reflect the spirit of your chapter. The chapter pictorial photos will include all the chapter's activities in 2017. Previous chapter pictorial entries included photos from study groups, chapter meetings, NPW celebrations, community service projects, and statewide or regional meetings. Have fun, get creative, and don't be scared to include a silly picture or two!

The requirements for the Chapter Pictorial are:

  • Include your chapter name in the header or footer of each slide
  • Include at least 15 photos
  • No more than 10 slides, including a title and closing slide
All the entries will be converted into a slideshow and displayed on two monitors during the 36th Annual Congress. The slideshow will be shown every day during Congress in high traffic areas so all attendees can view your chapter's activities. The deadline to enter is March 2, 2018.

Best Chapter Website Contest

Technologically savvy chapters are encouraged to enter the Best Chapter Website contest. This contest is aimed at chapters that create a user-friendly website to educate, stimulate, serve, and inform local members. A chapter website is essential to provide new opportunities for communications and member interactions while providing quick and easy access to information.

Please review the 2018 Best Chapter Website questionnaire and answer the questions that are listed. Judges love to see the hard work and dedication webmasters put into their chapter's website and will be looking to see how well the chapter website reflects the unique voice and personality of the chapter. The deadline to enter is March 2, 2018.

Best Statewide or Regional Meeting Contest

The Best Statewide or Regional Meeting is a contest all chapters that organize a statewide or regional meeting should enter. A lot of time, hard work, creativity, and teamwork goes into planning for a successful Statewide or Regional Conference. This contest is the place to share the fruits of your labor by entering the 2018 Best Statewide or Regional Meeting contest. While not necessary, we encourage all chapters to mail in their entries and include a flash drive to show off how amazing their Statewide or Regional Meeting went. The 2018 Best Statewide or Regional Meeting questionnaire has questions covering all aspects of the statewide/regional meeting. The categories are: conference theme, planning/marketing, education, and recognition. The deadline to enter is March 2, 2018.

Chapter Re-Affiliation

Do you have newly elected officers? To re-affiliate your chapter, you must submit the Application for Chapter Re-Affiliation found in the Local Chapter Guide as well as a current chapter membership list in excel format into the Chapter Relations Department. Turn in your Application for Chapter Re-Affiliation today!

Chapter Memo:

Start working on your chapter's contest entry today and you could win the prestigious title of 2018 Chapter of the Year. The deadline to enter is February 16, 2018. If you have any questions about the 2018 COTY Contest, please contact Chapter Relations at 210-226-4600.