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May 2017 Meeting Minutes

    CAHRA Monthly Meeting - May  18, 2017

    There were 23 people in attendance at the May meeting; 20 members and 3 guests. 


    A motion to approve the minutes from the April Meeting with no corrections was made by Bonnie McPhillips and seconded by Mike Oglevie.  

    TREASURER’S REPORT Kathryn Ackman 

    The Treasurer’s Report from April was presented by Kathryn Ackman (attached).   A motion to approve the Treasurer’s report with no corrections was made by Scott Messersmith and seconded by Jon Rauner.  

    PRESIDENT’S REPORT – Amanda Henry

    • Progress is being made on the process of filing our Tax Exempt Status with the IRS.  The State is complete. 
    • The Columbus Job Fair sponsored by the Columbus Area Chamber of Commerce was held on Wednesday, May 17th.  Thank you to the members who represented CAHRA at the Job Fair by assisting Job Seekers with completing applications, interview tips and reviewing resumes. 
    • If you have any recommendations for the CAHRA website please contact Kristel Hall.
    • Registration is now open for the Nebraska SHRM State Conference which is scheduled for August 24-25 in La Vista.   For more details, visit .
    • Habitat for Humanity is looking for Volunteers.  If you’d like to volunteer, contact Amanda Henry at .
    • Progress is being made on CAHRA’s Facebook page.  Stay tuned for more details.
    • CAHRA now has a generic email address.  It is
    • SHRM State Council is seeking a Diversity Chair.  If interested in chairing this committee, please contact Amanda at .



    Scott Messersmith passed around a Legislature Update on bills currently being reviewed (attached).


    Two Scholarship Recipients have been chosen and will be presented at the June Meeting. 


    Deb Hamling and Stephanie Miller are working on sending out brochures prior to the June meeting and will meet with potential/former members face to face. 

    Reminder:  As an incentive to attend CAHRA Meetings and join a committee, every time you attend a CAHRA meeting your name will go into the hat and if you are an officer or serve as  a committee chairperson, your name will be put in as well.  Other opportunities, such as the quiz, may be offered during the year.  All names will go into a drawing and if your name is drawn, CAHRA will pay your State Conference Registration fee if your employer will not pay for it. 

    Members are encouraged to bring a guest to the monthly meetings.  Guests who attend three CAHRA meetings throughout the year will automatically become a CAHRA member for the remainder of the year at no additional charge.  


    In order to retain your certification, members are responsible for entering their own certification credits for SHRM and HRCI.  Information will be provided at the meetings.  Deb Hamling and Andra Vandenberg are working together on this project and certificates will be sent out for meetings attended in 2016 and thus far in 2017.  Certificates were available at the May meeting for those in attendance.


    No report.


    Virginia Collins, CEO of Solve Consulting, LLC presented  “Going for the Save!  How to create a development culture where people find success.  How to deal with performance management issues but deal with them by developing people versus performance managing them out the door.”  This month’s program was sponsored by Pinnacle Bank.   

    We are partnering with Central Community College (CCC) and the Columbus Area Chamber of Commerce for our next meeting which will be Thursday, June 15 at 11:30am at CCC.  “Keeping The Good Ones” will be presented by Elizabeth Smith from  Central Community College will be sponsored by Advance Services, Inc.      

    If you have a suggestion for a topic for future programs, please contact Jon Rauner at

    Respectfully submitted,

    Michelle Meyer

    CAHRA Secretary