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June 2019 Meeting

    Happy Flag Day!

    Michael Timmes opened the meeting with introductions. Passing the mic allows us to get to know our members and share some basic HR related announcements.

    Welcome New Members: Barbara Guarino, Mara Gross, and Monet Laws.  Glad to have you as part of our chapter.

    And, welcome to our Guest: Dorothy Ventrone. Hope you enjoyed the meeting and hope to see you again soon.

    We would like to congratulate member Millicent Small Williams for recently obtained her citizenship.

    In celebration of Flag Day, our own Marti Bookstein sung Strike Up the Band (from the 1927 musical with lyrics by Ira Gershwin and music by George Gershwin). Then we all joined in and sung You’re a Grand Ole Flag. Thank you, Marti, for helping us celebrate Flag Day.

    The Ann C. Edwards, SPHR Scholarship was awarded to Rebecca Smith, daughter of member Lorraine Smith. Rebecca is working towards obtaining her bachelor’s degree in English from Georgian Court University and is planning on pursuing a career as a High School English teacher. Congratulations Rebecca and best of luck in all your endeavors.

    JSAHR is hosting a Summer Networking Event. Join us on Thursday, July 18th from 5pm to 8pm at the Jumping Brook Country Club. Cocktails, hor d’oevres and food will be served. Attendees are encouraged to invite a potential member as a guest (for free).

    2019 Garden State Council SHRM Conference is scheduled for Sunday, 10/6 – Tuesday, 10/8: One of the Keynote Speakers will be Johnny C. Taylor Jr., SHRM – SCP SHRM CEO & President

    GSC-SHRM Conference Member Incentive

    The JSAHR is offering a maximum $100 reimbursement to up to 40 JSAHR Chapter members who register for the 2019 GSC-SHRM Conference. The member must be a current JSAHR Chapter member in good standing and who has been a member for six or more months.

    To be eligible for reimbursement the JSAHR member must take the following steps:

    - Register for the 2019 GSC-SHRM Conference.

    - Send an e-mail to:  with GSC-SHRM Conference Member Incentive in Subject Line

    Include: Name, Phone number, Mailing address and a copy of your 2019 GSC-SHRM Conference Payment Receipt (or Registration Confirmation email)

    Please note the GSC-SHRM Conference is offering a $25 Early Bird Discount through June 14, 2019. Additional information can be found at 2019 GSC-SHRM Conference.

    This member incentive applies only to the 2019 GSC-SHRM Conference.

    Meeting Sponsorship Opportunities are at your fingertips. Contact Bob Kane at or Dave Kostka at to learn more.

    CONGRATULATIONS TO THE JSAHR for being recognized as a WINNER OF THE SHRM PLATINUM EXCEL AWARD. The SHRM Excel Award recognizes accomplishments and strategic activities that enhance
    the human resources profession.

    Johnny C. Taylor, SHRM-SCP, President and CEO of SHRM, says:  “So much of SHRM’s success in shaping better workplaces—where employers and employees can thrive together— is owed to the hard work of our chapters and state councils. Through their courage and leadership, Jersey Shore Association for Human Resources is driving true, measurable progress toward the healthy, productive, and dynamic workplaces of tomorrow. Awarding this Platinum Excel Award is just one small way for SHRM to recognize and celebrate the big steps Jersey Shore Association for Human Resources has taken this past year.”

    Here are a few reasons why the JSAHR was honored with this recognition:

    • Facilitated May 2018 panel discussion entitled, “The Future of Work is Changing Rapidly. Are You Ready?”
    • Chapter member participated as SME on Monmouth Ocean Development Council panel discussion addressing Substance Abuse and Mental Health in Workplace.
    • Chapter represented by two members at the Junior Achievement Career Success Workshop at Rowan College.
    • Reinvested $2,000 towards membership’s professional development to attend GSC-SHRM Conference.
    • Awarded $1,500 in two scholarships and contributed $1,125 to the SHRM Foundation.
    • Facilitated two SHRM Certification Study Groups that resulted in 5 SHRM certified members and 4 new chapter members.
    • Re-established our Emerging Professionals Group and held two events in April and October.
    • Held a Career Readiness Panel Discussion with our student chapter at Monmouth University.
    • Workforce Readiness Chairperson represented JSAHR in article published by Star Ledger/ The article was entitled, “Need a job? Why prospective bosses may never see your resume.”
    • Added 60 new chapter members and closed year with 216 members.

    APPLY NOW and Get Certified: The SHRM Foundation/Psych Armor Institute’s has a FREE Veterans  at Work Certificate program. It’s simple: HR pros invest 10 hours, become certified as a vets specialist, & get 10 PDC’s toward their recertification. Click HERE to learn more about earning your Veterans at Work Certificate

    Question of the Month:

    How frequently does your organization formally review your compensation strategy?

    Does your organization include compensation questions in your employee surveys i.e. employee opinion, climate, engagement surveys? Click HERE to see the results.

    Congratulations to our New Officers for the upcoming 2019-2020 Program Year that runs from July 1 – June 30:

    President                    Michael Ciavolino

    1st Vice President       Richard Cino

    2nd Vice President      Eveline Brownstein

    Treasurer                   Cindy Knab

    Thanks to our outgoing officers for your service over the past two years, and thanks to the JSAHR Executive Board for all the hard work and dedication in making our chapter great.

    President: Michael Timmes, SPHR, SHRM-CP

    1st Vice President: Mike Ciavolino

    2nd Vice President: Rich Cino, Esq.

    Treasurer: Cindy Knab, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, GPHR

    Committee Chairs:

    Certification – Carolyn Broderick, SPHR, HRIP, SHRM-SCP & Eveline Brownstein, SPHR

    College Relations – Connie Cinko, SHRM-SCP

    Communications/Social Media – Mike Ciavolino

    Chapter Charity Champion –

    Diversity & Inclusion – Jennifer Meyer-Mahoney, Esq.

    Legislative Affairs – Rich Cino, Esq.

    Public Relations – Fran Kirschner

    Membership – Melinda Lapan

    Programs – Dawn Walsh, PHR & Chuni Li, SPHR,SHRM-SCP

    Sponsors – Bob Kane & Dave Kostka

    Workforce Readiness – Christine Dykeman, SHRM-CP

    Volunteers – Paula Milmoe

    And a big shout out to our Chapter Admin: Christine Higgins for keeping it all together.

    Thanks to our Sponsors: Act-Cess USA, Inc and Thomas Edison State University


    Topic: Martin Kohli, Chief Regional Economist in the New York office of the Bureau of Labor Statistics (a unit of the U.S. Department of Labor)

    Speaker: Recent Developments in Compensation Statistics

    Martin shared a ton of useful info stating that the BLS is in the business of gathering info from the labor market so people can make better decisions. He referred to the BLS as a fact finding agency for the federal government, however it is an independent agency. He stated the mission of the BLS is to collect, process, analyze, and disseminate essential info.

    Martin discussed recent labor market developments that reflect the continuation of the recovery, the aging of the population, strong business spending on information technologies, and increases in state minimum wages. He highlighted the implications of these trends and discussed which industries have seen the largest increases in employment and wages, both nationally and locally. He also shared information on which demographic groups are seeing accelerating wage increases, and what factors have been driving increases in benefit costs.

    It was an very informative presentation.

    Carolyn Broderick, head of the Certification Committee, gave thanks to the members who volunteer their time to help facilitate the Study Group. Thanks to: Rich Cino, Bob Kane, Mark Kremen, Joan Plichta, Lou Melillo, Don McDermott, and Eveline Brownstein

    Finally, Michael Timmes gave his personal thanks for the opportunity to lead the chapter for the past two years.

    Next Meeting: Thursday, September 12, 2019

    Topic: Mindfulness at Work presented by Larry Thompson