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Greetings to my fellow HR Professionals throughout the great State of Maine!

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It’s March and it’s that time of year when many of us start looking forward to attending the HR Convention at the Samoset.  The week of May 6-10 has been blocked out on my calendar for months now.  If you haven’t registered for all or part of the convention, there is still time and all chapter members will enjoy a 10% registration discount.  If you haven’t checked out the Convention website, be sure to do so before the convention sells out!

I would also ask each of you to think about nominating an exceptional HR Leader.  Individuals will be recognized on Tuesday, May 6, during the opening luncheon.  The application process is quick. 

We will have the honor of recognizing three HR Leaders this year:  Maine HR Leader of the Year, Maine Volunteer Leader of the Year, and Diversity and Inclusion HR Leader.  Please take a moment and consider nominating someone you feel deserves to be recognized in front of HR peers.  Nomination deadline is March 31st. 

Maine State SHRM Council has run a successful silent auction for several years at the HR Convention.  We will do so again this year and are accepting items for the auction.  We use part of the proceeds from the auction to make a contribution to the SHRM Foundation and to fund local scholarships.  You AND/or your company can make a donation by pledging online.

For over five years, the Maine State SHRM Council, through our Work Readiness Core Leadership Area, has partnered with the Maine Employers’ Initiative, a program through the Maine Development Foundation.  The goal of this partnership is to provide guidance and recognition to employers who are committed to providing support to adult and non-traditional aged student employees.  For the second year, the MEI will offer up to 20 scholarships, with awards of $1,500 to $2,500, to adult and non-traditional students.  Applications may be made online. You must be an MEI employer to participate in this program.  Deadline is 4:00 p.m. May 5, 2014. 

I look forward to seeing many of you at the HR Convention in May!

My best,

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