The Little Chapter That Could

This past November Dodge County SHRM received The Pinnacle Award, given by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) to its state councils and chapters for highly notable contributions to the HR profession.

Created in 1991, the Pinnacle Award is the highest achievement SHRM state councils and chapters can attain, and it honors programs that exceed the standard activities of SHRM affiliates in enhancing the creation of effective HR management. Dodge County SHRM was one of 12 human resource organizations from nine states across the country to win the award.

“On behalf of Dodge County SHRM, we are pleased to receive this award. The hard work and belief that we are a vital and needed Human Resource organization for Dodge County Businesses is represented by this award. We will continue to work hard to provide resources related to the Human Resource profession to our members and area businesses.”

Our efforts to enhance the SHRM community and become a valuable HR resource in Dodge County is a “comeback” story in SHRM history. “The Little Chapter That Could” has come a long way from the verge of disbanding in 2013 with only 9 members, to becoming a vibrant chapter with 667% growth in professional membership in two years. This is a testament to a fully engaged board of directors and our chapter members.
The board recognizes the need and importance of providing valuable HR resources for area HR professionals and business leaders.  Our efforts have included:

  • re-branding our chapter, growing our membership
  • offering relevant monthly presentations with certification credits
  • partnering with 4 Area Chambers of Commerce to promote awareness of the chapter
  • partnering with Moraine Park Technical College (MPTC) where most meetings are held
  • sponsoring a new SHRM student chapter which became affiliated in 2014
  • offering SHRM certification courses for national exam preparation have succeeded in enhancing the SHRM community in the Dodge County area.

We are grateful to all our members who have played a significant role in our efforts by recruiting new members, volunteering for committees, attending monthly meetings, networking and becoming national SHRM members.

Pictured Below:  Mary Vogl-Rauscher, President-Elect of Dodge County SHRM after receiving the award at the 2015 SHRM Volunteer Leader Summit in Washington D.C.

Pinnacle Award

Blog post submitted by Patty Sanchez-Walker, Social Media Chair of Dodge County SHRM


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One Response to The Little Chapter That Could

  1. Sheree Yates (MMSHRM & SRKA ) says:

    Great job Dodge Co. SHRM! Wonderful work! Congratulations on your success!

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