December 2017 Newsletter Print

President's Notes

By Lisa Anderson, CPP    

Year End and holidays are upon us. At the November meeting, you elected the 2018-2019 Board of Directors. It is great to have some new faces on our Board. Our new Board members will begin mentoring with the incumbent Board member to learn the position responsibilities over the next few months. Come April, the new Board will be in a great position to take over without slowing down!

President: Sheri Lewis, CPP

President Elect- Jeanne Jackson, CPP

Secretary- Debbie Shuping, CPP

Treasurer- Loy Loveless, CPP

Education Director- Jeanne Jackson, CPP

Associate Education Director- Verna Bryant, CPP

Government Relations Director- Kelli Somero, CPP

Marketing/Community Service- Teresa Mulkey, CPP

Membership- Martha Baxter

Program Director- Lillian Huynh

Website Director- Lexy Walker, FPC

Associate Website Director- Moises Suarez


Get Connected – join a committee or become a Table Host.

Committee Volunteers – We are preparing for our Membership drive in February and still have a few openings on that committee. 

Education is busy preparing the classes for 2018. Remember, if you passed your FPC or CPP this year, please notify Education before our March Awards night; we have a very special presentation for all our new FPC/CPPs 

Remember: Awards night has moved to March 2018, and it’s going to be BIG. We’re going to be letting the cat out of the bag soon, so be looking for our emails; you don’t want to be left out of this event!

Don’t forget: to receive RCH credits for the Monthly meetings, you will need to sign in on the attendance sheet as well as complete the post meeting survey. If you don’t receive the survey email, contact

Participation – Well, I did not receive any suggestions for the December meeting. This is YOUR chapter, and we want your participation. Email and let me know what think.

Keep reading…Our great Board has tons of things planned

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Look Who's Speaking!

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Happenings on the Hill

Upcoming events

By Sheri Lewis, CPP

AWARDS DINNER:  Our annual Awards Dinner is moving to March and will be held at the Magnolia Hotel located at 6070 N. Central Expressway – Dallas 75206.  Information regarding this event will be shared at the monthly luncheons and through email communications.  Our theme for the event this year is based on the roaring 20’s so plan now to come as a flapper, gangster or as you are.  No matter the dress, it will be fun!

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Membership Corner

By Brenda Smith, CPP

It’s year-end! We have been busy planning exciting events for our members, so be sure to check the website often for updates.  Mark your calendars for March 8, 2018 as we bring you an exciting fun evening recognizing all our members’ achievements for 2017-2018. 

Remember we have no luncheon meeting in January.  We do want to remind you that we will be kicking off our 2018 membership drive starting in February, with some exciting new perks for members and a new member referral program. 

We had 3 new members this month that we would like to recognize and welcome to the DAPA family. 

Mayra Lagunas, CEC Companies

Manika Kataria, First Object, Inc.

Dianne Piller, Eyecare Services Partners Mgmt.


Remember to check your membership profile on the website so we have your latest, up to date information.  You don’t want to miss out on the exciting events and activities coming your way!

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Community Service

By Susan Warren, CPP

December is the month when we will wrap up our campaign for Ballard House in Katy, Texas.  Ballard House is a wonderful facility offering housing to patients who must travel to medical facilities in Katy/West Houston for treatment of life-threatening illnesses.  Unfortunately, Hurricane Harvey showed Ballard House no mercy and their ground floor took on several feet of water. 

Ballard House, like thousands of our Houston-area neighbors, will recover, but it will be a long, hard battle to rebuild.  They have been completely shut down since August, although they are making progress.  With the help of the Dallas Chapter APA and other contributors, they hope to be able to host a few residents in upstairs rooms in January.  Please give generously during this last month of our Ballard House campaign!

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Government Updates

IRS Anticipates Late Release of 2018 Withholding Tables & Publications

     On its December 7 industry payroll call, the IRS stated that several items, including the 2018 federal withholding tables, Form W-4, and Publications 15, 15-A, and 15-B, will be issued later than usual due to the potential enactment of H.R. 1, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Employers should continue to use the 2017 information until the 2018 versions are issued.

Social Security Wage Base Up To $128,400 for 2018

     The SSA has announced that the 2018 social security wage base will be $128,400, an increase of $1,200 from $127,200 in 2017. All covered wages are still subject to the 1.45% Medicare tax.

401(k) Contribution Limit Increases to $18,500 for 2018

     The IRS has announced the cost-of-living adjustments applicable to dollar limits on the benefits and contributions under qualified retirement plans, as well as other items for tax year 2018. This is an increase of $500 from 2017. Catch-up provisions remain unchanged at $6,000.00

 New York & Washington – Paid sick leave effective 1/1/2018

      The state of New York has introduced a paid family leave insurance program effective January 1, 2018.  This program is totally funded by employee contributions. All private sector employers are required to provide this program to employees, while public sector employees may elect to participate.  Detailed information is available

     In the state of Washington starting January 1, 2018, employers will be required to provide their employees with paid sick leave.  More information is available on the states website

Currently, Arizona, California, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Massachusetts, Oregon, Vermont, and Washington have laws requiring certain employers to provide paid sick leave along with several cities and counties. 

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