March Newsletter Print

    President's Notes

    By Danielle LaFleur, CPP

    February has flown by and March is upon us.  For the Dallas Chapter, that means it’s election time and I will be rolling to the position of Immediate Past President.  It has been a privilege to serve you the last 2 years.  I am especially grateful to the board members for their support.  This has truly been a team effort and without you, this wonderful experience would not have been possible.

    Now, onto business.  Spring also means our educational opportunities are beginning.  The Fundamentals classes at the La Quinta Inn Addison begin on 3/25.  The Irving classes begin the week after that on 4/1 (the location will be announced soon).  Both sessions will be for 5 weeks.  If you only want to brush up on a certain section, you may now choose only those classes that interest you – our à la carte option!

     On 3/25, we have a 1 day seminar on Garnishments and How to Cope, taught by the garnishment guru himself, Jim Owen, CPP.  Jim will be able to answer all your questions on tax levies, creditor garnishments, bankruptcies, and heavy emphasis on child support.  Jim has a wealth of knowledge to share with everyone.

    Don’t forget to join us for the March educational luncheon on 3/9 to hear Marcela McCarthy, CPP, of McKesson Corp. discuss Change Management Techniques to Drive Change.  If you have great ideas that never come to completion, this topic is for you!

    Thank you once again for allowing me to serve you.  I hope to see everyone on the 9th. ~ Danielle


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    Membership Corner

    By Brenda Smith, CPP

    Yesterday we were busy getting W2’s ready, and now we are planning Spring Break.  This looks to be another one of those years that is just going to fly by – whoosh! and it will be W2 time again.  Before we get that far into our future, let us look at what is happening today.

    As you know, we have opened membership renewal.  Our membership period is April 1 through March 31 of each year.  Won’t you take a moment and log in to to renew today?  Annual membership to Dallas Chapter APA is $40 per year (Regular Member), if a member of National APA or $55 per year (Local Member) if not a member of National APA. You will need to register as a new member.  This is a great value.

    Did you know that the board of directors uses your responses and suggestions to the table host questionnaire to select educational topics to provide you with the information you are interested in to improve your knowledge and keep your interest?


    The February table host questions and responses were:

    Which item would motivate your company to invest in new payroll technology?

    21 - Currently spend too much time on manual processes
    12 - Reducing payroll errors
    4 - Vendors
    4 - No response


    Which payroll function requires the most time/the biggest administrative burden?

    11 - Entering updates that could be processed by Employee Self Service
    20 - Obtaining time and attendance data from employees
    6 - Activating new hires in the payroll system
    4 - No response


    If we were to change our Irving class location, where would you suggest?

    11 - Los Colinas
    7 - Downtown Dallas
    3 - Frisco
    2 - Grand Prairie
    10 - Plano


    Possible events members would be interested in attending:

    13 - Any sporting event 1 - Taste of Addison
    2 - Rangers game 1 - Dinner Theater - Grapevine
    2 - Rough Riders game 1 - Six Flags
    6 - Casino – take a bus 1 - Main Event
    2 - Painting with a Twist 2 - Lone Star Park
    2 - Arboretum 3 - Museums


    I look forward to seeing everyone at the next monthly educational meeting.

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    Community Service

    By Susan Warren, CPP

    Through Table Host questions regarding what community outreach our members would like to support, many responses indicated a desire to support our senior citizens, so at our February meeting, our next community outreach campaign for the Dallas Area Agency on Aging was announced.  The DAAA is the department under the umbrella of the Community Council of Greater Dallas responsible for planning, advocating, coordinating resources and providing services for seniors (persons 60+) and their caregivers in the Dallas County area. 

    If you’re 60+ or a caregiver for a senior, the Dallas Area Agency on Aging can assist you with the help you need whether it be meals, caregiver assistance, benefits counseling, classes for healthier living, minor home repair, or something else.  Their goal is to help seniors live independently for as long as possible.  We will be collecting funds for DAAA at our March and April meetings.


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    Eye on Education

    By Jeanne Jackson, CPP

    The Dallas Chapter APA education team is pleased to announce some of the upcoming scheduled classes.  On March 11th, we will have our first CPP Fast Track (formally Workout) at the La Quinta Addison.  This will be an all-day fun filled learning experience presented by Verna Bryant.  We have 2016 Payroll Source books available so you have the option to register for the Fast Track only, or the Fast Track with the book. 

    Our FPC class series is scheduled to begin on April 22nd in Addison and registration for this class will open in March. We will be using the 2017 Payroll Fundamentals book this year, which will be included in the cost of the registration.

    This year, we are introducing a full day Calculations Only class with 8 RCH.  WOO HOO!  We had our first class on Saturday February 25th, covering 2016 calculations for those who are taking the exam in the spring or just needing a calculation refresher. It was a huge success and it will become a regularly scheduled class offered by you Education Team throughout the year.  So look for an e-mail in the near future about registering for the next Calculation Class which will be on 2017 calculations. 


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    Change for a Change

    By Susan Warren, CPP

    You’ll notice a new addition to your luncheon tables starting this month!  The Dallas APA is going to join one of our longtime supporters, Williams Chicken, in their Change for a Change drive.  Williams Chicken has been in the Dallas area just about the same length of time as the Dallas APA chapter, and for the past several years they have played a vital role in our Education Program, as well as supporting our Chapter by donating gift cards for their delicious offerings.  If you’ve ever been to a Williams Chicken restaurant, you may be familiar with their Change for a Change program:  all year long, they ask customers to donate their spare change, and then at year end they use the money collected to purchase things like coats for people who can’t afford to buy their own.  It’s a wonderful program, and we are proud and honored to participate this year!

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