July 2017 Newsletter Print

    President's Notes

    By Lisa Anderson, CPP    

    Let’s start July off with a bang! Garnishments: enjoy this month’s Education and Business meeting topic featuring Taunya Fritzsching, CPP. Remember, the meeting time is to begin at 11:30am, in response to your requests to shorten the meeting time away from work. 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 email survey. We will also have our fabulous flashcards for sale. They sold out at the June meeting, so make sure to get them before the meeting to ensure you get a set. They make great gifts for someone who is preparing to sit for the FPC or CPP.

    Committee Volunteers – NPW is just around the corner. Now is your opportunity to participate in planning, decorating, or providing sponsorship for member gifts or giveaways. We have a few company sponsorships still available. Please contact to be included in planning this great event. It’s going to be HUGE!

    Time is running out; email membership for information on joining a committee and having a BLAST!

    Education is out of the gates, running for a certification! The Mastering Payroll class is starting soon and they are already filling up – don’t get left behind, register today. Don’t forget our A La Carte option to register for individual classes of the series. This is a great way to add to your RCH credits without committing to 7 or 10 Saturdays out of your summer.

    Participation – this is your Chapter. Make sure your voice is heard. Email and let me know what you like/don’t like and ideas for meeting topics, education classes, P.I.E., etc.

    Keep reading…Our great Board has tons of things planned

    See you at the meeting!


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    Calendar of Events

    Upcoming Events:

    JULY PIE – There are still seats available!

    Are you interested in making a career change but worried your resume and interviewing skills are rusty?  Come join us for our Quarterly Personal Improvement Event (P.I.E.) on July 20th at the offices of Benefit Mall as we learn tips from our speaker, Bryan Jackson SHRM CP, what skills are important for interviewing.  We will also have information to help with resume writing, social media, etc.  Seating is limited to the first 30 members who sign up.

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    Look Who's Speaking!

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    Membership Corner

    By Brenda Smith, CPP

    Hi Y’all !.  You know summer is here, we went from almost too warm to downright hot.  My only problem with hot days is that they are just going to get hotter. 

    What IS hot right now is the Dallas Chapter APA.  Our membership is growing, something that we are very proud of.  We have the best members, and maybe I am prejudiced, but I also think we have the best chapter in the nation.  We have over 300 active members – that is something to be proud of.

    In the month of May, we had an addition of 16 new members – Let’s welcome them:

    Mary Martinez, Anton Hill, Angie Torres, Nicole Haase, Natalie Olsen, Cindy Parten, Kathie Church, Jordan Dunn, Olin Oliver, Veronica Avila, FPC, Susan Huffman, Rose Brooks, Dina Barrera, Cindy Mowery, Robin Medina, and Anita Barron-Almaraz.

    And our Lunch-On-Us winner for June was Barbara Youngman.

    During our June luncheon, we asked and you responded to our table questions:

    What is your greatest reporting challenge for your global payroll?  (1) Manual Processes, (1) Getting ready to process payroll, (1) Receiving information, (1) Accumulating data to fulfill reporting requirements, (3) Consolidated reporting, (3) No challenges – by a company doing payroll, (1) Currencies, (1) Business travelers, (1) No response (45) Do not process global payroll

    What country is your greatest challenge for paying your employees? (1 each for:) Spain, France, China, Brazil, Uruguay, Canada, and most countries in the Middle East, (2) Poland, (4) US, (45) Do not process Global payroll

    When processing your payroll, which country has the most restrictive employment/re-employment requirements?  (1 each for:) Spain, France, China, Poland, Mexico, (2) Canada, (6) No response, (45) Do not process Global payroll

    We had 58 companies represented at the May monthly luncheon.

    Looking forward to another great month, and looking forward to seeing everyone again on July 13.

    Let’s GET CONNECTED at the Dallas Chapter APA.


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    Eye on Education

    By Jeanne Jackson, CPP

    New classes are posted!

    Beginning Saturday July 8th, we will begin our Mastering Payroll Concepts class at the La Quinta location.  This will be a 7 Saturday session from 8:00-4:30 and registration includes the APA 2017 Payroll Source.

    We continue to offer the option to choose a la carte classes if you need only some of the classes being offered in this course. 

    If you have additional questions, please contact

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    Community Service

    By Susan Warren, CPP

    At our June business meeting, we had the pleasure of hearing Sue Hesseltine, Executive Director of Our Friends Place, describe some of the services her organization provides to the young women of Dallas whom they assist.  Our Friends Place helps these young women break generational cycles of abuse, neglect, poverty and homelessness by providing a strong foundation to build from adversity by learning a self-reliant approach to personal development.  Sue spoke of residents of these transitional living programs being required to be employed, at least part time, plus be enrolled in school, at least part time, and how these young women grow in areas that so many of us take for granted.  She pointed out how fiscal responsibility is a new concept to many of Our Friends Place residents, but with special emphasis and studies directed toward budgeting and personal money management, these young women can leave the program and be self-sufficient and independent.

    Please help us wrap up our final month of giving to Our Friends Place in July with your generous donations.

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    Other News

    Texas Payroll Conference Deadlines Approaching

    By Susan Warren, CPP

    Have you registered yet?  This year’s Texas Payroll Conference, Where Payroll Magic Happens, will be September 20-23 at Omni Mandalay at Las Colinas.  Register at

    Your Dallas Chapter is co-hosting the event along with the Fort Worth Chapter!  That means we need volunteers to man two different booths -- our Host Booth at Registration, and our Chapter Booth in the Exhibit Hall.  If you are interested in greeting booth visitors, please email and let us know -- we have a spot for you!

    Also, visit the conference website BEFORE JULY 24 to apply for the Judith Houghton Memorial Scholarship or to nominate someone for the 2017 TEXAS PAYROLL PROFESSIONAL OF THE YEAR.  Both esteemed awards recognize individuals dedicated to the payroll profession.  The Scholarship Award recipient will receive a free TPC registration for the 2018 Conference in The Woodlands, and the Texas Payroll Professional of the Year is the highest honor bestowed by the TPC.


    Party on the Plaza With DAPA for NPW

    By Susan Warren, CPP

    Set your alarm for #ZERO DARK THIRTY on Friday, September 8!  That’s the Friday of National Payroll Week this year, and that’s the day Dallas APA will appear on WFAA Channel 8 Daybreak’s Party on the Plaza morning show to celebrate National Payroll Week and spread the word to the DFW Metroplex that America Works Because We’re Working For America.

    At our lunch meetings on July 13 and August 10, we will be asking DAPA members to sign up for Party on the Plaza because we need your T shirt size!  The show will air from 4:30 to 7:30 (that’s AM) from the outdoor Plaza at the Victory Park WFAA studios at American Airlines Center in Dallas and the party won’t be complete without YOU!  Sign up your boss, your coworkers, any Payroll Party Peeps you want to help us celebrate National Payroll Week.

    Oh………and we’ll bring the party hats!  Sign up!!

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