September 2017 Newsletter Print

    President's Notes

    By Lisa Anderson, CPP    

    Happy National Payroll Week! This entire month we celebrate NPW through volunteering for Money Matters, NPW activity contests, and fun events. Don’t miss Party on the Plaza with the Dallas Chapter APA, students from our Money Matters classes, co-workers and friends. Come at 11am on September 7th, right before our Monthly Education meeting, and celebrate NPW with games and prizes! 

    Elections are in November! Nominate your candidate for Board positions no later than October 15th to 

    Committee Volunteers – We are preparing for our awards night celebration and still have a few openings on that committee.  Remember: Awards night has moved to March 2018, so let’s make this a very special event! We only have a few company sponsorships still available for awards night. Please contact to be included in planning this great event. It’s going to be HUGE!

    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

    Education is taking it to the schools with Money Matters. Volunteer by emailing 

    Participation – What would you like to do for awards night? Email and let me know what you think.

    Keep reading…Our great Board has tons of things planned!

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    Look Who's Speaking!

    Don’t forget that in order to receive RCH credit for the monthly meetings, you are now required to:

    1. Sign in upon arrival

    2. Complete the electronic survey sent out after the monthly meeting

    Survey’s will only be available to complete through midnight on the last day of the month in which the meeting was held.

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    Membership Corner

    By Brenda Smith, CPP

    School has started for a lot of kids and we are trying to develop our new morning routines. Don’t you just love change? 

    At the August, monthly educational meeting, we had a lot going on – Job Fair, Book Fair, and learning about Cloud Security. 

    If you are in the job market, I hope you made contact with that recruiter that will help you land that perfect position.  If you were unable to attend the Job Fair, just look around at the next meeting – at least one of them will be there.  They can still assist you in finding that perfect position.

    I hope you also found that book to complete/add to your payroll library – I know I found 2 that are going to make my life a lot easier.

    During the meeting, we asked our attendees several questions and here are the results. (Isn’t it nice to see how we stack up next to other companies in our area?)

    Does your company use cloud based software for your payroll?               

     35 Yes, 24 No, and 2 Don’t know

    Does your company have processes in place to safeguard your data?      

     50 Yes, 0 No, and 11 Don’t know

    Have you personally received a notice concerning a data breach from a credit card company/bank/other service provider? 

      32 Yes, 16 No, and 13 Don’t know

    Do you know what it means when you receive a security breach notice?

      42 Yes, 3 No, and 16 Don’t know


    In July, we welcomed with 10 new members:

    Karen Gilmer, CPP, PHR            Pat Karacostas, CPP                 Sally Slagle

    Eilene Wolfe                             Scott Jansing                            Christina Wolverton

    Joell Stallings                           Joani Welch                              Besseye Adams

    Melissa Ramirez


    Our July Lunch-On-Us winner is Leticia Owens for 2 referrals.  Thank you, Leticia.

    We had 92 in attendance, of which 17 were guests. 

    Park Place Dealerships - 5 representatives, TFORCE - 4 representatives, 4 companies sent 3 representatives, 12 companies sent 2 representatives and the balance was 1 representative per company.

    Looking forward to seeing everyone next month.


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    Eye on Education

    By Jeanne Jackson, CPP

    Upcoming September classes!

    We have 2 open classes remaining for 2017.  So, if you have thought about taking a class, this is the time so sign up.

    We will be offering a Fast Track for Fundamentals of Payroll in Grand Prairie on September 16th.  This is a good review of the content in the Payroll Practice Fundamentals and provides quick tips and study material to prepare for your exam. 

    Our final scheduled class this year will be a calculations class on September 30th in Grand Prairie. This class covers a variety of calculations ranging from simple to complex.

    We would also ask each of you to consider being a volunteer to teach Money Matters during the month of September.  This is a very rewarding experience to be able to show high school students just entering the work force about how their check will be calculated.  If you are interested or want more information about this opportunity, please email

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    Community Service

    By Susan Warren, CPP

    Super thanks to everyone who made our August swim suit drive for the Dallas YMCA’s Safety Around Water program such a huge success.  Dallas APA donated over 60 brand new swim suits in all sizes for the YMCA to offer to kids who don’t have their own suits, but who want to learn how to stay safe and have fun at their apartment pools.  Most of these suits will be used to get the Safety Around Water program off to a great start in the summer of 2018, so they are prepared and ahead of the game!  Great job, DAPA!!

    Our October-November-December Community Outreach will focus on Community Partners of Dallas, whose mission is to ensure safety, restore dignity and inspire hope for the abused and neglected children served by Dallas County Child Protective Services.  Their Rainbow Room provides emergency resources like clothing, shoes, diapers, and even teddy bears for these kiddos, and their services expand to medical and therapy expenses for victims of sexual abuse and their non-offending family members.  We will be asking for your financial contributions in October-November-December to support this worthy outreach.

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    Other News

    Party on the Plaza with DAPA for NPW

    Dallas APA is going to Party on The Plaza on Friday morning, September 8!  This will be our biggest National Payroll Week event of 2017 as we tell the DFW Metroplex about NPW during the broadcast of WFAA ABC Channel 8’s Daybreak television show!  APA members and their guests will be at the Plaza by 4:45 and will stay until 7:30, rain or shine.  Our loyal sponsor, ADP, is providing T-shirts for us for this event.  APA Dallas will also provide hats to represent some of the workers we pay.

    If you haven’t signed up yet, it’s not too late.  You can contact Susan Warren at  Bring your boss and your co-workers and all your payroll pals!  Just let us know how many you plan to add to the Party!

    Here are some general directions from WFAA:

    Address:  3030 Olive St., Dallas, TX  75219 - Victory Studio at Victory Plaza/American Airlines Center

    Parking:    Please use self-parking at the W Hotel Parking, located just west of the studio on Olive St. (see attached map).

    Victory Park studio is south of the American Airlines Center and located right in front of the W Hotel in Dallas.  Park in the W Hotel self-parking lot on Olive Street.

    Some general directions: take I-35 south towards downtown Dallas, you'll pass Motor street and Oak Lawn. Take the Victory Lane exit and head east. Turn left on Olive Street. The W Hotel will be on the right-hand side of the road. The WFAA Victory Park studio will be further down the street to your left. The studio is at the corner of Olive and Houston streets.  If you look for the news ticker, we are right below it.  Come up onto the plaza and to the side door at the glass window. Knock, and someone will let you in.

    If you find you need assistance getting into the building you can call the news assignment desk at (214) 977-6213.

    WFAA is not able to provide guests with tapes of their segments... so please set your DVR. 

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    Happenings on the Hill

    It’s not too late to register for the Texas Payroll Conference at Omni Mandalay at Las Colinas in Irving, Texas, September 20-23!  Dallas APA will be one of the host chapters Where Payroll Magic Happens.  The Texas Payroll Conference is a great educational value offering over 20 RCH credits and a host of top notch speakers. There will also be a phenomenal Exhibit Hall where you can check out the latest technology and see vendor demonstrations.  Network with your peers and make lasting connections!

    The Dallas Chapter also has opportunities for chapter members to work at our Host Booth, greeting attendees as they register, and at our Chapter Booth in the Exhibit Hall.  Please contact  if you can work a short shift in one of the booths.

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