The PA SHRM Chapter of the Year award recognizes outstanding achievement in chapter initiatives and contributions to effective HR management. Each year PA SHRM will award one chapter $1,000 at our Annual State Conference. PA SHRM State Council will also make a contribution of $500 to the SHRM Foundation on behalf of the winning chapter (in the chapter’s name).

Chapter Eligibility: Complete and submit the Chapter self nomination form and all supporting
documentation to Victoria Krotzer, ( by August 1. Entries will be evaluated by a committee appointed by the State Council Executive Board and the decision will be final.

The State Council recognizes that some of our Chapters run on a calendar year basis and others run on a fiscal year. In an effort to treat each Chapter equally and meet the reviewers’ needs and year to year timelines due to fluctuating dates of the State Conference, each Chapter should complete the selfnomination form for Award year August 1 – July 31.

Please note that your Chapter should submit a nomination form even if you have nothing to report in one or more initiative areas. Judging will be based on quantitative and qualitative scores. Chapters scoring the highest total points in the quantitative section will move on to the second round of judging based on qualitative results.

Click here to see the Nomination Form.



In addition to scoring the most points in the quantitative portion of the nomination process, SEPA also demonstrates a very active chapter with a strong board.  Some of the highlights of the qualitative portion included:

  • Very strong recruitment and retention strategies – currently at star level
    • At-large members are contacted directly by a board member or personal letter
    • At-large members are provided with a coupon for a free Chapter meeting
    • Orientation welcome is given to newly-designated Chapter members
    • CMP sends email reminders monthly to each Chapter member when their annual Chapter designation is about to expire
    • They also use their LinkedIn Group to encourage members to designate SEPA as their local chapter

  • They offer monthly meetings/programs  with recertification credits being offered and 45% of those credits were strategic

  • State Council messaging:
    • They regularly post their meetings on State Council’s calendar
    • The homepage of their website provides a link to the State Council’s website
    • Emails are sent to chapter members advertising the L&L Conference

SEPA was awarded a check for $1,000 and a $500.00 contribution in their name was submitted to SHRM Foundation.

Congratulations to SEPA SHRM.  Keep up your fantastic work!

Victoria Krotzer, PHR

Foundation Director



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