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SHRM Foundation Auction is a Great Success

The Human Resource Management Association of Martin County (HR Martin County) an affiliate chapter of the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM), recently conducted its annual Auction and Raffle to benefit the SHRM Foundation.  HR Martin County makes an annual contribution to the SHRM foundation, appoints a Foundation Coordinator, and hosts a special event in support of the Foundation. The annual SHRM Foundation Auction & Raffle was held on September 21, 2011. The chapter, with over 100 professional members from across the Treasure Coast area, raised $2,159.00, which will be donated to the SHRM Foundation. The event was sponsored by Aetna and Michael Izzolo presided as Auctioneer.

The SHRM Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit affiliate of SHRM, conducts an annual fundraising campaign to support their programming. They are supported by SHRM chapters and state councils, individuals, corporations and others. 

A leading funder of HR research grants, the Foundation produces publications and educational resources and awards $170,000 annually in education and certification scholarships to professional and student SHRM members and doctoral students.

The mission of HR Martin County is to champion the highest professional standards of HR ethics and performance by providing ongoing professional development, resources, networking and support for its members and the community. HR Martin County is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable and educational organization, which allows for all donations to be tax-deductible.


2011 HR Martin County Professional of the Year Announced


Annually, the Human Resource Management Association of Martin County, (HR Martin) recognizes an individual for his/her contributions in advancing the human resource profession. The 2011 Professional of the Year Award,  was awarded to Peggy DeMars, MS. Although many individuals in the chapter display the characteristics of professionalism, Peggy DeMars, Health Promotion Manager for Corporate Benefit Advisors and an active member of HR Martin for several years, stands out amongst her colleagues. Peggy is the Vice President of Programs and has served in that capacity for the two years. She presents a “Wellness Watch” report to HR Martin Chapter members at the monthly membership meetings, which has been enthusiastically received by the members. HR Martin Chapter Members have in turn passed on this information to their employees.

Peggy DeMars MS, RD, LD/N  is acutely aware of the issues, roles and needs of Human Resource professionals and has been working with them developing and implementing corporate wellness programs for over 17 years. Peggy joined the Corporate Benefit Advisors team as Health Promotion Manager in 2005 for the sole purpose of developing wellness programs and health promotion initiatives for CBAs’ clients.  Peggy customizes wellness programs to address key areas based on the budget and culture of each client.  She also reviews benefit plans for disease prevention and educates her clients on the wellness programs offered by their medical plans. Peggy offers a “hands on” approach in helping her clients set up their wellness initiatives by helping to develop the business plan, organizing a wellness committee, conducting health fairs and biometric screenings, designing incentives, reviewing HIPAA and ADA compliance, program planning, and evaluating the effectiveness of their health promotion efforts. 


Peggy DeMars is currently a member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), HR Martin County Chapter, Wellness Council of America (WELLCOA) and the National Wellness Institute. She is a role model for other HR professionals, an enthusiastic leader and problem solver. In her spare time, Peggy is an avid gardener and loves to kayak.

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2011 Steps to Success Paves the Road for Students

The Human Resource Management Association of Martin County (HR Martin), the local chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management, in collaboration with the Martin County School District Department of Vocational, Adult and Community Education (V.A.C.E.), held the 11th annual Steps to Success program on April 21, 2011, at the IRSC Wolf Technology Center. Students from Martin County, Jensen Beach and South Fork High Schools as well as Clark Advanced Learning Center spent the day in a professional conference setting attending workshops, listening to inspirational speakers and participating in career development activities.  Tim Doyle, Program Chair, stated, “The goal is to give them insight on how to behave once they are in the work world. We have a lot of knowledge we can share.” Tim said that the hands on information the students get can make the transition from student to employee easier.



The 2011 Steps to Success program, titled Careers; Paving the Road to Success, provided over 100 career technical students critical information to help them develop successful career building strategies and provide them with the tools needed to prompt future achievements. Students were given the Careers Tool Kit 2011 containing information on Resume Writing, Interviewing Techniques, Personal Technology in the Work Place, Customer Service, Workplace Values, Building a Financial Foundation and Dealing with Stressful Situations.



This Steps to Success workshops topics and presenters were:

  • “Yes-You DO Have Skills-and the Network to Market Them,” presented by Christina Romanovsky, Martin Memorial Health Systems, provided the students with interviewing tips, resume writing and insight into the drivers of job satisfaction.
  • “Personal Technology-Don’t Let It Go Haywire,” presented by Rhonda Blakey, PHR, Workforce Solutions of the Treasure Coast, discussed career killing Facebook mistakes and the wealth of internet career resources available,
  • “Customer Service-Make It Your Secret To Success,” presented by Kim Brisky, Martin Memorial Health Systems, coached students on how to stand out as a valued employee in the workplace.
  • “Pursue Your Passion-Believe In Yourself,” presented by Crystal Stiles, Business Development Board of Martin County, provided students with insight on the importance of attitude, self-confidence, self-esteem and motivation.

The Steps To Success program was free to all student participants and their teachers. All associated expenses were underwritten by in-kind contributions, corporate sponsorship and private donations. 


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HR Martin County Receives 2010 Silver EXCEL Award

The Society for Human Resource Management has awarded the Human Resource Management Association of Martin County (HR Martin County) the EXCEL Silver Award for 2010. 

The SHRM Affiliate Program for Excellence (SHAPE) has been designed to ensure a strong connection between SHRM and affiliated chapters from a business perspective.  In addition to clearly outlining our requirements to measure chapter alignment and engagement with SHRM’s overall objectives, SHAPE’s focus has shifted to activities and initiatives which are more strategic in nature.  These efforts will allow each affiliated chapter to increase its viability and effectiveness, as well as promote the HR profession at the local level.  Additionally, the program was designed to enhance the business accumen of local volunteer leaders. This new program raises the bar of excellence for our affiliates and introduces the EXCEL Awards – a tiered recognition and awards system.


The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) is the world’s largest association devoted to human resource management. The Society serves the needs of HR professionals and advances the interests of the HR profession. Founded in 1948, SHRM has more than 250,000 members in over 140 countries, and more than 575 affiliated chapters.

This recognition is a distinct indication of HR Martin County’s successful partnership with SHRM to serve the networking and professional development needs of human resource professionals and to the advancement of the human resources profession. In addition, the award recognizes outstanding achievements in chapter operations and a commitment to providing meaningful programs and services to their members. HR Martin County receives a Certificate of Recognition, a specialized banner to display at its meetings and events, and is being recognized in SHRM’s publications and at its conferences.


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