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    January 2020 Print

    President's Report

    VSPC President

    Welcome back VSPC family!

    It is an exciting year for the Virginia Statewide Payroll Conference. This year we celebrate our 20th anniversary! Considering this momentous milestone falls in the year 2020 it was only fitting for our conference theme to play into the Roaring 20’s. It is my pleasure to welcome everyone to “Payroll! A Roaring Good Time.”

    While planning for our October conference is in the early stages, the Board of Directors is hard at work. Our goal is to provide informative sessions, showcase innovative vendor products, and create a comfortable space to network with fellow payroll professionals. We always have an amazing time with our VSPC attendees, but this year we really want to ramp it up and celebrate in style.

    We are excited to announce a new feature for this year – VSPC is going mobile! That’s right, attendees will be able to download a mobile app to help keep track of your important conference details. All of your need-to-know information will be available at your fingertips. Conference agenda, room assignments, exhibitor information, and session feedback surveys will all be available in the app.

    We can’t wait to reveal what else 2020 has in store – make sure you follow us on social media to keep up to date on the latest updates. The VSPC has accounts on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Twitter. Our 2020 hashtag is #VSPC20 so attendees and vendors can easily connect.

    Don’t miss out on the festivities, Jump Start registration is open through February 14th. This is your chance to sign up at the lowest price point – rates will continue to increase as the year progresses. Check out the “ROI/Request for Authorization Letter” available on the attendee page of our website if your employer could use a gentle nudge to green light your attendance this year. There is also a “Thank You Letter” available for those of you who attended the 2019 conference.

    Who’s ready for a Roaring Good Time? I know I am!

    Cheers,

    Abbey Moran, CPP
    VSPC President

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    Charity

     

    The Virginia Statewide Payroll Conference charity for 2020 is Connect with a Wish (CWW). CWW is a 501 (C) (3) non-profit organization founded in March 2014 by Founder/President Joy Rios. Their mission is to connect the wishes and needs of children in Virginia Beach and Norfolk foster care with the generosity of their community. They provide the resources and support needed to give these children the opportunity to grow into positive and productive members of their community.

    Did you know there are approximately 400,000 kids in foster care in the U.S. with about 5,000 in the state of VA; approximately 250 of those are in Virginia Beach.

    Each foster child in Virginia Beach and Norfolk will be granted a Wish. CWW goal is to encourage wishes that can have a long lasting effect on the child’s life and offer hope, nurture a dream or promote future success. Some examples would be extracurricular actives like dance lessons, art classes, martial arts, etc. At CWW there are aspiring to provide opportunities that are not usually afforded to children in foster care.

    CWW implements a host of services including Birthday Brigade; Clothes Closet; Boys & Girls Youth Groups. They also provide large duffle bags partially filled with comfort items based upon age and gender. These are given to help ease the difficult transition of being removed from their homes or relocation to a new residence. This bag is easy to handle and is theirs to keep.

    Did you know only 54% of children in foster care get a high school diploma; of those less than 2% go to college. CWW Supporting Success program has item drives in an effort to support the older youth who are preparing to move out on their own for the first time or have recently made a transition to an independent program or college. CWW have also provided tuition assistance for youth in foster care who have achieved their dream to attend a 4-year college.

    So, let us support this year’s charity by reviewing the donations list and give today. Your local chapter will be accepting donations. This is a wonderful opportunity to get involved with your local chapter. The donation listing is posted on the website. If you would like more information on CWW please visit their website at, https://www.connectwithawish.org/.

    More update will be available throughout the year from your charity co-chairs Melinee’ D. Cody, CPP and Pamela C. Embrose, FPC.

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    Early Bird Registration Ending

    Jump Start Registration

    We are happy to announce that the Jump Start registration is open for the VSPC! Register now and it is only $325! Use the coupon code VSPC20. The discounted jump-start rates will end on February 14th. Please note payment must be received by that date in order to secure the rate. Signing up more than one person? Berries! Please make sure that each person registers individually so that you can secure the discount.

    The VSPC wants to make sure that you “Know your onions”. This year's theme is, “Payroll! A Roaring Good Time" will be offering several new and exciting learning opportunities for our attendees. The 20th VSPC will be held on October 8-9th. We are excited to be at a new hotel the Sheraton Norfolk Waterside Hotel.

    We are currently working hard to secure speakers and putting together a varied program. Class selection will happen closer to the conference, so stay tuned for more information. So go register today. It is going to be a Blow! I can’t wait to see you there.

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    Social Media

    The Power of the “Follower”

    Do you remember that childhood game, “Follow the Leader”? Where one child leads all of the other children around a room and all following mimic what the leader does? Now, do you also remember just wanting to be the leader and thinking of all the cool things you would do on your turn?

    Aww, I love our memory flashbacks…

    Employers want to see leadership on resumes and hear about leadership in interviews. We attend leadership conferences and attend sessions that talk about effective leadership…But what about the Follower?

    In the world of Social Media, it’s all about the Follower.

    In this world, a follower represents a user who chooses to see all of another user’s posts in their content feed. Twitter, Instagram, & Facebook all have a form of “news feed” that delivers content to their user. They vary in each platform, but they all mainly consist of posts, articles, and images from other people whom the user has chosen to follow. “Likes” and “Shares” are all great, but a “follow” expresses interest in receiving constant updates from that user.

    To be a follower in the world of social media, is to engage at a higher level with the user and their audience.

    One year at VSPC, I ran into someone I follow on Twitter. I so enjoy her blog and content for Bloomberg Tax, as well as her Tweets, but I’d never met her in person. As we began to chat, we found that we had so much in common as not only millennial payroll professionals but also as aspiring writers and overall lovers of life. At the end of that conversation, I had transitioned from just being one of her followers, to her colleague and potential friend. By the end of the night, when I went to my room, I noticed she was now one of my “Followers”! What a wonderful treat.

    While there are so many reasons not to do social media, there are so still many, many good ones…Never miss a moment with your kids or grandkids, engage with a childhood friend, send an image of love and support to a colleague who has lost someone, lead a cause that is close to your heart, the options are endless. Good things and good thoughts are present in the worldwide web of social media and one of them just may meet you in person.

    Who do you Follow? Why do you find them engaging? We’d love to hear what you think! Post a comment on our Facebook page or Tweet about it or create a meme and post it on your Instagram!

    If you would like more information or you would like to work with the social media committee please email us at [email protected] .

    I look forward to working with you.

    Tiffani L. Gray, CPP, Social Media Chair

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    Chapter News

         Hampton Roads Chapter

    The Hampton Roads Chapter is off to a great year! We are offering our members our first webinar ever on January, 29, 2020; 11am-12pm on “Navigating the 2020 W-4” led by our very own Melinee' D. Cody, CPP, CEO of Mel Payroll Services. The 2016 VSPC Payroll Professional of the year, Jackie Kronstain, C.P.P, and HRAPA VP, is heading up our Spring 2020 FPC/CPP study group from 1/11-3/7/2020, and we are looking forward to our attendees much anticipated success!  Mark your calendars, February 13th is the date for our upcoming chapter meeting from 8:30 am to 11:00 am; where Gerard Hall, C.P.P, Learning & Development Manager of CBIZ will speak on “Disaster Recovery” & “Third-Party Sick Pay". He is "That Payroll Guy" and a speaker you don't want to miss!

    Become a member or renew your membership with our chapter during our Membership Drive, Dec 1st - Jan 31st and you could win a Registration to 2020 APA Virtual Congress! Check out our website HRAPA.com to register and join today!

    Find, "Like" & Follow us on our Social Media:  Facebook (don't forget to like our page), Twitter, & LinkedIn

     

     

        

    Washington Metropolitan Area Chapter

    Summer CPP/FPC Study Group

    The WMAC is excited to announce that our popular CPP/FPC study group is back!

    Whether you need to prep for the exam, or you are looking for RCH to recertify, this class is for you. This in-person class will cover laws effective January 1, 2020 and is taught by subject matter experts familiar with the exam topics and testing.

    Member Cost $450 Does NOT include required text the 2020 Payroll Source.

    CPP/FPC - Study Group

    Saturday, June 20, 2020

    Courtyard Dunn Loring Fairfax

    9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

    Saturday, July 11, 2020

    Courtyard Dunn Loring Fairfax

    9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

    Saturday, July 25, 2020

    Courtyard Dunn Loring Fairfax

    9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

    Saturday, August 15, 2020

    Courtyard Dunn Loring Fairfax

    9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

    Saturday, August 29, 2020

    Courtyard Dunn Loring Fairfax

    9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

    Saturday, September 12, 2020

    Courtyard Dunn Loring Fairfax

    9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

     

    One Day Classes

    Perhaps you just need a quick refresher before the Spring or Fall test window? Our ‘Cram for the Exam’ and Calculations classes can help reinforce what you have studied.

    Member Cost $120

    All Day Classes

    Saturday, March 14, 2020

    Fairfax Government Center

    9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

    Saturday, May 16, 2020

    Fairfax Government Center

    9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

    Saturday, September 26, 2020

    Fairfax Government Center

    9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

     

    Chapter Meetings

    WMAC offers six Chapter meetings a year, come for the networking and RCH opportunities.

    Member Cost $20 Non-Member Cost $35

    Chapter Meeting Dates

    Thursday, February 13, 2020

    Herndon Hyatt Place

    8:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

    Thursday, April 02, 2020

    Herndon Hyatt Place

    8:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

    Thursday, June 11, 2020

    Herndon Hyatt Place

    8:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

    Thursday, September 10, 2020

    Herndon Hyatt Place

    8:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

    Thursday, November 05, 2020

    Herndon Hyatt Place

    8:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

    Thursday, December 10, 2020

    Herndon Hyatt Place

    8:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

     

    Have you ever wanted to see what goes on behind the scenes of our chapter? Do you have a great idea you would like to share? Join us for our Spring or Fall Planning meeting this year. Come join us this year!

    Member Cost: Free

    Planning Meeting

    Planning Meeting

    Saturday, February 8, 2020

    Courtyard Marriott Tysons

    8:30 am - 1:00 pm

    Planning Meeting

    Saturday, September 26, 2020

    Courtyard Marriott Tysons

    8:30 am - 1:00 pm

     

    Please register at https://wmac-apa.org/calendar.php

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