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    What is the difference between SHRM and NHRMA?

    Northwest Human Resource Management Association is affiliated with the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). SHRM is the world?s largest association devoted to human resource management. Representing more than 170,000 individual members, the Society serves the needs of HR professionals by providing the most essential and comprehensive set of resources available. As an influential voice, SHRM is committed to advancing the human resource profession to ensure that HR is an essential and effective partner in developing and executing organizational strategy. Founded in 1948, SHRM currently has more than 500 affiliated chapters within the United States and members in more than 120 countries.

    Northwest Human Resource Management Association (previously PNPMA) is a unique, regional organization. In 1972, the Association affiliated with SHRM (previously ASPA) per an agreement that provided that NHRMA would maintain its regional autonomy and identity. There is no similarly constituted organizational arrangement among any other SHRM regions or chapters.

    A Board of Directors elected by the membership manages the affairs of NHRMA. NHRMA works closely with SHRM and focuses its efforts on providing service to its members that compliment the extensive benefits and services provided to our members associated with their SHRM membership.

    What is the SHRM Foundation?

    The SHRM Foundation is a 501 ( c ) ( 3 ) non-profit organizational affiliate of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). Founded in 1966, the Foundation funds research, publications, and a wide range of educational initiatives to advance the profession and enhance the effectiveness of HR professionals. With assets of more than $6 million, the SHRM Foundation serves as a catalyst for leading edge research and education. A volunteer board of leading academics and HR leaders governs the Foundation. All contributions are tax deductible.

    How does the chapter support the SHRM Foundation?

    The South Puget Sound Chapter strongly supports the Society for Human Resource Management Foundation. The Foundation is supported by this Chapter through monthly raffles and contributions from individual members, companies, and organizations.

    Can members have copies of the minutes of the board meetings?

    Yes, they can, and we make them available at our monthly meetings. If you would like a copy just send the secretary an e-mail and she will be happy to send it to you.

    What does 100% chapter mean?

    Chapters requiring SHRM national membership in order to belong to the local chapter are referred to as 100% chapters. One hundred percent chapters receive benefits and services not made available to non-100% chapters, such as a higher level of financial support ($25 per year per SHRM member who has designated a 100% chapter as primary, compared to $10 per year for non-100% chapters); quarterly as opposed to semiannual chapter financial support payments; a specially designed 100% lapel pin for all chapter members; SHRM staff availability as speakers at no cost to the chapters (while non-100% chapters are responsible for expenses), and free Saturday-night stay over for the chapter president or designee at the SHRM Leadership Conference.

    What are the benefits of membership?

    It gives you a home chapter, one where you get to know your fellow members and have the ability to network with people you know. Get advice for handling HR situation from people you know face to face and trust. With membership you get the newsletter and meeting notification. Plus when you pre-register you get the member rate when you come to the meetings. Being a member of one chapter does not preclude you from attending meetings at other chapters.

    When, and how, did the South Puget Sound Chapter begin?

    Click here to view a brief summary of our chapter's history.