By Dennis Seid/NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – They used to be called personnel managers, but with the growing responsibilities that extend beyond hiring and training, they’re now called human resource managers.
And they have their own organization to network. Nationally, it’s called the Society for Human Resource Management.
In Northeast Mississippi, the SHRM chapter is the Northeast Mississippi Human Resource Association, or NEMSHRA.
Initially founded in 1973 as an arm of the Community Relations Association, the group was then called the North Mississippi Industrial Relations Association.
Today, the organization includes members from a range of businesses and occupations.
“We’re open to anybody who works in human resources – benefits, payroll, safety, employee relations, CPAs, etc.,” said chapter president Patsy Brandon. “We have more than 70 members but we’d like to grow our club.”
Unlike most other chapters, NEMSHRA has no local dues.
The national club does have membership dues.
Regular meetings – held the first Thursday of every month, bring speakers and other opportunities for members to keep up to date.
“It’s a chance to expand our body of knowledge,” said Rodger Brown, the treasurer.
And to raise interest in the organization and what it does, NEMSHRA is having a special meeting Thursday at the ICC Tupelo campus off Eason Boulevard, in the Health Occupations building.
The membership drive meeting, to be held from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., is a come-and-go event, with heavy hors d’oeuvres served.
“We’re all taking a mentorship role,” Brown said of the group’s goal. “We want to give back to our newest members and even ‘wanna-bes,’ to let them know we exist and can help them.”