Posted by: Professionals In Human Resources Association (PIHRA) | October 23, 2009

PIHRA Foundation News, November 2009

PIHRA Foundation and PIHRA Members Join Hands at Annual Conference  
At PIHRA’s recent Annual Conference in Palm Springs several PIHRA members (too many to name) and your PIHRA Foundation collaborated to really make a difference in the lives of others.

Silent Auction Success
First, numerous PIHRA members participated in the Foundation’s Annual Silent Auction. Participation came in two forms: donating valuable auction items and actually bidding on those items. It took a combination of both forms of participation to ultimately raise nearly $6,600.00 for the Foundation according to first-time Silent Auction Chair John Silver of ITT Technical Institute and District 4. Silver reported that there were over 110 items donated to the auction. He said there was tremendous support from many of PIHRA’s long-standing service providers. Silver said much of the success of the auction was a result of committee members Barbara Allen, District 9, Jenny Klein, District 6 and Roger Sommer, District 7. Although the net proceeds were down slightly from last year Foundation President Bill Groenekamp said he was very pleased with the results. PIHRA members once again supported the Foundation in a very meaningful way. Silver predicts that next year’s auction in Pasadena will be even bigger and better.

Stipend Grantees Enjoy the Conference
Second, in keeping with its commitment to the Human Resources Community and in recognition of the economic times, the PIHRA Foundation, led by Committee Chair Mery Propster, SPHR, District 6, allocated funds to provide two in-transition members with stipends in the form of full admissions to this year’s Annual Conference in Palm Springs. The two grantees were Susan Wilson, a five year member of District 12 and Randi Shayne, a five year member of District 14. Susan, upon being notified from Mery that she was a recipient said “You don’t’ know how much this means to me!” Randi, also winning a prize at one of the evening events to Mery “You have changed my luck!” Both recipients were interviewed at the Conference and will soon be featured on the PIHRA Foundation website in a video interview at Be sure to check it out!

FREE MONEY! Scholarships! Scholarships!! Scholarships!!!
Sunday, November 15th is the deadline to apply for a variety of PIHRA Foundation scholarships ranging from $500 to $3,000. Your Foundation offers scholarships to three categories: 1) HR Student Scholarship, 2) PIHRA member’s child or grandchild, and 3) HRCI Certification candidates. Check out the Foundation website for more details ( and click on “Scholarship Application” for criteria, instructions, and the application form. You or someone you know could soon be a lot richer! Often times there is more than one winner per category!! We have LOTS of money to give away but the clock is ticking.

Foundation Transformation
Your PIHRA Foundation is undergoing a transformation which you will be learning more about in future editions of the PIHRAscope. Watch for  new communication avenues including LinkedIn, Facebook, a new website, new opportunities for YOU to volunteer in community Workforce Readiness programs, innovative ways to contribute to the Foundation, and timely new resources for entry-level job hunters to land their next gig.

Leader Sees Changes
Jenny Roney, SPHR, PIHRA President reports that she is excited about the new and fresh ideas coming out of the Foundation and is embracing the new sense of collaboration between the PIHRA Board of Directors and the Foundation Board of Directors. “The opportunities for the PIHRA Board of Directors and the Foundation Board to collaborate are boundless. It’s truly a win-win for both organizations,” said Roney. Foundation President Bill Groenekamp and other current Board members have been actively recruiting new volunteers to take on the challenges facing this vital resource to the HR community. If you interested in supporting the Foundation in any way or know of someone with an interest, contact Bill Groenekamp at


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