We are looking forward to a very successful year of education and networking at SELA.
Don’t foregt the IRS Webinar Update on March 22. Below is the link you will need to register for the event. After you register, you will receive a confirmation e-mail from VW-4 and a reminder e-mail the day before the event. Please note that the audio will be by phone. The telephone number and access code are indicated below as well. The Webcast’s URL is: https://www.webcaster4.com/Webcast/Page/1156/24940
(You must call 1-888-331-8226 and enter access code 6071463# to join the audio.)
Our March Dinner meeting will be held on Thursday March 22, 2018. The topic will be an update on Garnishments, presented by attorney Mary Jo Roberts of the Kullman Firm in New Orleans. Invitations will go out and and Registration will begin the week of March 12th.
Over the next few months, we will be highlighting our Board Members on this title page, so our members can get to know a little about each of them.
When Janice Barrios, CPP, became President of the Southeast Louisiana Chapter, the chapter was struggling. “It was a dying chapter that missed an entire year of education,” said Barrios. Barrios said she set out to revitalize the chapter and ensure that it would once again be a valuable resource for payroll professionals in South Louisiana. Under her leadership, and with the help of a great group of leaders, the chapter is now back on track and holds bimonthly meetings. “We also have an extensive list of professionals who attend and many who are willing to present at our meetings,” said Barrios. “We just began to put out a list of topics on our dinner tables for the members to discuss while they eat and network. We also have a trivia session at the end of our meetings with questions from the Certified Payroll Professional (CPP) exam. We give prizes and just have a good time.” Barrios plans to continue the chapter’s growth by starting a CPP study group in 2018. She would also like to begin having monthly meetings. In an effort to further grow the chapter’s membership, she encourages current members to bring a guest with them to chapter meetings. The chapter member list has also been extended to include accounts payable professionals. Barrios promotes the chapter website and often sends out email blasts telling members to go there to see updates. She also continually asks members for comments and suggestions on ways to improve the website and chapter meetings. Members of the Southeast Louisiana Chapter also give back to their community. They collect donations in “change jars” that are set out on the dinner tables during their chapter meetings. These donations are then collected and given to a local charity. “We also do a 50/50 ticket challenge at each meeting, with the winner taking half the money and the other half being donated to a charitable organization,” she said. The chapter also held a silent auction for charity last year.
“Although our members are very active in their jobs, they are always willing to donate time when the need arises,” she said. For Barrios, her most important and rewarding responsibility as Chapter President is building relationships. She is especially interested in helping payroll professionals who are new to the field. “I take pride in being able to answer questions newer members may have and to help them understand their roles and grow professionally,” she said. She is thankful to have the ability to show new payroll professionals the benefits the APA has to offer (both nationally and locally). Serving as Chapter President has been a wonderful way to cap off a 35-year career as a payroll professional. “I feel I have achieved the top of my local profession with this leadership office,” she said. “I felt very qualified and happy to secure this position in my final years in payroll. It is very nice to see the chapter all finally coming together as a viable organization for professionals.”
(Caren Bennett is Editorial Assistant for the APA’s Editorial Division)