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SSHRM Volunteer Leader Resource Center 

SHRM has created a new
“Campaign-in-a-Box” on the Volunteer Leader Resource Center(VLRC) containing resources for the “SHRM Navigating COVID-19” campaign.

Make sure you visit their “Navigating COVID-19” campaign site at Be sure to view the new video titled “SHRM Navigating COVID-19” featuring SHRM President and CEO Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., and filmed via webcam. It provides an authentic look at the harsh realities individuals and organizations are facing during COVID-19.




In Case You Missed It: Recent Volunteer Leader Connection Webcasts – COVID-19

Watchthe recordings and access the presentation resources at any time tolearn about the latest resources for our Volunteer Leaders surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic.




2019 SHRM Annual Report

In 2019, SHRM and our members boldly drove solutions for the 21st-century workplace, impacting the lives of more than 115 million employees and their families around the globe. Read
SHRM's 2019 Annual Reportandview a special videoto learn more about our bold efforts to build better workplaces.We encourage you to share the Annual Report with your State Council and Chapter networks.




MAC Spring Survey: Let Your Voice be Heard by the SHRM Board!

The role of the SHRM Membership Advisory Council (MAC) is to serve as the liaison between our amazing SHRM members and our SHRM Board of Directors. We are proud that we have a Board who listens to your feedback and acts, as evidenced by several Board initiatives which have resulted from your feedback to the MAC through these surveys. Your response to this survey will be part of the overall report from your MAC representatives to the SHRM Board of Directors in June. All responses will be anonymous.

This survey should take you less than10 minutes to complete. Once completed, please SHARE this email and the survey link with all SHRM State Council members, Chapter Presidents, Chapter volunteers, non-SHRM members, and your human resources colleagues. This survey is open to all SHRM members and non-SHRM members, not just Volunteer Leaders.Sharing this survey on social media is encouraged!

this linkto begin the survey. Please submit your responses by midnight on May 12.




New! Policy Changes to SHRM Recertification

SHRM is announcing several policy changes to SHRM Recertification, which will become effective August 1, 2019. We believe these changes will improve the member’s experience in maintaining their credential. Below please see full details on each change, benefits of the change and frequently asked questions (FAQs):

1. Earn and Record PDCs During the Grace Period

Effective August 1, 2019, SHRM Certification holders who are recertifying can earn PDCs for activities they participate in through their grace period (the 60-day period between their certification end date and expiration date). This is a change from the current policy which does not allow PDCs to be earned during the grace period.

Benefit Of This Change

SHRM Certification holders who recertify will be provided with more time to add activities to their account.

Key Points

  • Any PDCs earned during this period may be applied toward the recertification requirement.
  • There is no maximum on the amount of PDCs one can earn during this period except in the areas with PDC limits (i.e., Advance Your Organization category - 20 PDC limit and the Advance Your Profession category - 30 PDC limit.)
  • Since this activity is taking place after the regular recertification cycle, individuals taking advantage of this benefit will need to remit a $50 late fee (in addition to the recertification application) to recertify.


  • Do I have to do anything to take advantage of this benefit?All you need to do is continue earning your PDCs and adding them to your account until you have 60 or more on record. Once that is done submit your application, pay the required fee and you’re done!
  • Is there a cost involved?Yes, in some cases there may be a cost for learning activities, and in addition to the recertification application fee, a $50 late fee charge will be accessed for taking advantage of this benefit.

2. Immediately Begin Earning PDCs for New Recertification Cycle When You Recertify Early

Effective August 1, 2019, the new recertification cycle for SHRM Certification holders who recertify will begin the NEXT DAY after they recertify. Their end date will continue to be on the last day of their birth month. This is a change from the current policy that sets the new start date on the day AFTER the previous cycle’s end date.

Benefit of This Change

  • Allows individuals to begin earning PDCs in their new cycle right away (this is particularly advantageous to those who recertify early).
  • Those recertifying early may have more than 3 years in their new cycle. Note: Conversely, those recertifying late may have less than 3-years in their new cycle.


If a certification holder’s recertification end date is July 31, 2019 (last day of their birth month) and they recertify on May 15, 2019 their new cycle will begin on May 16, 2019, 12:00 AM and their end date will be July 31, 2022 (the last day of their birth month 3 years later).


  • The individual’s end date will not change.
  • The new cycle date will automatically update in the individuals account.

3. Carry Over a Maximum of 20 Credits to the Next Recertification Cycle

Effective August 1, 2019, SHRM Certification holders who recertify with more than 60 credits in their account will be able to carry over up to 20 credits to their new cycle. This is a change from the current policy which does not allow carry-over credits.

Benefit of This Change

  • Allows SHRM Certification holders who earn more than 60 credits the opportunity to get credit for up to 20 excess credits in their new cycle.

Key Points:

  • Individuals must have completed the recertification process (achieved recertification) with more than 60 credits in their account to carry over the excess.Individuals cannot carry over more than they have earned.
  • Maximum carry over is 20 credits per recertification cycle.
  • Carry-over credits will be autoloaded into the account and will appear as an activity in the Advance Your Education category.
  • Auto upload will appear in the account at the end of the month following recertification.


  • What if I wanted to add PDCs to my previous cycle?PDCs cannot be added to a previous cycle.
  • Are there certain types of PDCs that are eligible?All PDCs are created equal. All PDCs are eligible.
  • Will this new policy be applied retroactively, for example, I recertified in 2018 with 75 PDCs in my account, can I get credit for the 15 excess PDCs in my new cycle?We’re looking into it and if it changes we will notify all certificants.

Additional questions? Email SHRM Cert News at


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Jessica Caldwell, Communications Manager, contacted SVSHRM asking any companies or organizations that may be willing to hire people with criminal records, to contact them. They would like to reach out and hopefully develop a partnership to make second chance employment more common in our locality.

Check out their site ( and contact Jessica ( if you’d like to investigate further and take advantage of the resources they have to offer, including the job board (


Peter Veglahn Memorial Scholarship

Dr. Peter Veglahn was instrumental in the life of Shenandoah Valley SHRM. He brought humor and a desire for education. Pete was instrumental in raising funds for this scholarship. He would dress up in a suit and carry around a musical instrument case to get individuals ‘inspired’ to contribute. In addition he led many individuals through the HRCI preparation course.

The college scholarship is intended for individuals who are pursuing a career in human resources. An individual must be enrolled in an HR related degree program. The student must also reside within the SVSHRM membership area. Additional information and to apply for the scholarship can be found at

Application deadline is April 30!


Emily Sterrett Memorial Scholarship

Emily Sterrett was an active member in our chapter and served as co-chair of the SVSHRM Certification Committee for over ten years. Emily was responsible for and directed the Essentials of Human Resources class and the PHR/SPHR study course through SHRM. Emily passed away in October 2013 after a long battle with cancer. To honor her, the board offers two scholarships in her memory; one for admission for the SHRM Essentials course and one for admission for the SHRM Learning System course.


To be considered, applicants should submit a document of 250 words or less informing the SVSHRM Board why they are taking the course and why they should be selected for the scholarship. Please submit your request electronically to the current SVSHRM President.


SHRM Foundation

Veterans at Work Certificate Program

The Veterans at Work Certificate, developed for HR professionals, hiring managers, and front-line supervisors, is a multi-faceted program from the SHRM Foundation and brought to you with generous support from Comcast NBCUniversal. Through this certificate program you will:

  • Learn the value that skilled veterans bring to the civilian workplace

  • Demonstrate your commitment to attract, hire and retain these talented professionals

  • Earn 10 professional development credits toward your SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP recertification

The Veterans at Work Certificate is completely free and open to all. You do not need to be a SHRM member, and you do not need to hold a SHRM credential to earn this certificate. However, if you are interested in joining SHRM or earning your HR certification, we highly recommend both. When you join SHRM, you also become eligible to apply for several SHRM Foundation scholarships and grants.

For full information, click here or email Barbara Kite, SVSHRM Military Liaison (

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