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President's Message

November is known for many holidays and the key holidays in November 2018 are listed below. Some of these opportunities are listed below:

  • Nov  1 - Thurs    All Saints' Day 2018  (Christian)
  • Nov  2 - Fri         All Souls Day 2018  (Christian)
  • Nov  4 - Sun       Daylight Savings Time - ends 2018  (Daylight Savings)
  • Nov  7 - Wed      Diwali 2018  (Hindu)
  • Nov 11 - Sun      Veterans Day 2018  (Federal Holiday)
  • Nov 21 - Wed     The Prophet's Birthday 2018  (Muslim)
  • Nov 22 - Thurs   Thanksgiving Day 2018  (Federal Holiday)
  • Nov 23 - Fri        Black Friday 2018  (Observance)
  • Nov 26 - Mon     Cyber Monday 2018  (Observance)


Thanksgiving is truly a special day and a federal holiday observed by all levels of government, schools, public offices and many businesses. Families and friends generally gather together to celebrate traditions and to eat a meal ex. turkey and assorted side dishes. How many of us have had to loosen our belt a bit after a festive Thanksgiving Day dinner!

Although many people also have Friday off, and retail stores are open for Black Friday, one of the busiest shopping days of the entire year some retailers are now opening on Thanksgiving evening and offering specials. Will you be among those early bird shoppers standing in line at the BestBuy, Walmart etc.?

For those of you who are history buffs here is some Thanksgiving trivia:
Various days of Thanksgiving had been celebrated in America since the earliest pilgrims arrived in the 17th century. In the public mind, the first Thanksgiving Day occurred in 1621 when the Plymouth Pilgrims and the Wampanoag Indians shared a fall harvest the first that the colonists had reaped on American soil. Indeed, 90 Indians and 53 Pilgrims feasted for three days at that event, and it was an official day of giving thanks to God for his blessings.


Throughout the colonial era, Thanksgiving church services were held, and public, one-time thanksgiving observances were declared by governments. In Virginia, beginning with a Thanksgiving Day at Jamestown in 1610, such observances were rather routine. The Puritans in Massachusetts began such celebrations in 1630 and had them frequently, eventually making it an annual colonial festival in 1680. In Connecticut, Dutch New Netherlands, Spanish colonies now part of the United States, and throughout the settled American continent, the same pattern was followed.

During the American Revolution, the Continental Congress declared numerous days of thanksgiving. One instance came in 1777, after a great victory at the Battle of Saratoga. General Washington declared a day of thanksgiving, and Samuel Adams wrote that the day was to be one of “acknowledging with gratitude their obligation to God for benefits received” and for “imploring him for such further blessings as they stood in need of.”

Under the new Constitution, presidents continued the practice of declaring national days of thanksgiving. Washington famously did so for an observance on Thursday, November 26th, 1789. This came right after the First Amendment had passed the House of Representatives, and Congress petitioned Washington to declare Thanksgiving. Washington said it was a day to be thankful for “the many favors of Almighty God” on the nation.
President Lincoln declared a Thanksgiving Day in 1863 on the last Thursday of November, which continued annually from then till now. This was done during the Civil War and was designed for thanksgiving for blessings, penitence for the nation’s sins, and prayers for the wounded soldiers and the widows and orphans of the fallen. Lincoln prayed that God would “heal the wounds of the nation and restore it.”

Sarah Joseph Hale, who is the author of the nursery rhyme "Mary Had a Little Lamb" had contributed to the establishment of Thanksgiving as a national holiday. After 17 years of sending letters to President Lincoln, she had convinced him to support legislation establishing a national holiday of Thanksgiving in 1863. Before Thanksgiving, the only national holidays celebrated in the United States were Washington's Birthday (Presidents' Day) and Independence Day.

In 1939, F.D.R. broke the Lincoln tradition in that he declared the date be moved to the fourth Thursday in November, which did not always coincide with the last Thursday. This led to controversy and the two dates were dubbed “Republican Thanksgiving” and “Democratic Thanksgiving.” Finally, in 1941, a law was passed that permanently fixed the date according to Roosevelt’s “innovation.”

The TV dinner was invented in 1953 when Swanson had 260 tons of leftover turkey from Thanksgiving and no idea what to do with it. When asked, one of the employees said that they should package it in trays with sides and freeze.
In 2013, Tony Rohr a manager at Pizza Hut franchise in Elkhart, Indiana, was fired for refusing to open on Thanksgiving Day so that his employees could spend the holiday with their families. He was later offered his job back.

When we think of Thanksgiving we conjure up thoughts of leaves that have changed color and are falling from trees. We also think of visiting with family and friends, and watching Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade either in person or on television, of participating in Turkey Trot races, watching football games etc.

Thanksgiving Day is more than a day of fond memories, parades, football, and special dinners. It is also a day of thanks. On Thanksgiving Day, we are reminded of the bounty of treasures that is a part of our lives. We spend a few moments before the Thanksgiving dinner to give thanks for the richness of our lives and for our wonderful family and friends. For too many people, however, the meaning of Thanksgiving ends with spending a few moments of giving thanks at the dinner table.

The true meaning of Thanksgiving, however, should not end after a prayer or a few seconds of meditation devoted to thanks. The Holiday of Thanksgiving has broader significance. Thanksgiving is also a call to action. It is important for us to remember that the word thanksgiving is composed of two words: thanks and giving. Through the Holiday of Thanksgiving we are reminded to give thanks and to share and give. The Holiday reminds us to share our economic and material wealth, and to share also our time and talents with other people who could use our help. In terms of thought and deed, the Holiday of Thanksgiving gives us an enriched perspective on the abundance in our lives.

During the weeks and days leading up to Thanksgiving how can you show your appreciation and thank your fellow HR colleagues, managers, employees, customers and vendors? On Thanksgiving Day take a moment and reflect on what actions you can take in the next year to fully express the meaning of Thanksgiving. Can you think of a way to free-up one hour each week so that you can give that time to someone in need? Can you volunteer some time each month to assist your fellow CHRA members? By giving of your time and talent you are acknowledging that there is abundance in your life.

I wish each of you and your family a wonderful Thanksgiving! I would like to leave you with a few Thanksgiving Quotes:

  • Be thankful for what you have; you'll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don't have, you will never, ever have enough. - Oprah Winfrey
  • We must find time to stop and thank the people who make a difference in our lives. - John F.
  • Thanksgiving dinners take eighteen hours to prepare. They are consumed in twelve minutes. Half-times take twelve minutes. This is not coincidence. - Erma Bombeck


Your President,


Lori Raggio, MS, MBA, PHR, SHRM-CP



Welcome CHRA's New Members from October


- Angela Allen - HR Generalist, Huntington Ingalls

- Tia Bryant - Assistant Director, Learning Care Group
- Janae Bullock
- Jennifer Clark -
Human Resources Business Partner, Family Matters of Greater Washington
- Aaron Craft -
Accounts Executive, Commute with Enterprise
- Laure Diaz -
Human Resources Director, MARS
- Elisabeth Duvall
- PeopleShare
- Doris Edwards
- Director of Human Resources, WORCESTER EISENBRANDT, INC.
- Jennie Higgins
- Pam Karpin -
CHRO Lower Shore Clinic
- Emily Lattin -
SC&H Group, LLC
- Kimber M. Lee -
- Jessica Messick -
Reeb Millwork Corporation
- Michael Nwaosuagwu -
Edward Jones
- Ciera Parks
- Meg Phillips -
S. Freedman & Sons
- Robert Pounders -
Senior Director of HR, Pivot Health Solutions
- Jennifer Raul
- Moire Riley -
Coordinator, CCBC
- Caroline Ryan -
Human Resources Generalist, Covenant Surgical Partners
- Kellie Stokes -
HR Manager, US Lacrosse
- Jessica Sysak -
Senior HR Manager, DAP Products Inc.
- Zachary Wilt -
Executive Recruiter, LifeBridge Health


2019 Board of Directors

Jason L. Nemoy, PHR
Practice Director, Human Resources Recruiting
Chesapeake Search Partners, LLC

John Ruyter
Vice President, HR
GP Strategies

Brian R. Lynch, MS, SPHR, SHRM-CP
Human Resources Director
UM Baltimore Washington Medical Center

Immediate Past President

Lori Raggio, MS, MBA, PHR, SHRM-CP

Director, Membership Development

Lynn K. Argenbright
PSA Insurance and Financial Services
Employee Benefits Advisor

Director, Membership Services


Director, Marketing

Warren White, SHRM-SCP, SPHR, CPRW
Human Resources Business Partner
Nonprofit HR

Director, Affiliate Involvement

Jennifer Downs
Benefit Audit Group

Director, Workforce Readiness

Tracey Ellison,MS, SPHR, SHRM-SCP
impactHR, LLC

Director, College Relations

Scott Hands
HR Coordinator
Norris Automotive Group

Director, Diversity and Inclusion

Colette Colclough
Vice President, HR
Maryland Public Television

Director, Government Affairs - Fall HR Employment Law/Legislative Conference

Kerstin Miller, Esq.
Associate Attorney
Smith & Downey, P.A.

Director, Professional Development

Karen Satchell
Johns Hopkins University

Director, Foundation & Community Involvement

Candace Osunsade
SVP/Chief of Staff
National Aquarium of Baltimore 

Director, Spring Conference

Amanda Russo, PHR
Administrative Services Manager
Daft-McCune-Walker, Inc.

Executive Director (non-voting)

Kristen Philips, CAE, IOM
Stringfellow Management Group


Upcoming Events

13th Annual Fall Employment Law Conference
November 7, 2018
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. - Martins West, Baltimore, MD


Transitions Connections Club in-person Meeting
November 14, 2018
9:00 - 11:30 a.m. - Employment Professionals, Towson, MD


SHRM Certification Preparation Course (3 Full Days)
11/30/18,  12/7/18,  12/13/18

9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. - PSA Financial Learning Center, Hunt Valley, MD


CHRA Members Only Holiday Party
December 6, 2018
5:30 - 7:30 p.m. - Fazzini's, Cockeysville, MD



13th Annual Fall Employment Law Conference


Online Registration Closing Soon!


Wednesday, November 7, 2018

8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Martin's West, Baltimore, MD


 Join 350+ other local HR professionals and service providers at our 13th Annual Conference!


Offering 5.25 hours (1 hour business) of Re-certification Credit, CHRA’s Annual Fall Conference focuses solely on legislation and employment law updates that are an integral part of day to day operations for HR practitioners in Maryland. This conference continues to grow in attendance, popularity, and knowledge sharing! There will also be exhibitors featuring the latest products and services of interest to HR professionals as well as door prizes and raffle opportunities. Online registration closing soon: click here for details



Annual Holiday Party


Join CHRA members at our Members-Only Holiday Ugly Sweater Mix & Mingle at Fazzini's Taverna.

There will be food, drinks, and a chance to win $100 Massage Envy gift card for the Ugliest Sweater!

Only 5 Sponsorships Available!

$500 Sponsorship Includes:

- Dedicated time to speak to the audience about your products and services
- List of attendees
- Opportunity to provide promotional materials and/or door prizes to attendees
- Company logo on promotional emails and event website
- Complimentary registration
- Ugly Sweater contest judge!

If you are interested in sponsoring this event please contact CHRA at



Transition Connections Club


To all CHRA members in transition or in search of their next opportunity,  join the Transition Connections in-person meeting on November 14, 2018.

In-Person Transition Connections Club Meeting
Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Join us from 9-11:30 am at Express Employment Professionals (1122 Kenilworth Drive Suite 501A Towson, MD 21204.)  
It’s free. Pre-registration is required as breakfast will be provided. There will be time to socialize and focused discussion on resumes and resume review so be sure to bring your resume with some copies to share.



CHRA's SHRM Certification Preparation Course


November 30  |  December 7  |  December 13 

A 3-day in-person program led by a highly qualified and certified HR instructor, Amanda Haddaway, SHRM-SCP, SPHR, our intensive SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP preparation seminars, combined with the SHRM Learning System, present a comprehensive and detailed review of the current SHRM Body of Competency & Knowledge™ (SHRM BoCK™). By attending, you will be able to identify areas of strength and build on them. You will also see where you need further concentrated study in preparation for either exam.

During your prep course, your SHRM-certified instructor will build upon the foundation you've already established through your studies of the SHRM Learning System, guiding you through interactive discussions, and sample test questions. While this preparation course should not be considered your only preparation for certification, it will serve as a very valuable component to help you focus your study efforts and maximize your results. Click here to view more information about the course offering and to register



Career Center & Job Listings


The CHRA Career Center features local HR job openings and a useful section consisting of transition and employment resources. Be sure to check our Job Board daily or set your email preferences (inside of your member portal) to email you anytime a new job is posted. Also, keep an eye out for our Bi-weekly members-only 'Jobs Flash' email highlighting current listings on the CHRA Job Board. Positions posted now include:



Junior Achievement Volunteer Opportunities

JA BizTown (5th grade)

Volunteers serve as a mentor/coach to a small group of 6-8 students as they operate a real business for the day, encouraging students to communicate and collaborate with one another, while thinking critically and getting creative. Volunteers provide those "ah ha" moments daily as they help students discover the value of themselves, their education, and their future beyond the classroom. Through the experience, volunteers will develop their own communication skills and learning how to effectively manage a team. Take a look at this video to see this booming town in action! We have opportunities throughout the school year.

JA Career Success (high school)

The program equips students with the knowledge required to get and keep a job in high-growth industries. Students will explore the crucial workplace skills employers seek but often find lacking in young employees. Volunteers can work with students on many different topics including resumes, cover letters, interviewing techniques, etc. Individual volunteers work with JA staff to find the right school fit. The time commitment is typically from 1-2 hours.



SHRM Fall Seminars

Been busy all year and haven’t spent enough time on your professional development? There’s still time to attend one of SHRM’s in-person seminars held at SHRM headquarters in Alexandria, VA before the end of the year. Attending a SHRM seminar compliments the learning you receive through your local chapter and is competency-based. Topics range from OD to conflict management, consultation, behavioral interviewing, SHRM-CP & SHRM-SCP prep and more! And as a SHRM member you receive a discounted registration rate.


Top 5 Reasons to Attend a SHRM Seminar:

  • Stay up-to-date on the latest HR best practices
  • Retain tangible takeaways
  • Learn from subject matter expert instructors
  • Network with other HR professionals
  • Earn recertification credits

For more information on specific courses and how to register, go to SHRM Seminars.



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