2018 3rd Quarter Ally Mo Newsletter Print

President's Report

Can you believe the third quarter of 2018 has come and gone? The Alamo Chapter celebrated National Payroll Week (NPW) on September 6th during our monthly education meeting. The NPW Committee did an awesome job again this year. For 2018, the chapter obtained a total of 17 proclamations from the State of Texas, city of San Antonio and 15 surrounding cities – 2 more than 2017 and the most the chapter has EVER received.

We advertised NPW through a digital billboard located in northwest San Antonio during NPW week.

On Labor Day, KSAT12 aired an interview during the evening news featuring Emma Jackson, CPP, ACAPA’s Government Liaison, who highlighted the “Check Your Paycheck Now to Avoid Tax Surprises” message.


During our September meeting, over 90 attendees were treated to a public speaker with an educational but humorous topic of “Humor in the Workplace”. The inaugural awards for the Chapter’s Payroll Professional of the Year and the Sharon Tuch Memorial Scholarship were announced. Our Q3 community service event was a canned goods and dry food drive for the San Antonio Food Bank. Attendees were served cake decorated to mirror the NPW logo. The meeting ended with everyone gathering to take our annual chapter photo.

  

On Tuesday, September 25th, Emma Jackson, CPP – ACAPA Government Liaison and Sandra Selvidge, CPP – ACAPA Technology Director, presented several sessions of the APA’s Money Matters slide deck to the Business and Sense class at Ronald Reagan High School.


Emma Jackson, CPP; Stephanie Murray, Reagan High School Business Teacher; Sandra Selvidge, CPP

September also brought the Texas Payroll Conference (TPC), “TPC: A Sound Investment” in The Woodlands, Texas. The chapter actively supports the conference as several ACAPA members currently serve on the TPC Board of Directors, two of our chapter officers presented workshops during the conference, and Emma Jackson received the TPC Special Friend award for her volunteerism. If you didn’t attend this year, make plans to attend next year since 2019 is TPC’s 30th anniversary and will be held in San Antonio. The ACAPA will be the Host Chapter so we will be planning for 2019 soon.

October starts our 2019 early membership dues renewal. Annual dues are only $50 but register and pay now and receive membership benefits starting now through December 31, 2019. Dues paid by December 31, 2018 are also eligible to receive our 2nd annual FIESTA medal as an early renewal gift in February 2019.  

Valery Noakes, MBA, CPP

2018-2019 President

 

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RECOGNITIONS

2018 Alamo chapter Payroll Professional of the Year
The Alamo Chapter is proud to announce Bonnie Downey as the inaugural recipient of the Alamo chapter Payroll Professional of the Year. Bonnie is being recognized for her dedication and service to the payroll profession on the local, state, and national level. She won a free conference registration to the 2018 Texas Payroll Conference in the Woodlands. Below is Bonnie’s story.


Bonnie Downey, CPP, Eric Burk, Controller, Holt CAT and Sandy Selvidge, CPP

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN IN PAYROLL? WHERE DID YOU GET YOUR START?

I have been working in the Payroll field since 1983. My first job in Payroll was at Winn’s Stores Inc. Like most in our profession, I did not choose the job, it was offered to me and I thought…sure, why not!

WHEN YOU OBTAIN YOUR CPP?

I became certified in 2006.

WHAT WERE YOUR FIRST THOUGHTS WHEN YOU HEARD YOU WOULD RECEIVE THE INAUGURAL ALAMO CHAPTER PAYROLL PROFESSIONAL OF THE YEAR?

When Val called to tell me that I was selected for the award, I was over-joyed! I was so excited that it did not feel real. I tried to recall the conversation that I had with Val, but I don’t think that I retained anything after she told me that I had won.

WHO WAS THE FIRST PERSON YOU TOLD?

The very first person that I told was Sandy Selvidge. Of course she knew already and was just as excited as I was…Next my boss Eric Burk came down to congratulate me. I soon found out that Val had invited him to the September meeting where the award was going to be presented. That evening I told my husband Mike. He did not even know that I was in the running for the award and was very happy for me as well.

WHAT DID YOU DO TO CELEBRATE THE AWARD?

Receiving the award during our NPW celebration was so cool. This is a time to celebrate our profession and reflect on all that we accomplish. Payroll is one of those thankless jobs that really does not get attention unless something goes wrong. To have Eric and Sandy there that day of the celebration was the best way possible to celebrate.

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO THE CHAPTER MEMBER THAT IS CONSIDERING APPLYING FOR THE PAYROLL PROFESSIONAL DISTINCTION?

DO IT! I did not think that I had a chance based on the talent pool in the members of the chapter. I was wrong. I am so thankful that I took the time to complete the application. We in Payroll get so little recognition that I would highly encourage anyone to apply….winning feels great!

WHAT UNIQUE CHALLENGES IS THERE IN PROCESSING PAYROLL FOR HOLT CAT?

Holt CAT is an ever changing environment. We never know from one day to the next what new and exciting venture that we might be attempting next. Sandy and I are the Payroll department here at Holt and we are challenged that between the two of us, that we are able to provide legendary customer service each and every day.

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN A MEMBER OF APA AND ALAMO CHAPTER?

To tell you the truth, I do not know how long I have been a member of the Alamo Chapter. I was not one of the founding members, but I got there as fast as I could. I have seen the Chapter grow over the years and I am so proud of the way that the Chapter provides continued education for our profession in our city and still finds the time to back to our community as well.

WHAT INFLUENCED YOUR DECISION TO BECOME AN ALAMO CHAPTER OFFICER?

Like many other members, I would come to the meetings, get my RCH’s, leave and repeat the next month. I felt the need for more. I started off slow. I volunteered at the Animal Shelter with the chapter, worked on the NPW committee obtaining proclamations and spent time with other members while attending the Texas Payroll Conference. I learned that everyone was just as busy as I am at work, but they found time to give back and I thought I could do that. I started off as the speaker coordinator and then decided to take the plunge and go for the Presidency. After my year of President-Elect, I took the position as President of the Chapter.

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE SOMEONE WHO IS NOT SURE HOW TO BECOME INVOLVED WITH THE CHAPTER?

I would suggest that they ask questions:

Ask their boss/company if they would support their involvement with the Chapter. Most companies will encourage and support their decision to get more involved. It looks good for the employee and their company. Ask Chapter officers what is involved with becoming more active with the Chapter. Like me, you can start off slow. Work on committees, help with the CPP classes or become an officer. Becoming more involved gives you a sense of accomplishment and pride. It also looks good on resume so “Win Win”.

WHAT DO YOU DO TO RELAX?

My husband Mike and I love to travel. Our favorite thing to do is to take a cruise. So far, we have been on 7 cruises and have love every single one of them. Cruising for me is relaxing, fun and a great way to spend time with your family.

 

2018 Sharon Tuch Memorial Scholarship
The Alamo chapter is proud to announce Denise Kelly as the inaugural Sharon Tuch Memorial Scholarship winner. Sharon Tuch was 1994 chapter President. The award is given to an individual dedicated to the Payroll Profession and encourages their educational advancement through opportunities provided in San Antonio. Denise won a 2019 ACAPA membership and paid attendance to all 2019 ACAPA educational meetings.


Denise Kelly and Andrea Spanley-Jones, CPP

 

 



 

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CHAPTER CHAT

TREASURER'S REPORT

 

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Calendar of Events

SEPTEMBER 

3 Labor Day
3 – 8 National Payroll Week

        

6 Chapter Luncheon

11 – 14 Texas Payroll Conference –Woodlands Waterway Marriott, The Woodlands, Texas

OCTOBER    

18 Chapter Luncheon

24 APA Preparing for Year End and 2019

31 Halloween

NOVEMBER  

9-10 APA Chapter Leadership Summit

15            Chapter Luncheon

22           Thanksgiving Day

DECEMBER    

13 Chapter Luncheon

25 Christmas Day

Bonus trivia - What connection did the 1929 Best Picture winner have to San Antonio? Email answer to govt_liaison@apasanantonio.com. A random drawing of the correct responses will be held and the winner will receive a complimentary luncheon for the November 2018 meeting.

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Welcome New Members

As of August 15, we had 138 renewed or new members already (92%) towards our goal of 150 members for calendar year 2018. If you haven’t yet renewed or want to join our chapter, visit our website’s Home page, and follow the link on the left side of the screen.

New/returning members
Christi Burrell – First Presbyterian Church
Britney Durrant – Deacon Recruiting

FIRST TIME ATTENDEE

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Community Service

3rd quarter - San Antonio Food Bank

4th quarter – TruLIght 127 Ministries

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GOVERNMENT GAB

The Internal Revenue Service is reminding employers to ask their workers to do a “Paycheck Checkup” to ensure they won’t have a tax surprise in 2019. For more information, visit the Internal Revenue Service page at https://www.irs.gov/tax-reform.


 

Form W-4 update
After receiving comments from the American Payroll Association and tax professionals, the Internal Revenue Service announced that it will not be revising the 2019 form W-4. In their comments to IRS, the APA indicated concerns about the difficulty workers would have in understanding the instructions and completing the new form. APA was also concerned the IRS was not allowing sufficient time for software developers to implement and test changes needed to payroll and tax applications. The IRS indicated they still want to work with APA and tax community to create a W-4 that takes into account the tax law changes enacted in 2017. IRS stated a draft version of the 2019 form W-4 would be available in coming weeks.

Social Security Administration Correction Request Notices
The Social Security Administration (SSA) has announced it will resume sending Educational Correspondence also called Employer Correction Request Notices to employers that file Form W-2 that contain name and social security number (SSN) mismatches. SSA began sending the notices in July 2018 to third-party providers for mismatches on the 2017 W-2. Beginning in spring of 2019 the SSA will begin sending notices to employers that file at least one 2018 W-2 with name and SSN mismatch.

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MISSION STATEMENT



MISSION STATEMENT

To increase skills/knowledge of the payroll professional by providing current and educational information to assist in gaining recognition for payroll as the profession it has become in the contemporary business
and legislative environment.

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