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Welcome to the Mid-Willamette Human Resource Association (MHRA)

We are an affiliate of the Society for Human Resource Management. Our 90+ members represent a variety of businesses and industries in the greater Linn and Benton Counties.  We are a SHRM 100% Chapter which means our local chapter members are also members of SHRM.  Whether you are new to the HR field or have many years of experience, we are a local starting point for networking, information, professional development and continued support of excellence in Human Resources.

Click here for information on joining our chapter, as well as national membership information.  We welcome your use of this site as a resource, and encourage you to check back frequently for updated information. We also encourage your involvement and suggestions about all of our activities, on the web and off.

 Visit our Meetings & Events page for information on our next Chapter Meeting. Also visit our Sponsors page as they have generously assisted us in advancing the HR profession.









We look forward to seeing you at an upcoming meeting or event




A Big Thanks to This Month’s Sponsor






Upcoming Events

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  • June 10, 2015, 7:30am – 9:00am

    Speaker: Karishna Balasbramani Attorney Sather, Byerly and Holloway




  • July 8, 2015, 7:30am – 9:00am

    Speaker: Kathy Graffis



    More Information to Follow...

  • August 12, 2015, 7:30am – 9:00am

    Speaker: Anne Gillies, OSU



    More Information to...

  • September 9, 2015, 7:30am – 9:00am

    Speaker: Jennifer Bouman-Steagall, Red Kite




  • September 25, 2015, 8:00am – 12:00pm
    Farm Home, 4455 NE Hwy 20, Corvallis, OR 97330




    This will be a half day workshop by Saalfeld Griggs.  More infomration to follow as the event draws closer.

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March MHRA Meeting  


MHRA NOW HAS A NEW MEETING SPOT FOR THE REMAINDER OF 2015.  We are excited about our new meeting location of the Mennonite Village.  We will meet in the Administration Building.  We will be meeting in the Chapel which is just the right of the entrance and their reception center. The Mennonite Home address is: 

5353 Columbus St SE
Albany, OR 97322-7136


May MHRA Meeting

Our speaker is Bill Swift, with Cascade Employer Council

Our topic is Creating a Performance Culture.

Research shows that performance appraisal is one of the most effective employee engagement tools and contributes to high levels of organization productivity, customer satisfaction and profitability. Learn to be more effective with the entire performance management process. By discussing illustrations, exploring related stories, and evaluating case studies, you will learn how to make performance management work in your organization.

Key Learning Points:

  • Performance Goal Setting
  • Performance Coaching and Feedback
  • Performance Appraisal Discussion


More about our presenter: 

 Bill Swift, M.Ed.

Title: Executive Vice President

A trainer, counselor and executive coach, Bill has been engaged in enhancing workplace learning and productivity since 1981. He is an expert at facilitating organization development that embraces forward-looking leadership and direct communication. His workshops support personal and group resilience.


He is an accomplished presenter in Leadership, Customer Service and Employee Relations. He is a certified Achieve Global Trainer in both Genuine Leadership and Stellar Customer Service.  His wealth of workplace experience includes 10 years as the Director of Employee Assistance Programs for Southwest Washington Medical Center and 15 years as the President and CEO of EASE, a premier Northwest Employee Assistance Program. He has consulted with hundreds of workplaces. 

Hope to see you at the meeting! 



****First time attendees may visit a MHRA chapter meeting free of charge.  If you are a SHRM member and you designate MHRA as your home chapter all meetings continue at no charge. If you are not a SHRM member or choose do not wish to designate MHRA as your home chapter then the meeting cost is $15. 


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  May, 2015     Connect With SHRM:

The Salem Human Resource Management Association Presents:

HR Basics- "A Crash Course in Employment Law"

Presented by the employment lawyers at Saalfeld Griggs and in partnership with Chemeketa Community College's Center for Business & Industry

Thursday, May 21, 2015 - 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. (registration starts at 7:30 a.m.)

Chemeketa Center for Business & Industry (CCBI), 626 High St. NE, Salem, Oregon.

As you know, employment laws are complicated. A manager or supervisor’s mistake can result in costly employee lawsuits and liability for the company. Please join us for this all-day course designed for both novice and experienced HR professionals, supervisors, and administrative staff. This seminar focuses on the issues that are most likely to get an employer into trouble. Designed to give a big picture review in a short amount of time, this seminar will help you avoid the many traps, potholes and landmines of employment law. The seminar is full of practical advice and interactive sessions. 

This one-day seminar is ideal for . . .
Business owners, managers and supervisors:
Management employees are usually at the center of an employment lawsuit. The employment laws have little to do with common sense. When you “don’t know what you don’t know,” it is difficult to avoid liability. This seminar will help you spot red flags and provide solutions for common employee relations challenges. Supervisors and managers who encounter HR issues will learn a great deal from this overview. 

Anyone who Deals with HR Issues . . .
Both novice and experienced HR professionals and administrative staff will benefit from the comprehensive overview and targeted practical solutions that they can take back to their workplace.

Topics Covered Will Include:

• Legal Hiring Practices
• Wage & Hour Fundamentals
• Harassment, Discrimination & Retaliation
• Legislative Update
• Marijuana Legalization
• Leave & Disability Laws
• Handling Problem Employees
• Problem Solving Exercises

Cost: $99.00 per person for SHRM members. $125.00 for non-members. Includes continental breakfast & refreshments. Lunch on your own. 


Randall Sutton, J.D
David M. Briggs, J.D
Jennifer Paul, J.D
Therese Adams, J.D


To register, please visit Course discounts available to SHRMA members.  Information about SHRMA membership is also available on the website. Recognized by SHRM for 6.5 hours of Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP and approved for 6.5 hours of HRCI recertification credit.  

Questions? Contact Samantha Curtis at or 503.399.1070.

Presented in Partnership with the Center for Business & Industry – Chemeketa Community College