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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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  • May 13, 2015, 7:30am – 9:00am
    It will be held at the Mennonite Home Administration Building Chapel at: 5353 Columbus St SE Albany, OR 97322-7136

    Our speaker is Bill Swift, with Cascade Employer Council

    Our topic is...

  • 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




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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. 





To register, please use the link below:!salem-shrc/c1iea