The Capital Area Public Human Resources Association is a board-governed organization, with most administrative and procedural decisions made by an executive board. Substantive or policy decisions are presented to the membership via ballot. The Board meets monthly and its meetings are open to any member wishing to attend.

The mission of CAPHRA is to:

  • promote excellence through the ongoing development of professional and ethical standards and career development;
  • enhance the image of human resource professionals by recognizing their contributions to the public service;
  • foster fairness and equity by promoting application of merit principles and equal opportunity for all;
  • encourage research and development in human resource management;
  • promote communication and sharing of information among human resources professionals; and
  • provide a forum for persons interested in public human resource management.

The chapter’s fiscal/program year runs from July 1st to June 30th each year. Terms of office for elected officials run concurrently with the program year. The Executive Board consists of four officers (President, President-Elect, Secretary and Treasurer) and six Board Members (four elected for a two-year term, and two appointed by the incoming President for a one-year term). Chairs of standing committees are appointed at the beginning of each program year. Standing committees include Programs, Recognition/Scholarship, Agency Representatives, Community Service, and Membership. Ad hoc committees include Nominating, Bylaws, Financial Review, and others that are deemed necessary by the Board.

CAPHRA Programs

The chapter holds program meetings between the months of September and May. Social networking opportunities are also typically held in December and during the summer. Meeting topics keep members informed of novel or current management techniques and personnel activities; topics vary, depending on members' interests. Speakers are generally from state and federal government, private industry, consulting firms, and academic institutions.

Presentations were made on the following topics during the 2009-10 program year:

  • Surviving Furloughs – The human side of reenergizing organizations
  • Succession Planning
  • Professional Certifications – Panel Discussion
  • Classification – Mock Grievance Arbitration
  • Civil Service Commission
  • Labor Relations/State Employees Assistance Program Connection
  • Leadership – Special Guest Speaker: Secretary of the Commonwealth, Pedro A. Cortés
  • Spring Conference – Leadership in Challenging Times 

In addition, a Membership recruitment social was held in August, a holiday networking event was held in December, and a Spring conference was held in May.

CAPHRA Activities

Each year CAPHRA conducts a food drive as a community service project that benefits the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank. CAPHRA members also volunteer annually at the Taste of Central PA fundraising event.

History of CAPHRA

In March 1966, a committee was established to assemble materials and sample bylaws to present a formal proposal to the Public Personnel Association. On April 26, 1966 eighty-two individuals joined the organization. On May 25, 1966 the Association formally approved the creation of the chapter, then known as the Harrisburg Area Public Personnel Association.

It was seven years later on January 1, 1973 that the chapter became affiliated with the International Personnel Management Association. The new affiliation was a result of a merger of the Public Personnel Association and the Society for Personnel Administration. The Chapter was known as the Harrisburg Area International Personnel Management Association (HAIPMA). At the conclusion of the 2002-2003 program year, the chapter added Human Resources to its name to be consistent with the name of its national organization, and became known as HAIPMA-HR.

A scholarship program was started in 1983 to recognize outstanding high school seniors who aspired to careers in public administration. That program was restructured in 1996 to offer scholarships to chapter members who are furthering their education. The "Have a Heart" food drive was started in 1996 as a community service activity. HAIPMA-HR has hosted five Eastern Region Conferences: in 1974, 1984, 1993, 2000, and 2005. At the 1998 Eastern Region Conference, the chapter was awarded - for the first time - the Eastern Region Outstanding Chapter award. The Chapter received the Eastern Region Most Improved Chapter award at the 1999 Eastern Region Conference.

In 2007, IPMA-HR announced changes in its membership structure that would have required all HAIPMA-HR members to become IPMA-HR members, which would have increased dues considerably for all HAIPMA-HR members. After careful consideration, the Harrisburg chapter chose to become independent and continue its fine traditions under a new name, Capital Area Public Human Resources Association, as of July 1, 2008.  However, because of the long history between the Harrisburg chapter and IPMA-HR, the CAPHRA Board agreed to continue to advertise for IPMA-HR events, especially those in the Eastern Region, which is why you will continue to find that information on our web site.

Click here to view a list of the Past Presidents of HAIPMA-HR and CAPHRA.





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