Fort McCoy News September 27, 2013

Club promotes networking, support for HR personnel

BY GENEVE N. MANKEL
Public Affairs Staff

The Adjutant General Corps Regimental Association (AGCRA) Spartan Chapter — Fort McCoy, provides networking and support opportunities for human resources (HR) professionals.

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Members of the Adjutant General Corps Regimental Association
Spartan Chapter — Fort McCoy participate in a car wash as part
of a fundraiser to support networking and support opportunities
for human resources professionals.
Contributed photo

Sgt. 1st Class Karen Stokes, AGCRA Spartan Chapter president said the chapter is part of the national AGCRA organization based at Fort Jackson, S.C. Chapters are located at several military installations.

Stokes said the organization offers personnel an opportunity to come together to build a network of HR professionals in the local area.

It also provides professional development, fraternal bonding, and information sharing.

"If one of the members has a question or needs advice about their job, they have people who they can talk to," she said.

Stokes said the AGCRA is a great opportunity for HR professionals to come appreciate and take pride in the work they do.

"Sometimes we can be underappreciated but we are responsible for a lot of administrative things like promotions, finance, leave, and awards," she said.

Past social events have included a fun run and a breakfast outing.

The association also hosts quarterly meetings and has volunteer and fundraiser events each month.

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Volunteers from the Adjutant General Corps Regimental Association
Spartan Chapter — Fort McCoy host a 5K fun run for chapter members.
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Examples include a recent car wash, and volunteering at Fort McCoy events including the Soldier Show, Army Birthday, Mud Run and Fort McCoy concert, Stokes said.

The organization has volunteered more than 50 hours of service to the community since May, Stokes said.

The Spartan Chapter was established with a charter in 2012. It was not an actively run organization until it was reactivated during a ceremony in May.

During the ceremony Stokes and a committee of officers were appointed.

The Spartan Chapter currently has 11 members from the 181st Infantry Brigade, Regional Training Site-Maintenance, and the Staff Sgt. Todd R. Cornell Noncommissioned Officer Academy.

Stokes said all military and civilian HR professionals at Fort McCoy are eligible to join the organization.

For more information about joining the AGCRA call, 757-407-4198.