The History of SAHRA
The Sacramento Area Human Resource Association was originally founded in 1956 by a small group of local personnel professionals interested in sharing information, experiences, and self-development opportunities, and creating a more visible presence for the profession in the Sacramento region. Initially named the Sacramento Personnel Association, the chapter was renamed the Personnel Association of Sacramento in 1988.
In 1990 it was again renamed, at the encouragement of our national affiliate, to be the Sacramento Human Resources Management Association (SHRMA). In 1999 the name was changed to the Sacramento Area Human Resource Association (SAHRA).
Since the early 1980s, the chapter has maintained a membership of over 200 members representing a diverse range of professionals working in the interests of human resource management for private and public organizations of all types and sizes, as well as education and various service firms that contribute to the needs and goals of the profession.
To satisfy this professional diversity, and as a means of responding to the ever changing demands of the field, the chapter serves its members by conducting monthly programs meetings, seminars, professional accreditation opportunities, and social events, and by providing information on legal and legislative matters and representation to state and national associations.
Since the late 1990s, the chapter has maintained a membership of over 700 members representing a diverse range of professionals working in the interests of human resource management for private and public organizations of all types and sizes, as well as education and various service firms that contribute to the needs and goals of the profession.
The human resources management profession is perhaps the most challenging, diverse and varied of all management disciplines. As such, SAHRA places particular emphasis on program, informational and educational topics that are currently and timely issues of interest to members each year. While the emphasis of these topics differs from year to year in conjunction with changes in the profession, the underlying goals of the chapter remain the same, they are:
- To allow a liberal and broad base of professionals whose interests involve, relate to, or serve the human resources management profession to become active members of the Association, and thereby contribute to its enhancement;
- To foster an environment in which members can keep current on new and ongoing developments in the field of human resources management;
- To seek collective and collaborative ways in which to overcome operational problems or exchange ideas of innovative and successful practices, programs and polices relating to human resources;
- To provide a forum in which members can network among professional colleagues who share common interests, concerns and desires;
- To encourage members to contribute to the advancement of the profession by community representation, preparing professional publications, teaching and providing internships and other learning opportunities;
- To offer assistance to employers in the Sacramento region by conducting periodic educational programs; and
- To participate in state and national affiliate associations to ensure that chapter interests are represented.