The Professionals In Human Resources Association (PIHRA) is dedicated to the continuous enhancement of human resources through networking, learning, and advocacy. We serve the human resources industry with 16 locations in the counties of Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, and Ventura. As the largest affiliate of SHRM (Society for Human Resources Management), PIHRA represents more than 3,500 individual members from over 2,500 organizations.
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Professionals In Human Resources Association – A Look Back Before We Move Forward
Did you know?
- There are 120,000 HR professionals in California
- There are less than 21,000 SHRM members in California
- There are more than 3,500 PIHRA members in California
- PIHRA’s retention rate has averaged about 90% for the last several years
- There are 18 SHRM chapters in California, including three (Inland Empire SHRM, Southern California Wine Country SHRM, and Staffing Management Association of Southern California) within the same geography as PIHRA
- Three of the California local chapters are 100% SHRM chapters
- Three California chapters are SHRM Super Mega Chapters with over 1,000 members each (PIHRA, NCHRA and San Diego SHRM), including the two largest global chapters in SHRM (PIHRA and NCHRA)
- There are eight SHRM student chapters in California, including three sponsored by PIHRA
- There are over 800 SHRM student members in California who are not affiliated with any chapter
So, I decided to go back in time with a brief history of our Association and our two closest affiliate partners: the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and the California Council of SHRM (CalSHRM).
In 1945, the Personnel and Industrial Relations Association (PIRA) was founded by a small group of Los Angeles personnel executives to provide a forum in which human resource professionals could exchange ideas, increase their knowledge of and work together for the betterment of the profession.
In 1948, the American Society for Personnel Administration (ASPA), was founded in Illinois by a group of 28 individuals anticipating the need for a national organization to represent the personnel profession. Their stated goal was to provide continued professional development opportunities, promote national networking and generally advance the interests of a profession they recognized as being in transition.
In 1959, the Personnel and Industrial Relations Association (PIRA) formally affiliated with the American Society for Personnel Administration (ASPA), when it was officially chartered by the national society as Chapter Number 30.
In 1989, the national organization's name was changed from the American Society for Personnel Administration (ASPA) to the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) to reflect its broadened scope and influence in the business and political worlds internationally.
In 1991, the Personnel and Industrial Relations Association (PIRA) changed its name to P.I.R.A. – the Association of Human Resource Professionals.
In 1994, P.I.R.A. – the Association of Human Resource Professionals again changed its name, this time to Professionals In Human Resources Association (PIHRA) with jurisdiction for the Southern California counties of Ventura, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino. PIHRA remains a non-profit California corporation with a volunteer board of directors who serve without compensation.
From these humble beginnings, SHRM has evolved into the world’s largest association devoted to human resource management with over a quarter of a million members and some 600 affiliated chapters within the United States and 140 other countries throughout the world. SHRM has a staff of over 350 in more than 30 specialized departments as well as a network of over 600 volunteers.
During the same period, PIHRA has grown to be the largest of the SHRM chapters—thus the largest affiliate human resources association in the world and, in all probability, the solar system! You can find more on these histories by visiting SHRM Online at www.shrm.org and PIHRA at www.pihra.org.
While the sheer size of PIHRA’s geography has led to a sub-system of 16 Districts to better provide regional support to our members and while the Districts might seem autonomous in structuring activities to meet the unique needs of their local membership, Districts ARE NOT separate legal entities and operate under the auspices of the central Association. Districts are bound by the bylaws, policies and directives of the PIHRA Board of Directors, the governing authority of the Association, and each District annually elects a voting member to the PIHRA Board of Directors.
Another important affiliate of SHRM is the California State Council of SHRM (CalSHRM) which serves as the liaison and support organization that links all 18 of California's chapter leaders with SHRM's regional and national organizations. CalSHRM is administered by elected officers plus the presidents of each of the 18 California local chapters, which range in size from under 40 to over 3,000 members.
Working together, these three associations share a common purpose: to assist and support human resources professionals in providing services to our members, the human resources communities and the organizations that depend on professional human resources management; to maintain ethical, caring and positive service.
My view for PIHRA – 2011 can be stated in eighteen words: “PIHRA is a professional association dedicated to the continuous enhancement of human resources through networking, learning and advocacy.” Moving toward this vision will take the efforts of each of us contributing in our own way. I look forward to taking this adventure with you.
Richard Propster, SPHR-CA
2011-2012 PIHRA President