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Welcome to the Rock River Human Resource Professional Association (RRHRPA)



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RRHRPA is an affiliate of the Society for Human Resource Management. 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.  We also encourage small business owners who may not employ a Human Resource Professional to join and take advantage of the frequent educational opportunities available.

Nearly 50 attendees enjoyed and learned amazing information at our 2022 Annual Summer Seminar held at Sauk Valley Community College on August 26th.  This year's topics included Attaining and Retaining Employees in our current job market, and When to Step In: Mental Wellness in the Workplace.  

We hold great programs like this at least eight months of the year.  Join RRHRPA so you can learn more about taking care of your employees and their needs.

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.  You may contact us at

We look forward to seeing you at an upcoming meeting or event!

Upcoming Events

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  • October 26, 2022 - 12:00pm
    Sauk Valley Community College Room 2K2 173 IL Rt. 2 Dixon, IL 61021

    Kris Noble, Executive Director of the Sauk Valley Area Chamber of Commerce will discuss Workplace Initiatives.

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Wed, 28 Sep 2022
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    The Rock River Human Resource Professional Association began back in the 1980s as a sub group of the Sterling Chamber of Commerce. The group of eight men and two women represented the larger industrial employers in Whiteside County.  Later, the group expanded to include Lee County employers. By the early 1990s, members of the group started receiving certification and we joined SHRM as an affiliate chapter.

    At the present time, Rock River Human Resources Professional Association (RRHRPA) acts as a resource to businesses and HR professionals in communities in Lee, Whiteside and Ogle counties. We are dedicated to providing professional development and networking opportunities those we serve. Even small businesses without a dedicated HR department can benefit from being a RRHRPA member. We currently have 51 members representing 35 different companies/organizations.



    Please see our Bylaws link on the About Us page.