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

    At the present time, Rock River Human Resources Professional Association (RRHRPA) is a professional association serving the Lee, Whiteside and Ogle counties and surrounding communities, dedicated to professional development and networking with local HR professionals. Even small businesses without a dedicated HR department can benefit from being a RRHRPA member. We currently have 47 members representing 35 different companies and organizations.

    RRHRPA By-laws


    Our awards:

    Dear Chapter President:

    On behalf of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), I want to congratulate your chapter for its achievement of attaining Membership Superstar status for 2015!

    In the final year of this program, there were a variety of challenges our affiliates faced in 2015, your chapter was able to overcome them and positively advance SHRM membership.  As 2016 progresses, we hope you will see continued growth of your in-chapter SHRM membership.  

    To recognize your chapter for this achievement, we have included a link to the Membership Superstar logo which you may prominently post on your website, click here.

    Be sure to leverage the many resources available at the SHRM Volunteer Leader Resource Center – where you will also find the schedule for our Membership CLA webinars.  Here is the direct link to the dates:  We also hope that you will continue to share best practices with your peers at state council meetings and on SHRM Connect.  In addition, your SHRM regional team is available to provide you information and guidance to support your membership initiatives.  

    Congratulations again on this achievement!  Keep up the great work, and thanks for all you do!

    All the best!

    Elissa O’Brien, MS, SHRM-SCP

    Vice President, Membership 

    Society for Human Resource Management


     RRHRPA Receives 2013 Silver EXCEL award from SHRM

    Dear Chapter President:

    On behalf of the Society for Human Resource Management, I am pleased to confirm that your chapter has been awarded the 2012 Silver EXCEL Award.  This award recognizes outstanding achievements in chapter operations and a commitment to providing meaningful programs and services to your members. It also is recognition of your continued growth and development as a business leader, capable of developing strategies that lead to business success!  We are very proud of your leadership, and thank you for your continued partnership with SHRM.

    By achieving this award, your chapter distinguishes itself as an outstanding organization dedicated to serving the needs of your members and to the advancement of the human resource management profession.  Throughout the year, we will continue to recognize your chapter's achievement as a Silver EXCEL award winner.

    Congratulations on your achievement.


    J. Robert Carr, J.D., SPHR

    Senior Vice President, Membership, Marketing & External Affairs