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    If you’re actively engaged as a human resource practitioner in central Illinois, we invite you to join the Central Illinois Human Resources Group (CiHRG). Affiliation with this dynamic group at the local and national levels provides you access to a wealth of services and programs to broaden your skills and make you more valuable to your organization. As a member of the local SHRM chapter and the national organization, you’ll be part of the largest professional organization in the world dedicated exclusively to the advancement of human resource professionals.  We're here to help you!

    The Central Illinois Human Resources Group (CiHRG) is a local chapter (#246) of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). Since 1948, this Society has developed and provided programs and services to improve the professional knowledge of human resource professionals. At the same time, SHRM has worked to create a broader understanding of the importance of human resource management and has served as the source for information about developments in the field.


    • To provide opportunities for professional support and networking, up-to-date human resource information and cooperative research, and
    • To raise the standards, visibility, and recognition of the human resource profession.  

    Chartered in August 1976 and formerly known as the Champaign-Urbana Personnel Association (CUPA), our group continues to grow to meet the needs of our members.

    Peer Exchange 
    An important benefit of CiHRG membership is the opportunity to meet your peers to exchange ideas and discuss problems. No matter if you’re a rookie or a seasoned veteran, frequent peer contacts are invaluable in continuing your professional education.

    As a CiHRG member, you have access to a community network of resources and individual expertise. Whether you require information or answers, your needs will be met through the CiHRG organization.

    CiHRGpublishes a monthly newsletter to keep its members informed of Chapter activities. News items include membership information, monthly meeting details, job opportunities and future programming. Members are encouraged to submit human resources related items for inclusion.  

    At both the local and national levels, membership offers you a range of professional development opportunities. First, CiHRG sponsors a study group, which helps to prepare participants for national certification. In addition, speakers are engaged to present programs at the monthly Chapter meetings on current human resources topics. Through national SHRM membership, you have access to numerous publications and resources in the human resource or general management field, often at discount prices. Further educational opportunities are available through SHRM’s state/regional conferences, the annual national conference and seminars. SHRM’s web site address is Check it out! Valuable, up-to-date information is always available.

    Open to any individual actively engaged as a human resources practitioner. 

    Payable annually on January 1. The annual dues schedule is listed on the CiHRG application form.

    Meeting Times
    CiHRG meets monthly, typically on the second Tuesday of every month, from September through May. The monthly newsletter will indicate the place and time of the meeting. 

    CiHRG Officer responsibilities and qualities are described in the following attachment.

    Committees descriptions and responsibilities are included in the following attachment.