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    Congratulations to Kelly Calvert of the World Company for being selected as the recipient of the Kansas 2010 George Trombold Award!


    About the George Trombold Award

    The George Trombold Award is an award that recognizes outstanding achievement in the field of human resource management and community leadership, the Kansas State Council of SHRM established the George Trombold Achievement Award in 1992.  This award is presented annually to an individual who exemplifies the highest standards of the profession by promoting and contributing to the transformation of the HR profession in their business organization and in their community. The recipient will receive a plaque and recognition at the Kansas State SHRM Conference and each of the regional winners are also recognized at the national conference.

    The Trombold Award originated to honor George Trombold of Wichita. George was a valued executive of Boeing for 37 year. As Vice President of Human Resources, George exemplified the highest level of professionalism and integrity and was greatly respected by both management and labor. As a top level HR executive, George also was a strong volunteer leader for his professional organization.  He was one of the early founders of the American Society for Personnel Administrators that later became the Society for Human Resource Management.  George was dedicated to fostering his profession through actively participating in his local chapter in Wichita as well as at the national level.  He rose to the top as a volunteer leader in 1964 when he became the National Chairperson for ASPA. As if that wasn’t enough, George had a deep sense of civic responsibility and commitment.  He understood that a community’s strength was in the volunteer service of dedicated citizens. Service on numerous community boards, especially the American Red Cross, made George Trombold a well-known name throughout Wichita. George did all of these things, not for self-advancement, but because he knew it was the right thing to do. Sadly, on January 4, 2007 George Trombold passed away.  George was predeceased by his wife, Elizabeth, in 2001. He is survived by two sons, John and James.

    HR Professional/Community Volunteer of the Year Award

    Ryann Pem, recruiter for the City of Lawrence, Kansas, was honored by the Jayhawk Chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management on Tuesday, September 14, 2010.  Ryann was given the 2010 Human Resources Professional/Community Volunteer of the Year Award.  She was nominated by fellow chapter members for this annual honor.  Over the past several years Ryann Pem has actively participated as a volunteer for the University of Kansas Résumé Review Day.  She was selected to be a member of the University of Kansas Career Center Advisory Board in 2006.  Ryann was also a recipient of an HR Heroes Award at the 2006 SHRM State Conference.  She is a past volunteer for Food Not Bombs, which was a nonprofit organization that prepared and served food for those that are less fortunate in the Lawrence community.  Ryann has volunteered to assist with local clothing drives, and has been a volunteer for the Back to School Festival in Lawrence, KS, which raises money for children in Lawrence that are in need of school supplies and clothing.  In addition to her community volunteerism, Ryann was recognized for her 13 years as a practicing human resources professional and as an 8-year member in the local and national societies. Ryann is the 2010 Jayhawk SHRM Chapter President.   She has held numerous other positions on the board of the Jayhawk chapter of SHRM over the years, and she currently serves on the SHRM state council as well.  Ryann recently acted as an advocate for SHRM in Washington, D.C., visiting Senator Sam Brownback’s office and speaking with his legislative representative about health care reform and workplace flexibility.