Community Briefs – January 31, 2020

Posted on Jan 31 2020

Veterans Affairs Resource Fair set

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is having a Veterans Resource Fair hosted by VA Pacific Islands Health Care System acting director Kevin Amick and Honolulu Veterans Benefits Regional Office director Sergio S. Chao.
This is to share information and resources, hear feedback from veterans and to answer questions on VA health care and benefits.
The Veterans Resource Fair on Saipan will take place on Feb. 4, 2020, from 5pm to 6:30pm at the Pedro P. Tenorio Multi-Purpose Center in Susupe near the Joeten-Kiyu Public Library.
The Listening Sessions on Tinian and Rota will be held on the following dates and time:
Tinian: Feb. 5, 2020, from 10am to 12:30 pm at the Tinian Library.
Rota: Feb. 6, 2020, from 10am to 12:30pm at the Mayor of Rota’s conference hall.
All veterans, their families, survivors and any organization(s) or individual(s) who works with or on behalf of veterans are encouraged to attend.
For more information, contact Ruth Coleman at 322-0035. (PR)

Saturday writing workshops

The Marianas Writers Movement will have a series of Saturday workshops. Each workshop will be two hours, beginning at 1:30pm in the VTC Room of the Joeten-Kiyu Public Library. The workshops, “Beyond the First Draft,” will focus on the editing process. These workshops are open to all over age 13, and are free.
Each workshop is different in content. Here is the tentative schedule for topics:
Feb. 1 Workshop 3: Writing a critique/editorial report
Feb. 8 Workshop 4: Line editing thoughts
Feb. 15 Workshop 5: Pitching your novel
Feb. 22 Workshop 6: Resources/Hands-on/Feedback/Q&A (PR)

SHRM membership meeting set

The Society for Human Resource Management-NMI Chapter will have a general membership meeting and webinar training on Feb. 7, Friday, at the Charley’s Cabaret of the Pacific Islands Club Saipan. The meeting starts at 9am with the induction of the 2020 NMI SHRM board members.
The webinar trainer will be Fran Sepler, president of Sepler & Associates, who is known for her pioneering work in harassment prevention and workplace investigations.
Training topics:
9:30am – 12:30pm: “Respect in the Workplace.” Based on values of respect and fairness, this training focuses on skill building for employees such as: bystander intervention and giving and getting feedback
1:30pm – 5:3pm: “Leading for Respect.” Learn how to respond appropriately to concerns and complaints made by employees, focusing on the employee’s perceptions of fairness and the supervisor’s responsibility to respond with emotional intelligence
This training includes lunch and costs $50 for SHRM members and $60 for non-SHRM members. Reserve your seat by contacting Roman Tudela at or Denise Montenegro at
SHRM is the world’s largest association devoted to human resource management. The NMI Chapter is affiliated with the national organization. (PR)

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