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Southwest Florida Chapter of ASTD Newsletter

May 2013 



Ken Bodenhamer 2011

ASTD of SWFL - An Oasis

Believe it or not, it's time for HR Tri-County again and I am looking forward to it this year!   Friday, May 17, 2013, is fast approaching!   With that said, I am thrilled that we, ASTD of SWFL, will be having a presence again by sponsoring a table.


Last year was a great success for our chapter!  Apart from acquiring several new members, it was an amazing opportunity for us to have a presence and get some much needed community exposure.  I keep remembering how much fun we had sharing with participants what the ASTD organization was all about.  And, what it was ASTD of SWFL offered local professionals.  Over and over we heard the same response of how most people didn't even know that ASTD of SWFL existed here with a local chapter.  To some we represented a new found oasis in their professional world - a place to come and network, learn cutting edge techniques, discover new tools of the trade, find mentors and subject matter experts, and a place to foster new friendships. Yes, an oasis.  


To learn more about HR Tri-County, please visit our website at  And, I hope to see some of you there to help spread the word about how wonderful we are and that we can be an oasis in someone's day.


Stay connected, and I hope to see you at our May 15th chapter meeting and at HR Tri-County on May 17th. 


Your ASTD SWFL President,

Ken Bodenhamer

Newsletter Contents
Meet May's Speakers
April's Chapter Meeting Recap
Upcoming Events
Tri-County Line Up
Employment Opportunities
Did You Know?
May Chapter 2013 Meeting
2013 Meeting Dates
Happy 70th Birthday ASTD
Meet May's Speaker


Rosanne Vrugtman, Ph.D has recently relocated to Southwest Florida and joined our ASTD Chapter.  In addition to an AA and BA in English/Education, Rosanne has earned an MS in 
Rosanne VrugtmanHR Management and Development, a MEd and a PhD in Adult Education (2009).  Her quantitative dissertation research provided rigorous first-round validation of the Dimensions of Intuition® (DOI®) instrument she developed to predict and measure human intuitive capacity.  Rosanne's professional background includes careers in business, human service and education.  She recently retired from the University of Missouri-St. Louis, College of Education where she served in a variety of roles, including ACT Center supervisor and director of the St. Louis RegionalPartnership for Excellence in Urban Education.


In 1991, she established Transitions Unlimited, offering an array of customized personal and professional development programs, including her own favorite:  "Success from the Inside Out."  She has taught undergraduate and postgraduate courses in writing, psychology, leadership, and career development for DeVry University since 1998.  A certified parenting instructor and certified police training specialist, in 1999 she became a certified brain dominance profiler, utilizing the Herrmann Brain Dominance Instrument® (HBDI®).


April Chapter Meeting Recap
April 2013 DR 1


Wow!  What an interesting and intriguing presentation at April's ASTDSWFL meeting.  Talk about sensory overload- humor, magic, drama and audience participation.  I know I felt energized when I left and really started thinking of what pieces I could incorporate into my presentations in the boardroom and the classroom.   


April 2013 DR 3


Choosing the subject matter of  "Civility" was one that we all touch in some way for sure in our professional and personal lives, but truly viewing the presentation as a trainer, a student if you will, I found myself really opening up my mind to what pieces could work.  Overall I think it was an awesome, innovative subject matter and as always provided me with some immediate value that I could take back and apply!  That is why I love this chapter!


  April 2013 DR 4

 Vikki Dingman, Chapter VP of Membership 

Upcoming Events


Chapter Board Meeting at Cracker Barrel from 8:00am - 9:00am on Wednesday, May 1.  


Wednesday Coffee Social will be May 22nd at Books-A-Million, off Colonial in Ft Myers.  Join us starting at 5:30 pm to socialize, discuss the most recent chapter meeting, or brainstorm on any topic you would like.  


Tri-County Conference is Friday, May 17th at Holiday Inn Airport @ Town Center.  Tickets are sold out.



Tri-County Line Up
Rock n Roll
This year's Tri-County event is sure to Rock!  Rock with the Changes is this year's theme and participants of the festivities are encouraged to arrive in true rock star fashion.  

Guest speakers include:

Lenora Bresler, SPHR- Leadership, Motivation, and Change Consultant Visit her website HERE

Phillip Russell Esq- Labor & Employment Law 
Visit his website HERE

Janette L'Heureux- Healthcare Reform Specialist & Employee Benefits Advisor- Visit her LinkedIn profile HERE

Sessions are from 7:30 am-4:00 pm. 

Employment Opportunities



NCH is in search for a Staff Educator.  This educator coordinates hospital orientation and annual mandatory training for all members of the healthcare system. Coordinates all CPR instruction, assures training site criteria is met. Provides educational training, developing basic skills and knowledge in others. Facilitates group activities. Coordinates school and community outreach programs.   

CLICK HERE for more information.


Did You Know?

will be held this year May 19-22 in Dallas, Texas. Take advantage of the opportunity to learn from and share stories with Learning industry leaders. Pre-conference workshops and certifications available.  Click Here
to view event details.
We have a BOGO program for visitors.  Do you know someone who could really find value in our group, but wants to try it out first?  Members, utilize this program and provide that person with a free meeting and meal.  Click the link below for the BOGO ticket.  Members must be present to qualify. 


Charlie CarpenterThank you for reading and enjoying this month's newsletter.  Our chapter is vibrant and growing.  Attend a meeting and you will find it to be value adding.



Charlie Carpenter
ASTD SWFL - VP of Communications & Technology 

May 15, 2013
Chapter Meeting

Nine Principles of Brain-Based

Teaching and Learning



  "The brain is not designed for instruction."  If this statement is true, then what IS the brain designed for?  To answer that question, this highly interactive session will explore

nine principles of brain-based teaching and learning, along with specific implications for training and trainers.


Based on the research of Renate and Geoffrey Caine (Making Connections: Teaching and the Human Brain), the presentation will include an array of active learning applications, and will model brain-based modalities that promote participant learning, engagement, and ultimately retention.


This session will cover nine brain-based learning principles and implications for teaching and learning:

  1. The brain is a parallel processor.
  2. Learning engages the entire physiology.
  3. Search for meaning is innate and occurs through patterning.
  4. Emotions are critical to patterning.
  5. The brain simultaneously perceives and creates both parts and wholes.
  6. Learning involves both attention and perception.
  7. Retention is best with context memory.
  8. Learning is enhanced by challenge, inhibited by threat.
    Each brain is unique.

Register Here Button 

Registration Closes at Midnight Monday May 13th.


When: May 15th 11:30-1:00 pm


Where: Rasmussen College

9160 Forum Corporate Parkway

Fort Myers, FL 33905


You can pay by credit card or choose to pay at the door.  We can only accept credit cards online.

Chapter ASTD Member: $15 with lunch, $10 without lunch 

GUESTS or Non-Chapter Member: $20 (with or without lunch)

Student w/ID, Non Chapter Member: $10 (with or without lunch)

Student w/ID, Chapter Member: $5 (with or without lunch) 


Lunch is from Jason's Deli.
Choose the type of Lunch that you would like to have from our menu listing when registering.  Please choose no lunch if you don't want lunch.  Thanks! 

Cold Water will be provided for everyone.
Save the Dates 

2013 Monthly Chapter Meetings


January 16*

February 20*

March 20*

April 17*

May 15*

June 19*

July 17**

August 21**

September 18**

October 16**

November 13**

December 11 (Dinner)


* Rasmussen College

9160 Forum Corporate Parkway

Fort Myers, FL 33905


**Keiser University


Happy 70th Birthday ASTD
  That's right, 70 great years under our belt and we are still going strong.
  Check out these interesting facts about our infancy and how we achieved success throughout the years:
1943- 15 men started the group in the midst of World War II.
 All 15 men were in the petroleum industry. 
1951- ASTD opens its first office in Madison, Wisconsin.  This was the home of our founding Secretary-Treasurer.
1985- ASTD Headquarters relocates to Alexandria, VA.
2013- Current membership: 39,000; Chapters: 120; International Partnerships: 15
CLICK HERE  to read how leading training professionals predict the  future of ASTD and the training indstry.

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