East Bay Chapter
A blog for and by a community of professionals
April 1, 2014
By Patricia J. Mayer, CMA, CPA
Our future lies in the next group of members who take over what our predecessors started way back in 1949, the year our chapter was born. The influx of new business and industry members, professionals with more than five years of experience, CPA candidates, students and associates should ensure the tradition continues.
This past year our total membership increased by more than 10 percent, which is our largest increase in the past several years. These things don’t happen from the efforts of one, but from many dedicated individuals. Kudos to the 2013-14 volunteer members of the board of officers and directors, and program associate Soco Davenport for their efforts.
Together—through outstanding events such as three distinct ABC nights, Low-cost Education, the Divorce Mini-conference and Estate Planning Conference—we raised enough proceeds to grant $39,000 this fiscal year to deserving accounting students.
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Do you know a minority high school student? Give him/her the gift of a lifetime by offering the opportunity, if selected, to discover if a career in accounting and finance is in their future. CalCPA has partnered with ACAP to offer a free, one-week residential program at UC Berkeley in July. Talented professionals will share financial fundamentals applicable in everyday life to accounting and finance principles to business etiquette to college success. Here is what a graduate of the program says:
“The program opened my eyes to a career in accounting at a very young age and I haven’t looked back in over 25 years.”
Erick O. Bell, Managing Director
StoneTurn Group, LLP
Applications must be received by May 5. For more information and to download the application visit www.acapsfbayarea.org.
Join us for our biggest networking event of the year! ABC Night provides attorneys, bankers, CPAs and other financial professionals the opportunity to see old friends and make new ones. Delicious hors d’oeuvres and beverages are included. Discount applies when registered by May 13.
Future ABC nights:
- June 24: Tri-Valley ABC Night; Blackhawk CC
- Sept. 23: Walnut Creek ABC; Scott’s
Learn more and register.
Prepay for our some of our premier chapter networking and CPE events and save. Events covered by the CAP Card include: the chapter officer/director installation (May 6), Past Presidents Night, with CalCPA chair as our special guest (July 15)], WC ABC Night (Sept. 23), Sports Night (October), Low-cost Education event (Oct. 25), Tax Night (Dec. 9) with guest FTB speaker Steve Sims and Honorees Night (Jan. 27).
The cost for the CAP Card is $245, while the cost to attend these events and paying separately for each is about $390. That’s a savings of nearly 40 percent! Only members are eligible to purchase the CAP Card. One of the benefits of the CAP Card is the ability to transfer it to someone else if you cannot attend an event. Also, you can invite a guest to any of the above events at half off the regular price of admission.
Register online or, for more information, call (925) 926-0189.
Put your putting skills to the test May 6 and earn a chance to win cool prizes at our annual installation event. But don’t worry, you don’t have to have golf or dancing shoes to participate and have a great time!
Enjoy a delicious dinner while we welcome the chapter’s new leadership team and thank our outgoing leaders for their service. Then dance the night away to the beat of your favorite tunes.
This is a great opportunity to meet the chapter leaders and other members. Bring significant others, friends and colleagues. Don’t miss out on this winning combination of competition, fun and recognition!
Learn leadership ideas, trends and practical guidance that will make a difference in your professional life. Topics include executive presence, working within generational differences, making a difference on nonprofit and corporate boards and more. We’ll also present our Women to Watch Awards, which recognize women for their outstanding contributions to the profession and communities.
Learn more and register.
By renewing your CalCPA membership, you will keep your access to advocacy in Sacramento, leadership opportunities, news and trends, exclusive discounts, continuing education and a network of more than 40,000 CalCPA members. Plus, renew today and receive a FREE 4-hour ethics course valued at $190.