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By Kathleen Bates
Our student night was a huge success with more than 250 people in attendance. It was great to see such a large turnout. The students have an opportunity to network, which continued during dinner with their table sponsors. Everyone received a CalCPA bright orange emergency vehicle hammer, which Kay Coffin eloquently explained how to use.
We gave scholarships to deserving, transferring junior college students that night, as well as donated to our endowed scholarships at Fresno State and Fresno Pacific universities. Approximately 16 years ago the chapter board wanted to make a permanent investment in the future of our profession. At that time board members decided to endow a scholarship at Fresno State. Later they would do the same at Fresno Pacific University. Over the years, we have donated thousands of dollars to these two funds.
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No, this doesn’t have anything to do with the growing of your lawn, but it does have something to do with having your voice heard with legislators in our chapter. The chapter is seeking an individual interested in working with others to make CalCPA’s position known to the decision makers in the state. You can be the spark that ensures our message is delivered. If you’re interested, email Grassroots Staff Liaison Kay Coffin or call (559) 876-3800.
Want to use your talents at the statewide level? Your opportunity awaits—the application period will soon open to serve on our CalCPA committees for 2016-17. From estate planning to technology, and from personal financial planning to taxation, there’s a committee meeting your interests and expertise.
And if you serve on a state committee and would like to continue, reapplication is necessary.
Serving on state committees allows you to work with your peers on projects that increase members’ technical knowledge, enhance the profession’s image and draw the best and brightest into accounting—all while you build leadership skills and make valuable contacts.
Keep an eye out for details about the application process. Applications will be due Jan. 15 and appointments will be made in early 2016 for the May 1–April 30 committee term.
Registration is open for the next CPA Day at the Capitol—Jan. 19—in Sacramento.
CPA Day is CalCPA’s kickoff event of the legislative session, where members set the groundwork for CalCPA’s advocacy efforts for the upcoming session by discussing important issues facing the CPA profession and businesses.
This event allows CalCPA and its members to be at the forefront of several key issues, such as taxes on professional service proposals. The Legislature will reconvene in January, and CalCPA plans to once again maintain an active presence in the Capitol.
Want to hone your leadership skills and become a more effective leader in your workplace or the profession? Have ideas about CalCPA and the profession you want to share? Then step up at apply today for CalCPA/AICPA officer and Education Foundation trustee positions.
Applications for 2016-17 positions are available online:
The application deadline is Dec. 1.
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Military Outreach Program
Contact Kay Coffin to offer pro bono services to spouses of area military assigned to active duty.
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