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By Andy Anderson, CPA, CGMA
This message means our chapter is beginning a new year.
I’m writing as a new chapter president but there are many things that still need to be done before I take office! As I write this I have had the benefit of the “Past President’s Breakfast”, an activity I was excited about attending this year. Not that I haven’t attended them in the past. But this one is special because it helped me serve the chapter membership better. At this breakfast, I received input from past chapter presidents. They provided insights they learned when they were the chapter presidents. When I’ve attended this breakfast in the past, it has been enjoyable. But this year’s breakfast was a lot more meaningful to me.
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