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President's Message

A Reflection Challenge

October 1, 2014

By Derrick DeBruyne, CPA, CFE

 Another summer has come to a close and fall has officially begun. Summer is a great time to take a break and spend some quality time with the people most important to us. Now, with school back in full swing and the busyness of our daily lives back to routine, I challenge you to reflect on what is most important to you in our profession. Is it the quality of the work we do? Is it maintaining the integrity of the profession in our society? How about accuracy in the information we provide?

I can tell you what it is for me: relationships with my peers in the profession, with those I work with in my firm and, of course, relationships with my clients. Obviously you don’t have a good working relationship without quality, integrity and accuracy, so these are important as well. But what stands out for me is the ability to connect with other professionals.

Participating in CalCPA has allowed me to build relationships with my peers in the profession, my current and new clients and, yes, even with those within my firm. This value far exceeds my annual dues payment, the event fees or the volunteer time it takes to be involved in leadership.

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Chapter News

FREE Professional Issues Updates Coming to You

Please join us for a professional issues update that will provide an overview on topics impacting the CPA profession. CPA professionals, including CalCPA leadership, will present topics that include an overview of tax issues, an update on the legislative and political activities relating to the profession, trends related to risks and liabilities for CPAs, practice management, as well as a review of the Affordable Healthcare Act and its impact on employers and employees. Breakfast and parking included at no charge as well.

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Student Leadership & Scholarship Event: ‘Oh, The Places You’ll Go!’

Join your fellow students and young and emerging professionals to learn about important issues impacting the accounting profession and the opportunities for career success in this changing professional landscape. Gain valuable insights from keynote speaker Victoria Seitz, Ph.D., and panelists Ernie Cooper, CPA, Kendra Dockham, CPA, Maya Ivanova, CPA and Murdoch Wilson. You also will have the opportunity to participate in a drawing for several Uniform CPA Exam review courses and other prizes.

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La Verne DG: 1031 Exchanges, Update

Interested in how the 1031 Tax Deferred Exchange works? Join the La Verne Discussion Group as we learn about the six different kinds of exchanges: concurrent, delayed, reverse, build to suit, hybrid and personal property. Don’t miss out on this informative session.

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Temecula Valley DG: Grab Hold! And Own Your Own Responsibility

Ultimately, the problem must be solved, and the one to solve the problem must be willing to take ownership of the problem. We will continue to take the QBQ principles and develop trust through personal accountability with John Miller’s book “Flipping the Switch.” Come join us as we discuss how to change our thinking from blaming others to accepting and acting on what we can change: ourselves. For more information, email Grace Clark.

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Riverside DG Book Study: ‘Strategy and the Fat Smoker’

Join the Riverside Discussion Group Friday, Oct. 24, as we continue our study of David Maister’s book, “Strategy and the Fat Smoker.” Maister, who wrote “Managing the Professional Services Firm,” takes a hard look at doing what’s obvious but not easy. Please read chapters 14 and 15 prior to the meeting.

To get a copy of the book before the meeting, please email Carrie Miller or call (951) 684-7781.

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Coachella Valley DG Book Study: ‘First Who … Then What’ & ‘Confront the Brutal Facts’

Jim Collins spent five years trying to find out what differentiates good companies from great companies. His conclusions, some of which may surprise you, are the basis of this book. Join the Coachella Valley Discussion Group as we continue our discussion of this book with chapter 3, “First Who … Then What” and chapter 4, “Confront the Brutal Facts (Yet Never Lose Faith).”

Please read chapters 3 and 4 prior to the meeting. To get a copy of the book before the meeting, please email Cheryl Uyemura.

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East Valley DG: Succession Planning and Maximizing Your Potential

Are you preparing for your firm’s future or are you letting the cards fail where they may? Your firm is an asset—an important one that needs constant attention. Whether you’re facing challenges like client erosion, or opportunities that may arise such as a merger or the chance to sell your firm, understanding how your firm creates value is essential. Do you understand how to articulate the value of your firm? Do you know the crucial steps that are involved in the process of working with people to purchase your practice? Do you understand the many variables that can influence your success when transitioning a business? Don’t miss the opportunity to learn now to benefit in the short term and long term from Mark H. Fowler, CMC of Stowe Management Corporation.

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CalCPA News

2015 CalCPA Campus Ambassador Program

Help spread the word about CalCPA and the CPA profession—applications are being accepted for the CalCPA Campus Ambassador Program. Campus Ambassadors are students passionate about pursuing a career in accounting and becoming CPAs and will spend approximately 20 hours of work per semester focused on:

  • Building awareness of FREE CalCPA student membership and benefits to students and educators;
  • Increasing visibility of CalCPA on campus; and
  • Strengthening ties between local CalCPA chapters and colleges/universities.

Campus Ambassadors will receive a stipend of $750 each semester and free admittance to CalCPA chapter events.

Eligibility requirements and application are available online.

Become a CalCPA Officer, Education Foundation Trustee

California CPAs are the driving force behind one of the world’s largest economies. Isn’t it time you put your leadership skills to use for the betterment of the CPA profession?

The CalCPA Council/AICPA Council 2015-16 application period is open, as is the application period for CalCPA Education Foundation trustees.

More information, including position descriptions, nomination criteria and nomination form can be found online.

Both CalCPA officer and Foundation trustees nominations are due Dec. 1.

Manage Your Money Week

CalCPA is supporting Manage Your Money Week, a program of the state controller’s office involving state and local government agencies, nonprofit organizations, unions, schools, libraries, financial institutions and financial management associations hosting free money management education events and promoting the importance of good money management practices.

The program takes place Oct. 18-25. All 14 CalCPA chapters are encouraged to find at least one opportunity to make a financial literacy presentation that week. The following chapter presentations have so far been confirmed:

Oct. 20: Inland Empire; Los Angeles
Oct. 21: Channel Counties; East Bay; Los Angeles; San Joaquin
Oct. 22: Channel Counties; Inland Empire; Peninsula/Silicon Valley
Oct. 23: Bakersfield; San Joaquin

There is still time to organize a presentation in your chapter! Please send all event information to David Lo, CalCPA strategic relations manager.

Bulletin Deadlines

Keep these due dates in mind if there is something you’d like to publish in the Bulletin. Send information to chapter program associate Monica Thompson.

November Bulletin: Oct. 9
December Bulletin: Nov. 10
January Bulletin: Dec. 5

Save the Dates

Oct. 23:MAP DG, Solo and Sole Practitioners Nov. 20:MAP DG, Hot Issues in HR

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Moreno Valley CA 92556

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