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President's Message

Fall Approaches

September 1, 2014

By Karen Connair

presAs I’m sitting down to write this message, I’m realizing that summer is just about to come to a close. It feels like my last message to the chapter was talking about the start of summer. Now we’re getting ready to say goodbye to those “lazy days” and say hello to the coming fall season. For those of us in tax, we’re gearing up for the Sept. 15 and Oct. 15 deadlines. For those of us with younger children, we’re getting them ready to start a new grade at school. For those of us with older children, we’re getting ready to ship them off to college. Wow! Just where did those summer months go?

Let me briefly recap some of our chapter events we held this summer. Our scholarship reception in July at the Center Club in Costa Mesa was an exciting start to the summer. More than 20 accounting students were presented with scholarships to assist them financially as they continue pursuing their degrees. Chapter and family members recognized the scholars achievements and participated in the celebration.

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Chapter News

Top 10 Reasons to Attend the OC/LB Fall Seminar Series

By Second Vice President Summer Taylor

Once again, the chapter is proud to bring you the Fall Seminar Series, a seven-week, 21-hour CPE series covering a multitude of topics from developing trends to accounting and auditing, tax and niche service areas. For those of you who have never attended, and for our returning participants who need a refresher, here are the Top 10 reasons to attend:

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Two Chapter Board Members Recognized

By Past President John Misuraca

Chapter board members Summer Taylor and Steve Tierney were recently recognized by the CalCPA Council with statewide awards.

Summer, a regular instructor for the CalCPA Education Foundation, was given the 2013-14 Award for Outstanding Course Materials. Her accomplishment was based primarily on comments from the course participants. She is a director in Deloitte & Touche LLP’s external audit practice with specialties in consumer product, retail and manufacturing business issues. Summer has been facilitating for Deloitte’s internal learning program for more than 10 years, and also has taught at the Paul Mirage School of Business.

Steve won the 2013-14 Public Service Award for his work with Up and Running Again. It’s mission is to assist people seeking to overcome economic poverty by training them to complete a half-marathon. The goal setting and sense of accomplishment it inspires translates toward a path of lifelong success. He’s a partner at Nienow & Tierney, a local CPA firm in Tustin. As winner of this award, he is automatically nominated for a similar award at the AICPA.

CalCPA News

Professional Issues Update: Coming to Your Chapter Near You

Please join us for an overview on topics impacting the CPA profession and CPAs in your local community. CPA professionals, including CalCPA leadership, will present on the latest tax issues, legislative and political activities, risk and liability trends impacting CPAs, as well as the Affordable Healthcare Act and the new provisions going into effect. Full breakfast will be included. Attendees will earn 3 hours of free CPE. This event is FREE for members and guests. Invite your colleagues to use discount code “PIUGuest” at checkout.

Learn more and register today.

2015 CalCPA Campus Ambassador Program

Want to help spread the word about CalCPA and the CPA profession? Applications will be accepted starting Oct. 1 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.

Applicants must be a:

  • Sophomore or junior attending a four-year college or university with a graduation date of December 2015 or later;
  • Declared business, economics or finance major or minor, with an intention of pursuing a CPA license; and
  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident of the United States.

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

For more information, contact David Lo via email or call (818) 546-3559.

Local Interest Groups

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