Orange County/Long Beach Chapter
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November 6, 2013
By John Misuraca
As residents, business people and CalCPA members in the Orange County/Long Beach Chapter, we’re blessed with a number of famous landmarks that stand out from almost any other area in both the nation and world. Among these are Disneyland, the beaches and piers, Mission San Juan Capistrano, the Nixon Library, and—since 1967—the Queen Mary.
There are some very interesting facts about this ship. After being built it spent 31 years as an ocean liner, but has been a floating museum for 46 years. A number of top movies used it for filming, including the original “Poseidon Adventure,” “The Natural,” “The Aviator,” “L.A. Confidential” and “Pearl Harbor.” It was built to carry more than 3,000 people and made 1,001 crossings of the Atlantic Ocean. During World War II, it was painted all grey and served as a troop transport.
Most interesting, of course, is that it will be the site of our YEP and chapter-wide Haunted Mixer Nov. 14, which will take place 6-10 p.m.
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This isn’t going to be just another great chapter mixer—this is our first OC/LB, YEP and chapter-wide haunted mixer aboard the Queen Mary. Drinks and food in the luxurious Observation Bar will be followed by a tour of the most haunted parts of the ship. This is truly a mixer you won’t find anywhere else!
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Every once in a while, someone just stands out among the crowd. They give of themselves more than seems humanly possible—never complaining and always smiling. That was CalCPA member Jim Reynolds, former chapter audio/visual chair and volunteer. Jim passed away Oct. 3 at St. Jude’s Hospital Hospice. He was a CPA and sole proprietor who was passionate about his volunteer work for our chapter, at Buena Park Police Department and the Lions Club.
Jim was chapter A/V chair for as long as anyone can remember. Recently, the board attempted to determine just how much money Jim saved the chapter by providing audio and video services for our major events, including our Fall Seminar Series, Economic Forecast and our larger mixers. It was determined that He probably saved the chapter close to $100,000 over a 20-year span. That money wound up in the chapter scholarship coffers. Jim’s optimism and faith made him unique. Jim, we won’t forget you!
By Bryan Gonzalez Luciano, OC/LB Campus Ambassador Chapman University
As defined in the Merriam-Webster online dictionary, success is “the fact of getting achieved wealth, respect or fame.” Something along the lines of this phrase is what often comes to mind when you ask the average individual what success means to them. However, success is one of those topics that can be subjective to each individual’s perspective.
A few weeks ago, an organization I’m involved in at school asked the interviewees to name a person who represents success to them. All of those who were asked this question responded with big names, including Bill Gates, Warren Buffett and Steve Jobs. These are valid answers, but it occurred to me that none of them mentioned people like idols, mentors and professors—not even their parents. This is when I began to question what exactly success is, and how do we, the general public, define success.
After giving it some thought, I figured that many individuals define success as it exactly states in the first definition given above: “The fact of getting achieved wealth, respect or fame.” However, I believe success is much more than this definition, and it’s something that should be recognized by all.
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Want to use your talents at the statewide level? Your opportunity awaits—the application period is open to serve on our CalCPA committees for 2014-15. From estate planning to technology, and from personal financial planning to taxation, there’s a committee meeting your interests and expertise.
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. The application deadline is Dec. 15 and committee appointments will be made in January.
Learn more and apply online.
Step up and put your leadership skills to use for the betterment of the CPA profession. We’re accepting applications for CalCPA Council/AICPA Council, as well as CalCPA Education Foundation trustees, for 2014-15.
Applications are due Dec. 2 and can be downloaded online. And you can learn more about the flight patterns to CalCPA leadership in this California CPA article.
CalCPA is looking for women who have made significant contributions to the accounting profession or who demonstrate characteristics that will enable them to become the next generation of leaders in the profession. Nominations are accepted for two categories: experienced leaders and emerging leaders.
More information and nomination packets—due Dec. 6—are available online.