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Jan. 15: ABC Fundraising Mixer

Prepare for takeoff with our annual ABC Fundraising Mixer at Hiller Aviation Museum in San Carlos. This two-hour flight guarantees fun social networking, an open bar and hors d’oeuvres—all in the name of raising funds for our chapter scholarships for students pursuing their passion in the CPA profession.

Since 2005, we’ve awarded more than $96,000 in scholarships to students at Canada College, College of San Mateo, Menlo College, Notre Dame de Namur University and Skyline College.

Passengers include (A)ttorneys, (B)ankers, (C)PAs and other financial professionals. Come meet new clients and have a drink with old friends at the celebration of the year.

Expose your company to thousands of members with our sponsorship opportunities for this event by contacting Wendy Mai via email or by calling (415) 254-2323.

Date: Thursday, Jan. 15
Cost: $50/members with advanced registration; $60/member on the day of event and at the door; $35/student, candidate and young and emerging professional members (Note: you must be 21 and over with proper California ID to attend).

Download the flier.

Register or learn more.

Joined CalCPA Since May 2014? You’re Invited to Our New-Member Orientation!

Do you ever wonder what being a CalCPA member means? Sure, you signed up and pay your dues, but what does it all entail?

The chapter board invites you, especially if you have joined CalCPA in the past year, to discover what CalCPA has to offer and to learn how to make the most out of your membership. Meet your fellow members and discover how to leverage your CalCPA membership to get involved in the community, develop your leadership abilities and increase your professional network.

All chapter members are welcome at the reception to follow our New-Member Orientation, where we host our annual ABC Fundraising Mixer for our scholarship fund.

New members joined since May 1 can attend this event FREE—no strings attached.

Date: Thursday, Jan. 15
Register or learn more


Financial Literacy Making Moves & Seeking Volunteers

Here is a list of upcoming volunteer opportunities where you can share your expertise to the community:

  • January: Tax Tips for Small Business Owners event at Bay Area Entrepreneur Center in San Bruno.
  • February: Family Resource Fair at Hillsdale Mall in San Mateo
  • March: Live webcast for college students at university in Peninsula

If you’re interested in volunteering to promote financial literacy in your community, or for further questions, please email Darrell Young or call (650) 616-4165.

Enjoy our FREE financial literacy advice from our Financial Literacy Chair, Darrell Young, CPA.

Could You Use an Intern?

All business students at Menlo College are required to complete a 400-hour internship near the end of their degree programs. This means you have access to a pool of local, talented, undergraduate students who have a significant amount of relevant, business coursework completed and are ready to put their knowledge and skills to work for you while you help them learn about their chosen career path.

The Menlo College Internship Program pairs the student’s onsite internship experience with an on-campus seminar course. This program ensures that students are able to process and better understand their onsite experiences, share with a group of students to gain a more diverse view and context of business in the Bay Area and engage with faculty to help them maximize success at the internship sites.

To learn more, contact Zach Osborne, Menlo College’s associate director of internships, at (650) 543-4097 or via email,

April 16: Take Me Out to the Ballgame: Giants vs. Diamondbacks

Join your CalCPA colleagues and friends Thursday, April 16, for peanuts, Cracker Jacks and great baseball. Celebrate the end of tax season in style with unlimited food, beer and wine; indoor and outdoor seating; and your own private entrance into AT&T Park. Step onto the field and take part in a networking grand slam and meet CalCPA members from throughout the state. Don’t miss an inning between the 2014 World Champion Giants and the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Take Me Out to the Ballgame: Giants vs. Diamondbacks at AT&T Park
4:30 p.m./doors open; 7:15 p.m./first pitch
Location: AT&T Park
Cost: By Feb. 28: $100/members and guests
(after Feb. 28: $125/members and guests)

Thanks to our generous sponsors:

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Jan. 21: CPA Day at the Capitol

CPA Day at the Capitol is one of the most important events for CalCPA members to attend. During each legislative session, bills are introduced that impact you, your clients or your employer. As the business climate continues to change and new legislators take office, we need to build bipartisan relationships with those who share our commitment to the CPA profession. Take a proactive approach to increasing your voice in the political arena and help policymakers understand the issues facing California CPAs.

Register Today.

And read about recent advocacy success in the December 2014 issue of California CPA.

CalCPA Committees: Connect | Share | Grow

Use your talents at the statewide level—serve on our CalCPA committees for 2015-16.

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 Jan. 15. Committee appointments will be made later that month and committee term is May 1-April 30.

And we’ve redesigned the process to make it easier and faster for you.

Please note: If you serve on a state committee and would like to continue, reapplication is necessary.

Apply now.

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Program Associate:
Wendy Mai
(650) 522-3231
Cell: (415) 254-2323

Division Director:
Membership and Strategic Programming
Jill Gorman
(650) 522-3204

1800 Gateway Drive, Ste. 200
San Mateo, CA 94404-4072

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