By Bridget A. Sanders
Greetings, chapter members! I’m excited to follow Alex Brown as chapter president for the 2017-18 term. First and foremost, I want to thank Alex for his outstanding leadership and generous service to our chapter over the past few years. I also thank each of you for your membership and continued support of our chapter.
CalCPA has played a significant role in my personal and professional development over the past eight years. While I became a California CPA long ago, I worked for a few years on the East Coast, then moved back to California in 2008. I joined a local accounting firm and, being new to the area, wanted to become connected with others in the Sacramento business community. The firm leaders suggested I become involved with our local chapter. I took their advice, and have been an active member of our chapter ever since. I’ve been a director on the board since 2009 and am now on the officer path. While working as a consultant practicing in forensic accounting, I found great benefit in chairing our Forensic Services Committee. I also recently served as co-chair of a new group, the Growth Opportunities in Leadership Development (GOLD) Committee, whose goal is to provide quality continuing education in the area of leadership.
My theme as president is “Outreach.” Outreach to members, students and our community.
Member outreach includes connecting with CPAs at local firms to assist them in getting the most out of their membership. Our Ambassador Committee welcomes new members to our association and helps them realize the benefits of their membership. I’m also excited to report that, based on the success of both our Roseville and Davis discussion groups, a few of our committees will combine to form a Sacramento Discussion Group. Topics will rotate between tax, estate and financial planning, management of an accounting practice and nonprofit. There’s also interest in forming a Chico Discussion Group. To complement our continued education offerings at the committee level, we’re also planning to host a few social events where the primary purpose is networking.
On the student front, we’ll be active with our numerous local community and four-year colleges. Students represent the next generation of accountants, future CPAs and association leaders. We will work with our student ambassadors and professors to arrange opportunities for leadership to speak on campuses to promote the profession and our generous scholarship program.
Community outreach will focus on giving back. We welcome receiving ideas for volunteer opportunities from our members. Past volunteer opportunities include service at the Ronald McDonald House and Sacramento Food Bank, manning an aid station for the Pony Express Marathon and hosting a blood drive for Blood Source.
To kick off the new term, I invite each of you to join us for our annual installation event, which will be held at the Lionsgate Hotel on Wednesday, May 17, from 6-10 p.m. This fantastic event honors our 40-year members, as well as our outgoing and incoming chapter leadership. We also will award scholarships to deserving students who have successfully completed our scholarship process. The $45 cost includes tasty food and libations, music and socializing with fellow members.
Once again, I look forward to serving as your president for this term. Please feel free to reach out to me anytime to discuss our chapter. Reaching our chapter goals takes significant time and effort, and we’re always grateful for new volunteers interested in joining our leadership team.
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