Maximizing chapter benefits
means being involved
Northeast Past Chapter
presidency I am often asked by members how to best maximize their
Society membership. Getting more involved with the chapter is one
great way to do this, because it often leads to taking advantage of
all of the benefits Society membership has to offer: attending some
of our social, educational or public relations events throughout the
year, participating on or chairing a committee that is of interest
to you, or becoming a member of the Northeast Chapter’s Executive
Over the past
six months, the chapter has focused on increasing participation and
recruiting new members, beginning with the Career Opportunities in
the Accounting Profession program held last summer at SUNY Albany.
The week-long event was a resounding success, with more than 30
local high school students participating.
We have also
added new events, such as our Healthcare Reform Panel Discussion, to
attract members in industry. This event, held in September, provided
an update on the status of national healthcare reform and its
implications in New York state.
We continue to
offer great networking opportunities at events such as our annual
CPAs and Bankers Dinner, which was held in November and attended by
more than 170 bankers, CPAs and others leaders in the business
community. We were excited to have nationally known economist Hugh
Johnson as the keynote speaker for this event. Johnson shared with
us his outlook on the economy, interest rates and the stock market.
Chapter also has an active group of committees, such as the Young
CPAs Committee, which holds events throughout the year, including
the annual Toys for Tots event each December.
We are very
excited about our monthly CFO forum, which was developed by
Northeast Chapter Chief Financial Officer Committee Chair
Beth Van Bladel and has served as a model for other
chapters in the state. All chapter activities are overseen by the
Northeast Chapter’s Executive Board. We have focused this year on
continuing to expand and diversify our board.
Now that you’ve
heard some of the ways to benefit from increasing your activity in
our chapter, email me and let me know how you would like to get
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