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By AMANDA L. SEXTON

Suffolk Chapter President

Congratulations to everyone for getting through the last official tax deadline for 2017. I hope it was a seamless finish for you as we head into the holiday season. Due to the recent setback of the clocks, we now commute to work in the dark and then travel back home in the dark. I find this shift to be a difficult one, but look forward to the spring (and end of tax season) which brings warm sunshine, flowers and more outdoor activities. Putting a vacation or time off on the calendar now also gives me something to look forward to.

According to Wikipedia, George Hudson proposed the idea of daylight saving back in 1895, with the German empire and Austria-Hungary being the first to implement the idea in 1916. The idea was to maximize the amount of evening daylight available to us in the summer months to perform our daily activities, then set them back to “standard time” in the fall. One of Benjamin Franklin’s quotes was “Early to bed, and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.” Do you agree with this statement?

The Suffolk Chapter was very busy in October, with our all-day Members in Industry Webcast and our semi-annual Banker/CPA event joint with the Nassau Chapter on October 18th in Jericho, our first East End/NextGen 5K charity run/walk to benefit the Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation on October 22nd in Riverhead, a social security plan seminar hosted by the Employee Benefits Committee on October 24th, and a preventive session on DWI and the impact to our family, friends and clients hosted by Members in Industry on October 25th. Great job to all of our committees for keeping this momentum going and for providing such diverse opportunities to our members.

November started out as another busy month. We co-hosted a joint Student CPA Fest with the Nassau Chapter out at the Chateau Briand in Carle Place on November 2nd. Anthony Basile, President of the Nassau Chapter, along with a team of more than 10 other professionals, hosted a half-day workshop for students from over 15 colleges and universities across New York State. The workshop started with a panel of professional speakers at various levels in their careers and within different sized firms that complimented and contrasted the different areas of accounting and the size of firms, as well as best practices to get the audience off to a great start in their accounting careers. The students then networked for a bit, had dinner and met with more than 5 accounting firms to discuss potential employment opportunities. Lynne Fuentes, the Immediate Past President of the Nassau Chapter, also provided invaluable advice to the students through the evening. I was honored to attend this event and have really enjoyed working side by side such a great chapter. In-line with one of the missions that both Anthony and I have for our Presidency, we continue to help our chapters grow, discuss what events to work on together, and periodically connect our teams to get to know each other and share best practices and issues we encounter. This wasn’t one of my initial goals for my Presidency, but seemed to happen so naturally when Anthony and I attended our President Elects workshop in Albany last year.

On November 7th, our Suffolk Chapter President Elect, Melissa Hicks, ran another very successful student night at St. Joseph’s College in Patchogue, with over 130 students in attendance, professionals and professors from various areas of accounting. Melissa had several speakers provide their background and advice to the students, including an FBI Agent! Melissa also provided the group with the requirements of sitting for the CPA exam and how licensing works within New York State.

Attending both of these events for students made me think back to when I started my career in public accounting and how many questions I had – i.e. what is expected of me as an intern or as a new staff accountant, how does the accounting industry look long-term, what type of accounting do I want to specialize in, when should I take the CPA exam, why should I join the Society, etc. These are all great questions and I welcome all of you that are students or newer accountants to feel free to ask a fellow Society member or co-worker your questions - we are here to help you!

Events we have coming up for the rest of November and December include:

  • Toys for Tots – our 23rd annual program has started already and we are currently collecting toys and donations through December 7th. This is an incredible way to give back to the community and families in need during the holiday season, and we are proud to remain the largest pickup by the U.S. Marines Corps on Long Island. Let’s keep it going!

     

  • November 28th – at the Irish Coffee Pub in East Islip, we will hear from 3 Society leadership officials: Joanne Barry, Executive Director, Harold Deiters, President, and Jan Harringer, President Elect over hot breakfast. They will provide us with a professional issues update, which will include the proposed legislative agenda for 2018, programs and initiatives the Society has launched to help our profession’s leadership pipeline and the next generation of CPAs, as well as the tax and audit issues that have the greatest impact to our practices. This is the first time we are having this event and there will be 2 free CPE provided. Please join us!

     

  • December 9th – our annual tax conference will take place at the Courtyard Marriott in Ronkonkoma and we have great topics throughout the day. Attendees will earn 8 CPE credits.

     

  • December 19th - Our Chapter is very excited to have Renee Rampulla of Rampulla Advisory Services, LLC provide our annual 2 CPE NYS Ethics Update – I hope you will join us at Stonebridge Country Club in Hauppauge. Renee makes what can be a very “dry” topic interesting with real examples.

I hope to see you at some of these upcoming events and hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving. 

Very Truly Yours,
Amanda Sexton

 

Upcoming Events

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Chapter Suffolk Chapter CPA Ethics Update
12/19/2017 6:00:00 PM
Stonebridge Golf Links and Country Club, Smithtown
Annual GAAP Update
12/21/2017 8:00:00 AM
Empire National Bank, Islandia
Identity Theft Cleanup & Dirty Dozen Tax Scams
1/5/2018 8:00:00 AM
Nawrocki Smith, Melville
Fundamentals of Microsoft Excel
1/10/2018 8:00:00 AM
Hotel Indigo-East End, Riverhead
Total 401 (k) Cost Analysis
1/16/2018 8:30:00 AM
APS Pension & Financial Services Inc. - Lower Level, Woodbury
Annual Tax & Economic Update
1/17/2018 8:00:00 AM
Empire National Bank, Islandia
Sales Tax Defense
3/21/2018 8:00:00 AM
Empire National Bank, Islandia
FAE FAE's FASB Accounting Update 2017
12/18/2017 8:00:00 AM
Melville Marriott Long Island, Melville

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Chartered June 27, 1971, this chapter encompasses the county of Suffolk.

The NYSSCPA congratulates our Suffolk chapter in celebrating its 45th anniversary on June 27!
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The presiding President of the Suffolk Chapter is Amanda Sexton.

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