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Two Rochester Chapter members win Society Awards

Rochester Chapter President

As I start my year as the Rochester Chapter president, I want to thank the prior chapter presidents and other board members who have helped me get to this point. Your guidance, mentoring and feedback have been much appreciated. I also want to thank the other board members and committee members for their continued service as we drive forward the Rochester committee’s goals and events.

We installed the 2019–2020 board members on June 11 at Midvale Country Club in Penfield with representatives from the Society’s headquarters in attendance. We discussed the upcoming year and what we can do to increase membership and participation at events. We also discussed the opportunities to increase the diversity within the board and committees. To that end, we have added approximately five new chairs or co-chairs in different committees from the next generation group.

In May, I attended the dinner in New York City called “An Evening of Celebration with the 100th President.” This was the installation dinner for the society’s 100th president, Ita M. Rahilly, and the full slate of the NYSSCPA’s officers. At this dinner, two of our very own received awards. Steven M. Morse, of The Bonadio Group, received the Arthur J. Dixon Public Service Award as a lifelong community volunteer, and William H. Dresnack, of the Rochester Institute of Technology’s Saunders College of Business, received the Dr. Emanuel Saxe Outstanding CPA in Education Award.

I attended the Leadership Conference hosted by the Society in July, and was amazed at the breadth of talent in both the older members and the next-generation members in attendance. I believe that the future is bright for the Society, as we discussed what the “CPA of the future” is going to look like as artificial intelligence continues to “lighten” the workload. I agree that we need to embrace the future and talk about what we can do as a Society to encourage the entrance of more students into our field while maintaining the professional, ethical and educational requirements.

As we continue to strive to increase the participation at events, we are finding that the desire to network is still strong. Please be on the lookout for our chapter’s events on our chapter’s webpage. We do have a Public Relations Committee, and we are looking to add a member whose focus will be on updating The Trusted Professional as well as the event calendar with our chapter’s upcoming events.

I am looking for input on how we on the local board, and as chapter representatives, can serve you better. Please feel free to reach out to me at the address below. The entire board is also committed to making this chapter a success. With the assistance from our chapter relations manager from New York City, we will be looking forward to helping you in any way we can.

The last thing I would like to discuss is your membership profile. If you have not already, please check out your membership profile and be sure it is up to date. Your profile can be found here. This profile contains the email address where other society members can reach you, as well as the email address that the headquarters sends its correspondence to. If you have any issues, please call the State Society office at 1-800-NYSSCPA (1-800-697-7272).

I’m looking forward to seeing many of you at our managing partners visit on Oct. 28, when NYSSCPA President Ita M. Rahilly, President-elect Edward L. Arcara and Executive Director Joanne S. Barry will provide us with updates and you can ask them  questions.

Members of the Rochester Chapter fielding calls at WROC TV. Front row, from left: Kevin G. Conlon, Antoinette “Toni” Spina. Back row, from left: Barry Jencik, Thomas P. Walpole, David G. Young. The winning team from PricewaterhouseCoopers, at the Rochester Chapter’s NextGen volleyball tournament in January. The runner-up team, from Mengel Metzger Barr.

The NYSSCPA would like to thank Rochester Chapter Member Cheryl Yawman for being a 2016-2017 Chapter Champion!

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Tessa Spinelli Rochester President

The presiding President of the Rochester Chapter is Tessa B. Spinelli.

Chartered December 8, 1953, this chapter encompasses the following counties:
Chemung, Steuben, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Seneca, Wayne and Yates

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