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Responding to members’ needs with more inclusive programming, diverse CPE and networking events

By Lenore C. Sanchez Rockland Chapter President

Thank you to each 2018–2019 board member of the Rockland Chapter for your service. The dedication of each of you has made a difference. Many don’t see the passion and soul that the board has put into the chapter, but I am aware of it, and am so very pleased to have worked alongside of you for the past few years, most recently as president. I appreciate your support and confidence in having been reelected as president for the 2019–2020 year, and look forward to beginning phase two.

This past year was a very noteworthy one for the Rockland Chapter. The executive board began the year by embracing the need to expand from traditional CPA-focused activities in order to be inclusive of our new members: non-CPAs in associate industries. We also recognized that our traditional membership and profession is going through an era of change. We reached out to our members for feedback, to hear from you what we can do to make your membership more valuable.

We asked, and approximately one-third of the membership answered—thank you! To sum it up, many of the respondents are interested in more diverse CPE topics. In addition, the logistics of events, including the time of day and location, are areas that respondents consistently mentioned. Many of those who responded are also interested in additional networking events.

Good news: We listened, and we are working on implementation! The CPE committee is working diligently on securing top-notch speakers for CPE topics that the chapter has not previously offered. Many of our CPE events have taken place in the morning, and while we will still offer them then, we will be sure to have evening CPE sessions as well.

The importance of networking cannot be overestimated. Interest in networking events is high. Our social committee is in the process of working on events, including those with other groups in associate industries to maximize opportunities for our members. Additionally, we continue to take advantage of having other NYSSCPA chapters very close by, and are holding our annual joint event, “Family and Friends Night,” with the Westchester Chapter on Thursday, July 25, 6-8 p.m., as we watch the Rockland Boulders take on the Ottawa Champions at Palisades Credit Union Park in Pomona.

On June 11, we installed our 2019–2020 board members at our after-tax season networking event. The evening was extra special, featuring Dennis O’Sullivan, former New York Jets defensive/offensive lineman, as our guest speaker. Later in the month, we were very happy to host representatives of NYSSCPA at our organizational meeting, as we discussed what is in store for the upcoming year. We look forward to their support in reaching out to our members, as approximately half of the survey respondents replied by paper mail. This indicates many things, one of which is that many do not receive communication from the Society by email. If that is the case, and you need assistance to ensure the receipt of the chapter's electronic communication, please check to see that your NYSSCPA member profile is set up to receive electronic communications from the Rockland Chapter and the NYSSCPA. If it is not set up, please visit nysscpa.org, and log in via the button on the top right of the site. If you have any problems, please call the Society at 1-800-NYSSCPA (1-800-697-7272) and ask for website assistance.

To conclude the month of June, Anthony Enea of Enea, Scanlan & Sirignano, LLP offered our members CPE by presenting “Critical Issues Facing Seniors.”

I once again look forward to attending the NYSSCPA’s Leadership Conference, at the end of July. It is a wonderful opportunity to network with chapter presidents and presidents-elect statewide, as well as others who serve as an integral part to the Society. I am excited to learn Ita M. Rahilly’s goals for the NYSSCPA this year as president and help her carry them through on a local level by the work of our chapter.

As president for a second consecutive term, I continue to put my commitment to the chapter at the forefront. I urge members to reach out to me directly for anything your chapter can help you with, as our goal is to deliver the utmost value of your membership to you.


Rockland County is the southernmost county on the west side of the Hudson River. The county's population, as of the 2010 census, was 311,687, increasing by 4.6% to a 2015 Census estimate of 326,037, making it the third most densely populated county outside of New York City within New York State (after Nassau and neighboring Westchester counties, respectively). The county seatis New City. Although Rockland County does not directly border any New York City boroughs, it lies only 9 miles northwest of the city at their closest points, and is accessible through 10 exits on the New York State Thruway. The name derives from "rocky land", as the area was described by early Dutch and English settlers.

Rockland County is the smallest county by area in New York State outside ofNew York City. It comprises five towns and nineteen incorporated villages, with numerous unincorporated villages (sixteen) and hamlets.

The county's elevations range from 1,283 feet (391 m) atop Rockhouse Mountain to sea level along the Hudson River. Approximately 30% of Rockland County is devoted to parkland, belonging to either the five towns, incorporated villages, the state, or the county. These parks provide walking and hiking trails, ball fields, dog runs, historic sites, ponds, streams, salt marshes, and equestrian trails. Some popular state parks include Bear Mountain State Park on the northernmost tip of the county, Harriman State Park also along the county's northern boundary, and Nyack Beach State Park along the Hudson River, with trails connecting to Rockland Lake State Park. 


Installation Dinner 6-11-19

The  Rockland Chapter installs its board members at a June 11 event. From left to right: Michael E. Milisits,
William P. Hughes, Mitchell A. Davis, Dennis O’Sullivan (former NY Jets defensive lineman and speaker),
Chapter President Lenore C. Sanchez, Chapter Secretary Denise A. Collins, Phyllis R. Graybow,
Larry J. Shaffer and David Evangelista.

Sharon Siegel, Rochester Chapter
The presiding President of the Rockland Chapter is Sharon Siegel.

Chartered June 1, 2001, this chapter encompasses the County of Rockland.

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