In my previous life, I was a member and involved with the Indiana CPA Society as a volunteer for quite a few years. I was on the leadership cabinet from 2005-2009 and on the Board of Directors from 2009-2012. So during those years, I was able to see a lot of the things that the CPA Society does on behalf of all of us as members. It was particularly interesting viewing all of that from a leadership perspective and from a strategy planning standpoint.
Last month I had the opportunity to get involved with the Society in a completely different role – as a staff member. I thought I had a good grasp of what all the Society does, but now that I am here on a daily basis, I can tell you first hand, there is so much that goes on here to help our profession that is “behind the scenes” and perhaps not apparent to the average member and even someone in leadership.
Just in the four weeks I have been here as the new VP – finance, I, personally, have been able to attend the Legislators Breakfast, where a group of over 35 of our fellow members met with about 20 different legislators and discussed issues and legislation that impacts our profession. I have also been to a Board of Accountancy meeting, and was able to hear firsthand about the impact of the Society, from gathering volunteers to conduct the CPE audits on a timely basis, to helping a sole practitioner CPA get his license back in good standing by helping him through the peer review process.
I had the opportunity to speak to the INCPAS Scholars, a group of high school students you heard about in the last blog, about working as a CPA in a nonprofit organization. The students were interested and engaged in the conversation and asked a lot of good questions, which gives me hope that we are getting some good kids into the pipeline to become future CPAs. And, of course, I attended the January Board of Directors meeting, which in itself was nothing new but seemed much different to me.
The whole Society staff is passionate about doing what they can to help our profession, and they are always cognizant of keeping costs in check, so our dues and professional development course fees don’t get too expensive. They are always looking for new and better ways to help the profession and not resting on past successes.
I could go on and on about all of the little things that the Society does for us … but trust me when I tell you that we have a great group watching out for our profession, and allowing us time to do our jobs and not worry about those little things. Now I better stop blogging and get back to work!