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Anyone who knows me will tell you I'm a people person. My favorite part of
my job is meeting with and learning from others, and I had so many valuable
opportunities to do just that in the past couple months.
Membership Manager Alicia Strong and I embarked on our first Regional
Meeting tour, getting together with groups of members in Waterbury, New
Haven, Torrington, Easton, Rocky Hill, Stamford, Norwich, and Hartford. We
provided a brief Society, regulatory, and legislative update followed by an
interactive discussion. Thanks to everyone who came out and shared your
thoughts and ideas.
Based on feedback at our Regional Meetings, we have already
started to investigate and institute several new initiatives:
Regular opportunities to connect with members in geographic areas
Members in southwestern and southeastern Connecticut both asked for pe-
riodic opportunities to get together with members in their local communities,
so we're kicking off these new geographically based meetings in the fall. We'll
hold monthly luncheon meetings in lower Fairfield County, while members in
the southeastern part of the state told us they'd prefer breakfast meetings
every other month. Is there a specific type of gathering you think would work
for your neck of the woods? Reach out and let us know!
Volunteering as representatives of the CPA community
Members working everywhere from small firms to large businesses alike told
us they'd like to participate in organized public service activities as represen-
tatives of the CPA community. We were happy to share several current op-
portunities, including the Special Olympics volunteer day pictured on page 9.
We'll continue to organize and let you know about opportunities going forward.
Attending meetings remotely
We also heard that people would like the ability to participate in some of our
interest group, CPE, and other meetings remotely. We're currently investigat-
ing the best technology to fulfill this need.
More Regional Meetings!
Members at each meeting told us they found the meetings useful and infor-
mative and would like them to continue on a regular basis. We're happy to
oblige, so we'll bring you the next set of Regional Meetings in December and
January. We're also planning to add Danbury as a stop on the tour.
Thank you for making me feel so welcome in my first six months as your
executive director. I look forward to continuing to work with you!
From the Executive Director
Bonnie Stewart, Executive Director
Capitol Hill Visits
Executive Director Bonnie Stewart,
Public Affairs Director Mark Zampino,
and CTCPA representatives to AICPA
Council Bruce Blasnik, Alan Clavette
(pictured with Senator Chris Murphy
and Bonnie), and Brad Kronstat hit
Capitol Hill as part of the AICPA's Spring
Council meeting.
Congratulations, New CPAs and
Scholarship Winners!
Our spring Recognition Reception
brought together members, Educational
Trust Fund Trustees, and representatives
from the Connecticut State Board of
Accountancy and Department of
Consumer Protection to congratulate
Connecticut's newest CPAs and present
scholarships to high school students and
college accounting majors.
Thank you for attending our
Regional Meetings
We enjoyed meeting with so many of you
and hearing your ideas and insights!
Where in the state are
Bonnie and Alicia?
Membership Manager Alicia
Strong and I were thrilled to
have the opportunity to meet
with so many of you on our
road trips around the state!