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From the membership to the state Capitol,
outreach is the name of the game.
To those of you who've just come out of busy
season, welcome back!
We are eager to kick off our new membership year with the installation
of our new Board of Directors and Advisory Council members at the
CTCPA Annual Meeting on Thursday, June 15 at Hawk's Landing Coun-
try Club in Southington. Please see page 5 for more on this event, which,
in light of all the changes happening in the society, the workforce, and
the profession, will be themed "Trust in Change." Our keynote speaker
is the dynamic V. Vanessa Williams, a "change agent and facilitator of
change," who will help us learn how to set goals and develop action
plans to effectively deal with change.
Regional Meetings
Much of our time in May and June will be spent reaching out to members.
We're starting off with our new Regional Meetings, and I hope you'll be
able to join us for the one most convenient to you. I wanted to start these
meetings as a way to have a meaningful dialogue with the membership
about the issues relevant to you and your business. I know you may
already be doing a lot of professional travel, so we selected a number
of locations across the state so you won't have to travel far to meet with
your statewide professional organization.
Focus Groups and Strategic Planning
In addition to the feedback gathered at our Regional Meetings, we are
planning to conduct several formal focus groups to collect data and
help guide us as we develop our new strategic plan. We will follow up
on ideas and themes from these focus groups with larger-scale surveys.
I invite you to share any thoughts you may have through these vehicles,
or you can email me directly at
Advocacy at the State Capitol
At press time, it appears as though neither the Appropriations Commit-
tee nor the Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committee will send out a
budget or tax package. If this is the case, the legislature and the admin-
istration will continue to work together to come up with a package that
is acceptable.
There will be a lot more to share with you when the session ends (or is
extended) in June. Please check your email and visit our Capitol Corner
feature at for the latest. I will also provide
updates at each of our Regional Meetings.
From the Executive Director
Bonnie Stewart, Executive Director
Wednesday, May 10 8:00 - 9:00 a.m.
New Haven
Thursday, May 11 8:00 - 9:00 a.m.
Wednesday, May 17 8:30 - 10:30 a.m.
This extended meeting will be presented as
part of the Torrington CONNection series.
May 18 8:30 - 10:30 a.m.
This extended meeting will be presented as
part of the Easton CONNection series.
Rocky Hill
May 31 8:00 - 9:00 a.m.
Tuesday, June 6 8:00 - 9:00 a.m.
Thursday, June 8 8:00 - 9:00 a.m.
Date TBD 8:00 - 9:00 a.m.
This spring, our new Executive Director
Bonnie Stewart and CTCPA staff members
are visiting cities across the state. Each meet-
ing will kick off with an update on current
activity at the state Capitol, the State Board
of Accountancy, and, of course, the CTCPA.
Then we'll open the floor to discussion and
We look forward to sitting down with you, our
members, to hear your thoughts, concerns,
and ideas. Help us better serve you and all
CTCPA members by joining us for this dia-
logue right in your own backyard.
Regional Meetings
Introducing ...
We're coming to your backyard
so we can hear from you!
Space is limited at all locations and
pre-registration is required.
Reserve your space at