From Chapter President Freda Jackson:

September was an exciting month for the Montgomery/Prince George’s County (MPGC) AGA Chapter as we celebrated diversity. September 4th the AGA hosted free members only webinar on diversity and inclusion. September 5, we picked up our networking passports by sponsoring and participating in the Association of Charted Accountants (ACCA) - DC Chapter, Multicultural Celebration! The event was held at The World Bank and provided an opportunity for MPGC AGA members to meet ACCA and IMA® (Institute of Management Accountants) members and dignitaries from around the world, including: His Excellency, Dr. Barfuor Adjei-Barwuah, Ambassador of Ghana, and Bernard Lauwers, Acting Managing Director and Chief Financial Officer & Vice President, World Bank. We thank Carol-Ann Booth, ACCA DC Chapter Head and MPGC AGA Education Chair for the opportunity.

As governmental accountants we focus on federal, state and local interests, therefore our first community event of the new program year was attending the Prince George’s County State’s Attorney, Aisha Braveboy, at the State of Justice Symposium on September 10, 2019. The event provided great insight on the efforts of those working in the front lines to protect our diverse communities. Some of the topics covered included fraud prevention, prosecution of perpetrators of fraud, education, and the need for community involvement to support the youth.

We held our first dinner meeting at The Hotel at the University of Maryland (UMD) – College Park, where UMD alumnus, Chidilim (Chi) Okonkwo, Director, NASA Financial Systems Office, presented “Is Your Career Emerging As Fast As Your Bots?” Chi emphasized the importance of networking and taking bold steps to advance your career by pursuing higher education degrees and certifications, such as the Certified Government Financial Manager (CGFM) Certification. We also held a raffle to benefit the Fisher House Foundation, Inc. to support military families and veterans. Through the MPGC AGA raffle and AGA National match we were able to raise $228.

Please join us October 5th from 3-5pm for our Social Hour at the Denizens Brewing Co., in Silver Spring, MD hosted by the Young Professionals Committee! Our dinner meeting will be held on Wednesday, October 9th, from 6:00 – 8:00 pm at All Set Restaurant in Silver Spring, MD. Richard Virgile, United States Coast Guard (USCG) Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Chief Actuary, will present “Going from a Private Practice to a Government/Military Workplace.” You will receive 1 CPE by attending this event. Our 50/50 raffle at the Dinner Meeting will benefit the Prince George's Child Resource Center, Inc, which supports a healthy environment for children by visiting homes, linking families to community resources, and providing adult education to parents and caregivers.

While we do not have an MPGC AGA sponsored community service event scheduled this month, if you are free, sign up for the Sunrise Tract of the Greenbelt Forest Preserve litter clean up event on October 5th from 10am-12pm sponsored by the City of Greenbelt, MD or learn how you can sign up with the Montgomery County Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program.

Our chapter and AGA National offer a variety of scholarships to assist our members in reaching their educational and professional goals. We are able to provide our events and scholarships through the generous support of our sponsors. If you are interested in supporting our organization as a sponsor, please reach out to sponsorship@marylandaga.com.

Don’t forget, this year AGA celebrates 25 years since the establishment of the Certified Government Financial Manager (CGFM) professional certification. If your are not a CGFM now is the time to get started! The CGFM exam is in its BETA phase during September and October. As an incentive, the exam fee is $25 off each section (a savings of $75) and the study materials are free to those who schedule their exams during this BETA period ($150 savings!). If you need a study group, please reach out to our CGFM and Young Professionals Chairs to pair you with likeminded professionals to start a study group in your area at cgfm@marylandaga.com or earlycareers@maylandaga.com. If you’re not sure what the CGFM is or if it is right for you check out this informative video.

If you are not a Maryland, MPGC, AGA member, you may qualify free AGA membership as a college professor or a full-time college student, or a discounted membership as a young professional. Join us today and let’s work together! Check out our website at www.marylandaga.com or Facebook for additional event information.

Thank you,

Freda Jackson
Maryland, MPGC
AGA Chapter President

President@maryandaga.com