President's Message

From Chapter President Erica Williams:

Greetings!

Spring is here! March was filled with good events and informative sessions for our current and future members. Our March dinner meeting was a great success! The food and service at Carolina Kitchen in Hyattsville provided the perfect setting for Mr. Lenny Moore, Controller, Department of Finance for Montgomery County Government, to update our members and guests on the challenges associated with preparing timely financial statements. I thank Mr. Moore for his informative presentation. On March 26, our Young Professional and Membership chairs and I, had visited a Government Accounting class at the University of Maryland. During the visit, we provided a presentation on the benefits of membership in AGA and even shared with the students our experiences in the government financial management field. Professor Gary Bulmash was very appreciative of our presentation and noted that several of his students were impressed by how much we showed a passion for our work. We are hopeful that our visit resonated with the students and will translate into some new AGA members.

This month is jammed pack with even more exciting events. Please join us for our dinner meeting on Wednesday, April 10 from 6-8 pm at the Silver Spring Civic Building at Veterans Plaza Spring Room (1 Veterans Place Silver Spring, MD 20910). Justin Marsico, US Department of the Treasury, will give a presentation. You will earn 1 CPE for attending. To register, visit our website at www.marylandaga.com.

Seeking the perfect opportunity to network with colleagues and friends? Look no further. On Thursday, April 11, the Membership Committee will host a Happy Hour from 4- 7pm at The Society Restaurant & Lounge (8229 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20910; accessible via the red line’s Sliver Spring Metro station). There is no charge for this event and there will be light fare and drinks available. We encourage you to invite your colleagues and friends who are not current members for an opportunity to learn more about our chapter and meet other professionals. RSVP on our website.

In collaboration with the City of Greenbelt Department of Public Works, our chapter will participate as volunteers for the annual clean-up in recognition of Earth Day. This event is scheduled for April 13, 2019 from 10 am - 1 pm. This event is family-friendly, and students are welcome to bring community service forms. Learn more and register by visiting our website.

On April 17, I hope to see you at our Annual Spring Workshop. The workshop will be held at the KPMG LLP, in Washington, DC. We have a fantastic program lined up that includes the following topics: GAO Update; OMB Update; From Idea to GAAP: How FASAB Established Guidance; Program Integrity: Beyond Fraud, Waste and Abuse to Mission Performance; Leadership and Communication Styles for Diverse Personality Types; Update on Data Transparency Initiative; and several other hot topics in the field. Many thanks to Carol Boothe, Nicholas Garrard, and Maggie Huang, our Education Directors, who have been working very hard to put on a wonderful workshop. I’m looking forward to attending. Please register to attend on our website.

We’re closing out the month of April with one of our most anticipated events of the year…. Our Annual Crab Feast! Please join us as we recognize our Corporate Sponsors on Tuesday, April 30 at The Bethesda Crab House. Register on our website today as space is limited. Registration ends Thursday, April 25.

It’s important to me that this chapter meets all your needs. If you have comments to share or would like to learn more about how to get involved, please don’t hesitate to contact me at president@marylandaga.com. Also, Freda Jackson, our president-elect is starting to put together the board roster for the 2019-2020 program year. Please let me know if you are interested in participating.

Erica N. Williams, MPA

Chapter President

 

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