President’s Message – November 2019

Sherri Voigt, CGFM, CPA

Hello All!

We have had an extended break in our program offerings, but we are back in
motion. The Chapter will host 5 webinars this year, in addition to some lunch
meetings and the annual Symposium. I look forward to seeing you at an
upcoming session!

I am sad to share the news that David Mellem, long-time chapter board member, passed away this summer. We have included his obituary and re-run the article published when he retired from federal service in this newsletter. David was committed to government accountability and service throughout his 50 year career. He was a mentor to many of us currently serving in chapter leadership roles. He will be greatly missed.

As we have been planning the agenda for the annual Symposium, a speaker
reached out to us noting that David had contacted him. His service inspiration will live on in our memories.

Sherri
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President’s Message – March 2019

Sherri Voigt, CGFM, CPA

We are winding down the second half of the program year with a busy schedule. Please consider one of our upcoming CPE opportunities.

  • The March lunch meeting will feature the Ice Age Trail Alliance and their trail funding partnerships with state and local government. **This is also our celebration of March is Certified Government Financial Manager month; CGFMs can attend for free!
  • April 10 is an ethics webinar. This is free to the first 35 people who register. Many certifications require annual ethics training and we strive to provide this.
  • May 8 is the Annual Spring Symposium at UW-Madison Union South. The schedule is finalized and registrations are open!

We will be collecting items for the Salvation Army at the March and April training events. See page 9 of the newsletter for more information on items they are looking for. A reminder will be included in the registration confirmation e-mails.

March is CGFM Month! We received signed proclamations from Governor Evers and Madison Mayor Paul Soglin. This year celebrates the 25th anniversary of the certification program.

Sherri Voigt, CGFM, CPA
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President’s Message – February 2019

Sherri Voigt, CGFM, CPA

Our February lunch meeting is set for February 28 and features an overview of
the recent water rate increases in the City of Madison. Coming up soon, there is a free members-only webinar through AGA National on March 14. This is a great chance to grab 1 CPE on a leadership topic. Register at:
https://www.agacgfm.org/Webinars/2018-2019-Webinars/Leadership-(1).aspx.

I would like to take a moment to welcome our newest chapter members, those
who have joined this program year. A warm AGA welcome to Patricia McDermott, City of Madison, Ron Aumann, City of Marshfield, Alicia Miller, WI Dept of Financial Institutions, Sylvia Kmiec, UW Madison, Rodney Dole, UW System Administration, and Nickolaus Schuster, WI Public Service Commission.

We are in the final stages of getting the May 8 Annual Symposium schedule
finalized. We plan to send out the final brochure by the end of February.
**save the date**

Next month is March…and that means it is CGFM Month!!! All Certified
Government Financial Manager credential holders can attend the lunch meeting for free. We have a signed proclamation from the City of Madison and are working on the Governor’s proclamation. The CGFM program is celebrating 25 years this year.

Sherri

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President’s Message – January 2019

Sherri Voigt, CGFM, CPA

Welcome to winter!

We have two training events coming up. January 24 is the Annual Tax Update Luncheon. On February 6 we are hosting the AGA national webinar on GASB updates.

We are in the final stages of getting the May 8 Annual Symposium schedule finalized. We plan to send out the final brochure at the beginning of February. **save the date**

As always, if you have any topic or speaker suggestions, feel free to send them to Education Chair Mary Laufenberg.

Sherri

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President’s Message – November 2018

Sherri Voigt, CGFM, CPA

Welcome to winter!

We have two training events coming up. November 28 is an AGA national webinar with a unique presentation of ethics and ow to blind spots can lead to trouble. On December 5 we are hosting the AGA national webinar on internal controls and A123.

Tax season is just around the corner…in January we have the annual tax update lunch meeting. Last year, we got an overview of the proposed changes to tax laws. This year we can learn how the implementation will be handled

The planning is full speed ahead for the May 8 Annual Symposium. Many speakers are confirmed and the agenda is shaping up well. **save the date**

As always, if you have any topic or speaker suggestions, feel free to send them to Education Chair Mary Laufenberg.

Sherri
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President’s Message – November 2018

Sherri Voigt, CGFM, CPA

Welcome to 2019…Well, the AGA Chapter Program Year 2019 anyhow!

We have reviewed the Symposium evaluations and used the topic areas rated high to seek out topics for this year. We are recruiting speakers for May 8, 2019 and are always willing to check out new suggestions. Any topic or speaker idea you have can be sent to education chair Mary Laufenberg to research further. (Drop her a note at: maryendres6998@gmail.com.)

This month’s newsletter features some photos and information about the Chapter Recognition Award earned last program year. For those who didn’t know, the chapter reports out on activities done during the year in 8 separate categories: Chapter Leadership Planning & Participation, Education and Professional Development, Certification, Communications, Membership, Accountability, Community Service, and Awards. This information goes to the National AGA Office as well as to our regional and sectional leadership. It is used to monitor chapter activity.

On another note, I would like to thank all the CGFMs who participated in the job analysis survey recently. This is a critical part of maintaining the professionalism and relevance of the Certified Government Financial Manager certification exams. As the AGA National Chair for the Professional Certification Board, I am honored to be part of the job analysis review and exam content update this year.

I look forward to seeing you at an upcoming chapter event!

Sherri  

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President’s Message – April/May 2018

Sherri Voigt, CGFM, CPA

Hello AGA Members and other readers.

As we approach the end of the program year, I want to thank everyone who has attended a training session (or is registered for one of the upcoming events). We will be sending out a member survey soon to look at what types of training events and content best suit your needs. We will start planning the new program year in June.

We have just two sessions left for the year: The May 9 Symposium and a June 13 webinar on leadership (with an ethics in government focus). Please visit our website to register. Time is running out for the 7 CPE Symposium; April 24 is the deadline!

At the March 28 Cybersecurity webinar, we did a mini celebration of “March is CGFM Month” and had the signed proclamations on hand from Governor Walker and Mayor Soglin. Thank you to those in attendance for being willing to stand for a group photo.

Sherri
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President’s Message – March 2018

Sherri Voigt, CGFM, CPA

Welcome to CGFM Month! Every March, our chapter requests and receives proclamations from the Governor and Madison Mayor declaring March is CGFM month. If you have ideas on another municipal government that we should reach out, please let us know; we would be happy to reach out to other areas in the state of Wisconsin. For more information on the Certified Govenerment Financial Manager certification, please visit the AGA National website at http://www.agacgfm.org/cgfm

We have a busy spring with quite a few CPE offerings. Please view the calendar of events. There is also a free members-only webinar on March 15 that National should have sent notices about.

This month is also an opportunity to highlight the career of one of the chapter’s first CGFM members. David Mellem has retired with over 50 years of federal service. I encourage you to see the related articles in the March newsletter.

I look forward to seeing you at one of the upcoming training sessions!

Sherri

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President’s Message – February 2018

Sherri Voigt, CGFM, CPA

Our January lunch meeting featuring Sarah Loose and Andrew Justl from Baker-Tilly Virchow Kraus focused mainly on the 2018 changes in the tax code. It was an interesting insight for what deductions continue or end, and what the impact is on taxpayers. Thank you to all who came. Also, an extra thank you to those who donated cash/items to the Salvation Army.

We will be hosting the AGA National webinars on March 28 and April 11. Registration details will come out in March, but hold the date if these topics will help you. Each is 2 CPE, and will run from 1:00-2:50 CT.

  • March 28 Cybersecurity
  • April 11 Beyond the Code: Ethics in the Real World

The schedule is in the final stages for our Annual Spring Symposium on May 9. Brochures will be available soon and registration details will be on our website. See page 7 of the current newsletter for a preview of topics. This day will offer 7 CPE.

Sherri
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