President’s Message – October 2017

President’s Message

Sherri Voigt, CGFM, CPA 


We kicked off the program year with an excellent presentation from Wayne Block regarding Metro Transit and their operating/capital budgets. We have another great local government topic lined up for October 26…Mike Hanson, Patrol Operations Lieutenant with the Madison Police Department will be talking about budget issues, most specifically the funding for the drones. I hope to see many of you there.

The Southern Wisconsin AGA Chapter will be sending out a member survey in the next couple of months to get your input on training topics you would like have us provide. We are building out the remainder of the program year and looking to offer the best balance of topics for lunch meetings, national audio conferences, and the annual Symposium. (By the way…hold the date: the annual Symposium is scheduled for Thursday, May 9, 2018!) If you ever think of a topic that sounds interesting or see a speaker that is good, please feel free to drop a note to Mary Laufenberg, Education Chair (

We have two upcoming community service events. We will be collecting needed items for the Salvation Army shelter at the October lunch meeting. We will be having a group sign up to work at Zoo Lights at the Henry Vilas Zoo (ticket sales and gate greeting); shifts are open in November and December. (If you are interested in participating in the zoo event, please contact me at since we will need to reserve a group volunteer slot by the end of October.)


October 2017 Luncheon – Thursday, October 26, 2017

Welcome Members and Non-Members

Thursday, October 26
Lunch Meeting

TOPIC: Madison Police Department, Police Drone Program, Expenditure and Budget Discussion

SPEAKER: Lieutenant Mike Hanson, Patrol Operations, Madison Police Department

REGISTRATION:  11:30 a.m. LUNCH: 11:45 a.m.

COST:  $6 for Members, $12 for Non-Members

PLACE:  Babe’s Restaurant, 5614 Schroeder Road, Madison,  Wisconsin 53711

MENU: Meals are served with house cut pub fries and include soda, coffee, or tea.

  •  Cheeseburger with cheddar cheese
  • Grilled chicken breast on a toasted Brioche bun with lettuce, tomato, pickle, and side of mayo
  • Club sandwich – three layers of whole wheat toast with ham, turkey, bacon, lettuce, tomato, and mayo

RESERVATIONS:  Register below or contact Sherri Voigt by 1 p.m. on Monday, October 23, 2017 with your name, membership status, meal choice (and for carpooling information) at (608) 266-2814 or


If you are a new member and you are attending your first luncheon, it’s FREE! Please note this when making reservation.

October 2017 Luncheon Speaker


Lieutenant Mike Hanson

Mike Hanson is a Patrol Operations Lieutenant with the Madison Police Department.  Throughout his 16 years of service, he has had various positions including neighborhood Officer, Public Information Officer, Patrol Sergeant, Training Sergeant and Commander of the Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS).  The UAS program began in early 2017 as Mike built the team with a wide range of teammate talent.  Mike has an undergraduate degree in Public Relations and a master’s degree in Human Resource Management.

President’s Message – September 2017

President’s Message
Sherri Voigt, CGFM, CPA

Welcome to the 2018 Southern Wisconsin Association of Government Accountants program year!

We have lunch meetings scheduled for September and October. We will be filling in some audio conference dates to increase the number of CPE we can offer. We are using the feedback from the May training event to search out topics and speakers that were included in the comments. If you have any ideas that you have seen recently, please feel free to contact Education Chair Mary Laufenberg at

We are looking at some community service events that have a social component so people can get to know their government accountability peers. If you have ideas that would work for small groups, please send them in.

Take a look at the calendar of events and see what sessions you might be able to attend. We look forward to seeing you over the program year!




September 2017 Luncheon – Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Welcome Members and Non-Members to the New 2017-18 Program Year!

Wednesday, September 20
Lunch Meeting

TOPIC: Madison Metro Budget

SPEAKERS: Panel Discussion: Wayne Block, Jeff Daniels, Scott Kort

REGISTRATION:  11:30 a.m. LUNCH: 11:45 a.m.

COST:  $6 for Members, $12 for Non-Members

PLACE:  Rigby Pub and Grill, 119 East Main Street, Madison, WI 53703 


      • Rigby Burger – Aged Wisconsin cheddar cheese, onion rings, lettuce, and tomato on a brioche bun with house cut pub fries
      • California Grilled Chicken – Grilled chicken, chipotle mayo, avocado, pepper jack cheese, pickled red onion, and arugula with house cut pub fries
      • Mac n Cheese – RP pasta, aged Wisconsin cheddar sauce, tomato, red onion

RESERVATIONS:  Register below or contact Sherri Voigt by 1 p.m. on Friday, September 15, 2017 with your name, membership status, meal choice (and for carpooling information) at (608) 266-2814 or


If you are a new member and you are attending your first luncheon, it’s FREE! Please note this when making reservation.

This Month’s Speaker Panel – September 20, 2017

Madison Metro Budget

Wayne Block
Transit Finance Manager
9 years with City of Madison
Previous wok in private sector, so has a unique view of both private and public sector work.
Accounting degree from UW-Madison, CPA, Elijah Watt Sells Award Winner

Jeff Daniels
Transit Accountant 3 – supervises payroll, FMLA and procurement processes
6 years with City of Madison
Bachelor’s from UW-Madison in Accounting and Management

Scott Korth
Transit Accountant 3 – grant administration and procurement oversight
11 years with City of Madison; 17 years in Finance field
MBA from Cardinal Stritch University and Bachelor’s from UW-Whitewater in Finance

Employment Opportunity – LTE Accountant Senior

The Wisconsin Department of Revenue is seeking an LTE Accountant Senior.

The position will run from the end of June to the end of August to help out with some of the more routine day-to-day Accountant Senior work while other staff concentrate on the fiscal year-end closing tasks.

Experienced or retired accountants looking to work 24-40 hours per week for 2 months this summer are encouraged to apply,

Please send resumes by the end of the day Thursday, June 15th to:

Register On-Line for 40th Annual Symposium

You may use the following form to register for the AGA Southern Wisconsin Chapter Symposium if you will be sending a Purchase Order or will be paying by credit card through PayPal.  Please print the Registration Form  if you are planning to pay by check.

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