President’s Message – March 2022

Sherri Voigt, CGFM, CPA

Happy CGFM month!!!! If you have ever considered the Certified Government Financial Manager certification, this is a great time to apply. There is a special running through March 31 that will give you one free exam voucher, a $125 value. Visit https://www.agacgfm.org/exampromo for details and to start the process. We have received CGFM Month proclamations from the governor and City of Madison mayor. These are included on pages 5 & 6 of the newsletter.

The Symposium speakers are confirmed and we are just working out some last details on titles and agenda times so the full information can be posted/sent out. I hope to see many of you out there on Wednesday, May 11. Union South surprised us a little this year by moving up the dates for meal and chair counts by a week. Please note that registration cuts off Tuesday, April 26. You can register via email or on our website (soon) and be invoiced later.

We have set up a webinar on Wednesday, April 20. Kinney Poynter, CPA, NASACT Executive Director, will be speaking on “State and Local Government Emerging Issues”. This will be worth 2 CPE.

AGA National has changed our logo for the organization and the CGFM certification. Also, our name has been shortened to “just” AGA. See all the details in this month’s Footnotes.

We have started planning for the fall and have a fraud speaker lined up for a 2 CPE webinar on August 23. If you have any topics you would like to see offered as a webinar, please let us know. Education chair Mary Laufenberg is great at finding speakers and building on your ideas (maryendres6998@gmail.com).

Sherri  

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President’s Message – October 2021

Sherri Voigt, CGFM, CPA

The Chapter is off to a slow start this year, but we are actively looking for topics that might work for chapter webinars (to replace lunch meetings until such time as those might be safe again). A couple people did send in ideas and we are looking to slot those in over the winter months. If you have ideas, pleases feel free to send topics/speakers/ideas to Mary Laufenberg . The same goes for any suggestions for the annual symposium (which is currently on track for in person attendance at Union South).

We have one chapter-sponsored event lined up next week, an Ethics webinar. See page 6 for two other opportunities: The Technical Services Summit is free for AGA members! And the New York Capital Chapter is opening up their annual Fraud Conference to other chapters. Here are some great ways to get in some inexpensive CPE!

Sherri
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President’s Message – March 2021

It has been a strange year indeed. I miss seeing everyone at lunch meetings and
webinars.

In the meantime, the chapter board is working to adapt to the current environment.
With the second year of our annual Symposium being cancelled at Union South, we
are branching out into the virtual world. This year will be all virtual! On the plus side,
the software will handle session check-in, polls to track attendance, and will even
issue the CPE certificates after the data is reviewed.

I want to wish all the Certified Government Financial Managers (CGFMs) in our
chapter a very happy CGFM month! We have 23 CGFM or CGFM-Retired
members.

We have two webinars coming up. See below for the dates and content. Also, AGA
National has a free Members Only webinar on March 17 for 1.5 CPE: Resiliency:
Your Mindset, Your Mission and Your Triumph. Take advantage of the great
membership benefit! https://www.agacgfm.org/Webinars/2020-2021-
Webinars/March-Members-Only-Webinar.aspx

And speaking of membership benefits, it is renewal season. I’m sure AGA National
has been in touch…

Sherri Voigt, CGFM, CPA
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President’s Message – March 2020

Sherri Voigt, CGFM, CPA

Happy CGFM Month to everyone! The Certified Government Financial Manager certification is now celebrating its 26th year. March is CGFM month, and we have proclamations from the Governor of Wisconsin and the City of Madison Mayor.

The chapter is offering two “audio conference” sessions through AGA National. March 25 is a session on Cybersecurity-Mitigating Threats and Hacks. This is an ongoing issue for government and individuals alike. April 8 is a session on Ethics. This topic area is of such importance that the chapter offers it for free to all government accountability professionals.

AGA National also has a free webinar on March 18 from 12-1:50 CT, for 2 CPE. This time, it is being opened up to both members and nonmembers! Register on-line at AGA Annual Women’s Leadership Webinar.

The Annual Spring Symposium is in the final planning stages…brochures will be available soon. For the quickest notice of this, or any other training, consider subscribing at our website https://aga-wis.org/?page_id=30 . (Note: This would only send notices as something changes on the site and the e-mail information is not used for any other reason.)

The chapter is exploring some new webinar capabilities for next fall so CPE can be awarded from the comfort of your own desk. Stay tuned… And if you have any topic or speaker suggestions, we are always looking! Contact me or Education Chair Mary Laufenberg any time. The goal is to be able to increase CPE offerings in the next program year to assist CGFMs and CPAs with their continuing education requirements.

Sherri

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P.S. It is renewal season…Membership and CGFM renewals are due by March 31

President’s Message – January 2020

Sherri Voigt, CGFM CPA

We have two training opportunities in January. I look forward to seeing you out there…

The annual tax update is always interesting; feel free to share with friends and family.

We are in the final planning stages for the May Symposium. There are only a couple time slots left to fill. If you have any ideas of topics or speakers, please feel free to send the “tips” to Education Chair Mary Laufenberg at maryendres6998@gmail.com. Even if it is just a partial idea, she can often locate a speaker to handle the subject area.

Sherri
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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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