President’s Message – October 2023

We have been a little slow out of the gate this fall, but we are starting to line up some webinars and arranging the Symposium speakers.

In the meantime, here are some AGA National training events (FREE to members)

11/16 Technology & Transformation Summit (5 CPEs)

Free to members, both in person and virtually

To find out more and/or to register, click here or copy & paste the address in your browser window

12/6 members only webinarOn to Live: Overcoming Challenges with Courage, Kindness and Community

December 6 | 2:00–3:15 PM ET | 1.5 CPEs | FOS: PD

To find out more and/or to register, click here or copy & paste the address in your browser window

I am including some training events from other chapters with virtual opportunities

*2023 Utah AGA Fall Conference Wednesday, November 15-Thursday, November 16

16 CPEs – $175 members

*28th Annual Commonwealth of Virginia Professional Development Training

December 7-8; registration opens soon; 16 CPE; $320 virtual/$270 in person (members)

*MD Chapter Certified Fraud Examiners

      November 15, 4 CPEs, 7 a.m.-11 a.m. central time, only $25!!!!

      Deadline is Tuesday, October 31, at midnight

Looking for a change? Here are some job announcements to check out:

Treasury Services Journey or Senior Accountant – State Controller’s Office

Deadline 10/26/23       There is still time to apply!

Accountant – Financial Reporting and Budget – UWSA 

Deadline 11/12/23

Thank you,

Sherri Voigt

President’s Message – March 2023

Sherri Voigt, CGFM, CPA

Happy March! I love March since it is official CGFM month! Featured are the proclamations from Governor Evers and Madison Mayor, Satya Rhodes-Conway. I would like to give a “shout out” to board member Andrew Stovich, CGFM, CPA for contacting their offices to get the proclamations this year.

We will have the brochure and registration set up for the Symposium soon. This in-person session will be held at Union South on Wednesday, May 10. We are partnering with CLA and they have helped us pick out a list of topics so we can provide 7 CPE. The topic list is:

  • Accountability in the Workplace
  • GASB Updates and Impacts
  • Pensions and the Current State of the Economy
  • Effective Risk Assessment and Audit Planning
  • Common Errors in Governmental Reporting
  • Cybersecurity Risks and Controls

I hope to see many of you there!

The National AGA office is offering a free members only webinar on April 5, A State of Flux – Shake Up Within Our Profession! This session runs 1-2:15 central time and is 1.5 CPE. If you haven’t registered yet, there is still time! They are also offering a free members only webinar on June 7, but the topic has not been announced yet. This session is also 1.5 CPE. I hope you are able to take advantage of this great membership benefit.

It is membership renewal season! It is also CGFM renewal time. I am sure you are aware and getting emails from the AGA National office. This year, they have added the option to select auto-renewal.


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President’s Message – November 2022

Sherri Voigt, CGFM, CPA

Welcome to the new AGA Southern Wisconsin program year!

We are off to a bit of a late start, but our first chapter webinar is coming up November 10, Cybersecurity and Supply Chain Risk Management.

We have also included some upcoming CPE events from AGA National and other chapters. Please take a look at the information for the 2022 Technology & Transformation Summit (page 3)… This is 8 CPE and is free to members!!! If you can’t attend the full day, you can still get credit for the sessions you do attend. This is a great part of your membership value!

The chapter board spent time in September and October discussing what we could for new AGA members. Historically, we offered a free lunch meeting. Since those are no longer part of the event rotation, we brainstormed and came up with a few ideas. The result was a vote to give new members $20 off the registration fee for the Annual Symposium. This also helps with members who are outside the Madison area and could not reasonably attend the lunch meetings. We will do a look-back to all members with an original join date of January 1, 2022 or later. I will be reaching out to that list of people over the next month or two to let them know, and I will also do an outreach as the Symposium agenda is finalized. [Note: Be sure to save the date: Wednesday, May 10, 2023]

AGA National has created Google accounts for chapters so we can better handle surveys. We will be sending out a member survey very soon to get feedback on what you would like to see the chapter doing, including the ever-present request for training topics and speakers. This year, we will be offering an optional drawing for a $25 Amazon gift card for completing the survey by the deadline. We look forward to the information so we can use it in planning chapter activities.


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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 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 ([email protected]).


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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!

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President’s Message – March 2021

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

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

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!

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 . (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.


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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 [email protected]. Even if it is just a partial idea, she can often locate a speaker to handle the subject area.


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.