Welcome to the new 2016-2018 Golden West
Council term; and thanks to all the officers who have volunteered to assist and
We had a great Leadership Training Program in
Pleasanton this past May, and thanks to all who put it together.
Itís fascinating to realize that we are part
of a 70,000+ member organization that began in October 1919 - one that promotes
professional education, a nationally recognized certification program,
continuing education events like REST, and networking.
Thus, it is a distinct honor to lead the
Golden West Council and follow in the steps of those for whom I have so much
Iím loyal and grateful to this organization
because it made it possible for me to become a CMA in 1993. I credit the
organization, and especially my local chapter, with whatever business success
Iíve had from attaining that certification. I am convinced that I never would
have been able to move from being a VP in a ďnot for profitĒ environment to a
profit entity without it.
The CMA program differentiates us from other
accounting organizations. Itís a good reminder when we go back to our individual
chapters that Global wants us to use our Council resources to support and
encourage both the CMA program, and involvement with colleges and universities
through our student activity programs.
Looking back, a local chapter outreach worked
for me and several other accounting students. We were introduced to the IMA in
the late 1970s when an accounting professor from Cal State Hayward invited us to
attend several meetings. Each meeting included a discussion of current financial
and business trends, and gave tips on how to gain a competitive edge. We found
it exhilarating to be in the company of others who took professionalism
seriously and who wanted to intellectually challenge themselves.
Moving forward, I am excited about our Ė soon
to be upon us - Council meeting on Saturday August 27th, which will be a mix of
business and frivolity. We will meet at the Folktale Winery
in the beautiful Monterey/Carmel Peninsula. (Nicole Sheets has made all the
arrangements at this facility.) We will have a 2-hour business meeting and
discuss what other goals and objectives you want to see in the next two years,
and how we can best assist member chapters.
Afterwards, let the food and bubbly flow- all
for only ten dollars per person!!
Patricia J. Mayer
President Ė Golden West Council