Members and Friends of IMA's Mt. Rainier Chapter:October, 2021:Our September 27 event on Washington State's new Long-Term Care Services & Supports Trust Act (the WA Cares program) was well attended and gave us an overview of what to expect. The two presenters from the State were excellent (Kelly Lindseth and April Amundson) in outlining how the program will work and also touching on some of the unresolved issues that still need to be worked out. Our joint November 16 event (with AFWA) features another state employee: Dr. Stephen Lerch, Executive Director &Chief Economist for The Washington State Economic & Revenue Forecast Council will present the Washington State Economic and Revenue Outlook. I understand that our state currently runs a surplus, but will that continue? If you register and attend the event on the 16th, you will get a better picture of how our state is doing, at least financially! We are working on a charitable service event for early December. Specifically, we are considering cooking breakfast at the Tacoma Rescue Mission on Saturday, Dec. 4, but stay put for more information about this.
Happy New Year, everybody! We will continue our events programming in collaboration with the local chapter of AFWA (Accounting & Finance Women's Alliance), and we have some interesting events planned for the next few months. We need to continue with the online format for now, using the Zoom platform. When we switched to online programming in the summer, our events have shown better attendance. It is, of course, cheaper and more convenient to sit at home and participate, while what we miss is some of the social interaction that is valuable for us humans, too! Past Covid-19, it is likely that we will aim to provide a mixture of online and in-person events. One benefit of the online format is that both presenters and attendees can be located anywhere. For example, the economist who presented the economic forecast for us in November, was sitting at her home office in Charlotte, NC. In essence, the online format can really broaden our potential selection of presenters.
Our first event is coming up in early January. On the 11th, our true and trusted Shawn Mattingly (CPA at Weinand & Associates) will dazzle us with the annual "Fast and Fabulous" tax update.
In April we will offer a 4-hour event with a 2-hour ethics component plus a 2-hour briefing on cybercurrencies and related issues. Please watch for e-mail broadcasts or check the events section on this website for more information and how to register for these events.
Stay healthy and sane, all!
September, 2020:I hope you are enjoying our "Indian Summer", despite the home-office work situation for most of us. I have 70 students this semester, but have yet to meet any of them in person. They are all online, mostly sitting at home somewhere in one of the Western states. Teaching accounting and international business remotely is a new experience, and I'm trying to do my best to ensure that my students get the most out of it. We are offering two online events this fall: October 7th and November 16th. Please check the events section for more details. The October event is career and workplace focused and features a panel of four participants, while the November event will provide us an update on the national and regional economy, including a forecast. Both events qualify for CPE hours. Here is information about the virtual IMA Student Leadership Conference on November 13: https://www.imastudentconference.org/For students, it is an extremely good deal: Free for student members and only $20 for student non-members. The Mt. Rainier chapter will sponsor the fee for non-member students, so it will be free for them, too. I encourage fellow accounting faculty to grant extra credit to students who attend this conference packed with content and great speakers. I continue to encourage you to take a look at the frequent webinars offered by IMA centrally: https://www.imanet.org/education-center/webinars?ssopc=1June, 2020:I hope you are staying healthy and safe. Your local chapter board, in collaboration with AFWA, are planning an online event towards the middle of June. We will e-mail you more about that later this week.We have started the planning of our programs for the 2020-21 season, so hopefully things will be back to more normal conditions soon. Meanwhile, the IMA central organization is offering free webinars (with CPE credits) for its members. These webinars are held almost on a weekly basis. Here is a link to their current offerings: https://www.imanet.org/education-center/webinars?ssopc=1As you can see, over the next few weeks the following sessions are offered:
I hope you might be interested in joining one or more of them. January, 2020:
Happy New Decade to everybody! Both our December and January joint IMA/AFWA meetings were quite successful, with good networking, conversations, and very engaging speakers. In December, Curt Rosengren gave us some hints on how to become less perfectionist, and Shawn Mattingly briefed us on what's new and different in tax during our January meeting. She compressed a four hour presentation into an hour and a half, so it was satisfyingly intense! There are three upcoming items to keep in mind:February 13: We are volunteering at a food bank in Puyallup in the afternoon of Thursday the 13th. Please see the column on the right for more info and to register.February 27-29: IMA's REST conference in Reno, which will provide you with 22 CPE hours. You may want to apply for a scholarship to cover the $500 registration fee. Information about the conference here: http://rest-ima.org/ If you are interested in applying for the scholarship (application deadline February 1), please use and submit this form: IMA_REST_Scholarship_2020.docx April 25: We are again working on the program for a four hour Saturday morning session at the University of Puget Sound. Two hours will cover the annual ethics requirement. Please reserve that morning (yes, it is a Saturday, but many people found that to be advantageous last April) and look for more information to be posted here or e-mailed to you. For those of you involved in tax preparation and end-of-year closures, stay strong! Sincerely,Andreas Udbye, Ph.D., MBAUniversity of Puget Soundinfo@mtrainierima.com
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