With the start of the school year and heading back to work after our summer vacations, it always seems to me there is a new zest for getting things done. Maybe it's staring into the face of the last quarter of the year or just our childhood memories of starting a new grade with new opportunities; but whatever the reason, I personally seize upon this energy as best as I can and apply it wherever I can---and this includes NYSICA!
We are putting together final plans for the last few months of 2013. Unfortunately, even though we pride ourselves on being good risk managers, we cannot plan for every contingency. Our scheduled presentation for September will have to be postponed until October 31st but I assure you all that it will be worth the wait. We have the great pleasure of Nonie Manion from NYS Department of Taxation and Finance speak to us. Nonie recently won the Federation of Tax Administrators National Leadership Award, and she will share her insights on leadership and setting the right tone--a basic premise of internal controls, as we all know.
In November, we are joining with the NYC chapter of the AGA to hold a joint "mini" conference. Details are still being worked out, but I am sure that NYSICA's first-ever NYC presentation will be a huge success. Be on the lookout for next month's newsletter for more information on this as well as what you can expect from NYSICA in 2014.
In the meantime, there are several projects that the Board has undertaken for the term ending April 2014. We are all excited about upgrading our website to a greater level of efficiency and effectiveness, as well as reviewing and rereleasing presentations from past NYSICA events. Our excitement is only dampened by the lack of time we have to dedicate to these efforts. And here's where new opportunities for you might exist! NYSICA needs a few people who are willing to work with the Board on upgrading and maintaining NYSICA's website (HTML language preferred, but any web experience would be helpful) and reviewing a selection of presentations that are maintained in the NYSICA membership library. Even an hour of your time could help tremendously.
Finally, as you my know NYSICA Board member and newsletter coordinator, Mallory Cail, gave birth to two beautiful boys earlier in the year. Mallory is back at work part time, but as you can imagine raising twins and having a career is quite a lot to manage. Sadly, Mallory had to resign her position on the Board, and we will all miss her enthusiasm and good-old common sense. We wish her the best and know that we will see her at many of our upcoming events. But Mallory's departure from the Board leaves us down a set of hands. If anyone is interested in completing Mallory's term through April 2014 and/or taking charge of NYSICA's newsletter preparation and distribution, or if you're interested in assisting with the website or membership library, please free to contact me. Contact information is located on the NYSICA website.
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