Each year in early August the SCACPA board and chapter representatives come together to review the progress and plan for the future of your association. Last year we experienced “Columbia in August!” (thanks Charlie Redfern for this title) at Saluda Shoals. Last year I had the pleasure of working with our SCACPA staff to plan and execute the retreat in preparation for 2010. It is hard to believe that a year has already passed.
Our current President-Elect, Tim Baker, has selected the wonderful location of Beaufort, South Carolina for the 2010 Board Retreat, which has been titled “Let’s Get Crackin’!” I believe this title is largely credited to a meal in San Diego he can tell us all about. Of course, a picture says a thousand words…
Failure to plan is planning to fail. While we always attempt to have an enjoyable and memorable time, the primary focus is planning for SCACPA. We want to be certain that we evaluate the hard work that has taken place thus far and ensure that the efforts are well rewarded and worthy of continued emphasis. We want SCACPA’s CPE to be on the cutting edge, while avoiding the bleeding edge. We study our successes and shortfalls in the legislative arena. Our chapter progress and mutual goals are carefully considered as we hone our efforts to include all our members around the state. Our professional staff is strengthened as they get clear direction and understanding as to future expectations from the members.
While this can be a delightful time, it can also be exhausting. We have found, however, there is no mountain too high to climb, no river too harsh to negotiate and no challenge too intimidating to overcome. With the combined intangible resources of a wonderful set of board members, chapter leaders and officers, I have always left feeling that the CPA profession in South Carolina is in good hands. My confidence is high as I watch Tim Baker, Michael Putich and Sharon Mann lining up to pass the gavel. My confidence in looking forward is strengthened by the confidence of looking back at the hard work of Charlie Redfern, Sylvia Kitchens and Pat McDermott.
While I know that there are five more months left in 2010, I am ready to “Get Crackin’!” and prepare for years to come. Beaufort, South Carolina and 2011, here we come!
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