President's Message

Hi Everyone,


I hope everyone in the chapter is doing well!  The board would like to thank Jeff Davis for presenting at our April technical meeting.  That may have been our last technical meeting for this fiscal year.  We had planned on having the Finance Director from the Metro Parks present in May.  However, He is very busy this month.  So we are going to try and have him present in June or July.  Please stay tuned.  Based on the current state of the pandemic, the board is planning on having virtual meetings this coming year.  We feel that for technical meetings, the online format has worked very well and has increased our reach with new speakers and attendees.  The IMA has announced that we can plan in-person events after 8/1/2021.  My goal for our members is to schedule a decent social event in-person for August.  

I apologize for not having a technical meeting planned for May.  In May most years, the chapter would conduct an ethics based technical meeting.  During this pandemic the president of the Denver - Centennial Chapter and I have shared ideas with one another about how to lead our chapters during the pandemic.  The Denver chapter has invited us to attend their ethics technical meeting on May 20th.  This will be from 2:00pm - 4:00pm MT (So 4:00pm - 6:00pm our time.)  The title is "Psychology of Fraud", and will be presented by Rand Gambrell and the second one is "Catch Me If You Can", presented by Kelly Paxton.  I encourage you all to attend this presentation.  I have attended some of their events and they are put together really well!  

Finally, if any members of the chapter would like to hold a position on the chapter's board there are positions available.  For our younger members, this could provide an opportunity to gain some leadership experience to boost their resume.   Feel free to contact myself or any of the chapter's board members.

Jimmy Renz

Cleveland East President

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Hi Everyone,

I hope that everyone in the Cleveland East Community is healthy and safe.  The current conditions of the nation have impacted the chapter's ability to hold events.  All of us on the board were disappointed to cancel the technical meetings the last few months of last year.  The board met last week and we are going to be hosting all events via web base applications for the remainder of 2020.  We are all hoping that that science and other resources will bring the pandemic to a manageable state by the end of the year.  If that is the case, the chapter will consider moving back to in-person events.  I ask that all members keep an open mind regarding the virtual meetings.  The chapter is planning on a virtual technical meeting in September.  The exact details will be released on a later date.  We will also be hosting a virtual Happy Hour in August via Zoom.  This will give all of us an opportunity to catch up!  I look forward to seeing you all at this event!

Finally, if any members of the chapter would like to hold a position on the chapter's board there are positions available.  For our younger members, this could provide an opportunity to gain some leadership experience to boost their resume.   Feel free to contact myself or any of the Chapter's board members.

Jimmy Renz

Cleveland East President

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Hi Everyone,

I hope everyone in the chapter is doing well and staying safe!  We are quickly approaching the remaining holidays of the year!  Hopefully, you all had a great Thanksgiving.  The chapter just completed a successful Controller's Workshop.  I want thank everyone that helped make this a success.  This goes the board, presenters, and those who attended.  I was worried that a virtual workshop would not work.  However, I think that everything worked well and this platform will work for the coming months.  A big shout out to Sandy Brenner for coordinating this event!

On December 11th the chapter will be hosting an Ugly Christmas Party at 5pm.  This event will be hosted via Zoom.  We will try to have some kind of music and trivia.  Some prizes will be available.  I hope to see you all there! 

The Cleveland East Chapter will also be awarding a scholarship this year.  This will be the Ernest Brass III Memorial Scholarship and will be for $500.  Ernie had been an integral member of the chapter and an IMA for nearly 40 years.  Any Accounting students in the area should contact a board member for information of the application process.    To our chapter members, please pass this along to any students you may think would be interested.  

Finally, if any members of the chapter would like to hold a position on the chapter's board there are positions available.  For our younger members, this could provide an opportunity to gain some leadership experience to boost their resume.   Feel free to contact myself or any of the chapter's board members.

Jimmy Renz

Cleveland East President

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