A message from David B Torchinsky, President, AAA-CPA
It's hard to believe that we are about to end another year. During this holiday season, I wish you and your families much happiness, health and peace, and thank you for your continued support of the AAA-CPA.
As we enter into 2012, I hope you'll join with me in our commitment to three things. I ask each of you to commit to participating and helping our association grow by making a resolution to do three things. These can be anything from joining us at one of our upcoming regional meetings (January in San Diego or Annapolis in April); becoming a moderator of a study group; submitting an article to the newsletter, joining a committee, becoming a mentor to our new members, attending a local chapter meeting or our annual meeting, being held in Seattle in July. There are endless opportunities for you to take full advantage of your membership, and I hope that you are up for the challenge!
I look forward to meeting you in the New Year, and if you have any questions or comments about the association, please feel free to email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
AAA-CPA office holiday closures
We wish all of our members a wonderful holiday season. In order for our staff to spend time with their families during the holiday, please note the AAA-CPA offices will be closing at noon on Dec. 23 and Dec. 30. Our offices will be closed on Dec. 26 and Jan. 2. Our staff will be teleworking the week between Christmas and New Year's. Have a wonderful holiday, and best wishes for a fantastic 2012!
The AAA-CPA Western Regional Education Conference- reserve your place today!
Jan. 20-22, 2012, the AAA-CPA will be in San Diego at the beautiful Rancho Bernardo Inn Golf Resort and Spa. Space is limited so don't miss out. The AAA-CPA has reserved a block of rooms at fantastic discount of only $205.00 single/double including resort fee plus applicable taxes. The resort fee includes toll-free and credit card calls, in-room high speed internet access, fitness center, in-room coffee, daily newspaper and self parking. The rooms are only available until Jan. 6, 2012, so you need to call now to reserve your place. Call the resort at (800) 542-6096. Please mention that you are with the American Association of Attorney-CPAs to ensure you get the discounted room rate.
For more details about the conference and to register, click here.
AAA-CPA launches online education portal
We are pleased to announce that we have launched our new online education portal. This portal will be the go-to place for all education of the association. We will be offering past study group sessions and education programs from our national meetings. Currently, there are study groups up from the 2009-2010 and 2010-2011 year. We will have all other programs, including education from the fall meeting, up by January 2012. We hope you'll take a peak, login and set up an account. This portal is available to members and nonmembers. Questions on this new portal should be sent to email@example.com. To access the portal, please click here.
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