How time flies, especially during these warm and sunny summer months. It always makes our summer more enjoyable when our beloved Red Sox are playing so well. I hope these summer months allow you to take some well-deserved vacation and spend time with your family and friends.
Last week I had the privilege to attend the AGA National Professional Development Training (PDT) in Orlando along with several other Chapter members. The PDT began with the National Board of Directors (NBD) meeting.
The NBD passed the new proposed AGA Governance Structure Model which will streamline the governing structure and gives more empowerment to the AGA Chapters.
We also heard from our incoming AGA National President, John Lynskey, whose theme will be “Giving Back to the Profession”. John has established the following goals:
Promote & expand CGFM education with colleges & universities to generate:
Excitement about careers in public service Interest in CGFM & Membership in AGA
Raise awareness of the value of Citizen-Centric Reporting (CCR) as an electronic portal to an agency
Successfully transition AGA to the modernized governance structure that was approved at the NBD meeting
Our Boston Chapter will look forward to supporting John’s mission.
As always, the event was well-attended, and the PDT 2018 Technical Committee did an outstanding job in putting together a diversified program with awesome speakers. FYI, the following Boston Chapter members served on that Committee: Bill Bell, Suzanne Bump, Ben Howe, Dave LeBlanc. I especially enjoyed the plenary sessions where I got to hear some great motivational speakers talk about “less stress and more success”, “leadership & situational challenges”, “how to create a culture of innovation”, and “leading amidst uncertainty’. They were all very inspirational.
In addition, I took great pride in watching our Immediate Past President, Bill Bell, accept the Chapter Accountability & Transparency Award along with a Chapter Recognition Program “Platinum” award. Our past Director of Community Service, Jane Gustowski, who volunteered to serve on the Orlando PDT Host Committee, accepted the Chapter Community Service Award.
On August 15th, the CEC & Education Committees will conduct face-to-face meetings to refine our goals & initiatives for the year. I encourage you to contact your CEC & Committee members for any ideas that you may have. For example, I was contacted by a Chapter member back in June and he suggested the following topic for a future training event, “What is Sub Recipient Monitoring?” and “How do you Do It”? This was forwarded to the Education Committee and they plan to include this as a topic for our May 2019 PDT at Bentley. Your Chapter leadership is here to serve your needs.
So, what’s ahead for our Chapter in the next few months? We have our Chapter on-line training program replays (October 2017 Fall Fraud Seminar; January 2018 Winter Seminar) scheduled for several August & September dates. On September 14th, we will hold our Golf Tournament scramble at Ponkapoag Golf Course. On October 11th, there is our annual “Many Faces of Fraud” at Lombardo’s in Randolph. Please go to our Chapter webpage (http: //www.agaboston.org/) where you can obtain further details and get the latest information on what is happening in the Chapter.
In closing, I look forward to your continued support of our wonderful Boston Chapter and feel free to contact me at any time.