As 2011 came to a close, the author had the occasion to scan the calendar and confirm that the year was his busiest in terms of travel since the recession began. In all, he visited 12 chapters, attended 2 multi-chapter events, and made another 15 out-of-town trips on TEI's behalf. In January 2011, the Santa Clara Valley Chapter teamed with Stanford University and other organizations to sponsor the inaugural Pacific Rim Tax Institute. In May, Region V and VI held an outstanding joint liaison meeting with representatives of the IRS's Large Business & International Division. Also in May, Jeff Rasmussen of TEI's legal staff celebrated his 20th anniversary with the Institute, and in recognition of his sustained contributions to their advocacy program and other activities, Rasmussen was promoted to Senior Tax Counsel, effective July 1.
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