ASSOCIATION of GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTANTS
THE BOTTOM LINE
INLAND EMPIRE OF CALIFORNIA CHAPTER
Vol. XXXXI Number1 September 2004
PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE membership, both as individuals and as a chapter. I want to
know what the membership needs are and provide for those
Bobbi Albano needs. I want to provide 25 CPE units this year and reach
September 2004 the outlying communities with the opportunity to receive these
CPE units. I want to provide information about AGA
F irst of all, I would like to welcome all the new and
continuing members of the CEC Board: Past President –
membership personally to Cities, colleges and universities.
Finally, I want to recognize those who have worked the
hardest in service to this AGA Chapter. We have an
outstanding team this year and I feel that these goals can and
Rose Ann Trujillo, President-Elect – Allison Edmisten, will be met. I look forward to seeing all of you in September!
Treasurer – Dawn Peterson, Secretary – Christina Havens,
Membership Chair – David Bobbitt, Newsletter Chair –
Rhonda Neill, Employment Chair – Al Gonzales, Awards
Chair – Pat Maitre, Community Service Chair – Vicki Dela
Cruz, CGFM Coordinator – Nancy Clarke, Reservations Chair
– Linda Kjeldgaard, Regional Vice President – Daniel Cabet,
Webmaster – Diane Hernandez, Historian – Evelyn Bobbitt,
Community Outreach Co-Chair – Babbie Bhasin, Community
Outreach Co-Chair – Cindy Mendez-Hurtado, and finally, our
Auditor – Mozafar Sharifi.
I would also like to thank the outgoing members for their hard
work in paving the way for this next term. You all did a fine
job and I feel confident that with your help and mentoring, this
next year will be a success for all!
For those of you who are new, I hope this year will be exciting
and educational; for those of you who are continuing
members, I thank you for staying on board with the
Association of Government Accountants, for you are the
backbone of the organization. With the fresh, new ideas from
the new members, coupled with the experience and
knowledge of the continuing members, this year will be
A little information about myself; I work for the Department of GASB Half-Day Seminar
Public Works as a Staff Analyst I. I am currently in school Monday, October 18, 2004
finishing up my Bachelor of Arts Degree in Public 7:30 am to Noon
Administration. I have been a member of AGA since 2000, San Bernardino Hilton
making me one of your “newer” members. I have found that Speaker: Mr. James Fountain Jr, CPA, CMA, CGFM
membership in this organization has opened doors and Cost: $49-Members; $79 Non-members
created opportunities that I otherwise would not have had. I Continental Breakfast Included
am grateful that I have been elected President and truly hope Earn 4 hours CPE
that I will not let any of you down. Your comments are always Deadline for registering is October 4, 2004
welcome, and of course, your help is always appreciated! Please see attached flyer and registration form for more
details or contact Bobbi Albano (909) 387-8237 or Christina
This leads me to this year’s Chapter Goals. My goal, as Havens (909)885-7980 x369 for more information.
Chapter President, is to promote the growth of the
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Interim County Administrative Officer
Mark is a native resident of San Bernardino, and is currently the Interim County Administrative Officer for San Bernardino
County. Prior to his appointment as Interim CAO, Mark was the Director for Arrowhead Regional Medical Center. He
began his career at the County Hospital in 1973, and then worked in the private hospital sector, both at the not-for-profit
and proprietary level.
He holds an undergraduate degree in Business and Management from the University of Redlands, and a Masters Degree
in Health Care Administration from Chapman University. He also is licensed in the State of California as a Respiratory
Mark currently resides in Highland with his wife and children.
SEPTEMBER MEETING Rose Ann encouraged all members to visit the updated
SPEAKER: Mark Uffer, Interim County Inland Empire AGA website which was redesigned by
Administrative Officer, San Bernardino Diane Hernandez.
Bobbi Albano announced the speaker, Virginia Adams,
DATE: September 8, 2004 (Wednesday) Assistant to the CAO for the County of San Bernardino.
Virginia has worked for the CAO's office for more than 9
TIME: 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. years and will discuss the topic of "Ethics." Virginia has
set a record by having 3 CAO's in less than one week.
TOPIC: Customer Service
Ethics is a standard code of conduct and some ethics
COST: $17 Members are universal. Ethics is comprised of honesty, integrity,
$25 Non-Members caring, respect, fairness, trustworthy, pursuit of
excellence, accountability and truthfulness. Doing the
MENU: American Buffet right thing is not always the easiest decision; it takes a
lot of discipline.
LOCATION: San Bernardino Hilton
As far as ethics related to local governments, we (local
government employees) need to preserve public trust
DEADLINE: Reservations are due by Friday,
and set an ethical tone. We need to lead by example
September 3rd, 5:00 P.M.
and not cover up for employees that are doing wrong.
Another example is to not abuse email at work.
Please call Linda Kjeldgaard at (909) 383-9627 or e-mail
MONTHLY MEETING MINUTES
Wednesday, May 12, 2004
Virginia has worked as an Assistant to 5 CAO's directly
and 3 indirectly. There has been discussion of
Rose Ann opened the meeting and began raffling off
corruption within the County organization. The
prizes. Some of the prizes were Magic Mountain tickets,
individuals who were responsible for the corruption were
free dinners to various restaurants, free haircuts,
not concerned with the long-term ramifications. The
Pharaoh's Lost Kingdom tickets and gift baskets.
costs of corruption have been great. When the County
loses long term employees they are also losing the
Rose Ann noted that this is the last meeting of this fiscal
history and knowledge that these employees have which
year. There will be a reception on June 2 from 6-9 p.m.
can lead to a decrease in productivity.
at the Hilton for the Cal State San Bernardino Alumni.
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In order to help implement better ethics the County has added 20 new members this year. The Chapter
developed a Procurement Manual. In April 2000 a Executive Committee was presented with AGA portfolios
Waste, Fraud and Abuse Hotline was established. To and thank you cards. Rose Ann was presented with a
date the hotline has received more than 500 calls. Also, briefcase. The new Chapter Board Members are as
the County implemented an enhanced pre-employment follows: Bobbi Albano (President), Allison Edmisten
background check. In 2001 the DAC (Debt Advisory (President Elect), Christina Havens (Secretary), Dawn
Committee) was formed which monitors outstanding Peterson (Treasurer) and Rose Ann Trujillo (Immediate
County debt. The committee is made up of the CAO, Past-President).
Auditor-Controller, Treasurer/Tax Collector and other
Virginia urged everyone to think about the long-term
consequences before an important decision is made.
Bobbi thanked Virginia for speaking at our meeting and
presented her with an AGA mug.
The door prize, an AGA T-shirt was awarded to Janet
Chen from MSS.
Paul Vicknair was presented with the member of the
month certificate. David Bobbitt was presented with the
member of the year award. The remaining prizes were
raffled off and the meeting was adjourned. Rose Ann
reminded everyone the next meeting would be in
Rose Ann thanked everyone for participating in the sale
of the raffle tickets. A $500 scholarship was awarded to
Bhawinder Kaur Bhasin (Babbie) from Chaffey College.
Vicki De La Cruz awarded the charitable donation to
Make a Wish Foundation. Roxanne Olivas from the
Make a Wish Foundation accepted the award and gave
a brief overview of the organization. The organization
covers San Bernardino and Riverside counties. Make a CAREER ARTICLE
Wish plans to grant over 100 wishes this fiscal year.
The organization is made up of a team of 2 full time staff Is Your Resume Lost in the Great Internet Void?
with 30 volunteers. To date there are 113 individuals on
the waiting list for a wish. The most elaborate wish With the advent of email and online job services, job
granted was to send a family to Jerusalem so the child hunting suddenly became much easier. Or did it?
could ask for a miracle. Roxanne thanked AGA for the Sometimes it’s hard to know if your resume is actually
contribution. reaching someone’s desk—or is lost somewhere in the
great void of cyberspace.
If you want to be sure that your resume is being seen by
a real person who can offer you a real job, here are
three rules to get stronger response.
Use the Right Key Words
More than ever, resumes are stored in a database and
Rose Ann thanked the AGA Board Members for all their queried for key words to indicate candidate match. If
help and support. She reminded the members that we you aren’t using the right words to describe your
are the largest chapter in Southern California. We employment experiences, then your resume might be
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rejected before it’s ever seen. Review key words your
resume uses to: They connect to corporate bottom-line objectives.
How can you help them save time, save money,
Describe your dream job. Do your qualifications match increase their profit margin, improve sales, or increase
the job description? Look closely at areas listing your revenue?
technical skills, job responsibilities and core
competencies. While the Internet is still a great tool for job seekers to
connect quickly with employers, take steps to insure
Attract your desired industry. Are you using industry your resume won’t get lost in the void. Before you send
buzzwords? In other words, does your resume talk their your resume off to the Great Cyber Beyond, use these
talk? three tips to make sure your resume gets the attention it
Attract your occupational field. Do the phrases you ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
use prove your level of experience in your field? Deborah Walker, CCMC
Resume Writer ~ Career Coach
Use the Correct Electronic Version To see resume format samples and read more job-
search tips visit www.AlphaAdvantage.com
If your resume can’t be opened as an attachment, then it Email: Deb@AlphaAdvantage.com
can’t be seen. Because of the threat of computer
viruses many companies only accept resumes through
their own online forms which ask you to cut and paste
(rather than attach) your resume. Make sure you are
sending your resume in a format that will work for the
If a resume attachment is requested: Save your
resume as a Word document (.doc or .rtf). This is the MEMBER OF THE MONTH
standard most companies use, and it should retain the
formatting that you used for your resume. But just in
case they use a different word processing program than BIOGRAPHY: Pat Sharrit
yours, you should still avoid using too many fancy It is a coincidence that our speaker this month is going
formatting options, such as columns, boxes and tables. to be talking about “customer service” because our
Member of the Month, Pat Sharrit, is also concerned
If an email or online form is used: Use ASCII, plain with giving good customer service. She values the way
text, or text only. This removes formatting, but the her employees demonstrate this concept of treating
information is preserved. Be sure to review your resume people with respect and dignity. And likewise, I’ve heard
before sending it so that it is still easy to read and user it said that Pat is a down-to-earth, personable and
friendly. intelligent person who is nice to work for. She say’s the
best thing about her current job is working with all the
Differentiate Your Resume from the Crowd strong, professional people at the Auditor/Controller and
that she is very proud to be a part of the Department.
There are dozens of fast food restaurants that sell
hamburgers and fries. How do you choose which one Pat has been a member of AGA since 1987. Speakers
you want? Chances are, one of those restaurants has a she enjoys are the income tax update speaker and the
differentiating edge, something that you like better than fraud speakers – I think most would agree with Ms.
all the others. The job market is the same way; it’s Sharrit that those are the most interesting.
flooded with choices, so you have to make your resume
stand out from all the competition. What I found most refreshing about Ms. Sharrit was her
candidness. She begins her educational background
The best way to differentiate your resume from others is with a story of a high-school drop-out and a teenage
with accomplishments. And those accomplishments mother, then goes on to say how she was fortunate
really stand out when: enough to be at home with her daughter in her
daughters formative years. She went back to school to
They are measurable. Can you define how much you finish her high school diploma, then begin a course of
accomplished in dollars saved, contracts won, or percent study which would lead her to be an accountant. She
changed? finished her AA at Valley College, then her BA in
business (accounting concentration) at Cal State San
They support your transferable skills. Can your skills Bernardino, then continued to complete her Masters
be used by this company, even if your job experience is Degree. She did this all while she was working for the
in a different industry? What skills will transfer from one County of San Bernardino. I found this to be an inspiring
job to another? story. While mom has made very well for herself, she
instilled such values in her children that her daughter is
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now a Veterinarian near Manhattan Beach and her son, Interest (105) $ .33
born one year and one day after her daughter, is in his Fundraising Income (107) $ 180.00
final year of Medical school in Madison, Wisconsin.
Total Receipts: $1,323.33
Perhaps it was her intrinsic instinct to not appoint Expenditures:
anyone as her “hero” that has contributed to her Meals (201) $1,005.00
success. For Pat never had a childhood hero and CEC Lunches (214) $ 129.50
always believed that she could do whatever was put in Total Expenditures: $1,134.50
front of her without too much difficulty. She receives the Ending Balance: $7,248.76
periodic insight from co-workers and is quite thankful to
have those people in her life. May 2004
Beginning Balance: $7,248.76
On Pat’s “life’s-to-do” list remains “I must go to Receipts:
Antarctica and fly in a hot air balloon, not at the same
time”! Luncheon Meetings (102) $1,270.00
Interest (105) $ .34
This was certainly a delightful biography to write and I Fundraising Income (107) $ 500.00
certainly hope the readers will be equally delighted in Total Receipts: $1,770.34
reading. Congratulations Pat! Expenditures:
Meals (201) $1,140.00
Fundraising Expense (202) $ 200.00
Scholarships (203) $ 500.00
Gifts (207) $ 10.84
Charitable Contributions (211) $ 500.00
General Supplies (212) $ 3.22
WELCOME NEW MEMBERS
PDC Conferences (213) $ 1,775.00
Please give a warm welcome to the following new
members: CEC Lunches (214) $ 205.00
Total Expenditures: $ 4,334.06
Tony Bellanca – Retired Ending Balance: $ 4,685.04
Javier Carcamo – San Bernardino County Auditor June 2004
Controller Recorder Beginning Balance: $4,685.04
Tony Carrillo Luncheon Meetings (102) $ 32.00
Chapter Dues (103) $ 834.00
Maryln Catalon - San Bernardino County Auditor Interest (105) $ .26
Total Receipts: $ 866.26
Marion Haberkorn - San Bernardino County Auditor Expenditures:
Controller Recorder Meals (201) $ 300.00
Officer & Committee Gifts (205) $ 107.74
Diane Hernandez - San Bernardino County Auditor CEC Lunches (214) $( 25.00)
Controller Recorder Checking Account Fees (215) $ 25.00
Eduardo Ilarraza – Student Total Expenditures: $ 407.74
Ending Balance: $ 5,143.56
Erica Jennings - San Bernardino County Auditor
Donna Vickers – San Bernardino County – County
FINANCIALS AGA HOME PAGE
April 2004 http://www.agacgfm.org National Website
Beginning Balance: $7,059.93 www.aga-ie.org Chapter Website
Receipts: Additional Resources
Conferences & Seminars (101) $ 99.00 Also, look under “Government Financial Management
Luncheon Meetings (102) $1,044.00 Resources” on the Internet. This section has links to most
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of the accounting organizations, standards setting bodies Sr. Admin Analyst
and federal agencies. UCR
Also: $3,766 - $5,266 per month
Check out these websites www.humanresources.ucr.edu/static/menus/careers/
http://www.govexec.com/ Deadline: Open Until Filled
http://www.csac.counties.org/ MEMBER NEWS
http://www.governing.com Craig Hughes was promoted to Cash
Manager/Investment Officer for San Bernardino County
EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES Treasurer Tax Collector
Hee Owens has been promoted to Accountant II at San
Bernardino County Child Support Services
My Nguyen has been promoted to Supervising
Check the County of San Bernardino Website for more Accountant II at San Bernardino County Treasurer Tax
information on all positions, and more. Collector
Mike O’Kelly has been promoted to Treasurer - Tax
HUMAN RESOURCES DEPARTMENT Collector Finance Officer at San Bernardino County
157 WEST FIFTH STREET, FIRST FLOOR Treasurer Tax Collector
SAN BERNARDINO, CA 92415-0440
(909) 387-8304 TDD (909) 387-6091 FAX (909) 387- Marty Williams is retiring from San Bernardino County
5792 after 31.75 years of dedicated) service. Congratulations
and enjoy your retirement!
Cal State San Bernardino Website
Suzanne Pekar was promoted to Staff Analyst II at San
Bernardino County Airports.
County of Riverside Website
University of California-Riverside
Admin Analyst/Specialist (Exempt)
$3,490 - $5,235 per month PROFESSIONAL ARTICLE
By Bobbi Albano
Deadline: Open Until Filled
The Art of Schmooze
Principal Auditor What is schmooze? Before listening to a brilliant
UCR presentation by a talented young lady, I thought of
$4,133 - $5,792 per month schmooze as some sort of lowly activity used only by the
www.humanresources.ucr.edu/static/menus/careers/ worst politicians. When accused of schmoozing, I would
Deadline: Open Until Filled become offended. The following article brings a short
synopsis of the presentation that changed my
Principal Admin Analyst perspective on schmooze.
$4,133 - $5,792 per month Susan RoAne, MA, best selling author and keynote
www.humanresources.ucr.edu/static/menus/careers/ speaker, gave a seminar about how to network
Deadline: Open Until Filled successfully which is based on her book How To Work A
Room(r) and What Do I Say Next?. This delightful and
inspiring talk was the perfect medicine for 1,500 people
Admin Analyst who don’t know each other, who are staying at the same
UCR hotel and who are attending many of the same classes
$37,300 - $52,200 per year for three days together.
Deadline: Open Until Filled
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The author began with the common “road blocks” to begs the next question, giving the conversation a great
getting to know one another. These are things that we way to start.
tell ourselves that stop us from meeting new people.
The first is by assuming that we have nothing in
common with the other person. She then explained that
by being in the same room we DO have something in
common. We are in the same place at the same time,
giving ample commonality to begin with. The second
road block is a tradition or formality that we often adhere You all remember the famous quote, “Good thing come
to, but that keeps us from meeting new people. It is the to those who wait”. Susan has her own version of this,
idea that we must be “properly introduced”. In a room “Good things come to those who initiate”. So, after we
where very few people know the vast majority, it is highly have met someone and introduced ourselves, then
unlikely that there will be anyone to “introduce” you to what? The best minglers are those who bring something
new people; therefore we must take this on as a solo into the conversation. Some ways to do this are to read
task. the newspaper and know what is going on in your city,
your county, your state, your country and the world.
So, what is the benefit of meeting new people? Why Taking Ms. RoAne’s advise to heart, an amusing
should I waste my time when I may never see this (embarrassing) thing happened to me on the shuttle ride
person again? Susan explained that in the “information back to the airport. There were three groups of people
age” that we live in, if nothing else, people are a on the shuttle, broken into groups of two. Obviously
resource. There is something to be learned from these people knew each other, so breaking into the
EVERYONE we meet. Even if that something is that we conversation would prove to be a challenge. At first I
don’t like to see a man wear a particular color, or that a made eye contact and smiled. I made an attempt to say
certain word doesn’t sound right when said in a hello, but the group closest to me was actively engaged
particular context; you get my meaning… in conversation. So, when the shuttle arrived and the
two went their separate ways, I approached the gal who
Susan then went on to give the audience an exercise. was headed in my direction. Earlier that day, my son
We were to get up, because you “can’t meet a room on remarked that United Airlines was going bankrupt. He
your tush”, and meet three people in five minutes. There had read a headline on the local paper. So I decided I
are some things you can do to make yourself more would use this useful piece of information to start up an
“approachable”, she goes on to explain. Most people intelligent conversation. I said to the woman, “did you
DO want to be approached, because it makes you feel know that United Airlines is going bankrupt?” She
like you are noticed. How many times have you gone to looked at me in a puzzled way, and then realizing that I
an event that you know very few people at and ended up did not know this, she explained, “they have been for
not talking to anyone? You probably felt like everyone years.” Oops! I should have read the article instead of
was snobby and ended up feeling as the whole thing relying on the headline! So, my piece of advise to go
was a waste of your time. Susan gives two tips to along with Susan’s is, be sure you know enough
making yourself become more “approachable”. One, information about what you want to talk about.
stand alone. It is much easier to walk up to someone
who is standing by themselves, rather than breaking into The last thing Susan talked about in this segment of the
a group of two. The second is to make eye contact. presentation was to notice when you are being invited to
Instead of standing there looking into your drink, conversate. If someone approaches you and introduces
(portfolio, purse, whatever..), smile at people and make themselves, don’t excuse yourself to get some coffee.
eye contact. Similarly, look around for those people who Instead, ask this potential friend if they would also like
are standing alone, because they too, did not come to some coffee. You never know what you might learn and
the event to stand alone. “The best ideas are not what opportunities await you by engaging in this
generated alone, they came from people with networks particular conversation.
outside the organization” (Ratheon).
Here are some tips that Ms. RoAne offered to keep your
Next, bring “who you are” into “what you do”. By this networking friends:
she means instead of introducing yourself as “Robert, I 1. Always acknowledge when that person has
am the Senior Vice President of Lawfirms International”, helped you in some way. Sent a card of thanks,
try something like “Hi, I’m Robert, and I keep rich people take them to lunch, etc.
out of jail”. So in other words, instead of just giving the 2. Stay in touch, even when you don’t need
“facts”, add some of your personality into the anything.
introduction. Susan describes this as relating what you 3. Pick up the phone and touch base. Find out
do to the people you help. This kind of description what is going on with them and keep
leaves behind any pretentiousness you may be tempted knowledgeable about events in their life.
to put forth and focuses your job (which may have a very
boring title) on who you are helping. Also, when In her second segment of the presentation, Susan gives
introducing yourself the way I am suggesting, this also useful tips to keep the conversation going. She does
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this with the following trick to remember. “What do you CEC MEETING MINUTES
do when you are up a creek without a paddle?” OAR: Wednesday, May 19, 2004
O - Observe
A - Ask questions Attendees: RoseAnn Trujillo, Bobbi Albano, Allison
Edmisten, Christina Havens, Daniel Cabet, Vicki De La
R - Reveal Cruz, Diane Hernandez, Rhonda Neill, Dawn Peterson,
Al Gonzalez, Nancy Clarke, Babbi Bhasin.
If a woman has on a striking broach, she is begging you
to come speak with her. You might approach this Bobbi opened the meeting by announcing Board
woman with a comment like, “what a beautiful broach, Members for 2004-2005:
where did you get it?” Likewise, if you are going to an President – Bobbie Albano, President Elect – Allison
event where it is likely that you will need to meet new Edmisten, Treasurer – Dawn Peterson, Secretary –
people, wear a unique piece of jewelry, or a brightly Christina Havens, Membership – David Bobbitt,
colored scarf. These items will help other people to Newsletter – Rhonda Neill, Employment Chair – Al
approach you. This is an element of OBSERVATION. Gonzalez, Awards – Pat Maitre, Community Service
Chair – OPEN, CGFM – Nancy Clarke, Reservations –
Next, ask questions of your potential networking friend. Linda Kjeldgaard, Seminar Chair – Daniel Cabet,
“How was your trip here? I hope you didn’t have to drive Historian (Pictures) – Evelyn Bobbitt, Webmaster –
in this morning’s traffic? This is sure to be a Diane Hernandez, Community Outreach – Babbi Bhasin,
conversation starter because, generally, people love to Co Community Outreach – Cindy Mendez, Member of
talk about themselves. This represents the above the Month – OPEN (Rhonda Neill will be the back-up),
component of ASK QUESTIONS. Fundraising Committee – OPEN.
Next, once you have asked a few questions, now it is Christina presented the financial report and indicated our
your turn to REVEAL something about yourself. Now, bottom line is continuing to increase.
use discretion when revealing. Some people will tell you
their life story, but we don’t want to do that. Keep your RoseAnn indicated that for year 2003-2004 we earned
conversation relevant to the reason you are there at that 16,225 points for our Chapter. We were awarded the
particular event. Gold award and “just missed” Platinum. We did very
well on Community Service Points this year.
Susan reminds us that the biggest talk is small talk…
because, small talk leads to big talk. RoseAnn encouraged all CEC members to select a few
names off the list that was handed out and to call these
Three last tips she gives to be a good schmoozer are: individuals to remind them to renew their memberships
1. Borrow other peoples lives. If nothing very by May 31,2004 in order for our chapter to receive more
interesting has happened to you recently, talk points.
about what may have happened to your Aunt, or
you neighbor. Bobbi and Vicki are currently in the process of sending
2. Be a name dropper. If you know someone from out thank you cards to all the vendors who supplied
the area that your potential friend comes from, items for the scholarship raffle. Bobbi has already sent
ask if she knows her. Stranger things have out 7 thank you cards. Also, Babbi (the recipient of the
happened! scholarship award) sent a thank you card regarding her
3. Be a conversational chameleon. Change your scholarship she received. This thank you letter will be
style when your partner changes. Some people published in the next newsletter.
are uncomfortable with certain words or certain
topics, so read that person and adapt to their Diane will update the website listing all Board Members
comfort level. for 2004-2005 and will also remind everyone that our
4. Read the newspaper. Turn on the news for a meetings will start again the second Wednesday in
while. Get a good idea about what is going on in September.
the world around you. These items make great
conversation! Bobbi and Nancy suggested a few potential speakers for
the upcoming year. Bobbi also suggested different
You can visit Susan RoAne’s website and take the location possibilities for our meetings.
Schmooze Quotient at www.susanroane.com.
We will have a CEC meeting in July and August as we
are preparing for a seminar in September.
RoseAnn encouraged all CEC members to try and
attend the leadership training on Saturday, August 21 at
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Bobbi motioned for CEC to provide Daniel with $1000 to
help offset the costs of his PDC attendance. Nancy AGA PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
seconded the motion, with the motion carried CONFERENCE ARTICLE
unanimously. Travel tips for Conference Goers
By Bobbi Albano
Bobbi will send all CEC members a copy of the new
CEC Board for next year. For many of you, going to a conference means packing
a few nice outfits, getting on a plane and enjoying the
Rhonda will provide training for Bobbi and Allison hotel, food and amenities. However, if you are a first-
regarding the points system for our Chapter. time Conference goer, there are a few things you should
If we (Inland Empire Chapter) plan to host the San Diego
PDC in 2006 at least two members will need to set up a
booth for information at the Orlando PDC in 2005. We
will need 20 volunteers to host the San Diego PDC. All
volunteers will have their admission to the PDC paid for
and Daniel will verify the hotel/travel expenses that will
be covered. We have the option of meeting with another
chapter to learn about their experiences hosting a PDC.
Bobbi and Allison will put a Committee together for the
When I booked my flight, RSVP’d for the Conference
Daniel asked for volunteers for Regional Coordinator and made my hotel reservations, I thought that the hard
positions which included Membership, CGFM, part was over; that the rest would be a piece of cake. As
Community Service and Education. the date got closer, however, I began to read the
Conference literature and was going over the vast
Bobbi will send all information regarding the September number of training sessions, workshops and classes that
seminar to Allison. I would be present at. The first item that I had to attend
to was the suggestion to dress in “business casual”.
RoseAnn suggested that next year an email be sent to That meant that I didn’t have to buy a new set of luggage
all members notifying them of nominations and that included a suit hangar. But that did mean that I
applicable deadlines so that members can be more would have to venture the department stores to discover
involved in nominations. Daniel suggested that we try to just exactly what “business casual” really was. Now,
recruit 2-4 new CEC members each year. shopping is one of my favorite hobbies, so I wasn’t too
disappointed to have to pick out a few casual, but nice
RoseAnn adjourned the meeting. outfits I would wear to all the exciting classes I would be
Please donate whole blood, plasma or platelettes.
It’s the gift of life! Our chapter has an ongoing
blood drive with the Blood Bank of San Bernardino
and Riverside Counties for the community blood
plan. Please write “GCAG” in the donor group or e-
mail Rhonda Neill at email@example.com if you
have questions. Donor centers are located in San I packed my bags the night before the conference, and
Bernardino (885-6503), Riverside (687-2530), Ontario ventured out the next morning at 4:00 am on my journey
(987-3158), High Desert (760-949-6344) and Upland to Los Angeles International Airport. My idea was that I
(920-0625). You can donate whole blood anytime but could save money by purchasing an airline ticket that
must make an appointment for plasma or platelettes. flew from LAX to Baltimore, with two lay-overs, and
shuttle into Washington D.C. I saved money on the
airline fare, but little did I realize that shuttle service is
not “economical” and parking at the airport is not free.
My drive to LAX was indeed fascinating. I had not
driven to Los Angeles in quite some time and I failed to
write down any freeway instructions. After arriving in
Hollywood at 6:10 am, it was obvious that I was not
going to make my flight. I frantically called my husband,
who was enjoying his sleep, to ask him how to get to the
airport. I arrived at the airport at 6:30 am (my flight was
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leaving at 6:40 am), parked in the “short-term” parking break, I went upstairs to freshen up. I sat on the bed,
lot, and resigned myself to the fact that I would have to fell over and didn’t wake until lunchtime. I guess I was
call my husband and ask him to pick up the car. I exhausted!
rushed to the check-in counter only to find out that I
would be flying stand-by.
At 9:00 am, my new flight left for Washington. I was
relieved by the fact that I was able to move the car to
“long-term” parking and still be able to get to Baltimore
with plenty of time to get to Washington and register for
my next three days of professional development.
I learn something new everytime I travel. Furthermore,
the lessons I learned this time were so numerous that I
felt compelled to share them with others who may be
preparing for a conference in the near future. The
following are just a few of the items to put on your punch
I had taken my younger son on a trip earlier this year, 1. Business casual is a term used to describe any
and thought it would be nice to take my older son with type of attire, ranging from a business suit to Capri’s and
me to Washington D.C. to see our Nations Capitol. Mind sandals.
you, he is 14. My idea was that he could go and see the 2. Bring a camera, the stores around the hotels
City while I attended the conference and in the evening charge an arm and a leg for these type’s of items.
we could go have dinner and see more sites. 3. Do Not try to save money! Fly directly to your
destination and don’t plan on using a shuttle service
unless it is provided by your hotel.
4. Do Not park at the airport. Swallow your pride
and ask for a ride!
5. Bring your bathing suit and tennis shoes. The
hotel pool will not let you swim without a suit and the
hotel gym will not let you work out without the proper
shoes. There is the chance that you will not feel like
taking the subway to sight-see, so be prepared to stay at
The airplane ride was uneventful and flew straight the hotel.
through to Baltimore. I gathered our luggage and went 6. Do Not take a teenager. Enough said.
in search of a shuttle. The shuttle price shook me a
little, but being so tired, I relented to the cost and prided
myself on not taking a cab, which would have cost much
more. The shuttle carried 4 passengers, me and my
son, for a total of 6 people – that required 5 stops. Two
and a half hours later, we finally arrived at the hotel. My
son remarked that we got to see the part of Washington
D.C. that they don’t show on the postcards! How true. 7. Learn how to tip before arriving at the airport.
By the time we reached our destination, the registration There has got to be a book that guides travelers on the
booths had shut down and we were starving. After a persons and amounts to tip. I can’t find it, but it must
very expensive meal, we turned in for the evening. exist!
8. Plan to arrive a few days earlier or staying a few
days extra if you want to see the area. You will be too
tired to do it after the conference festivities at the end of
9. If you attend all the training sessions, be
prepared to arrive home very tired. Take an extra day
off of work to avoid having to call in sick.
10. Finally, bring a watch. Just in case the hotel
To summarize, the conference was wonderful. My son does not have a clock.
spent nearly the entire three days in the room watching
television. I couldn’t pay him to go see the City. He did,
however, venture to the McDonalds that sat across the
street from the hotel. I attended every session I could,
taking notes and writing out what I would report to our
Chapter about. By the third day, during one morning
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Inland Empire Chapter of the Association of Government Accountants
Training Events Calendar
(May be subject to change, notice will be given and calendar will be updated)
SEPTEMBER DATE FEATURED CPE
Community Service event – Donate Blood!
Regular Meeting 09/08/04 M. Uffer 1
CEC Board Meeting 09/15/04 0
Community Service event – Please bring your non-perishable food items to October Meeting to participate in this
Regular Meeting 10/13/04 M. Scolfield 1
GASB Mini Seminar 10/18/04 J. Fountain 4
CEC Board Meeting 10/20/04 0
Community Service event – Donate Blood!
Regular Meeting 11/10/04 C. Young 1
CEC Board Meeting 11/17/04 0
Community Service event – Please bring your new, unwrapped toy to the December Meeting to participate in this
Regular Meeting 12/07/04 FBI 1
CEC Board Meeting 12/15/04 0
Membership Drive – all who become NEW members between January 12, 2005 and February 9, 2005 will receive a
FREE February meeting including lunch! You must provide proof of new Membership to participate.
Regular Meeting 01/12/05 Dr. Mintz 1
CEC Board Meeting 01/19/05 0
Community Service event – Please bring new blankets or clothing to the February meeting to participate! These
items go to homeless shelters and safe havens for victims of violence. Bring your proof of NEW membership
purchased between January 12, 2005 and February 9, 2005 and receive a FREE meeting, including lunch!
Regular Meeting 02/09/05 Tax Update 1
CEC Board Meeting 02/16/05 0
Training Conference 02/25/05 S. Boyars 8
Community Service event – Donate Blood!
Regular Meeting 03/09/05 RPD 1
CEC Board Meeting 03/16/05 0
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Community Service event – Please bring your dollar bills to purchase 50/50 tickets! Proceeds will go to purchase
flowers for chronically ill or critical care/intensive care unit waiting areas of local hospitals.
Regular Meeting 04/13/05 B. Derrick 1
CEC Board Meeting 04/20/05 0
Mini Seminar 04/28/05 TBA 4
Community Service event – Donate Blood!
Regular Meeting 05/11/05 Awards 1
CEC Board Meeting 05/18/08 New Leaders 0
TOTAL CPE OFFERED 25
If you have any questions, or would like to comment please call Bobbi Albano at (909) 387-8237 or email at:
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C/o Rhonda Neill
35484 Shade Tree Road
Yucaipa, CA 92399
President Bobbi Albano 909-387-8237 firstname.lastname@example.org
President-Elect Allison Edmisten 909-387-2275 email@example.com
Secretary Christina Havens 909-885-7980 firstname.lastname@example.org
Treasurer Dawn Peterson 909-386-8875 email@example.com
Past-President Rose Ann Trujillo 909-386-8977 firstname.lastname@example.org
Community Services Vicki Dela Cruz 909-386-8804 email@example.com
Scholarships/Awards Patty Maitre 909-387-8176 firstname.lastname@example.org
Memberships David Bobbitt 909-798-7520 email@example.com
Employment Al Gonzales 909-387-8180 firstname.lastname@example.org
Newsletter Rhonda Neill 909-387-8125 email@example.com
CGFM Coordinator Nancy Clarke 909-386-9043 firstname.lastname@example.org
Reservations Linda Kjeldgaard 909-383-9627 email@example.com
Website Coordinator Diane Hernandez 909-386-9020 firstname.lastname@example.org
AUDIT Mozifar Sharifi 909-383-9811 email@example.com
Western Regional VP Elect David Bell 916-498-6649 firstname.lastname@example.org
Western Regional VP Daniel Cabet 909-358-3778 email@example.com
Past Western Reg VP Rhonda Neill 909-387-8125 firstname.lastname@example.org
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