Corpus Christi Chapter of the Texas Society of CPAs
Chapter E-News - March 2015
Past Events
March 27 – A Perspective from the Federal Reserve (1 hour – chapter luncheon)

April 24 – Technology Essentials for CPAs (8 hours)

April 24 – Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity Planning (1 hour – chapter luncheon)

May 8 – Convergence 2015
(8 hours – hosted by the
Dallas CPA Society)

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Welcome New Members
Lauren Dooley, Candidate Member
Steven Tran, Student Member

Laughs You Can Count On
Can February March?
No, but April May!

Thank you Sponsors
If your firm or company is interested in being a chapter sponsor and helping the chapter reduce its costs leaving more resources available to provide member value, email You can see a list of all of the businesses that have supported the chapter this year at this link.

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Message from the President
Amy Twardowski
Amy Twardowski, CPA
Can you believe spring is almost here? March 20 is technically the first day of spring, but here in the Coastal Bend we enjoy it much sooner! Thank goodness for that! This is busy season for many of our members, but I hope you’ll take just a quick break to check out what’s happening in our chapter this month. We’re getting ready for our March 27 luncheon where we’ll be honoring the latest scholarship recipients and hearing a CPE presentation from the Federal Reserve. Our speaker, Blake Hastings, was a presenter last year and was very well received. If you can’t sneak away from the office much this spring, we hope you’ll at least be able to get away for this program.

It’s also time to be thinking about our annual chapter awards. I’d love to hear who you’d like to recognize within our chapter for their hard work supporting our profession. We’re lucky to have so many members working together to get things done at CCTSCPA!

Random March event: Exact Pie day! This won’t happen again for another 100 years. Speaking of 100 years, TSCPA is kicking off our yearlong centennial celebration in Dallas! Please join us at the Annual Meeting in Dallas on June 26 and 27!

As always, thank you for your membership and I hope to see you soon!

Amy Twardowski, CPA
Chapter President 2014-15

CPE Luncheon and Student Recognition on March 27
This month we will honor local accounting student scholarship recipients and TSCPA’s Accounting Excellence Award winners at our luncheon. Blake Hastings from the Federal Reserve will present a CPE session where attendees will hear an overview of where the U.S. and regional economies are today, including the Dallas Fed's forecast for 2015, Federal Reserve policymakers' concerns and challenges in making future decisions, and information on factors driving economic growth and jobs.

Technology Essentials for Today’s CPA – Bonus Chapter Luncheon Added
TSCPA will host a full-day technology program at the Ortiz Center on April 24. As an added bonus, CCTSCPA will host a chapter CPE luncheon with a presentation on disaster recovery and business continuity planning. That will bring the day’s total to up to nine hours of CPE credit. Register for one or both programs soon to guarantee your spot!

Honor a CPA with a Chapter Award
Your chapter is full of dedicated members who have led the way in promoting and protecting the CPA profession in the Corpus Christi area. Think about who you admire and thank them with a nomination for a chapter award. Nominations are due March 27, and we’re looking for the following recipients to be honored at our May luncheon:

OUTSTANDING SERVICE: Awarded for distinguished service to the Chapter at the local and state level.

HONORARY FELLOW: Long term outstanding service to our Chapter

OUTSTANDING COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN: Awarded for project planning and control, leadership, creativity, initiative, and respect; goes to the committee chairman who fulfills and exceeds committee goals and charge

DISTINGUISHED PUBLIC SERVICE: Recognition for outstanding community service

YOUNG CPA OF THE YEAR: This is an individual who has made a significant contribution to the profession and is 35 years of age or younger.
Submit Your Nominations to Melinda Bentley.

Take Advantage of CCH Savings
As a CCTSCPA member, you enjoy a generous discount on CCH publications, including monthly specials.
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Need More Hands on Deck?
If you’re looking for extra hands and help in your office, you might consider taking advantage of the internship programs offered through TAMUCC, TAMUK, and Del Mar College. All three schools screen the candidates and can help you find what you’re looking for.
Learn more about TAMUCC’s internship program (some wage reimbursement available).
Learn more about TAMUK’s internship program.
Learn more about Del Mar’s internship program.

Save the Dates for May Events
Mark your calendars and make plans to participate in some great events planned for the beginning of May. First up is our next Meet the CPAs luncheon at Katz 21 on May 1. Plan to network with local students and enjoy a delicious lunch. May 2 is TSCPA’s statewide CPA Day of Service. The chapter will have a group going to the Food Bank that morning. We’d love to have you join us or participate on your own by giving back to an organization of your choice. And May 8 is our last CPE luncheon before our summer hiatus. Add these items to your list and watch for more participation details coming soon!

Share Your News!
CCTSCPA would love to recognize members who have enjoyed recent professional accomplishments. If you or someone in your firm or company have recently been honored with an award, a new designation, a new job, or a new leadership role in the community, please pass those details on to us so we can share in your celebration. Email accomplishments and other news to our Chapter Liaison Chapter Liaison Melinda Bentley.

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