We would like to open these remarks by welcoming the members of three new chapters to the Mid-America Council: Cedar Rapids, Dubuque Tri-State and Waterloo-Cedar Falls. All three chapters are located in eastern Iowa and have chosen to align themselves with the Mid-America Council after the North Central Regional Council voted to dissolve earlier this year.
A vote to formally accept these chapters into Mid-America will occur at our August 1st board meeting.
The addition of these three chapters is a testament to the strength and viability of our Council, something all members of MAC should be proud of. Their addition brings some new great new opportunities for the Mid-America Council, and a few challenges. We’re confident we can maximize those opportunities and minimize the challenges.
Who could have predicted what we have been enduring over the last five months with this pandemic? First we thought it was nothing. Then the world stopped. Now is the rollercoaster ride. As this is written right after our 4th of July celebration (or lack thereof), it was hard to imagination that there would be virtually – a term we didn’t use much six months ago – no parades, fireworks, festivals, or family gatherings.
But…the IMA Mid-America Council (MAC) is striving to bring some excitement and value to its members. As a new fiscal year is now underway, much planning and creativity is taking place this summer on the MAC board. A number of exciting educational events are in the works regardless of whether we can meet in-person or virtually (that word again).
Our Fall Educational Conference is scheduled for Friday, September 18. One of the intriguing online sessions is entitled, “Are You Lying To Me?” and will be presented by Chih-Chen Lee, an accounting professor at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, IL. This is an excellent opportunity to pick up your two hours of ethics CPE if you are a CMA.
The next Council board meeting will be held virtually (again that word) at 9:00 am. on August 1. All are welcome to call in. The Council’s strategic plan assumes there will be very few in-person chapter meetings this year, at least until after December. As a result, the Council plans to provide additional educational webinars to chapter members. Be watching for these announcements in the coming months.
As usual, the Council exists to provide guidance and assistance to chapter leaders. Please feel free to contact any board member with concerns, ideas, and recommendations. Especially during these challenging times, we are all in this IMA adventure together. We would enjoy hearing from you.
Don’t forget to join us for the virtual board meeting call on August 1!
Bruce Hamilton, Co-President
David Skora, Co-President