Greetings, fellow Inland Empire Chapter members.
The weather is cooling, a few leaves have fallen, schools are in session, a second busy season is ahead, all signs that Fall has arrived. Love it or not-so-much, the California storms last Winter offered tax pros a break in the first busy season, but perhaps has created a larger second busy season for some. Between tax, audit, industry, and scholastic deadlines, this is a time our members really step up, stand out, and help others. You are part of a profession that deeply cares about helping people, and that is wonderfully inspiring.
Fall brings a lot of energy as people connect through so many ways. Our most recent chapter event, the ABC night, took place on September 28 at the historic Mission Inn in Riverside. We were blessed with perfect weather and even better company. Conversations were buzzing continuously, many new connections were made, and old connections were reignited. Over 120 members, guests, and sponsors supported our chapter’s scholarship fundraising ABC night, helping to change the lives for students in accounting. This would not be possible without the generous support of our event sponsors. On behalf of the chapter members, we express much appreciation to our Platinum sponsors E.G. Sanchez & Associates and Southwest Networks, Gold sponsors CLA, Paychex, and R&D Incentives Group, Silver sponsor Buchalter, and Bar sponsor Pacific Western Bank.
Last year our chapter awarded $23,000 in scholarships, up over the prior year awards of $20,750. We would love to push that amount up to (or over) $25,000 this year. One way you can help is by golfing. Did you know that our annual golf tournament is our chapter’s largest fundraising event of the year? By golfing or sponsoring (or both), you are not just engaging in friendly competition, not just connecting with colleagues, not just playing, eating, and drinking on a premiere course, you are changing the lives of students and supporting the pipeline of future accounting professionals. Watch your email for more information about the IE Chapter Golf Tournament on October 30, 2023. You don’t even have to play golf to come and create great memories.
Wishing you a great October. I hope to connect with you at a future chapter event.