Your Board of Directors...

Chris Shipley, Coeur d'Alene School District - 1st year ISCPA Board Member

Your CPA license belongs to you.

Written by Chris Shipley, CPA

Recently I changed jobs and have had the chance to consider what being a CPA means to me outside of working as a typical CPA, in my case auditing. My current position is with a School District and there is no requirement that I maintain my CPA license. My peers and others that know of my new career have asked me if I will keep my license current. My answer? Why yes, I will!

Surprised by my personal ownership of being a CPA, I have been musing on just what it means to me to be a CPA. Being a CPA is being a professional. Being a CPA is voluntary and our membership assumes an obligation of self-discipline above and beyond the requirements of laws and regulations. CPAs follow a Code of Professional Conduct where there is a call for an unswerving commitment to honorable behavior, even at the sacrifice of personal advantage. For these reasons, I value my membership as a CPA, and will continue to invest in the profession.

Wherever you go, your CPA license belongs to you. Value it. Invest in it. As CPAs, we have been credited a high-level of trust. This credit is ours to maintain, develop and grow. This credit, this goodwill, has been earned by those that have gone before and from those that are currently with us. We owe it to ourselves and our peers to develop within ourselves the leadership and traits that make us exceptional.

I encourage us all to take inventory of ourselves, our values, our beliefs and the principles of what it means to be a CPA.

Thoughts from Laura...

Laura and her son Connor

This month has flown by. I continue to be thankful for this opportunity and look forward to getting to know our members better.

Please let me know if I can visit your firm/company to meet you and your coworkers. If they are members, I'd like to brainstorm about our Society's future. If they aren't members, I'd like to know their thoughts on ways that would attract them to our organization. I will be traveling to meet CPAs throughout the state as well. So, if you have a group you'd like me to introduce myself to, just let me know! And don't worry - I am thinking it'll take only 30 minutes or so.

Join me for lunch? I'm starting a monthly Lunch with Laura. I'll go to a different city every month to meet with members. This month is Boise on August 9th at Idaho Pizza Company on Broadway Avenue from 11:30-1:30. Everyone will need to cover their own lunch costs, as I have a budget and this was not included. I'll be there for two hours, come and go as you can. You don't need to RSVP, but if you think you can go, let me know, just so I have some idea if anyone is coming! In September, I will go to Twin Falls, location to be announced - if you have ideas, please share them with me. We may have to skip some months, or double up, as weather and legislative issues will affect my travel. I hope this gives me a fun opportunity to meet more of you.

The State Board of Accountancy - ISBA is asking for your feedback. A new executive order from the Lieutenant Governor's office is evaluating licensing procedures in the state, so this is an ideal opportunity for you to give your opinion on the accountancy licensing process. Click for more details.

ISCPA Tax Committee - Great subcommittee meeting this month! (My husband always laughs when I come home and exclaim that I had a great meeting. He's not sure if any meeting is a "great meeting.") This subcommittee focuses on legislative issues that could affect your practice and how you do business. We talked about data breach reporting a great deal. If you have any worries or comments about the issue or if you're interested in the subcommittee minutes, please email me.

August ISCPA events will not disappoint. The MAP Conference (Management of an Accounting Practice) is geared for accounting firm partners to share experiences and best practices, to discuss issues facing firms and to develop strategies and policies to help ensure growth and success. These topics look fantastic!

ISCPA's Leadership, Involvement & Personal Growth Conference is a prime opportunity for new accountant professionals, particularly those with less than 5 years of experience, to shore up their foundation in becoming one of tomorrow's leaders, become a valuable asset to their firm, and find their own personal satisfaction in this exciting profession. Firm leaders - encourage your young professionals to attend - in fact, step up to empower your employees. Companies that send their staff members to this conference will foster better employee development and retention. Plus, all the cool-kids are going (I will be there). Send yours!

August is an exciting and emotional month for me personally. The photo is of me and Connor, my oldest, who I am sending to college this month. Think good thoughts for this momma. My heart will break a little, but also fill with great pride.

Remember, I am your Executive Director. I work for you. Let me know your thoughts. There are four links in this column alone to email me. If even a tenth of membership would send me an idea, I will be very busy. And I love being busy.


ISCPA has several complimentary CPE options coming up

Each month, we email the ISCPA CPE Monthly newsletter to those members that have requested to receive our CPE emails. This email highlights the upcoming CPE opportunities we have planned for our members; and often includes some complimentary events. Imagine what you could be missing if you are not reading this email...

If you did not receive the August/September issue of ISCPA CPE Monthly (emailed on 7.1.17) and would like to be added to the distribution list, email Gwynne.

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The ISCPA is requesting proposals for the annual non-profit audit of its financial statements. Proposals should cover the three-year period of calendar years 2017, 2018, and 2019.

Proposals must be received by 4:30 p.m. on Friday, September 15, 2017. Click for full details and submission information.