Well, for most of us. As we approach any new fiscal year, do you find yourself wondering if you got the dates right? I mean we still have year-end close for fiscal year 17-18, and yet we are planning and transacting for the new fiscal year 18-19, and for some of us, we are actually thinking ahead 2-5 years, sometimes longer, to see how we can address the finances in the future.
Ahhhhh..... Spring. For most of us, we find ourselves busy this time of year both at work and home. It is a time to reflect on the past year and a time to plan for the future and it could not be more true than this year.
ncluded in the March edition of CSMFO Magazine are stories about the 2018 CSMFO Conference, how it all came together and how it impacted the professional Finance Officers of California.
The conference officially ended Wednesday at noon, but unfortunately I had to catch an early flight out of Anchorage (6:00 am!) to ensure I could get back to California on time for a meeting I had that evening. I hated missing out on the last part of the conference, but I did have to get back.
The end of the summer also marked the end of my travel hiatus for CSMFO business. September was a busy month for me, with visits to Sacramento and the State of Washington. Here’s what I have been up to...
I can’t believe how quickly the summer is flying by! As I write this, we’re heading into mid-August, and the long list of items on the white board in my office that were supposed to be my “summer projects” remain mostly untouched. Between getting the budget adopted and moving into the year-end close process, I thought I might have some time to get a few of those projects crossed off the list, but so far I am losing that battle...
Since taking over as President at the annual conference in Sacramento this past February, I have been on the road a lot representing our organization. In the last issue of the magazine, I filled our membership in on my travels to Oregon for the OGFOA Spring Conference. Since then, I have been to Newport Beach, Denver, and back to Sacramento.
In early March, about a month after the CSMFO conference in Sacramento, I had the great pleasure of attending the Oregon Government Finance Officers Association (OGFOA) 2017 Spring Conference. OGFOA has two conferences each year, one in the spring and one in the fall, with the spring conference usually at a “destination” location. This spring’s conference was held on the coast at the Salishan Resort and Spa.
"Wow! What a conference! I hope that for those of you able to attend that you had as great an experience as I did. Watching the conference unfold from my perspective was tremendously gratifying, as it represented 11 months of dedicated work from a small army of amazing people. The Host and Program Committees, along with the phenomenal folks at Smith Moore and Associates and Meeting & Association Management Services, did a fantastic job executing on this incredible event."
Included in the January edition of CSMFO Magazine are stories about finance here in California and the professionals who make it work.