February 2018 Newsletter Print

President's Report

1)            Game Day

For a friendly, competitive environment, you can put together a “Game Day” for your firm. This can in-volve a variety of games and the winner with the most points wins. It’s important that throughout this day, everyone in your firm should feel like a winner. This might include everyone getting a gift card, an afternoon off, a small token of appreciation, anything. Keep the environment light, after all, this day is relaxing!

2)            Catered Food for a Week or Month

This could be both used during and after tax season. The stress the body goes through can be high, so why not reward the team with the rejuvenation of healthy food! Chances are during the busy season, the first thing to go is healthy food (and even exercise), then sleep. Take the mental burden of figuring out

“what should we eat” or “what should we pack” by catering a week or month for your team.

3)            Individual “Me” Days

In this idea, you sponsor or support each team member to take a “me” day or afternoon. So for some, this might be going to the driving range. For others, it might just be being able to walk at the mall or bookstore in the middle of the afternoon. Or going to the gym in the middle of the day, or the park. The point is, each team member has to do something that is done for the sole purpose of their enjoyment. The only rule is that it has to be for them! We all love our families and kids, but let’s be honest, busy season + a family can be taxing (no pun intended!). This is about doing something for YOU.

4)            Firm Retreat / Conference Outing

This is a more ambitious effort, but for those that are growing their team quickly, can be a great way to outline the future of the firm while building team cohesion. A Firm retreat can be a single day, renting out a cabin and having it catered. Discussing the clients, the team, and the goals of the firm. You can do activities like the DISC profile for each team member, and you can outline how everyone wants the rest of the year (and beyond) to go.

5)            Family/Spouse Time Gift

This is a sponsored “Date Night”, very similar to the “me day”, but in this scenario, you get your team gift cards for a Dinner, Movie, and even Babysitter budget. Alternatively, you can get a gift card for a team member’s family to play mini golf, go to a water park, bowling, etc (just be sure the entire family might enjoy it). If they have 3 kids under 3, I’d suggest the date night.  If they have kids 5-13, mini golf could be an exciting and memorable outing.

6)            1 Week Remote Working

Perhaps what your team would really appreciate is a week of working from home! This way they can catch up on some sleep, while still working on important matters. For this one, your team will have to be more tech savvy, and have the ability to work from home (back to the 3 kids under 3 example… if that’s the case, there’s no way they can work from home!). But if this is a good fit for your team, this could be an easy way to allow them time to rejuvenate.

7)            Practice “Spa Day”

The practice spa day is similar to game day (in that you bring games to the practice), but in this instance, you’re bringing in massage therapist, yoga instructors, and perhaps a big screen TV with video games. The point is to just make it as relaxing as possible, and create an environment where, by the end of the day, your team members will say “this was the most relaxed I’ve been in months!”.

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Calendar of Events



Feb 27, 2018

11:30am The Chattanoogan Membership Meeting Sarah Oakman


Mar 14, 2018

11:30am Chicken Salad Chick Board Meeting Becky Creswell


Mar 27, 2018

11:30am The Chattanoogan Membership Meeting Sarah Oakman


Apr 11, 2018

11:30am Chicken Salad Chick Board Meeting Becky Creswell


Apr 24, 2018

11:30am The Westin Chattanooga Public Relations Luncheon Debi Gilley

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Happy Birthday

Susan LeVan

Heather Cooper

Sarah Johnson

Tracy Hughes

Sydney Lamb

Sarah Oakman

Brittany Carman

Laurie Marson 

February 8th

February 9th

February 10th

February 12th

February 13th

March 8th

March 10th

March 21st 

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Member News & Announcements

Reminder of Membership Benefits!
Do you get the email from National? Do you read it? In the latest version, there is information regarding some free webinars.
That has FREE CPE(s) available just for being a member? Check it out!

By Laws Change request to be voted on in March

The Nominating Committee brought a By Law Change request to the Board of Directors at the February board meeting. The Board of Directors will be recommending the following change at the February Member-ship meeting to be voted on at the March Membership meeting.  Let your voice be heard! 

The current Bylaw reads as:      Article IV.  Officers 

 Section 2.       Regular, affiliate, emeritus, and/or retired members are eligible to hold office.                          Previous Board members are eligible to serve as President or President-Elect.

The recommendation is to strike the words “or President-Elect” from Article IV, Section 2.

The justification is to allow the Nominating Committee to expand this position to include current, actively involved members that have demonstrated the ability and desire to serve as President, but have not had the opportunity to serve on the Board of Directors previously. 


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Committee News

Scholarship Committee Update
The committee received 11 scholarship applications: 4 Undergraduate and 7 Masters. They will be meeting at 5:30 on February 19th to determine the award amounts. 
Public Relations Committee
The 62nd Annual Public Relations Luncheon is scheduled for Tuesday, April 24, 2018.  Catherine Ide, the Managing Director of Professional Practice and Member Services from The Center for Audit Quality will be our Keynote Speaker.  The brochure is on our web-site.  Please be sure to register and invite all of your professional contacts. 

Education Committee
The Education Committee has scheduled the Spring Seminar for May 10th at the Chattanoogan.  Mark you calendars and be on the lookout for the announcement of the speakers and topics and opening online registration. 

Nominating Committee
We are looking for a few good women!
After you heard from Dr. Willis last month, I am sure there are several of you that would love to serve as a Board Member next year. You forgot to tell the Nominating Committee, so be sure to see one of them at the meeting!

Finance Committee
You can now get a receipt for your registration directly from the website if you register online.

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