Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Journal from the National Conference - Day 2

Well Monday, first official start of Annual Conference, first on agenda, annual meeting, followed by an incredible keynote speaker. For the first time it was not a representative from the IRS but a well known motivational speaker. Have to admit, I was a bit hesitant to go, but boy am I glad I went. His name was Jon Petz and he was very entertaining with some magic, some comedy and he threw in the midst ways to getaway from boring meetings. I was so I inspired  I actually bought his book!

Motivational Speaker Jon Petz
 Then it was on to the first session - current developments. Hot topic for this year is Affordable Health Care, with more to follow.
Affordable Health Care, this year's "Hot Topic"

A couple of more sessions, then on to the Charity Auction! This event is always a hoot and the money raised is outstanding.

I am thrilled to say our Chapter's donation of a Norman Rockwell print brought in the highest bid! I hope you are sitting down because we raised $3,500.00 - WOW! Wait there is more...the second bidder also chose to purchase a print for the same amount! You got it, our donation brought in $7,000.00 for the charity!!! But wait we also donated an 18K Gold Cross Pen Set and a Nuance Dragon Naturally Speaking software program. So, combined with the prints, our Chapter brought in a total of $7,366.00 for the Arizona Children's Association - Stay tuned for the grand total from all chapters which will be announced at the banquet.

Framed Norman Rockwell Prints for Charity Auction

Dragon Naturally Speaking for Charity Auction

18K Gold Cross Pens for Charity Auction

Well, off for another fun filled day of tax law ending with Chapter Showcase tonight.

-Christine Miarecki, MA/RI Chapter President

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