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January 2017

Hafa Adai AGA Members !

A very happy new year to all of you! Typically, this is when we take the time to reflect upon accomplishments and aspirations and I hope some of your thoughts include how you can make the most of your AGA membership, including how to become more involved with your Guam Chapter. Do you want to contribute a little of your spare time to promoting the AGA mission? Do you aspire to expand your leadership skills? Maybe this is the year you want to help the community through AGA’s community service activities. There are so many ways to fulfill these goals.

 

Consider, for example, that our AGA nominating committee is actively seeking members who want to fill our chapter’s leadership positions. What a great way to broadenyour leadership skills! Please contact President-Elect Clariza Roque or any nominating committee member – Ricky, Jason, Rachel, Doreen, Jojo, or Josie. They will be waiting to hear from you!

 

A huge thank you to UOG’s Junior Accountants Society for hosting and coordinating our annual Christmas party on December 21. The celebration was led by Von Alcoran in his last hurrah as JAS President before graduating in December. We certainly have fond memories of the fun, games, and prizes! I especially enjoyed the hilarious moves during the newspaper dance game.

 

Our January guest speaker is Edmund Brobesong CPA, from Ernst & Young who will discuss individual income taxes and highlights from President Donald Trump’s tax plan. Let’s all get ready for tax season the right way and learn more about these issues. After all, it is January and I’m sure most of us are already starting to think about our taxes.

 

We will also present the awards for the Herminia Dierking Scholarship for UOG students and AGA Guam Chapter Scholarship for GCC students to four very deserving students. This year, we awarded the scholarships to Norma Jean Flores, Lauren Montinola, Thomas Battung, and Ren Jalandoni. Thank you to Pam Aguigui, Scholarship Chairperson for leading this very important component of our chapter. We strive to encourage students to pursue accounting careers through financial support. These students will eventually work in careers to benefit Guam and its people. 

 

These scholarships are mainly funded through our annual 5k run. This year our run is calendared for June 24, 2017 at the Chamorro Village. We will begin to plan the 5k run soon and we will be sure to let you know how you can contribute to the cause. This is our biggest community service event and we need all hands on deck so begin thinking how you can help! Have a great day!

 

Yuka Hechanova, President

 

Yuka Hechanova
AGA Guam Chapter
President
December 2016

 

Hafa Adai AGA Members!

 

Happy holidays to you and your families. This month we celebrate the season with our annual AGA Guam Christmas party! Thanks to the coordination and creativity of the University of Guam Junior Accountants Society, there will be lots of fun games and prizes and of course the good company of our fellow AGA members. Join us for the festivities at the Westin Resort on December 21 at noon.

 

As busy as we all get with the holiday season, we are still committed to taking a small amount of our time to show our Christmas spirit. I invite you to join us to help raise funds for the Salvation Army with its annual Bell Ringing campaign. Frances, our Community Service Director has scheduled us for December 10 at the GPO Food Court entrance and December 17 at Micronesia Mall Women’s Macy’s side. This event helps to qualify you in the raffle to attend the AGA National Professional Development Training in Boston in July 2017.

 

Our November guest speaker enlightened us last month with the approaching new overtime rule. Mr. Patrick Candoleta, the Assistant Director for the Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division was so helpful and answered a lot of your questions and offered to come to your respective offices to speak. The overtime rule has been postponed after a preliminary injunction was imposed by a federal judge. Please contact Patrick if you are interested in his presentation at Candoleta.Patrick@dol.gov. You will be glad you did.

 

The Guam Chapter Nominating Committee is accepting nominations for AGA chapter leadership positions. This is an innovative way for you to get some firsthand leadership experience or just test the waters. I’ve been an AGA member for 15 years and knew it was time to step up. So far, it has been a great experience because our Guam chapter is strong with exceptional members. I am supported by a dedicated and flexible executive committee as well as past leadership. How rewarding is that!  

 

Although 2016 is ending, we look forward to 2017 as our chapter has more events and trainings planned that will be announced as they are developed.

 

Merry Christmas and have a joyous and blessed New Year!

August 2016

 

Hafa Adai AGA Members!

 

August is a very busy month for our chapter as we prepare to host the 2016 Guam Professional Development Conference from September 12-14 at the Westin Resort. Your Planning Committee is hard at work coordinating all the details as we inch closer to the 2016 GPDC.

Our AGA National President, Doug Glenn will be here and will speak on analytics during the conference and on leadership during our monthly membership meeting on September 14. AGA Past National President Dr. Billy Morehead will also be speaking on a variety of interesting topics throughout the conference. The GPDC will offer many more speakers from Guam’s professional community.

We will also present a review course on Part One of the CGFM Exam: Government Environment. This is a great opportunity to start your path to certification and stand out among your peers. So don’t forget to register and early registration is open until August 26. Registered non -members receive a FREE AGA membership!

Please join us at this month’s membership meeting at the Sheraton Laguna Resort on August 24. Our guest speaker will be Mr. Mark Calvo, the Governor’s Chief of Staff who will discuss the government of Guam’s capital improvement projects.

We will also start tracking attendance for all members to qualify for the raffle to attend next year’s AGA National Professional Development Training in Boston. To qualify, AGA members must attend eight of ten chapter meetings and volunteer for a community service activity to qualify for the 2017 PDT in Boston.

One of our biggest community service events is our annual 5k run. Last month’s membership meeting was dedicated to our sponsors and volunteers who supported our 15th 5k run held on June 25. I want to thank everyone for their commitment to our efforts to raise funds for our notable scholarships. Frances Danieli did an outstanding job coordinating the event.

Remember, we are always looking for new faces on the Chapter Executive Committee. If you want to serve your Guam chapter by being a part of an exceptional team, just let me or any of your CEC members know. We’d be so happy to have you join us. And I look forward to seeing everyone at our next membership meeting!

Have a great day!

 

Yuka Hechanova
AGA Guam Chapter
President
 
Archive of Messages from the President
May 2016

 

Hafa Adai AGA Members!

 

The month of May marks the second to the last month of Program Year 2015 – 2016 and I would like to thank and congratulate my fellow officers and the Chapter Executive Committee for their continued dedication and hard work to make this program year a success! Without their commitment to the AGA Guam Chapter, we would not have been able to achieve what we have in the past year.

 

The AGA National Office has announced that the Guam Chapter is the recipient of the two AGA Awards of Distinction: The 2016 Chapter CGFM Award and the 2016 Chapter Community Service Award. We would not have achieved these accolades without the work of Jojo Guevara our Certification Chairperson and Frances Danieli and Ariana Villaverde, our Community Service Chairperson and Co-Chair! Congratulations!

 

During the April 2016 General Membership Meeting, the Guam Chapter also elected its Program Year 2016-2017 Officers. Another congratulations to Yuka Hechanova – President, Clariza Mae Roque – President-elect, Josephine Villanueva – Treasurer, and Floregine Dela Cruz – Secretary! I am certain that the successes of the Guam Chapter will continue and grow with their leadership of the Guam Chapter.

 

A special thanks to Membership Chair Jason Katigbak, Membership Co-Chair Debbie Ngata, Early Careers Committee Chair Doreen Crisostomo, Early Careers Committee Co-Chair Lorbea Palaming, and Immediate Past President Rachel F. Cubacub for organizing and hosting an engaging and fun-filled night on Friday, May 6th at the Building Bridges Mixer which was co-sponsored by the Guam Society of CPAs.

 

The month of May 2016 has been designated as the Guam Chapter’s Past Presidents’ Month and during the May General Membership meeting, we will be hosting a panel of Past Presidents of the Guam Chapter. Included in this panel will be Taling M. Taitano (President from 1990 to 1993), Eloy Lizama (President from 2000 to 2001), Doris Flores Brooks (President from 2002 to 2003), Randy Wiegand (President from 2005 to 2006), and Christopher Wolseley (President from 2006 to 2007). They will be discussing their experiences as Past Presidents of the Guam Chapter.

 

Also during our May 2016 General Membership meeting, we will be holding the Annual Professional Development Training (PDT) Raffle to all eligible members pursuant to SOP-10 to attend the 2016 AGA National PDT in Anaheim, California from July 17 to 20. All members that are eligible should have received an email of such eligibility.

 

Additionally, the 15th Annual AGA Guam Chapter 5K is scheduled for June 25, 2016 and the 5K Committee continues to hold meetings toward planning our annual fundraising event. If you are interested, and need Community Service participation, please contact President-elect Yuka Hechanova for more details.

 

Please join us for the May 2016 General Membership meeting as we celebrate our history and Past Presidents of the Guam Chapter to close out the 45th Anniversary celebration!  I look forward to seeing everyone there!

 

Senseramente,

 

Artemio "Ricky" Hernandez
AGA Guam Chapter
President
April 2016

 

Hafa Adai AGA Members!

 

I have been excited about the many events and activities of that the officers, Chapter Executive Committee, and our members have held throughout this year in celebration of the 45th Anniversary of the Guam Chapter. As we look forward, there are several events planned during the next few months that I am certain everyone will enjoy!

 

The month of April involves our annual election process and the Nominating Committee is pleased to announce the nominees to join our President-elect Yuka Hechanova during her presidency in Program Year 2016 – 2017! The nominees are:

 

President-elect: Clariza Roque

Secretary: Floregine Dela Cruz

Treasurer: Josephine Villanueva

 

Our April General Membership meeting will be held on April 27, 2016 at the Hyatt Salon Ballroom near the Al Dente Restaurant and our President-elect will be hosting the election process for all our members.

 

How fitting it is that in our April General Membership meeting, where we will be holding the AGA Guam Chapter’s officer election, that we will also be joined by the Guam Election Commission Executive Director Maria Pangelinan as our Guest Speaker! Mrs. Pangelinan will be discussing Elections and Financial Reporting for the benefit of our members and other interested individuals. We thank her for taking the time out of her extremely busy schedule to join us!

 

The April General Membership meeting will also involve another very important aspect of the Guam Chapter—its Bylaws. The Bylaws Committee Chaired by Llewelyn Terlaje, the Bylaws Work Group, and the Chapter Executive Committee has approved a new set of Bylaws which ensures that the Guam Chapter conforms to the Bylaws Prototype in accordance with AGA National. The General Membership is required to approve and ratify such amendments or changes to the Guam Chapter Bylaws. All members were notified during the March General Membership meeting and via email that such amendments and changes were posted on the AGA Guam Chapter website for all members’ review.

 

Also, a reminder that attendance at the April General Membership meeting will count toward your eligibility to be a part of the annual Professional Development Training raffle to be held during the month of May 2016! Membership Chairperson Jason Katigbak and Co-Chair Debbie Ngata will be emailing everyone of their potential eligibility for the raffle in the coming weeks.

 

The 3rd Annual High School Essay Competition deadline was extended to April 29, 2016! We again thank the judges: Vice Speaker Benjamin J. F. Cruz, Doris Flores Brooks, Taling Taitano, and Zeny Asuncion-Nace for their service to the Guam Chapter and their time and efforts to make this essay competition a success!

 

The 15th Annual AGA Guam Chapter 5K is still scheduled for June 2016 and the 5K Committee continue to hold meetings toward planning our annual fundraising event. If you are interested, and need Community Service participation, please contact President-elect Yuka Hechanova for more details.

 

Lastly, if you are interested in taking the CGFM Exam, the Chapter Executive Committee has recently extended the deadline of the CGFM Practice Exam Promotion. Please contact our Certification Chairperson, Jojo Guevara for more details.

 

Please join us for the April 2016 General Membership meeting and I look forward to seeing everyone there!

 

Senseramente,

 

Artemio "Ricky" Hernandez
AGA Guam Chapter
President
March 2016

 

Hafa Adai AGA Members as well as fellow CGFMs!

 

March is CGFM Month! I would like to recognize all 25 of the Guam Chapter CGFMs! On behalf of the AGA Guam Chapter, we appreciate your continued commitment, hardwork and dedication to government accountability and the CGFM tradition. I continue to hope that through the efforts of the Guam Chapter and its array of member benefits and programs, more of our members continue to strive for excellence through obtaining the CGFM designation.

 

We thank Acting Governor Ray Tenorio for the signing of Proclamation No. 2016-09 in celebration of Guam Certified Government Financial Month for the month of March and appreciate the attendance of Guam Chapter CGFMs and members that were in attendance.

 

Our March 2016 General Membership meeting will be held at the La Mirenda Restaurant at Hyatt Regency Guam on March 23, 2016 and we will be welcoming Vice Speaker Benjamin J. F. Cruz to present the Guam Chapter and its CGFMs with Resolution No. 298-33 recognizing Guam CGFMs during the month of March. We will also be welcoming our Certification Chairperson Jose Guevara, III who will be presenting on CGFM: Past, Present, and Future. Remember that attendance at this meeting gets eligible members one step closer to being eligible for this program year’s Professional Development Training Raffle Drawing! Don’t forget to take part in a Community Service Event, if you have not done so already.

 

The Guam Chapter also has a half-day Ethics Training that is scheduled for Friday, March 25, 2015. A reminder to all CGFMs that this training event is free, with members and non-members welcomed to join at a very low cost.

 

A reminder that March is also membership renewal month and I urge all our existing members to make efforts to renew your memberships for this year.

 

Additionally, the Nominating Committee is still accepting nominations for the positions of President-elect, Treasurer, and Secretary to join next Program Year's President, Yuka Hechanova. Please send your nominations to Yuka on or before March 31, 2016.

 

As we close out the remaining months of this program year, we continue to celebrate the Guam Chapters 45th Anniversary, with the latest event, the 3rd Annual High School Essay Competition. We continue to receive essays from our high school students up until the deadline of April 1, 2016. Please continue to spread the word about this worthwhile competition.

 

The 15th Annual AGA Guam Chapter 5K is scheduled for June 2016 and meetings are underway toward planning our annual fundraising event. If you are interested, and need Community Service participation, please contact President-elect Yuka Hechanova for more details.

 

Lastly, I would like to recognize Vincent Duenas, our Programs and Awards Chairperson for his tireless efforts in coordinating, collecting, and delivering several truckloads of clothing, canned goods, schools supplies, and household goods for donation to Catholic Social Services and the Alee Shelter throughout the month of March. Additionally, we would like to thank Taling Taitano, our Chapter Recognition Program Chair and Regional Vice President-elect of the Pacific Rim for coordinating with the Guam Department of Education schools for their donations toward this Community Service effort on behalf of the AGA Guam Chapter.

 

I look forward to seeing everyone at the March General Membership!

 

Senseramente,

 

Artemio "Ricky" Hernandez
AGA Guam Chapter
President
 
February 2016

 

Hafa Adai AGA Members!

 

At our January 2016 General Membership meeting, we presented the awards for the Best GovGuam Citizen-Centric Report (CCR) Contest with the Platinum Award presented Office of the Attorney General, the Gold Award to the University of Guam, and the Bronze Award to the Guam Power Authority. We thank the representatives that were present at the meeting and look forward to the continued successes in upholding transparency and accountability in our government through the creation of the CCRs.

 

During the month of February, we have continued our 45th Anniversary celebration with some exciting events for our members and interested individuals. Our Education Chair Rodalyn Gerardo and Co-Chair Reginald Diaz organized the Cyber Security & Its Impact on Businesses half-day training event at the Gloria B. Nelson Public Service Building in Fadian, Mangilao on Friday, February 19th conducted by Melvyn Kwek, Chief Information Technology Officer at the Guam Power Authority which qualified for 4 CPE hours. With over two dozen in attendance, it was a successful event!

 

The AGA Guam Chapter 3rd Annual High School Essay Competition was recently announced by the Early Careers Committee lead by Dr. Doreen Crisostomo as Chair, and Lorbea Palaming and Zeny Asuncion-Nace as Co-Chairs. The topic for this year’s competition is, “Government Accountability for Gen-Zers: How my generation can promote and uphold government transparency and accountability on Guam.” We like to thank the individuals that agreed to be judges for this worthwhile event:

 

Vice Speaker Benjamin J. F. Cruz – Chairman of the Guam Legislature Committee on Appropriations and Adjudication.

Doris Flores Brooks – Public Auditor of Guam

Taling M. Taitano – AGA National Regional Vice President and Deputy Superintendent of Administration and Finance at the Guam Department of Education

Zeny Asuncion-Nace – Comptroller at the University of Guam and Co-Chair of the AGA Guam Chapter Early Careers Committee

 

Please spread the word so that the successes of the past two competitions can continue! The due date for submitting essays is Friday, April 1, 2016.

 

Our Guest Speaker for our February 2016 General Membership meeting is Maggie Ralbovsky, CFA who is a Managing Director with Wilshire Associates who will be discussing the topic of, “Long Term Debt Cycle, Secularly Low Returns and Factor Investing for Pensions Systems.” We appreciate her taking time out to speak to our membership, especially knowing her brief stay here on Guam. Attendance at the meeting and the speaking event qualifies for one CPE hour as well!

 

During our February General Membership meeting, we will also be awarding two Herminia Dierking Scholarships to University of Guam students.

 

I look forward to seeing everyone at the February General Membership meeting and be on the look out for more AGA Guam Chapter events!

 

Senseramente,

 

Artemio "Ricky" Hernandez
AGA Guam Chapter
President
 
January 2016

 

Happy New Year, AGA Members!

 

I hope that all our members and their families and friends had a safe new year and have plans to make this year better than the last!

 

We thank the University of Guam Junior Accountants Society as well as the Community Service Committee for hosting and planning a wonderful December Christmas Luncheon and 2nd Annual Christmas Charity Raffle last month. We also thank all the members and their family and friends for attending and taking part in the festivities. The games and activities were fun, the prizes were great, but the company was grand.

 

The AGA Guam Chapter Executive Committee (CEC) has continued to work hard to ensure that our members are provided the best this year. As we continue to celebrate the AGA Guam Chapter’s 45th Anniversary, we look forward to many events and activities that will promote and celebrate the successes of our chapter.

 

Our Community Service Chair and Co-Chair, Frances and Ariana, continue to find events and activities for our members to participate. In February and March of this year, the Guam Chapter will assist the Miss Earth Guam with its ballot counting.

 

Our Education Chair and Co-Chairs, Rodalyn, Reginald, and Zeny have scheduled a Cyber Security Training in February. The Early Careers Committee Chair and Co-Chairs Doreen, Lorbea, and Zeny look forward to launching the 3rd Annual High School Essay Competition next month to get our youth involved in government accountability as part of our 45th Anniversary slate of events.

 

Our Accountability Chair Maripaz has continued her efforts to push the Citizen-Centric Report and we will be awarding the Best CCR Contest awardees during our January General Membership Meeting. Our CGFM Chair Jojo has officially launched the CGFM Practice Exam Promotion which provides funding for those members interested in becoming a Certified Government Financial Manager.

 

This month, during our January 2016 General Membership meeting, we are delighted to have Jessica Castro, Financial Advisor at First Command Financial Services to discuss, “The Power of Planning” to include Cash Management, Risk Management, and Wealth Management topics. One CPE will be offered for this meeting. Additionally, the January meeting will also count toward the annual Professional Development Training raffle which will take place in a few months.

 

I look forward to this upcoming year and I hope that all our members partake in all the great events and activities we have planned. Happy New Year!

 

Senseramente,

 

Artemio "Ricky" Hernandez
AGA Guam Chapter
President
 
November/December 2015

 

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year AGA Members!

 

I hope that everyone has had a safe and joyous Christmas and plans for an exciting New Year!

 

As this year comes to end, I would like to thank each and every individual that has been involved in the success of the AGA Guam Chapter over the past year. The numerous events that the Guam Chapter has held for and on behalf of its members and for the community at-large is a testament to the hard work and determination the Guam Chapter has in ensuring it upholds its mission.

 

A special thanks as well to the numerous guest speakers and presenters that have shared their knowledge, experiences, and time with our members to truly provide added value and benefit in being an AGA member. For the month of November 2015, Mr. Joseph Bradley from Bank of Guam provided an enlightening discussion with an Economic Update and SEC Reporting topic and we thank him for his continued support of the AGA Guam Chapter.

 

The months of November and December 2015 have been filled with several events led by our Community Service Chair Frances Danieli and Co-Chair Ariana Villaverde toward ensuring the Guam Chapter gives back to the community. During the month of November, Guam Chapter members assisted in clean up efforts at the GHURA Guma Trankilidat and also prepared and served food at the Kusinan Kamalen Karidat Soup Kitchen. December involved the Guam Chapter’s annual participation in the Salvation Army Bell Ringing Campaign as well as becoming newly involved in the Salvation Army’s Canned Food Drive. At the Guam Chapter Christmas Luncheon, the 2nd Annual Christmas Charity Raffle will be held with proceeds to benefit the St. Dominic’s Senior Care Home.

 

It is with these events that the Guam Chapter truly expresses its thanks and appreciation to its community during this time of year and we will continue to promote community service events with the assistance of the our members.

 

Also during the past two months, our Education Committee led by Rodalyn Gerardo, Reginald Diaz and Zeny Nace, co-sponsored an Accounting and Auditing Workshop with the Guam Society of CPAs involving topics such as Internal Control, Consideration of Fraud in Financial Statement Audits and Revised 2011 Yellow Book Standards.

 

As we look ahead to the upcoming year, let us ensure that we remember our past, especially this program year being our 45th Anniversary. Remembering those that have led our chapter in the past and the dedication and commitment to advancing government accountability throughout the decades should embolden us to continue to do the same for the next 45 years. Let us keep that fire alive next year and beyond!

 

There will be many more events scheduled this program year to continue our celebratation of the Guam Chapter’s 45th Anniversary and I continue to be excited and hopeful for the future successes of the Guam Chapter!

 

Senseramente,

 

Artemio "Ricky" Hernandez
AGA Guam Chapter
President
 
October 2015

 

Hafa Adai AGA Members!

 

Last month, we celebrated the AGA Guam Chapter’s 45th Anniversary with a kick-off event during our September General Membership Meeting. A special thanks to the AGA Guam Chapter members, sponsors, and supporters over the past decades for continuing to advance government accountability!

 

As part of the 45 Years of Excellence festivities, the Guam Chapter awarded the Professor John M. Phillips Excellence in Government Accountability Award to Deputy Superintendent of Finance and Administration, Taling M. Taitano for her outstanding leadership while promoting excellence in government with high ethical standards and innovative management practices. Additionally, the Guam Chapter recognized and honored over 100 government employees as part of the Who’s Who in the Government of Guam: 40 Years and Under Publication and enjoyed record attendance at our General Membership meeting to date. Congratulations to Taling and the over 100 honorees!

 

A special thanks to Program Chairperson Vincent Duenas for his continued commitment and hard work in organizing, coordinating, creating, and completing both the Professor John M. Phillips Excellence in Government Accountability Award as well as the Who’s Who in the Government of Guam: 40 Years and Under Publication.

 

For those AGA members not present during the meeting the attendees enjoyed a video highlighting the AGA Guam Chapter’s 45 Years of Excellence. Both the Who’s Who Publication and the video can be found on the AGA Guam Chapter website.

 

The Guam Chapter’s Community Service efforts led by Frances Danieli and Ariana Villaverde included Guam Chapter members taking part in the International Coastal Clean up at Matapang Beach Park on September 19th as well as the Get Smart About Credit Day in conjunction with the Bank of Guam held at Father Duenas Memorial School on October 15th. Future events include the Guam Housing and Urban Renewal Authority (GHURA) Guma Trankilidat Clean-Up on November 7th, the Kusinan Kamalen Karidat Soup Kitchen on November 15th, and the Canned Food Drive for Salvation Army Guam on November 20th. Please contact Frances or Ariana for more information.

 

The Citizen-Centric Report for the AGA Guam Chapter has also been released thanks to Accountability Chair Maripaz Perez. Additionally, the Accountability Committee has released the Best FY 2014 Citizen-Centric Report Contest and is accepting nominations through October 31, 2015. All interested Government of Guam agencies that have completed its CCRs and have met all the requirements of the contest are encouraged to participate in this contest.

 

We would like to thank Mr. John Benavente, Guam Power Authority General Manager for being our guest speaker for our October 2015 General Membership meeting. The topic of his discussion is “GPA’s Energy and Financial Plans.” We look forward to his discussion relative to the energy and financial plans that our power authority has for today and for the future.

 

We have many more events planned to celebrate the Guam Chapter’s 45th Anniversary and I remain excited and hopeful for the future of the Guam Chapter!

 

Senseramente,

 

Artemio "Ricky" Hernandez
AGA Guam Chapter
President
 
September 2015

 

Happy Birthday to the AGA Guam Chapter!

 

It was 45 years ago that a group of pioneers in accounting and finance-related fields on Guam joined together to establish what is now known as the Association of Government Accountants (AGA) Guam Chapter. With the leadership of Professor John M. Phillips and other notable individuals, the Guam Chapter was created on September 11, 1970. The continued successes of the Guam Chapter is exemplified in the continued presence of the dedicated and hardworking leaders of the Chapter Executive Committee in consistently remaining an active association on behalf of its members and the community at-large.

 

Over the past 45 years, the Guam Chapter has grown into one of the premier member associations on Guam that not only provides outstanding member benefits and opportunities for networking for its members, but also offers a plethora of education, training, and community service events for the local community and local scholarships for university and college students. Additionally, the Guam Chapter has continued to promote the Certified Government Financial Manager designation, which is a indication of an individual’s mastery of government financial management. The Citizen-Centric Report (CCR) is also a cornerstone of the AGA and is a legally required document to be prepared by all government of Guam agencies which provides for a easily readable and understandable document relative to agency finances and operations for each fiscal year.

 

In celebration of the birthday of the Guam Chapter, our September 2015 General Membership meeting will be dedicated to not only celebrating our Chapter’s past achievements and current pursuits, but we will also be celebrating the contributions from the dedicated public servants of the entire government of Guam.  Toward this goal, our Programs Chairperson Vincent Duenas has coordinated and managed the first-ever Who’s Who in the Government of Guam: 40 Years and Under Publication, which will showcase the accomplishments and biographies of numerous emerging and current leaders in the government of Guam.

 

In addition, the Professor John M. Phillips Excellence in Government Accountability Award will be presented during the September meeting which will be the fourth program year in a row that the award will be granted to a government professional who exemplifies and promotes excellence in government, outstanding leadership, high ethical standards, and innovative management procedures. Over the past three years our honorees for this distinguished award were Doris Flores Brooks, Dr. Mary Okada, and the late Senator Vicente “ben” Cabrera Pangelinan. We are excited to announce this year’s awardee!

 

We are honored to celebrate the past achievements of the Guam Chapter and we look forward to the continuing successes over the next 45 years. I suggest all members take time to review the AGA Guam Chapter website history and past president pages to get an accurate depiction of the dedication of our past members as well as the continued hard work of our current leaders.

 

A heartfelt congratulations to the AGA Guam Chapter and its members—past, present, and future—during its 45th Anniversary celebration during the month of September 2015!

 

Senseramente,

 

Artemio "Ricky" Hernandez
AGA Guam Chapter
President
 
July 2015

 

Hafa Adai AGA Members!

 

I would like to welcome everyone to the Association of Government Accountants (AGA) Guam Chapter Program Year 2015 – 2016! This year is expected to be an exciting year as the Guam Chapter will be celebrating its 45th Anniversary as a chapter of the AGA! The decades of service by you, our members, have propelled our chapter to the highest levels of the national association, having received the Platinum Award for numerous years through the AGA National’s Chapter Recognition Program. 

 

These achievements and accomplishments would not have been possible without the dedication and commitment from our members, namely the Chapter Executive Committees (CECs) that have served the Guam Chapter over the decades. It is because of these individuals, these Guam Chapter members that our chapter has succeeded in its goals as it has continued to do each and every year. 

 

A special thank you and congratulations to Immediate-Past-President Rachel Field and the outgoing CEC for Program Year 2014 – 2015 for achieving the Platinum Award at the 2015 AGA Professional Development Training in Nashville, Tennessee this month as well as to the Certification Chair, Jojo Guevara for receiving the national Chapter CGFM Award.

 

Additionally, I would like to express my appreciation to our President-elect, Yuka Hechanova, our Secretary, Clariza Roque, our Treasurer, Josephine Villanueva as well as the CEC for this program year, for accepting or continuing the challenge and opportunity to serve the Guam Chapter.

 

In celebration of our 45th Anniversary, the Guam Chapter has exciting events planned for this year. Our Program and Awards Chair, Vincent Duenas continues to plan for the GovGuam 40 and Under: Emerging Leaders in the Government of Guam publication. Our Early Careers Committee Chair and Co-Chairs, Doreen Crisostomo, Zeny Asuncion-Nace, and Lorbea Palaming will be planning the 3rd Annual High School Essay Competition. Jojo Guevara, our Certification Chair will continue his award-winning CGFM program including the celebration of CGFM Month. The CEC also has plans to celebrate our history through an appreciation luncheon for the Guam Chapter’s Past Presidents.

 

This month, we will be recognizing and celebrating the accomplishments of the 14th Annual AGA ACCOUNTABILITY 5K Sponsors and Volunteers. It is with their continued commitment to the Guam Chapter and their service that we have and continue to meet our goals of funding the Herminia Dierking and AGA Guam Chapter Scholarships for University of Guam and Guam Community College students.

 

I am hopeful that you are as excited as I am about this program year and I am very much looking forward to seeing each and every one of you at our monthly General Membership meeting luncheons! 

 

Senseramente,

 

Artemio "Ricky" Hernandez
AGA Guam Chapter
President
 
June 2015

 

Hafa Adai AGA Members!

 

Our chapter has experienced yet another successful program year and I cannot express how grateful I am to have been part of the leadership team of one of the most influential professional organizations on island.  It has been such a blessing to serve all of you and take on this leadership role this past year.  Being President has only confirmed what I’ve observed in the last few years as a member – the AGA Guam Chapter goes above and beyond to reach its goals, promote government accountability, and have an awesome time along the way.  I hope each of you remain inspired to achieve excellence in everything that you do.  You all can only get better from here!

 

Our chapter remains active even after already receiving the Platinum award for this program year.  This Saturday, June 27, is our annual ACCOUNTABILITY 5K Run/Walk.  I’d like to thank Community Service Chairperson Frances Danieli and President-Elect Ricky Hernandez for spearheading this year’s event along with the rest of the 5K Planning Committee.  Get ready for an awesome time this Saturday!  Our grand prize is a round trip to Manila, Philippines.  The top male and female finishers will also receive a cash prize!  Proceeds of our 5K continue to support our efforts in providing scholarship to UOG and GCC students pursuing degrees in accounting and other business-related areas. 

 

This month we will have the Honorable Robert J. Torres, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Guam who will be presenting, “Initiatives at the Judiciary of Guam.”  He will also be inducting our AGA Guam Chapter officers for the upcoming program year.  Race bibs for this Saturday’s 5K will also be available for sale.

 

This will now close out Program Year 2014-2015.  Thank you members for remaining active in attending our AGA events!  This chapter would be nothing without the efforts each of you put in.  Thank you for an awesome year!  Can’t wait for what is in store for us next year.

 

Stay Awesome,

 

Rachel Field
AGA Guam Chapter
President
 
May 2015

 

Hafa Adai AGA Members!

 

I hope that you all made it out of the storm safely and with minimal damage to your properties.  We have one more month left in this program year and we are still going strong!  This month’s guest speaker is the Guam Department of Education Superintendent Jon Fernandez who will provide an update on the third party receivership.  Also during the May meeting, we will be holding our long-awaited PDT Raffle and select the lucky AGA member who will be able to go to Nashville, Tennessee.  This AGA member will be able to earn up to 24 CPEs at the annual PDT as well as network with other financial government professionals from various AGA chapters nationwide.  

 

Our chapter continues to strive for excellence and I can’t be any more proud and thankful to be part of such a dynamic group of leaders! Please help me in congratulating Jojo Guevara and the CGFM Committee for their efforts in receiving the AGA National 2015 CGFM Award!  This is now the fourth year the Guam Chapter has received this award and has been recognized for an outstanding job in promoting the CGFM Program and its members.  Thank you, Jojo, for being instrumental in obtaining this award for our chapter! 

 

Also, please help me welcome our newly elected officers for the upcoming program year.  Ricky Hernandez will continue on as Chapter President, Yuka Hechanova as President-Elect, myself as Past-President, Josie Villanueva as Treasurer, and Clariza Roque as Secretary.  Thank you officers for accepting these roles for the upcoming year!  These officers will be inducted in our June general membership meeting.

 

Still to come and finish off our program year is the annual ACCOUNTABILITY 5K Run/Walk.  I would like to encourage each of our members to come out and volunteer or participate in this event.  A portion of this event’s proceeds will continue in providing scholarships to UOG and GCC students. 

 

Stay Awesome,

 

Rachel Field
AGA Guam Chapter
President
 
April 2015

 

Hafa Adai AGA Members!

 

Last month was very eventful with the number of CPEs offered to the recognition of our CGFM members.  April continues to be just as eventful as we make special contributions to our community.  The AGA Guam Chapter will be donating $500 to the Pacific Mission Aviation to help in transporting goods to the islands affected by Typhoon Maysak.  We will also be awarding three students who have applied for the Herminia Dierking and AGA Guam Chapter scholarships.  Both presentations are expected to be held during our April general membership meeting.  President Norbert Kalau and Chief Financial Officer, Melinda Espinosa of Pacific Mission Aviation will also be our guest speakers for April and provide an update on the relief provided in response to Typhoon Maysak.

 

Also held during our April general membership meeting will be officer elections for next program year.  Please try to make it a point to come to this meeting to come and vote.  Tracking for the PDT Raffle continues on until our May general membership meeting.  For members who are now eligible or soon to be eligible, you should have received an e-mail notification by our Membership chairperson, Randy Wiegand.  

 

Planning for our annual ACCOUNTABILITY 5K Run/Walk is well underway and is scheduled for Saturday, June 27, 2015!  If you are interested in being part of the committee and volunteering for this event, please contact Frances Danieli or Ricky Hernandez.  The success of our 5K events have contributed to our scholarship programs to University of Guam and Guam Community College students.  

 

We received awesome news this past month as Bill 46-33 was passed and will give recognition to those holding the CGFM designation in certain government of Guam agencies through incentive pay.  Our government continues to recognize the value of holding this designation through each members’ testimony and hard work in their respective workplaces.  

 

Interested in obtaining the CGFM designation?  AGA is offering any member their first CGFM exam at no charge through May 31, 2015.  Please take advantage of this.  Encourage your fellow members as well as those you may know in our field.  Let’s promote the CGFM and use this as a tool to attract new members to our organization.

 

Stay Awesome,

 

Rachel Field
AGA Guam Chapter
President
 
March 2015

 

Happy CGFM Month AGA Members!

 

Before I begin my message, I’d like to extend my appreciation to our fellow CGFM members for their hard work and dedication towards obtaining this certification.  Thank you for your continued support in being ambassadors for the AGA!  

 

We are now at the last three months in this program year and boy does time fly!  There are some exciting events ahead and I hope you are able to participate in some, if not all of them.  First off, thank you to the members who are participating in our monthly general membership meetings.  Your attendance helps get you qualified for our annual PDT Raffle.  Stay tuned for the raffle coming this May!  This year’s National PDT will be held in the Nashville, Tennessee.

 

Nominations have been made for our election happening during our April general membership meeting.  These nominations include: Yuka Hechanova for President-Elect, Josie Villanueva for Treasurer, and Clariza Roque for Secretary.  Please come out during our April meeting to ensure you vote for our upcoming officers.

 

Please take note that our upcoming March general membership meeting will still be at the Sheraton Hotel with the remainder of our meetings being held at the Hyatt Hotel.  As mentioned earlier, March is CGFM month and so we will have a legislative resolution presentation held during our meeting.  Please come out and support our CGFM initiatives by wearing red to this meeting.  Also happening in March is a half-day training session with Dr. Karri Perez that is worth 4 CPEs.  For more information, please visit our website or contact Rodalyn Gerardo, our Education Chairperson.

 

Bill 46-33 is currently in legislation and is An Act Relative to Providing a Pay Incentive to Government of Guam Line Agency’s, the Office of Public Accountability, and the Guam Department of Education Employees who have Obtained Certified Public Accountant, Certified Government Financial Manager, Certified Fraud Examiner, and Certified Internal Auditor Certifications Pursuant to Recognized National Standards to Preserve the Government of Guam’s Ability to Recruit and Retain Such Professionals.  The Guam Chapter provided testimony in support of the intent of this bill and can be viewed on our website.

 

Please also keep in mind our Annual Accountability 5K Run/Walk which is set for Saturday, June 27, 2015.  If you are interested in being part of the planning committee, you can see Ricky Hernandez or Frances Danieli.  I hope you can come out for this event as part of the proceeds go towards the scholarships we provide to both University of Guam and Guam Community College students.

 

Are you enjoying our monthly newsletter?  We welcome member articles, pictures, and other submissions.  If you are interested, please contact our editor, Matthew Quinata.   

 

Have a great rest of the month, everyone!  Don’t forget that we are in membership renewal time.  If you haven’t renewed your membership, please make sure you do.  We’d love to have you stay with us for next program year!

 

Stay Awesome,

 

Rachel Field
AGA Guam Chapter
President

 

 
February 2015

 

Hello AGA Members and Happy Love Month to you all! 

 

I hope this month was spent with your loved ones and that you all had a wonderful time.

 

There are several events coming up within the next few months that I hope each of you would be part of. First, please join us at our February General Membership meeting this coming Wednesday, February 25 at the Sheraton Hotel. Our guest speaker is former Senator Chris Duenas who will discuss “Performance Based Budgeting vs. Unfunded Mandates.” This will be our last meeting at the Sheraton and will hold our meetings at the Hyatt Hotel for the remainder of the program year.  Please also remember that attending our general meetings may get you eligible for the PDT Raffle tone held in May 2015

 

Just around the corner is CGFM Month.  Mark your calendars for Friday, March 22 as we will be holding a training event instructed by Dr. Karri Perez. It's a half-day event and you'll be able to earn up to 4 CPEs. In honor of those holding the CGFM designation, this will be a complimentary training session. Thank you to Rodalyn Gerardo, Yuka Hechanova and Jojo Guevara for coordinating this event.

 

Something else on the horizon is the 14th Annual AGA Guam Chapter ACCOUNTABILITY 5K Run/Walk to be held this June 2015! If you are interested in being part of the planning committee, please let us know. This is always a fun event and great way to help out students who are interested in the accounting and government discipline. A portion of the proceeds of this event go towards the Hermenia Dierking and AGA Scholarship for the UOG and GCC students.

 

Are you interested in becoming an AGA Officer? Nominations will be open shortly. So if you are interested or know of anyone interested, please submit your nominations to agaguamchapter@gmail.com.

 

I hope you enjoy this month's newsletter. If you would like to submit articles, pictures, or any announcements, please contact our Newsletter Editor, Matthew Quinata. See you at our upcoming events!

 

Stay Awesome,

 

Rachel Field
AGA Guam Chapter
President

 

January 2015

 

Happy New Year, AGA Members! 

 

Here we are at the start of a new year with new chances to be better and even more awesome than last.  I would like to encourage each of you to remain excited for the rest of the program year and feel free to provide input in any of the programs we have.  What else would you like to see happen this year?  Where can we improve?  I would definitely love to hear from you and am open to suggestions.  Who knows, this may spark an interest in you wanting to be part of the executive committee.  I would love to see new faces be part of the team!

 

Thank you to everyone who came out to our Christmas party last month to celebrate the holiday season and win some awesome prizes!  Proceeds from our Angel Tree went towards providing gifts to children whose parents are incarcerated.  Your contributions made their Christmas extra special!  Also, kudos to those who continue to help in the area of community service.  Our chapter has such a huge heart for the people in our community.  Earlier this month, we were able to serve food at Kusinan Kamalen Karidat.  Stay tuned for more activities, especially with tax season around the corner.  Please don’t forget that attending our monthly meetings and participating in a community service project will get you eligible for our annual PDT Raffle. There is still a chance for you to attend the PDT in Nashville, Tennessee.  Don’t miss out!

 

I wanted to echo words that were shared by our AGA National President, Bill Miller, that it “takes a village to run this organization.”  Ensuring that our Guam Chapter is fulfilling its mission and goals is something that I am not doing alone and I have an awesome team who is constantly working behind the scenes.  Not only are we making an impact locally, but our chapter continues to contribute on a regional and national level as well.  We celebrate with Taling Taitano who will be our incoming Pacific Rim Regional Vice President.  Congratulations, Taling! 

 

One aspect of this program year that I am really proud of is the restoration of our AGA Newsletter.  Mr. Matthew Quinata has been an enormous support this year to bring you timely monthly newsletters that I hope are informative and fun for you all to read.  If you have anything you would like to submit, please feel free to provide any articles and pictures.  This newsletter is meant to be all about our members! 

 

I hope in the midst of our busy schedules and aspirations to keep our new year’s resolutions, you will still find the value in being an AGA member.  You are all awesome and very important to our organization.  Keep up the amazing work you are all doing!

 

Rachel Field
AGA Guam Chapter
President
 
December 2014

 

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays AGA Members! 

 

It’s the last and final month of 2014 and I hope we’ve all made positive strides in both our professional and personal lives.  We are now at the halfway mark of this program year and our chapter has been having a successful year so far.  I can never express how thankful I am for the team that is in place to execute every program and event.  Kudos to all of you!  This chapter would not be what it is today without you all.

 

 

This past month, we’ve continued our efforts in reaching out to the community especially during this season of giving.  Members participated in the annual Salvation Army Thanksgiving Luncheon as well as the bell ringing in various shopping areas.  Our community service chairperson, Frances Danieli, has set up two community service projects each month for members to participate in.  Don’t forget that participating in one of the community service projects will help get you qualified for our annual PDT Raffle.  Don’t miss out on a chance to attend the 2015 AGA National PDT in Nashville, Tennessee.

 

 

I hope that you enjoy this month’s festive newsletter with throwback pictures from past Christmas parties.  Be excited for this week’s Christmas Luncheon as we have some AWESOME prizes for both our games and the Angel Tree Raffle.  Raffle tickets will be sold for $1 each to help with our Angel Tree community service project.  We will be purchasing gifts for a group of children who has a parent incarcerated.  Please support the cause this coming Wednesday!  We’ll also have games and a photobooth available for you.  It’s going to be a fun time.  Thank you to the Junior Accountants Society for co-hosting this event!

 

 

Merry Christmas and wishing you all a prosperous New Year!

 

 

Stay Awesome,

 

Rachel Field
AGA Guam Chapter
President
 
November 2014
 
Hafa Adai AGA Members! 
 

There is always something special about the holiday season!  With the start of November, I’m sure we are starting to see the beautiful decorations being set up and the festive music playing on our radio.  It really is starting to be the most wonderful time of the year!  This month we remember to reflect and give thanks for the great things in our lives.  There is much good that can happen if we continue to focus on what we are grateful for.  I’d like to encourage each of you to take up that challenge of naming something (or even a number of things) that we are thankful for.  Our chapter would be even more awesome!

 

The events held in October allowed for members to interact with the youth of our community by participating in the “Get $mart About Credit” Day sponsored by Bank of Guam.  AGA members visited Father Duenas Memorial School to discuss personal finance topics such as budgeting, saving, and using credit.  Thank you to the members who took time out of their busy schedules to talk to the youth of our island.  This past weekend, members participated in another clean-up as part of the Adahi I’Tano program. 

 

There are still many more community service projects to take part in throughout this program year.  Don’t forget that participating in one of our AGA community service projects will help you become eligible for the PDT Raffle.  With the holiday season among us, we will be participating in the Salvation Army Thanksgiving Luncheon as well as Bell Ringing.  See Ms. Frances Danieli for more details.

 

Looking to earn CPEs before the year ends?  We’ll be holding a CGFM Study session that qualifies for 4 CPE hours on December 5, 2014.  Also, if you are interested in sitting for the exam, there will be a $20 discount in the month of December for each exam you take!

 

As holiday parties creep up on us, we know that scheduling meetings can get pretty hectic.  Please take note that our November and December meetings are moved up a bit earlier to November 19 and December 17.  Our guest speaker for November is Mr. Paul Pineda who will talk about the “5 Qualities of a Great Leader.”  I hope you will join us at the Sheraton Resort in the Media Room on this day to get some personal development.  Also, remain excited for our annual Christmas party!  There will be games, prizes, and possibly a visit from Santa Clause!  Hope you all can join us for the fun!

 

Thankful for all of you,

 
October 2014

 

Hafa Adai AGA Members! 

 

Last month was an exciting month for our chapter as we held our biennial Guam Professional Development Conference.  We had the pleasure of having the AGA National President, Bill Miller, visit us and instruct some of our courses along with Billy Morehead and Lealan Miller.  Bill Miller was also able to visit with our friends in Saipan.  Thank you to everyone who helped make their stay a pleasant one.   I would also like to extend my appreciation to the GPDC Planning Committee who put together a successful event at the Nikko Hotel.  We had over 100 participants attend the training event and earned up to 24 CPEs.  Thank you also to our guest speakers and volunteers for your contribution to the GPDC.     

 

 

One of the initiatives of our chapter has been to encourage our members to become CGFMs.  Now is the perfect time to begin this process with the CGFM online application fee being only $20 for the month of October.  This is a $65 discount!  Please take advantage of this deal. 

 

 

Your chapter leaders have been working hard to put together awesome events and activities.  In our most recent community service events, AGA members participated in the Guam International Coastal Cleanup at Paseo and Get $mart About Credit Day at Father Duenas Memorial High School.  Thank you members, for your time and effort!  Still looking to lend a helping hand?  Please contact Frances Danieli and/or Mark Palarca.

 

 

Our location for our general membership meetings has changed.  Please join us on Wednesday, October 29, 2014 at the Sheraton Resort.  Until then, please enjoy the articles and pictures provided in this month’s newsletter.  All members are welcome to contribute to our newsletter.  Please feel free to contract Matthew Quinata.  Have an eek-tastic Halloween, everyone!  Stay awesome!

 

Rachel Field
AGA Guam Chapter
President
 
September 2014
 
Happy September, everyone!  

 

For those of you who don't know, September is AGA's birthday month.  Not to mention, it is also my birthday month, too! So I hope as you read this message, you'll sing "happy birthday" to our organization and maybe even me! This month is full of exciting events and I encourage each of you to take part in them in one way or another.

 

Last month, we had the opportunity to hear from one of the Attorney General candidates, Judge Elizabeth Barrett Anderson, in our August general membership meeting. Thank you to everyone who came out to hear her presentation.  Congratulations to all the members who were chosen at the meeting to receive a registration scholarship to this year's GPDC, too! These scholarship winners will be earning up to 24 CPEs, a membership value of $450.

 

We have the opportunity and privilege of having the AGA National President, Bill Miller, with us this month during our GPDC. Please take some time to share the Hafa Adai spirit with him! Also returning to Guam for the GPDC are Dr. William "Billy" Moorehead and Lealan Miller. The GPDC is the major educational event our organization holds every other year.  I hope as you attend this conference, you will be able to take away information not just for your professional career, but for your personal life, as well. The GPDC Planning Committee has worked very hard in putting this event together and I ask that you do take the time to thank them. They had each of you in mind when planning this event.

 

Looking to lend a helping hand? Our chapter will be participating in the islandwide coastal cleanup on September 20th at Paseo. Please see Frances Danieli for more details as well as for other community service events that are upcoming such as the "Get $mart about Credit" Day. Don't forget that participating in a community service event is part of what can make you eligible to go to Nashville, Tennessee where the 2015 National Professional Development Training event will be.Looking forward to all of the events this month and I hope you will be excited along with me for what is to come. Stay awesome, folks!

 
Rachel Field
AGA Guam Chapter
President
 
August 2014

 

Hello AGA Members! 

 

I’m sure we all missed each other since we did not have a July general membership meeting due to the storm, but our August general membership meeting is something to look forward to as we hold a forum with Leonardo M. Rapadas and Elizabeth Barrett-Anderson, candidates for Attorney General. With the Guam Professional Development Conference (GPDC) coming this September, attending our August meeting may make you eligible for a GPDC scholarship along with participating in a community service event for this program year.  Our August meeting will be on Wednesday, August 27, at the Onward Beach Resort in the Aqua Ballroom and doors will open at 11:30 am.

 

This month we celebrate another one of our members receiving the Certified Government Financial Management (CGFM) designation – Ms. Joy Bulatao!  If you see her, please congratulate her for this awesome accomplishment.  The chapter is very proud.

 

One of the many things I have appreciated about our chapter is our commitment to our community.  When we take the focus off of ourselves and the busyness of our lives and lend helping hands to others, we become even more awesome.  The Guam Chapter has a really big heart and I hope this year we would continue in our efforts to give back to our community and take the time to be thankful for an organization that answers the call to serve others.  Thank you to those who were able to come out this month and volunteer your time in the Family Celebration event sponsored by Guam Moms Helping Moms and the Tops in Blue event sponsored by the 36th Air Force Support Squadron.  If you are interested in volunteering for future events, please contact Frances Danieli at francesdanieli@gmail.com or Mark Palarca at madpalarca@gmail.com.    

 

I hope the issuance of last month’s newsletter was a good surprise for you as we are trying to get back to sending out monthly newsletters and providing various avenues for you to receive AGA information.  The purpose of the newsletter is to re-cap AGA events, share various technical articles, and celebrate the accomplishments of our awesome members.  Please enjoy what this month’s newsletter has which includes past events like the national Professional Development Training held in Orlando, Florida.  You can also visit our website at www.aga.guam.net or like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/agaguamchapter.  If you are interested in submitting an article, picture, or even just making an announcement, you can contact Vincent Duenas, Ricky Hernandez, and Matt Quinata who are all part of this year’s Communication Committee.

 

I’d like to end my message with a quote from the late Robin Williams’ ‘Dead Poets Society’ movie where he says, “Carpe, carpe.  Carpe diem.  Seize the day, boys.  Make your lives extraordinary.”  We all have an opportunity to be awesome and extraordinary in our daily lives, our family, and in this chapter.  Carpe diem, friends! Be extraordinary!

 

Rachel Field
AGA Guam Chapter
President
 
July 2014

 

Hafa Adai and Welcome to the AGA Guam Chapter’s Program Year 2014-2015! 
 

It is an honor and privilege to serve you this year as the Chapter President. I am so excited for the various events that will happen this upcoming year to include the Guam Professional Development Conference, the visit of the AGA National President Bill Miller, our annual Building Bridges Mixer, and many more. I hope you will enjoy all of the events that we will have. 

 

 

We kicked off this Program Year with the 13th Annual AGA 5K Run/Walk held at the Chamorro Village in Hagatna with the theme “Power in Numbers.” There were 217 runners participating in this event! To our sponsors and dedicated volunteers, a heartfelt thank you for your continual support for this event! The proceeds of this annual event continue to help fund our scholarship programs with the University of Guam and the Guam Community College. 

 

 

I am sure that most of you have seen me around in the past program years, but for those who may not know me, I am currently an Auditor with the Office of Public Accountability and have been involved with the AGA Guam Chapter for the past four years assuming roles such as President-Elect, Secretary, Membership Chairperson, and Communications Chairperson.  I have seen the benefits of being a member of this organization and I hope as this year progresses, each of you will continue to see the value of being an   AGA member. Thank you for continuing to believe in the AGA Guam Chapter and remaining a member. The success that we have experienced would not have been possible without each of you.

 

 

I had the opportunity to attend the Sectional Leadership Meeting in Kansas City, Missouri this past April 2014 and would like to take a few words from a video that was shared in hopes to encourage you to live your life with purpose - “We were made to be awesome!”  While this is a professional organization and many of us are part of it to stay up-to-date with accountability issues, know that each of you were made to be awesome. I hope as this year unfolds you would reach out to your peers to attend our AGA events and become part of our AGA family. There is so much that could be done with this organization and I would not want any of you to miss out. That is why the theme for this year is simply “Awesome.” Let everything we do and take part in AGA be sprinkled with the awesomeness of you!  Cheers to an awesome year ahead!

 

Rachel Field
AGA Guam Chapter
President

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