For OSCPA members, 2018 was the year of the Centennial Celebration. While things officially kicked off at the Oklahoma History Center with the OSCPA’s exhibit in 2017, the Centennial Celebration picked up steam in 2018. Twenty-three companies and 28 past chairmen sponsored the Centennial Celebration, raising more than $111,000.
The bulk of the funds raised were used to host the biggest party the OSCPA has thrown on June 8 in Oklahoma City: the OSCPA’s 100th Annual Members Meeting. Keynote speaker Ben Stein headlined the day’s event, and the evening festivities included a prohibition-themed reception, custom chocolates and mini champagne bottles for attendees, the unveiling of the OSCPA’s custom centennial wines, In the Red and C-Note, and a live band for dancing at the end of the evening.
Additionally, Deloitte partnered with the OSCPA to sponsor OSCPA student memberships for all Oklahoma accounting students.
In June, OSCPA leaders and volunteers got busy working on a strategic plan to carry the Society into the future. The organizational activity allows the OSCPA to set priorities, strengthen operations and focus resources. Task force groups are currently working on activities born from the strategic planning meeting.
At the August Board Retreat, AICPA Chairman Eric Hansen, CPA, CGMA, who spent time in Tulsa, addressed the group and discussed, among other issues, proposed ABV changes. To address those changes, OSCPA Chairman of the Board Neil Jay, CPA, ABV, attended the AICPA Fall Council meeting. Additionally, Jimmy J. Williams, CPA, PFS, CFPA, chairman of the National Accreditation Commission, and Pat Milligan, CPA, PFS, CGMA, the OSCPA’s AICPA Council representative, and OSCPA President and CEO Blaine Peterson, CPA, JD, attended the meeting, so the OSCPA was represented well.
August 18 was the official 100th "birthday" of the OSCPA, so Governor Mary Fallin proclaimed it Oklahoma Society of CPAs Day in Oklahoma and recorded a video announcement for the occasion!
The Young Accounting Professionals (YAP) Committee launched Lunch + Learns, one-hour sessions on a variety of topics that not only offer CPE, but also chances to network. Lunch + Learns have become quite popular, and the next is Jan. 9: Pizza + Politics: How to Engage in the Political Process with State Representative Mickey Dollens. It is also available as a simulcast.
The OSCPA also released The Ultimate Guide to Becoming a CPA, a publication for students offering CPA Exam advice, career resources and tips for succeeding in the accounting profession.
In October, the OSCPA hosted its 5th annual CPA Day of Service, which brought in a record-setting 182 amazing volunteers! Across the state, the event had 16 groups helping 19 charitable organizations in 10 cities, so thank you to everyone who volunteered and made it so successful.
In November and December, Peterson hit the road with the Town Hall meetings, where he delivered professional issues updates including proposed changes to the Oklahoma Accountancy Act, challenges to professional credentialing and the CPA license, the impact of emerging technologies on the CPA profession and the skills CPAs will need in the near future. New for 2018, Peterson employed a live polling app called Conferences.io.
“We utilized the interactive platform to gain instant feedback from our members,” Peterson said. “This allowed our members to help drive the focus of our discussion and provide a wealth of insight into issues important to our members.”
This year’s meetings also saw increased attendance from OSCPA student members.
“Enabling them to exchange ideas with our experienced members led to some surprising perceptions and helped build a bridge to our future leaders,” Peterson said.
As the OSCPA looks to the second half of the 2018-2019 year, which will include the YAP Mix & Mingles, Two-Day Federal Tax Update, CPA Day at the Capitol, Accounting Career Nights, College Campus Meet-Ups and more, the staff wishes all OSCPA members a very Happy New Year!