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American Society of Military Comptrollers The Crabpot ASMC, FORT MEADE CHAPTER March_April 2009 “Do the right thing. It will gratify some people and astonish the rest. ” Mark Twain Message from the President and Vice President … March Meeting WHEN: 19 March We were very pleased with the large turn-out at our February meeting. Over 50 individuals were in attendance to hear Mr. Gary Schilling’s briefing on the “BRAC Program at Aberdeen Proving Ground”. Thank you to Mr. Schilling for an excellent and timely briefing. As spring approaches, along with warmer weather, we hope that we will see similar attendance at future meetings. Also, thank you to those that have provided suggestions for speakers. We are always looking for more of your suggestions. Time: 1130 – 1400 The next Chapter Meeting will be held on 19 March. Our speaker will be Mr. Carl Penski from HQUSACE. Mr. Penski’s topic is "MILCON Programming Overview: From a gleam in someone's eye to actual brick & mortar. " So, mark your calendar and make plans to join us on March 19 th. Hope to see you there! Laura Burdick, Chapter President Cecelia Burley, Chapter Vice President Cost: $20. 00 WHERE: BWI Ramada SPEAKER: Mr. Carl Penski, HQUSACE Topic: MILCON Programming Overview Please RSVP by Tuesday, 17 March via the chapter web page: www. asmcfortmeadechapter. org SEE YOU THERE !
In this issue. . . CDFM Testing… Unable to plan for your CDFM exams with President’s Message 1 Quotable Quotes 2 CDFM Testing 2 Headquarters ASMC News 3 Chapter News 4 FGGM Scholarships 5 Recipe of the Month 5 Activities Calendar 6 Officers & Committee Chairs 6 Financial Matters 6 Quotable Quotes … ~An investment in knowledge pays the best interest. your own personal schedule? You are in luck. Check out the following special test arrangements we have made with ASMC HQs. The next CDFM testing session will be held on 13 April at the Maritime Learning Center (MLC), located at the Maritime Institute of Technology Training and Conference Center, Linthicum Heights, MD Please note – preregistration is required. Contact Alan Smith ([email protected] gov) NLT the Monday prior to the test date. Please keep in mind that once you have registered to take an exam you are expected to honor your commitment and take the test as scheduled. This is a great opportunity, so please sign-up and obtain your certification without all the hassles. Future Test Dates Benjamin Franklin 13 April 11 May 8 June 13 July 10 August 14 September ~ Do you want to know who you are? Don't ask. Act! Action will delineate and define you. . Thomas Jefferson ~Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other. Abraham Lincoln For directions to the MLC: www. mitags. org/directions If you are interested in attending any of These CDFM testing sessions please contact Alan Smith ([email protected] gov) Mar_Apr 2009 PAGE 2
Headquarters ASMC News … ASMC Selects New Executive Director Mr. Tucker replaces the Honorable Robert Hale who was recently confirmed by the U. S. Senate as the Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller/Chief Financial Officer). Mr. Tucker is well known in the Department of Defense (Do. D) financial community. He has extensive experience in Defense accounting, audit, and budget and has demonstrated a strong commitment to the professional goals of ASMC by serving as Chair of the CDFM Commission. He joins ASMC from the accounting firm of Grant Thornton LLP where he spent 12 years, and served as a Director in the Defense and Intelligence practice. During his federal service he was Do. D Deputy Chief Financial Officer from 1990 to 1997. Previous to that he was Deputy Inspector General of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, Deputy Assistant Inspector General (Audit) in the Office of the Do. D IG, and Director of Training and Education in the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD). He began his federal career with the Army Audit Agency, and progressed to staff positions as an auditor and budget analyst in the OSD Comptroller organization before joining the Senior Executive Service in 1979. He retired from the Civil Service in 1997 with 34 years of service. Mr. Tucker is a Certified Defense Financial Manager (CDFM), a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), a Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), and a Certified Government Financial Manager (CGFM). He is the recipient of the Defense Medal for Distinguished Civilian Service, with oak leaf cluster and was twice named a Meritorious Senior Executive. A graduate of the University of Maryland with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting, he is also a graduate of the Federal Executive Development Program sponsored by the Office of Personnel Management. PDI 2009 San Antonio, TX 26 – 29 May The professional development program is an excellent learning opportunity for financial management professionals. This year's PDI offers more than 80 workshops in the areas of Budget, Financial Management, Acquisition, Current Issues, Professional Development, and Information Technology. PDI Housing is now open through the link on the PDI housing page PDI Housing Reservation Website. Mar_Apr 2009 PAGE 3
Chapter News March Service Event When: 28 March, 1 – 4 pm Where: Sarah’s House What: 2 nd Annual Easter Party Items needed: Plastic eggs Easter candy Easter baskets Other goodies Contact: Leo Zerhusen, [email protected] gov Family and friends are welcome to attend the event. Please join us. 2009 ASMC Fort Meade Chapter Officer Elections Are you interested in taking a more active role in ASMC activities? If so, then you should consider a run for one of the ASMC Fort Meade Chapter offices for 2009 - 2010. We are currently soliciting nominees for the upcoming officer elections to be held in April. If interested, please provide your name and the office that you’re interested in by COB 20 March 2009. Nominations should be sent to ASMCFt. [email protected] com. Candidate’s names and offices will be posted on the Chapter web page for voting and new officers will be announced in April. Mar_Apr 2009 PAGE 4
FGGM ASMC Scholarships We would like to congratulate Crystol Callender on winning the spring 2009 $250. 00 book scholarship – announced at the February Chapter meeting. Another $250 textbook scholarship will be awarded for the fall semester. Scholarship recipients will be selected by a lottery drawing. We will provide additional details via the Chapter Newsletter as the fall semester approaches. Qualifications: You must be an active ASMC member. In addition, you must have attended 3 meetings in 2009. Recipe of the Month Frozen Chocolate "Soufflés" Prep Time: 10 min Total Time: 5 hr 10 min Makes: 8 servings, one "soufflé" each Ingredients: 3 cups milk 1 pkg. (8 -serving size) or 2 pkg. (4 -serving size each) JELL-O Chocolate Instant Pudding 2 cups thawed COOL WHIP Whipped Topping 16 OREO Cookies, finely chopped (about 2 cups) 8 maraschino cherries Directions: POUR milk into medium bowl. Add dry pudding mix. Beat with wire whisk 2 min. Gently stir in whipped topping. SPOON 2 Tbsp. of the chopped cookies into each of eight 8 - to 9 -oz. paper drinking cups. Cover evenly with half of the pudding mixture. Press gently with the back of a spoon to eliminate air pockets. Repeat layers. Cover with foil. FREEZE 5 hours or until firm. Remove from freezer about 15 minutes before serving. Let stand at room temperature to soften slightly. Peel away paper to unmold onto dessert plates. Top each with a cherry. Store leftovers in freezer. Recipe found at kraftfoods. com Mar_Apr 2009 PAGE 5
Activity calendar … Financial Matters … Thursday April 17, 2009, Speaker: Karen Jones “The Joy and Pains of Implementing NSPS” Pay for Performance Thursday May 15, “ASMC Jeopardy” come prepared to answer CDFM questions. *** CDFM Computer-Based Testing Dates at the MLC*** located at the Maritime Institute of Technology; testing starts at 0800 hrs. Note: Chapter meetings will be held at the Ramada Inn BWI. Officers meet or communicate virtually at least once a month. Officers & Committee Chairs Beginning Balance $6899. 19 Deposits $1200. 00 Expenditures $1340. 80 Ending Balance $6758. 39 2008 -2009 Chapter Year President Laura M. Burdick (410) 854 -6490 [email protected] gov Vice President Ceil M. Burley (410) 854 -7540 [email protected] gov Secretary Monica R. Anderson (240) 373 -1617 [email protected] gov Treasurer Denise E. Kelly (410) 854 -8743 dekell [email protected] gov Membership Committee Kelly S. Cash (240) 373 -1595 [email protected] gov Scholarship Chair Jen Shafer (240)373 -1615 [email protected] gov Community Service/Fund Raising Chair Leo A. Zerhusen (410)854 -6118 [email protected] gov Education, Training, and Certification Chair Alan P. Smith, (410) 854 -7532 [email protected] gov Newsletter Chair Julie K. Alzin, (410) 854 -2019 [email protected] gov Webmaster Pamela L. Mizrahi (410) 479 -2269 [email protected] gov If there any activities or vacant positions you feel you would like to participate in, please call the President or Secretary to get involved ! EARN YOUR STARS TODAY!!! COMMITTEE CORNER *** NOTE *** SPEAKERS WANTED Have you heard an interesting speaker at a recent conference? Do you have a topic to recommend for a future ASMC Meeting? If you answered YES to either of these questions, contact an ASMC Officer today! Thanks for your support!! Mar_Apr 2009 PAGE 6