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SAAABA is entering the new decade with a new medium for publishing articles. You can follow our News Feed for timely information, articles, and other announcements. A regular email will still get distributed to members with the articles compiled into a traditional PDF newsletter.

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Keynote Speaker Jeff Sanders, Host of The 5 AM Miracle Podcast

SAAABA’s 64th Annual Business Seminar

[June 22, 2021]

Keynote Address: Master Productivity while Working from Home – Jeff Sanders, Host of The 5AM Miracle Podcast

Cyber Secure – How to Avoid Becoming the Next Victim – Detective Sergeant Jeff Hoffman, Michigan State Police

The Economy as We Inch Toward the End of the Pandemic – Charles Ballard, Michigan State University

Test and Learn – Eric Van Tongeren, Director of Internal Audit at Meijer, Inc.

Audit 4.0 – Jun Dai, Assistant Professor of Accounting, Michigan Tech University

Standards Update – Stephen Blann, CPA, CGFM, CGMA, Rehmann

Internal Controls and SOC Reports – Duane M. Reyhl CPA, CGMA, AHP

Kelli Martin Headshot

SAAABA Luncheon - Budget Accountability and How to Ensure Accountability Exists

[March 25, 2021]

Our speaker was Kelli Martin, the Treasurer, and Finance Director of Traverse City, Michigan.  In that role, she manages the banking, investments, budget, financial statements, ACT 345 Pension Board, utility rates, and tax collection.  Kelli is a lifelong civil servant and governmental accountant.  Before moving to beautiful Traverse City, she was the Director of Engineering Research at Michigan State University, a Financial Manager at the City of Ann Arbor, a Budget/Management Analyst for the Ohio Executive Budget Office, and a Benefit Plan Design Analyst at the Michigan Office of Retirement Services.  She holds undergraduate degrees in Accounting and Finance, graduate degrees in Business Administration and Accounting Research, and is currently pursuing a Doctoral degree (ABD) in Management focused on examining the relationship between governmental fiscal stability and the presence of a lean culture.  Kelli is a proud Western Michigan Bronco.

Luncheon Topic - Hope Network and Community Mental Health Financing in Michigan

[October 21, 2020]

Our October luncheon featured the Chief Operating Officer of Hope Network – Tim Becker, CPA. Once again we met remotely using GoToWebinar.

Letter from the President

Hello fellow SAAABA members,

I appreciate the opportunity and look forward to serving as President of SAAABA for the current term. I currently serve as a Senior Audit Supervisor for the Michigan Office of the Auditor General and am a licensed CPA and CISA. We on the board remain committed to SAAABA’s mission to advance the theory and practice of accounting, auditing and business administration. We are continuing to work diligently to provide quality learning opportunities and continuing professional education to our members. In the upcoming year, we also hope to expand and diversify our membership to increase networking opportunities. Please watch for these opportunities and we hope to see all of you in person again soon.

Keith Edwards, SAAABA President

Welcome to Jesse Soerries, our new Director of Member Activities

Jesse Soerries, the new Director of Member Activities, has worked for the State of Michigan Office of the Auditor General for 8.5 years. He is currently in the Office of Professional Practice as part of the work paper review team. He is a CPA and a CISA and graduated from Grand Valley State University with a Masters in Accounting.

Bill Ballenger at SAABA Meeting

Dinner in the Park - SAAABA Annual Meeting

[September 29, 2020]

As with seemingly everything we are doing these days, this year’s annual membership meeting took on a new look. The meeting took place on September 29 at Hawk Island (Lansing, MI). An outdoor setting provided a safe environment for members to gather at a distance while enjoying dinner catered by Grand Traverse Pie Company. Our by-laws require an annual meeting and in even-numbered years it was where we hold our elections. This year’s ballot included no contested officer races and one vacant board seat, which means that we were able to unanimously approve the new board.

As is tradition, Bill Ballenger was our featured election year speaker. He provided a valuable overview of the 2020 general election with the latest updates on the political realities of the moment. Michigan ballots will include vote on President, US Senator, Congress, State Supreme Court, State Representative, Educational Boards, and two ballot initiatives ontop of various local offices, issues, and judges. Michigan voters will vote on over 10,000 different elected positions and issues if you total up the items on various ballots across the state. This makes Michigan the state voting on the most different items. 

It was a pleasure to hear from Bill while enjoying a delicious meal and the wonderful company of fellow SAAABA members. Thank you to the outgoing board that has grown and improved SAAABA over the last two years. The new board will host its first meeting in the first week of October and get to work on planning events for the next fiscal year. Please let us know if you are interested in serving on the board or would like more information. We appreciate your feedback and continued support.

SAAABA Annual Seminar

[March 12, 2020]

Do you know how long you need to keep work records?  Do you know if it is legal to add a scanned signature to a document?  This presentation will answer these questions and more.

Caryn Wojcik, Senior Records Analyst of the State of Michigan Records Management Services will be joining us.  Caryn began working for the State of Michigan in 1996.  She is responsible for developing Retention and Disposal Schedules for public records, information governance initiatives, and training government employees about best practices for records management.

Luncheon Topic - Can we do that? Introduction to Records Management and eSignatures

[Wednesday, March 12, 2020]

Do you know how long you need to keep work records?  Do you know if it is legal to add a scanned signature to a document?  This presentation will answer these questions and more.

Caryn Wojcik, Senior Records Analyst of the State of Michigan Records Management Services will be joining us.  Caryn began working for the State of Michigan in 1996.  She is responsible for developing Retention and Disposal Schedules for public records, information governance initiatives, and training government employees about best practices for records management.

Treasurer's Report

As of March 31, 2021

Beginning Cash Balance (10/1/19) 16,134.75
Revenues to date 402.16
Expenditures to date 1,008.00
Net (605.84)
Ending Cash Balance (5/31/20) 15,528.91

 

Savings 8,661.06
Checking 6,837.85
Total Deposits (5/31/20) 15,528.91

This is our most recently published treasurer’s report. For past Treasurer’s Reports, please visit http://www.saaaba.com/past-treasurers-reports/.