From the President

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Darrell Kennedy
President, AGA New Orleans Chapter

Hello Everyone,

Please renew your membership.

We are two months into the 2016-2017 year and we need membership participation from senior leadership within your Federal, State, or Local government agencies to push the importance of AGA and what it can do for you, your organizations and our communities within the metropolitan area of New Orleans.

It is proven that organizations of all calibers of individuals, professional/non-professional backgrounds are needed to support one another as an example of the flooding waters affecting our neighboring cities around the State of Louisiana. AGA has been one of many supporting groups to assist those in need and we will continue to do so as our organization stays strong and committed to the overall mission of what AGA stands for.

The AGA year is underway and we continue to seek help in achieving the mission and goals set out by our local chapter. I cannot emphasize enough how much work there is to be accomplished. All members are urged to: 1) get involved 2) help recruit new members and 3) attend meetings monthly. We also need members to join the local Chapter Executive Committee (CEC) and fill the open positions below:

NOTE - Thursday, October 20, 2016 is a dinner meeting. This meeting will be held at Don’s Seafood Restaurant, 4801 Veterans Memorial Blvd, Metairie, LA 70006 at 5:30 p.m.

The cost of dinner will be $26 for members and non-members. The price is all inclusive of entrée, dessert, drink, tax and gratuity. There will be multiple entrees to choose from.

Guest Speaker will be Leigh Thorpe, Vice President, Resource Development/Marketing, United Way Southeast Louisiana, leight@unitedwaysela.org.

Please RSVP to Darrell Kennedy, Rosemarie White, or Carla Williams by Tuesday, October 18, 3:00 p.m.

Past and Future Events:

Last months meeting was held at the NFC, executive dinning room and the speaker was Debra Gould, motivational speaker, management consultant, trainer, facilitator and author.

Here in New Orleans we presented the annual local chapter scholarship award for 2016 to Colleen Reese, University of New Orleans, Accounting Major. If you are aware of any candidates worthy of receiving this award for 2017 please submit their names.

AGA National - Nov. 1 members-only webinar: Registration is now open! Register today, and make sure to let your members know!

Certified Government Financial Management (CGFM)

Announcing the New Orleans Chapter’s CGFM Study Group at USDA’s National Finance Center

Beginning this month, October 2016, the AGA New Orleans Chapter will be kicking off an AGA Certified Government Financial Manager (CGFM) Study Group at USDA’s National Finance Center. The Study Group will meet weekly for 1 hour sessions:

For anyone interested in participating in the AGA New Orleans Chapter’s Study Group in preparation for the CGFM exam, please contact Pam Lincoln, Chapter CGFM Chair, via e-mail or phone: pamela.lincoln@nfc.usda.gov or 504-426-0422.

AGA New Orleans Chapter Training

We have 2 training events in the month of November 2016
1. Networking Up: November 1st, 2016 Free For Members – 1 CPE Credit
2. Tools and Strategies For Fighting Fraud: November 16th, 2016- 2 CPE Credits

Newsletter Topics

We are still in need of articles for our newsletter. If any one would like to present an article or share information with members of our local chapter, utilizing the newsletter is available. All articles should be submitted to Gary Millet during the first week of each month for publication within the same month.

Community Service Events

SAD NOTE: James (Jimmy) Julian a dedicated and long time AGA member passed away on Tuesday, October 10, 2016. Jimmy was employed for over 30 years at USDA, NFC until he retired some years ago.

Funeral Services will be held at Jacob Schoen & Sons Funeral Home, 3827 Canal Street, New Orleans, La. 70119.

Visitation is from 10:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. with services beginning immediately after visitations.

Let's continue to pray for the family of Jimmy Julian.

- Darrell Kennedy, President