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3rd Quarter Membership Meeting

by Dante Herras


        This year's summer season is indeed a very busy period for PICPA Dubai Chapter. For seven consecutive Fridays (14th of June till 26th of July), PICPANs and Associate Members found themselves alternately taking part in five different activities in succession - Philippine Independence Day, DacEasy Seminar, Accountancy Week Fun Bowling & Umm Al Quain Fellowship and Accounting for Non Accountants Course. Everyone seemed to be tired, especially those who were always present during those activities, but there's one more that need to be held - the quarterly membership meeting - wherein aside from the periodic reporting of activities, the induction of new members and official launch of our website would also take place.

        There was very little time to prepare for it, but the event was successfully held on August 8 at Savoy Hotel and Residence. There were fifty-seven attendees, which include old pillars Bernie Eseo ("Um-attend ako dahil maingay ang PICPA ngayon!") and Romy Docena, who were both finally able to attend a PICPA activity this year.

        The first part of the program, which was hosted by Ed Soriano and Vimma Buling, was the presentation of the projects that were already completed and the forthcoming activities for the rest of 2002 of the different committees. Evelyn Jaboni of Membership reported that many new members registered this year, and that many old members became more active. She also presented the sample of the PICPA Dubai Chapter identification card that will be distributed to each member later this year. Jarsel Longakit of Publication released the second issue of CPAG for 2002 and invited the members to contribute to the final issue of the newsletter, which will be released during the Middle East Conference in December. Dante Herras of Professional Development shared with the members the success stories and feedbacks on DacEasy Seminar and Accounting for Non Accountants Course. He also mentioned the second AFNA crash course in September, and the possible holding of seminars on LC and Financial Statement Analysis. Jerry Lorilla of Finance presented the Treasurer's Report as of July 31, 2002. The last, but certainly not the least to present, was Benny Tamayo of Sports and Fellowship, who enumerated the numerous events already completed. He also announced the forthcoming tennis tournament and mini-Olympics towards the end of the year. During the closing stage of the first segment, President Redd Valdehueza encouraged the members to actively participate in the preparations for Middle East Conference, which will be hosted by the chapter this year.

        After the committee reports, a special dance number was presented by Jarsel and the daughters of George de Leon. An open forum was held, and many new members actively participated. Veterans Bernie Eseo and Emil Dungca helped the officers in answering the questions.

        The second part of the event was the induction of nine new PICPANs and sixteen new Associate Members. Redd administered the oath taking ceremony of the twenty-five inductees.

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(3rd Qtr. General Membership Meeting)

        Light dinner was served right after the induction rites, but the program was not interrupted. Dante sang few songs while raffle draws were simultaneously being held. Jerry, Evelyn and Dante donated the prizes given away.

        The final part of the event was the official launching of our website - http://picpa-dubai.tripod.com, presided by our web designer and Webmaster, Mr. Jerry Lorilla. He went through the different features and pages of the site. As of that moment, the site already received 193 visitors.

        Redd and Dante delivered the opening and closing remarks, respectively. Mercy Macalalad did the invocation, while Edna Molina led the singing of the national anthem.

   
First General Membership Meeting

Third Quarter General Membership Meeting

Dumadami Na Tayo!

  


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