Message from President

Welcome to the 2019-2020 membership year for the Wichita Chapter of AFWA.  Last year we celebrated our 45th year and it was awesome.  This organization means a great deal to me, and I do not take my role as the Chapter President lightly.  In fact, my journey to this position has been over 20 years in the making.  I feel that I am prepared to help this organization go forward.  I hope that you will join me on the next steps of growing the chapter, and ourselves.  If you were at my installation, you know that my word for the year was "Impact".  This is also my goal for our Chapter.  I want us to have a positive impact on our members, our employers, and our community.  In order to create and leave this positive impact, we need to do a number of things.  

First - Recognize and Acknowledge the Past

I would liket to say Thank you to last year’s board of directors, committee members, and members for all the work you did to continue our success in growing the accounting and finance professions and giving back to the community.  Your hard work has helped lay a foundation for our organization to go forward.

Second - Set a Course toward our Future

At our Strategic Planning meeting in July, the current Board of Directors has set up a calendar of great speakers and topics that I hope will keep our members attending and growing their skills over the next year.  We will continue to offer CPE in the areas of tax, accouniting, and economic topics.  In addition, we will have some new soft skill discussions on communication, culture, that I hope will encourage you to think about those skills in a new light.  We will also provide you with ways to impact your community through service, and giving back with your time, talent, and treasures.  Watch what we can accomplish when we all work toward a common purpose.

Third - Get on Board and PARTICIPATE !!

First, I would like to invite and encourage all members to join a committee. It really is the best way to get involved in the organization. Please visit http://wichitaafwa.org/Committees for more information. Contact a member of the board if you are interested in joinI ing a committee or if you have any questions.

•Program/Membership: Plan and coordinate the monthly membership meetings and focus on the recruitment and retention of members

•Newsletter/Website: Develop and maintain the chapter website and Facebook, as well as distribute a periodic newsletter to our membership (and to prospective members)

•Public Relations: Increase brand recognition/public awareness and lead our financial literacy program

•Scholarship: Facilitate the scholarship application and selection process, in addition to leading fundraising for the scholarships

•Social: Organize social events (non-CPE) for our membership to promote networking

In addition to the benefits of our local chapter, there are also benefits offered at the national level. Please visit https://www.afwa.org/benefits/ for more information.

•Conferences and events: The National Conference is October 21-23rd in Orlando, FL. Let a member of the board know if you are interested in attending or for more information.

•CPE: AFWA now offers CPE credit for live participation in their monthly webinars. There are different series you can choose from: Ask the Pro, Savvy Series, and All Things Member. These webinars are free.

•Social networks, publications, discounts and more 

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions about AFWA.

Thank you!

Kris Culliton
AFWA Wichita Chapter President 2019-2020