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Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Yesterday, I went to the meeting of the Board for our local senior community. My parents lived there for almost thirty years after they moved closer to me from New York. I have been on the board there since my rabbi asked me to serve 6 years ago. I've seen many ups and downs and I'm proud of the residence we provide to local folks who live on a fixed income in our crazy real estate market. It is a warm and welcoming community and the board has managed to make a number improvements. Last night, we talked about replacing the flooring in the hallways. We also had to discuss putting in more video cameras since there have been a few robberies and it's sad to see that people will steal from their neighbors, but I'm glad that we can provide a solution.

The president of the board is a woman who is a good friend of mine and she has asked me to run for treasurer. I'm a little concerned because I'm afraid that I don't have the right background for the job. I have a math degree and I've done some bookkeeping when my kids were growing up but the board account has several hundreds of thousands of dollars and no real budget to speak of. My son is a financial analyst and senior manager for Apple and he says that he will help me write the financial summary I would have to provide as treasurer. He's given me a little confidence so I think I will run for the position.

Tonight we are meeting some friends to have dinner at a local Thai restaurant. As usual, we picked a place that it is almost impossible to find nutritional information for, but I will do the best I can.
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    If the system isn't already computerized, this is the perfect opportunity to propose it. I'm the treasurer of a local charitable organization. The program (database) was set up some years ago by an outside consultant. Yes, we paid for it, but it makes everything easy, crystal clear and easily documented. Donation go in and are recorded. I pay bills and check the correct category. Each month I print the automatic report to the board and at the end of year off everything goes to the CPA who verifies our numbers and keeps us on the good side of the IRS.

    I agree that it is an honor to be asked. You obviously have the qualities needed for the job.
    1587 days ago
    Go, GIRL! I'm sure there will be ledgers and some information for the post and possible help from the previous treasurer. An honor for you. And a chance to continue doing good.
    1587 days ago
    What a great opportunity for you! With your son's guidance, I'm sure you will do a great job!

    1587 days ago
    Wow, that's an honor to be asked to be an officer on the board! And I'm sure you can do most of the accounting on a computer, with a program like Quiken or maybe Excel. Your son would know what's best for what you'll be doing..

    1587 days ago
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