Let me end the year the way that I started it, talking about volunteers!
ASFIP had a great year in many different areas thanks to the volunteers’ efforts. The Atlanta society had over a hundred volunteers participating for about 2000 hours. As a professional non-profit, we depend on generosity of individuals who want to give back and to help welcome college students into our industry. All our success should be shared by the members who volunteer to make us better. Here is a list of highlights:
1550 members and guests attended our programs and 165 were on our conference calls
over 1500 views occurred on our YouTube channel, check out the latest
our Foundation was established and received our 501c3 status from IRS
we held 2 events with Junior Achievement, donated $10000 to JA and $5000 to GCEE
outreach with media expanded with Media Forecast lunch and Media Source book
our IRC winner UGA advanced to IRC Global final reflecting well on our society
we held a half day event for Future of Finance with five other ATL professional groups
marketing continued with WABE and expanded to Captivate in local elevators
The society is very fortunate to have had consistent support of Cathy Ford as our full time Executive Director. Our board and committees did great work with all our programs. I would encourage all to look at our Governance page on the website to see the breadth of participation and to consider joining "a difference that matters". We have tried to be more externally focused with the ASFIP brand (Invest with Excellence) and ASFIP Foundation brand (Learn, Grow, Succeed). These brands will position our society well in current environment and will have many synergies with CFA Institute ongoing efforts.
As we continue to operate in a challenging return environment, I would encourage members to find strength and support from other members. I believe our over 1400 members are a very talented society and the level of cooperation is excellent. Whenever I struggled or needed assistance, there was always a member who stepped forward to help lift me up. I believe that the new leadership team will do a great job in continuing this effort but it takes determination of many not the few to be great.
As we ended our fiscal year on June 30, we are in excellent shape. During 2015-2016 the society has invested in areas to promote our mission, expanded services to our members and increased the visibility of the organization in Atlanta and nationwide. I want to say what a pleasure it was to serve as your society president and I look forward to continuing the efforts which have been launched. Together, let us all Invest with Excellence for many years to come.
Stephen P. Davenport, CFA
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