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President Message by Victor Baldovinos

 
  

Greetings fellow TEHA members,

 

Wow! This year seems to be flying by! We are in the thick of Spring, but if we are honest….Summer Is HERE! Hope you all are enjoying the end of school bashes, the closing of doors, but with many more opening! Wishing you and your family great celebrations through it all!

 

TEHA has been busy too! A big thank you to Jodie Heilman-Halter and Leisha Kidd-Brooks for attending TOWA Conference in Waco in March. They had a great time with former members, meeting new members, and potential vendors. Our AEC committee has been working hard to plan an outstanding Annual Educational Conference to be held in Austin the week of October 9th-13th. Please make sure to mark your calendars and watch your email and the website for the release of the agenda- we are really excited! Our chapters have been busy hosting their Spring meetings and they have been a great success! Make sure your email is current with the database so you do not miss out on any upcoming meetings or events.

 

As you are aware, we have been working diligently with our CPA to update our IRS status, I am reminded of a quote by Samuel Smiles, “Progress however, of the best kind, is comparatively slow. Great results cannot be achieved at once; and we must be satisfied to advance in life as we walk, step by step.” The leadership of the Governing Council has been extraordinary. As we come together to fix things, it also proves an opportunity to make sure future Governing Council’s do not have to go through what we have gone through. I have personally received many emails and phone calls regarding the status of our filings. At this time, 2012 has been submitted to the IRS. 2013 and 2014 is scheduled to be submitted no later than Friday the 26th, and 2015 is near completion- there is an error with a local chapter and we are working hard to correct and then it will be submitted. Finally, 2016 submittal will follow-our goal is no later than June 30th. Upon the acceptance of our IRS tax returns, we are prepared to file our reinstatement of our non-profit.

 

I have to admit that I too, have been extremely anxious about getting this huge task completed. Although we are running behind “my” schedule, I also learned that Jodie and Melvin have literally worked on 35 sets of books. I did not realize that every year, carries 7 sets of books that represent each chapter and the state. This daunting task has raised many questions regarding how the accounting in each chapter is conducted. A “Template” that each chapter will use for their future financials had to be designed and defined for consistency and reporting. We will have a training for the Chapter Presidents, Treasurers, and any other interested Chapter GC member in the next month. Chuck Swindoll stated, “We are all faced with a series of great opportunities brilliantly disguised as impossible situations.” I realize that many that are not familiar with the IRS filing process have protested the length of time, but I assure you, as I did when I took the Presidency, it will be complete in its entirety by October.

 

As stated at the last quarter, I hope members see all the benefits and positive things that we have accomplished and decide to keep moving forward with us, for the betterment of our association and our professions!

 

Thank you for your hard work! I am truly honored to have the opportunity to serve as your TEHA President. I hope that we can continue to work together to make our association the best it can be!


 

J. Victor Baldovinos

Serving you,