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very impressed with the programs, speakers and the quality of people I met and visited with from across the country. But, having said that, I am even more impressed with our state organization and the quality of training we have available to our membership, right here at home.

As the fiscal year for GFOAT comes to a close I want to thank the members of our Board and Committees for helping me keep this organization moving forward this past year. I especially want to thank Becky Brooks for her guidance, not only for this past year, but for the previous ten years as she takes a small step back in order to spend more time with her family and personal career goals. Also, I want to remember and thank Lavern Gaines and her staff for the countless hours they spent to ensure that all the smallest of details were in order as they prepared for each conference. Without the efforts and dedication of these people we would not be the progressive, quality organization we are.

In recapping the year we hit 2 mile stones, at the Fall Conference in Richardson, we hit a record high attendance of 417 and learned that we had gone over the overall membership goal of 1,000 with a total of 1,014 members. All our membership should be proud.

So as July 1 approaches I want to thank everyone for your patience and support this past year. I have enjoyed and been extremely honored to serve as your President. I will humbly pass off the gavel and assume the coveted title of “Past President”.  

My closing word of advice and encouragement would be to get involved and stay involved. The relationships are priceless and will last a lifetime. Like Harvey S. Firestone once said “The secret of my success is a two word answer: Know people”. You can do that in GFOAT

Don Jennings
President, GFOAT

Our GFOAT Spring Institute and the GFOA Annual Conference in Minneapolis have come and gone. If you were not able to attend either, you missed out on some exceptional training opportunities. This was the first time I have been able to attend the national conference and was