President's Message

Welcome!  Thank you for pausing here…Here’s where you learn about friendships, what’s happening in other businesses, ask a friend for a lead on ______, what they know about ______, learn something new, a take-away, for when you return to the office.  Sharing.  It’s not always about re-working the wheel; it’s about helping others use the wheel.


Here is IMA Winnebagoland Chapter.  Within IMA Winnebagoland, you have a comradery of accounting/finance professionals who are not here to compete with you.  They’re here to support one another in career journeys with a personal connection.  Mentorship happens within anyone thinking about it or using fancy names or programs to call it that.  It just happens.  We’re multi-generational: where wisdom and expertise guide, not age or seniority.


This is why you, your fellow members, and chapter volunteers achieved continued success this past year and were recognized at the June 2018 IMA Annual Conference!  Winnebagoland Chapter is in the Warner Division, and the chapter was recognized for the following:

  • Member Retention – Gold Medal for 3-Year Retention
  • Newsletter Mini-Competition – Silver Medal
  • Chapter Points Standing – 4th Place


About Last Month…”   I’d like to hear from you about your positive take-away from attending an IMA Winnebagoland event.   The IMA Vision is to be the leading resource for developing, certifying, connecting, and supporting the world’s best accountants and finance professionals in business.  How’d we do? 


Transitioning into a new IMA program year, volunteers have focused on how to best serve our membership along with non-members who have found our chapter enriching.  We’re experimenting with a few changes in some of the meeting formats.  You will continue to find value in the offerings of continuing professional education (CPE).


Just as your Winnebagoland Chapter is evolving, so, too, is IMA Global.  One of the most impactful is the IMA Global Privacy Policy and commitment to the new European privacy laws (General Data Protection Regulation, or GDPR) that went into effect in early summer 2018 and also affects U.S. IMA chapters, including Winnebagoland.


GDPR intent is to give European Union (EU) citizens control over the online services that are collecting data about them.  Even U.S.-based organizations that handle EU citizens’ data need to be compliant, so this carries ramifications to IMA-Global – one policy globally.   For example, when you register for meetings, you will need to check the box regarding photos taken at the meeting.  There are also changes involving the email and snail mail (U.S. Postal) processes.  So if you are wondering why something changed, that’s likely the reason behind it.


If you are a member of IMA Winnebagoland Chapter and did not personally receive the 2018/2019 program booklet and are not receiving the monthly newsletters, please contact us at to update your information directly with the Chapter.  Nonmembers may also contact the chapter to obtain information.  It is also important for members to update your current contact information in your IMA Global member profile as well.


Blessings & Kind Regards,
Patti Denton, CPA, MBA, CNAP


"Promise Yourself... To think only of the best, to work only for the best, and to expect only the best.  To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others as you are about your own..." (Optimist Creed excerpt)