February 2015 Newsletter

 February Meeting is Tuesday, February 3rd at the Gwynn Center starting at 4:30 pm

Coming next month: Financial Advice for our members:

We have secured a Certified Financial Speaker for the March meeting (March 3rd). She is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER (tm) practitioner, personal finance writer, and president of her own financial company in southern Maryland. She is named as one of the greater Washington D.C. metro area's 'Top Financial Planners' by Washingtonian Magazine in 2014, 2012, 2010. Her passion is helping you plan well to live well at every major milestone and promoting the value of financial planning through life-long learning. She can help you be better prepared for important financial decisions, because she understands your life is more complex than ever.
In order to best prepare for the March meeting, we need a minimum of 30 attendees who would like to take advantage of the speakers’ financial experience. Please email bkirkum@ccboe.com with your intent to attend by 18th of February. If we do not have a minimum number of employees, the meeting will be cancelled. We can help members when we have a headcount that will enable outside parties to assist us. However, that requires a commitment on our part to take initiative and attend the meeting. We hope you will find this session in March helpful as we continue to seek ways to help our members.

Local 2981 will provide pizza/salad for our members who participate in the March meeting.

IAAP/Secretarial Certification:
IAAP (CAP Secretarial Test) has revamped their website and their testing methods.

The fall exams will be offered August 31-September 5, 2015. The deadline to apply is June 1, 2015, with late applications accepted through June 8, 2015. Late applicants will be required to pay an additional $50 late fee. No applications will be accepted beyond the late deadline dates.

For those of you who have inquired or who are still thinking about testing, please re-visit the IAAP website. If you are seriously considering testing, please let one of the executive board members know. Local 2981 will be purchasing new study materials if there is enough interest in doing so. We have had several members borrow books but no one has sat for the test since May of 2013. Again, it is a 4% increase in your base salary if you successfully sit for the test. The 4% increase in pay lasts for 5 years.

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