President’s Message – January, 2016

Minnesota-Gold-Year-2015FPA of MN Takes GOLD at CLC

Minnesota was well represented at the OneFPA Chapter Leaders Conference on November 19-21 in Broomfield, CO. The Chapter Leaders Conference is a great time for local leaders of FPA to get together and share experiences to help one another. It is also a time to develop an understanding of our larger organization and formulate plans for the year ahead in our chapter. Many of the breakouts are spent learning and sharing best practices. Minnesota is fortunate to be a leader within the chapter network of OneFPA, that being said, there were many ideas and strategies that our contingent is bringing back to work on in the coming months.

A theme throughout the weekend was celebrating successes. The Minnesota chapter was recognized with two Outstanding Achievement Awards. The first award was in the Leadership Development category, for the work completed by Bonnie Stanley around a chapter procedure manual. The nickname, Bonnie’s Black Book, was created to ensure that the chapter is operating as effectively and efficiently as possible. Additionally the procedure manual should help with succession within the administration of our chapter. The second award was under the Advocacy category, where Minnesota was recognized for the 2014 Advocacy Day. The first local Advocacy Day was a wild success with a great turnout of members meeting with their legislators as well as National FPA Board representation. In overall Chapter success, we were recognized as a Gold Level Chapter for our work done in 2014, which was noted and compiled within the Roadmap to Success.

The time spent at Chapter Leaders Conference is no doubt influential and helpful in developing the leaders within our chapter. Our chapter was represented in every breakout at the conference! I am thankful to have gone with such an engaged group of representatives who took time away from their lives to learn more about FPA and bring ideas and energy back to our thriving chapter. This event is a wonderful way to close out a year of successes and look forward to a year of continued progress.

Jeanna Fifer, CFP®
Cahill Financial Advisors