Giving thanks

Nov. 22, 2017  |  Linda Wedul

With it being Thanksgiving week, it’s the time of year to reflect on all that we have in our lives and to give thanks. I, for one, have many things to be grateful for this year. While I won’t bore you with an extensive list, here are two I’d like to call out: the MNCPA staff and members.

I see daily the work staff put into developing programs, sometimes long before the members see the final results. MNCPA staff are some the hardest workers I know. Further, the appreciation goes beyond me. From the many members who volunteer or attend MNCPA events, I have heard many glowing remarks, including:

  • The staff at the MNCPA are amazing.
  • Where do you find the amazing people that you hire?
  • Staff are always prepared and follow-up as promised.
  • The staff is the heart of the MNCPA and has been a huge asset for years.
  • The staff response was over and above what I expected. 
  • I can tell the MNCPA staff care about me as a member.

It’s highly rewarding to develop MNCPA programs, but it’s the interactions with members that stick with us. I’m never prouder than when I hear stories from members detailing staff going the extra mile, like:

  • Sending a blanket to a member who just got out of the hospital
  • Guiding a member through resolving a BOA issue
  • Gifting a member with a onesie after the birth of a child
  • Supporting an MNCPA spokesperson prior to a TV interview
  • Making a retired member who calls feel valued because they prefer talking to someone versus email communication

These stories remind us of how we are making a difference to individuals.  

Which leads me to our members.

CPAs are extremely generous with their time and talents, and this is especially true at the MNCPA. Forty to 50 members volunteer for our annual Taxline phonebank at their busiest time of the year. Another group of members provided free consulting to small-business owners for our inaugural Small Business Advisory Day. Then there are the volunteers who serve on peer review and ethics committees, bringing their exceptional expertise to the programs and making difficult decisions, ensuring the reputation and quality of the profession. And, finally, nearly one thousand members volunteer to serve on committees and task forces supporting MNCPA programs.

So, as I prep for another Thanksgiving feast, I'm immensely grateful for the MNCPA staff and members. It is a powerful combination that makes for a great organization. 

Topics: MNCPA programs and activities

Linda Wedul

Linda Wedul is president and CEO of the MNCPA. She’s usually spotted at MNCPA events, introducing herself to members with a warm smile and memorable laugh. Mixed among the Footnotes, accounting journals, leadership books and three monitors in her office, you’d be surprised to see a dog kennel. Her unpaid job is volunteering as a foster family for service dogs in training through Can-Do-Canines. She and her husband have two adult children and live in Farmington. Linda can be reached at 952-885-5516 or

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