This past year our chapter earned three awards - the Chair Award, 2nd place on our website, and runner up for our community service project with Junior Achievement. The competition year is from May to April. Every year, chapters across the globe participate in a chapter competition. Chapters earn points from member recruitment, CMA exam parts passed & certification, and education credits. Overall we placed 22nd out of all chapters globally. The Chair Award is a 5 year average of competition points which earned us this prestigious award for the third year in a row. I attended the IMA Global Conference in Las Vegas in June to accept these awards on behalf of the chapter.In my speech I complimented the Global staff for their expertise and governance advice, acknowledged the Chapter Board for their positive energy and volunteer leadership, and thanked the Minneapolis members whose continuing education, membership, and career advancement helped our chapter earn this award.The Minneapolis Chapter received the chair award in 2016, 2015 and 2014 and has placed in the top seven chapters globally between 2011-2015.I am looking forward to serving you as your President again this year. You are an amazing group of people and I hope to see you at our dinner events!