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Gardian of the Month: Tim Berghuis

Q & A with  Tim Berghuis, accountant for Event Garde

Learn: Q: What’s your favorite part about learning something new?

A: The usefulness of learning something new is my favorite part. Here’s an example: A client and I were discussing transactions they were booking. I was telling her about memorized transactions in QuickBooks and she said, “Oh, I just use the copy button” and showed me how she employed this. It was so simple but incredibly effective in streamlined the process. I use it all the time now!

Network: Q: Some people are wallflowers while others are natural networkers. Which are you (or are you in the middle)?

A: I’d say I’m in the middle. I like to observe but I am not hesitant to express my opinion about something. I will say that I think people change over time. When I was younger I think I spoke without thinking at times. Now that I am old(er),I take the time to think before speaking.  

Transfer: Q: Let’s say you just attended a certification course. What would be your first step in applying what you learned?

A: When I am in that situation I will often do triage on what has been presented - what is important and what is not important. I would assess how that learning should be applied. Each year for tax preparation I have to learn the little details of how the tax law has changed - standard deduction changes and personal exemptions. What I bring to the table is the ability to discern the pertinent aspects of something new and put that to use.

Q. Please share with us a resource you just can’t live without.
A: For my accounting work, my QuickBooks online subscription is something I can’t live without.  That connection gives me access to the 20-plus clients I deal with. It allows me to see exactly what they are seeing, to advise and collaborate with them and to be on the same page while we might be miles apart in distance. It really has become the cornerstone of my business.

Q: Give us one little known fact about you.

A: I am an O negative blood type so I’m an universal donor. I have a little over 10 gallons of donated blood that is running around out there. Weird, eh??

Anti-Racism Resources

Our hope is that something we’ve shared this month has generated new ideas about ways to uphold the values of anti-racism, both in your personal and professional life. Being anti-racist is an ongoing commitment to do our own work and interrogate our complicity in (and perpetuation of) systemic racism. To that end we have curated a list of resources to assist in furthering that work.

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Renovating Your Strategic Plan Virtually - Part 1: Understanding the Basics

Most associations view strategic planning as a necessary evil and cringe when the three years are up and it’s time to do another plan. Over time Boards can become jaded and skeptical of the strategic planning process, “We waste time and money on developing a plan and it never goes anywhere”. If this sounds familiar, your association is starting with an ineffective plan and/or flawed process to implement. This 3-part series will help you renovate your strategic plan so volunteers can once again get excited about the process and see actual results.

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Event Garde Racial Equity Statement Update

As an exclusively white organization, Event Garde recognizes that we have only begun on a much longer journey toward structural and not merely symbolic change. Here are the commitments we made in our racial equity statement last year, some examples of actions we’ve taken since it was published and examples of ways we continue to hold ourselves accountable going forward. 

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Think Like a Kid… and Find the Fun in Getting Healthy

All the excuses of 2020 aside, most of us kick off any new year with a million goals about our health. The huge influx of people to the gym that seems to dwindle off by the end of February. So, how do we find a routine we can commit to? My advice – think like a kid.

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Racial Equity Statements: Eloquent Words, but Do You Mean It?

2020 brought a significant increase in organizations providing statements and reflections on diversity, equity, and inclusion. While they were appreciated, it also prompts a series of actions.

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Gardian of the Month: James Bell III

James Bell III, Founding Principal of Just Solutions LLC is our Gardian of the Month.

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