Remembering a Colleague and Friend at PDI.

Author:Pitts, Virginia

Catching the wave: audit ready--PDI 2017 was amazing! From breakfast round table dialogs, to motivating discussions at Navy day, to inspirational, dynamic, and engaging speakers, to sharing experiences with co-workers and peers from Space and Naval Warfare (SPAWAR) Headquarters and SPAWAR Systems Center--Pacific--every day proved to be fascinating.

I especially enjoyed seeing people I've worked with throughout my career (yes, I did catch up with Tony Hullinger, Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS) Indianapolis, whom I worked with 20 years ago at DFAS Cleveland!). My PDI 2017 experience was both educational and motivating. The commitment to ASMC shown by both National and San Diego Chapter members was evident and impressive. The organization of all the events, combined with top-notch speakers and the awesome San Diego Convention Center venue made PDI 2017 one to remember. The Navy day general session with Karen Fenstermacher, Operationalizing the Audit session, and the DCAA, DCMA, DFAS Roles in Contract Closeout session were just a few of the events that were pertinent, informative, and directly related to my daily financial management activities.

Although PDI was filled with camaraderie, friendships, and professional satisfaction, there was also a feeling of sadness and emptiness due to the absence of my colleague and friend, Nancy Hood. Nancy could not be with us at PDI this year. She passed away suddenly on April 6, 2017 at the age of 69. Nancy, our President, was very much looking forward to representing the Charlestowne Chapter at this year's PDI and was enthusiastically making plans for our participation at PDI. She often expressed her pleasant anticipation in reconnecting with her many friends and acquaintances in the financial management arena at PDI. A member of ASMC for many years, Nancy was instrumental in recently rejuvenating the Charlestowne Chapter after a period of inactivity. Her efforts relating to this rejuvenation resulted in a significant spike in chapter membership and represented the largest percentage increase in membership of any chapter nationwide. This recruitment effort was recognized with two awards presented at PDI. The first award, presented to the Charlestowne Chapter was for the largest "Membership Percentage Growth." The second award was presented to Charlestowne Chapter Vice-President Melvin Willis for "Recruiter of the Year." Imagine the sadness we all felt in losing such a vibrant and inspiring...

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