Kevin Snyder


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Between the Lines January 2020 issue

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“Help Wanted”

At the November board meeting, Peggy Snyder was appointed to the State Treasurer position. There has been a lot of turmoil in this position over the course of 2019. I won’t go into that, but it was for good reason that Peggy volunteered to come out of retirement and assume the position she gave up seven years ago. In the background, Paul Hundertmark (Assistant Treasurer) and I have been acting as support staff for her.

The position of State Treasurer is arguably the most difficult and demanding volunteer position in A.B.A.T.E. of PA. It takes steady effort every week and the work doesn’t go away if you take a week off. It just backs up. And it is mission critical to A.B.A.T.E. of PA. If the Treasurer’s job is done incorrectly, we could lose our tax-exempt status, face IRS fines, or get kicked out of our office space.  But someone has to do it, and the people who have done this job are unsung heroes of A.B.A.T.E. of PA.

I don’t know all the history, but when Peggy and I joined A.B.A.T.E. of PA, Shelley Derendinger was State Treasurer. Before her, I believe it was Sherrie Gilkey of Mercer County Chapter. Then in 2002, Shelley announced that she would not run for re-election. No one was stepping up and we faced the very real possibility that no one would run for the job, or someone who was seriously unqualified.

At the time, I was running for my first state office, that of Assistant Coordinator. I only knew one person in A.B.A.T.E. of PA who had book keeping and payroll experience and who was scrupulously honest. That person was my wife, Peggy. So I talked her into running for State Treasurer in 2002 and the next ten years are now history.

In 2012, Peggy decided she had enough and decided not to run. Paul Hundertmark stepped up and took over for the next six years.

But Paul lost an election in 2018 to Shari Kruger. Her incumbency didn’t work out for reasons that don’t matter anymore, and Peggy has ended up being appointed State Treasurer. And that brings us to today.

One of the reasons why Peggy came back to the job was that an increasing level of complexity had crept into the position. In fact, there was a real concern, supported by the evidence in front of us, that no one likely to be elected to the position would be able to sort it out and assume the responsibilities of the office.

So we (Peggy, Paul, and myself) have undertaken a sort of “reset” of the position. The intent is to simplify it enough that a reasonably qualified person can do the job without it consuming their life and yet satisfy our responsibilities to the Board of Directors and the various agencies (IRS, PADOR, BCO, etc.) that A.B.A.T.E. of PA is responsible to. We are looking at literally everything associated with the position, streamlining as much as possible, and documenting everything in a procedure manual.

Looking forward, Peggy does not want to hold the position any longer than necessary. The streamlining and documentation we are doing should be done by the middle of 2020. Peggy has no intention of running for the office in the 2020 elections. We are looking for a suitable candidate who is willing to step up into this admittedly demanding position.

While there are no specific qualifications, a person likely to succeed will have some prior small business accounting experience, familiarity with Microsoft Excel and Word, and the use of accounting software (Quickbooks in our case). Plus about fifteen hours per week available to get the work done. Not trying to scare anyone off, but there it is.

If the right person came forward, Peggy would consider stepping down before the election to allow an appointment to occur. If you have an interest, call Peggy or I and we’ll discuss the situation with you.