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To commemorate Accountant Day on Saturday, November 10, 2012, The Summa is conducting its third annual Bean Counters Contest.

If you can correctly guess the total number of candies in this jar, you can win one of two $25 gift certificate from Amazon.

This year I have a chocolate and peanut theme.  I purchased fairly large bags of M&M’s Peanuts, Reese’s Pieces, and Ghirardelli Squares, along with a not-big-enough jar.  I scooped handfuls of each candy into the jar, in a combination that only I know.  I admit to having some of each candy left over, which added to the enjoyment of the day.

Entries are accepted by commenting to this blog post or by e-mail to albrecht@profalbrecht.com.  Entries must be time-stamped by 11:59 p.m. ET, Monday, November 12, 2012 Saturday, November 10, 2012.  Entries must contain contestant’s name and e-mail address.

If no entry correctly guesses the actual number of candies in the jar, the closest guesses will be declared winner.

Number of expected winning entries:  two.  In case of multiple winning entries, the two winners will be chosen randomly.  The jar contains no items other than peanut M&Ms, Reese’s Pieces, and Ghirardelli Squares.  Maximum of one entry per person accepted.

University of South Carolina Upstate student Jeff holds the contest jar.

Accountant Day is for all accountants, auditors and bean counters to celebrate being a part of the accounting profession.  November 10 is chosen as the day of celebration.


On November 10, 1494, volume 2 of Summa de Arithmetica, Geometria, Proportioni et Proportionalita (Everything About Arithmetic, Geometry and Proportion) by Fr. Luca Pacioli was published.  It is in volume 2 of the Summa that Pacioli included a description of the bookkeeping/accounting system of Venice.   In honor of this contribution, Pacioli has carried for centuries the title of Father of Accounting.

Debit and credit – - David Albrecht

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Accounting Today does a lot of things really well, and has for a long time.  I’m adding using its Facebook page to the list.  It is now in the midst of its first contest for Accountant of the Month.  To qualify, you must be the opposite of boring.  As I am uber boring, and aspire to ascend to the level of dull, I shouldn’t enter.  But who knows?  This might be your thing.

First, we’ll take a look at the art:

There are two links to bookmark:

The prizes are cool.  If you win, Accounting Today will give you 15 seconds of fame, a cool caricature, a T-shirt, and free entry to a conference.

I really want the caricature.  What do you think?  Am I cool enough to enter and win the contest some month?

Voting for June’s entries is open until June 26, 2012, and voting has begun.  You will find among the entries:

I’m not going to vote for any of the men dressed in business attire and hawking their professional services.  They are dull and boring.

Vote from the contest page.

Debit and credit – - David Albrecht

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Rachel Torgerson is an accounting major, and she woiuld like you to vote for her.  I hope you do.

Rachel, 20, from Moorhead, MN, is a student at Concordia College.  She is my student, now taking her second and third courses from me.  She’s a good student with a story to tell.  I’ll relate a bit of that story, and ask that you vote for her in a Maurice’s modeling contest.

Winning the contest is rewarded with a sizeable corporate donation to Rachel’s charity, and it is worthy of your support.

Rachel received an organ transplant when nine months old, and has had several subsequent operations.  Until she asked for my vote, I never knew.  She appears normal in every way.  She told me,

I believe attitude has everything to do with the way you live your life, so I certainly think having a positive attitude makes all the difference.

Rachel is entered into Maurices Main Street Model Search 2012.  Should she receive enough votes, she advances to a second round.  The prizes associated with the contest are (1) modeling for Maurices, and (2) earning a corporate donation for a favorite charity.  In this case, Rachel’s charity is Alexa’s Hope, dedicated to education for the need to support organ transplants.  Alexa’s Hope was founded by a woman whose daughter died while waiting for a transplant.

You can read more and vote for Rachel by clicking on this link, or by clicking on the following image.

Please vote for Rachel, again and again.  It’s for a good cause.

Debit and credit – - David Albrecht


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