Lesley Davidson, instructor of Accounting in the College of Business, and Tammy Slaton of Stone, Rudolph & Henry PLC teamed up to organize the Clarksville Accounting Club.

The purpose of this club is to network with the Clarksville business community and offer continuing professional education (CPE) credit.

CPE credit can be described as in-service for CPAs; they are required to have 40 hours a year of CPE credit in order to keep their licenses. The ability to offer CPE credit through the club is one of the few offerings in Clarksville.

“Most CPAs in this area usually have to travel to Nashville for their credit and it is very expensive. We want to offer CPE credit either free [of charge] or minimal cost. Right now there are 20 CPAs involved, but they are hoping to have more,” Davidson said.

“We are [also] trying to engage business community with common benefit of students. It’s important to be in touch with the world they will enter [after college]. Networking benefits the student in a number of ways by opening doors for them.

“We are able to work with business community to meet their needs by catering our students’ skills to what they need and they can meet our needs,” Davidson said.

The club meets eight to 10 times a year, roughly every six weeks. These hour and a half long meetings are lunch-and-learn sessions, held around noon with a lunch.

The future goals of the club include applying to be a chapter of the Tennessee Society of Certified Public Accountants (TSCPA). There are currently eight chapters: Appalachian, Chattanooga, Elk Valley, Knoxville, Memphis, Nashville, Upper Cumberland and West Tennessee.

The next meeting will be held Tuesday, Dec. 7. Kathy Riggs from the Tennessee State Board of Accountancy will speak on ethics. For more information, contact Lesley Davidson at (931) 221-7558. TAS