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Linkenheimer Team’s 2017 Eye Care Trip to Nicaragua a Success

January 1, 2017 found 11 Linkenheimer staff and partners on their way to Nicaragua for the firm’s third eye care mission into the remote villages of the Rio San Juan region. Travelers included Matt Melchiori, Anne Glanville, Judy Deniz, Kerri Berry, Andy Vedder, Nina Shaposhnikov, Rudy Malmanis, Kari Bruner, Carli Ortiz, Mike Musson and John Jones.

The morning of January 2nd we boarded the 12 seat Cessna Caravan for San Carlos and our beloved dirt runway. Lunch and a two hour boat ride found us at the Sabalos Lodge www.sabaloslodge.com which became our home base. Mosquito repellent in hand, along with instructions on tucking in the mosquito netting under your mattress (while you are on the mattress) got us prepared for the next five nights.

Days 2 and 3 found us traveling to and from and working in the village of Las Maravillas. This is a very remote village and difficult to get to from Sabalos (or anywhere for that matter) and rarely receives medical services. The region had 30 days of straight rain prior to our arrival, so the roads were nothing but mud and slop with our 4WD convoy frequently stopping to assess the driving strategies and get fellow vehicles unstuck. After two hours of driving we made it to Las Maravillas for the eye care clinic. Our first day at Las Maravillas had us seeing only 250 patients. Only, but it was obvious to us that those 250 people greatly benefited from the quality vision that we were able to provide them. Turns out, due to the heavy rains, a lot of the locals didn’t think we were going to make it to the village. Day 3 was a different story. We saw […]

By |February 21st, 2017|Community|0 Comments

Linkenheimer Partners with Social Advocates for Youth for a Day of Job Shadowing

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Last month, Linkenheimer participated in inspiring six Elsie Allen High School Juniors and opened their eyes to the wonderful world of accounting.  A group of eight Linkenheimer employees spent half a day with the students and their advisors to explain and demonstrate what exactly accountants do.  We provided them with explanations and examples of the different types of accounting professions out there including public accounting vs private accounting and tax vs audit; as well as sharing with the students our firm’s background and how import our culture is within the firm.  We explained that all of us working together in the firm, spending so much time together, we strive to meet our value words of Team, Care, and Approachable to provide a better experience for our staff and our clients.  It was a very enjoyable experience inspiring such a great group of kids and assisting in broadening their views to now include an accounting career as one of their many career options as they head into the world.  This is the third time this year Linkenheimer has partnered with the nonprofit, Social Advocates for Youth (SAY), to host groups of high school students from different Sonoma County schools.

Written by Joelle Smith, Linkenheimer LLP.

By |December 14th, 2016|Community|0 Comments

Linkenheimer Teams up with the Redwood Empire Food Bank

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Following a long Thanksgiving weekend, the Linkenheimer team, along with some clients, family and friends, teamed up, to help fight hunger in our community and provide food for those less fortunate. Over the course of our time there, we work in the warehouse to assemble boxes, fill them with canned food, drinks and other items, that in the end, would be provided to seniors in our community. There are so many amazing non-profits in our community, working together to make Sonoma County an amazing place and we feel blessed to be able to give a little back.

Below is a note we received from the REFB:

I just wanted to take a moment to thank you and your team from Linkenheimer for all your help is past Monday evening at the Redwood Empire Food Bank. Your efforts have a tremendous impact on our neighbors in need, and we would not be able to fight hunger in our community without incredible people, like you all, on our side. 

Together your group helped us to:

Pack 252 boxes of food for seniors in our community 

=7,560 lbs. of food 

=6,300 meals provided to community members in need 

Again, thank you so much for your work to end hunger. We hope to see you all again soon!

By |December 1st, 2016|Community|0 Comments

Happy Veterans Day

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Those of us at Linkenheimer want to say thank you and wish all those that serve a Happy Veterans Day. Honoring the sacrifices many have made for our country in the name of freedom and democracy is the very foundation of Veterans Day. Our debt to the heroic men and valiant woman in the service of our country can never be repaid. They have earned our undying gratitude. This is the day when we remember again the greatness of their unselfish hearts. They shared their lives to our country. We will never forget their sacrifices. Thank you from the Linkenheimer team.
Salute to the Veterans!

“Some people live an entire lifetime and wonder if they have ever made a difference in the world, but the Marines don’t have that problem.”
~ Ronald Reagan

By |November 11th, 2016|Community|0 Comments

Linkenheimer Participates in Play for Progress Program Benefiting Refuge Children in the UK

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This year, the partners at Linkenheimer, along with other Alliott Group members from across the globe, will be working together to support the UK based charity Play for Progress, which works to make a difference in the lives of refugee children both at home in the UK and abroad.

Hundreds of unaccompanied child refugees have arrived in the UK against all odds, and are in the long and arduous process of trying to gain asylum status. During this time, many of these young people are placed in foster care and some face delays enrolling in education.

Play for Progress offers these children ways to connect with the diverse and often overwhelming city that is London, and to explore and develop their own creative potential. They have partnered with Orchestras for All and the Refugee Council and will provide instruments for every student, one-on-one instrumental tuition, weekly workshops on creative topics, ensemble classes, enrolment in the National Orchestra for All programme, monthly outings to concerts and cultural events, and an end of year showcase at which they can display their acquired skills for friends and family.

Play for Progress is in need of the following instrument donations:

  • Winds (Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone)
  • Brass (Trumpet, Trombone)
  • Strings (Violin, Viola, Cello).

These children are also in desperate need […]

By |October 19th, 2016|Community|0 Comments

LINKENHEIMER JOINS PROFESSIONAL FIRM LEADERS IN LONDON FOR ALLIOTT GROUP 2016 WORLDWIDE CONFERENCE

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LINKENHEIMER JOINS PROFESSIONAL FIRM LEADERS IN LONDON FOR ALLIOTT GROUP 2016 WORLDWIDE CONFERENCE

Santa Rosa, CA, 17 October 2016 – Linkenheimer LLP is this week (18-22 October) attending an international conference in London focused on subjects critical to winning, servicing and retaining clients with multi-market business interests. Alliott Group’s Worldwide Conference will be attended by 150 leading professional advisers from 76 independent, owner managed firms located in 36 countries.

Hosted by Alliott Group, an award-winning international alliance of independent, mid-market accounting and law firms, the conference provides attendees from local firms all over the world with access to knowledge and professional contacts that enable them to service more efficiently commercial and private clients who need assistance in multiple geographic markets.

During the four day conference, speakers will include representatives from the Bank of England, the Department for International Trade, the Confederation of British Industry, Meridian West and Farnham Castle Intercultural Training.

The program will equip attendees from Linkeheimer, as well as the managing and senior partners from other Alliott Group member firms, with not only the required technical and professional skills to serve clients across borders, but to also the development of a ‘global mindset’ that will ensure successful communications across cultures when entering foreign markets. Attendees will also gain a better understanding of what clients really want from their professional advisers.

Representatives from Linkenheimer will also attend meetings of the alliance’s specialist technical groups that will host roundtable discussions on topics such as the impact on internationally focused SMEs of recent international tax developments, particularly national implementations of proposals in the OECD/G20 Base Erosion & Profit Shifting (BEPS) project that is targeting tax avoidance and that have a bearing on permanent establishment […]

By |October 19th, 2016|alliott, Community|0 Comments

Congratulations to Our Friends for Their Latino Leadership Awards

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Community involvement is one of the reasons Sonoma County is so special. With over 1,300 registered non-profit agencies that generated over $1.2 billion dollars and employs 16,000 people, it’s easy to see why we live in one of the most charitable counties in the United States. And people like Willie and Carlos Tamayo, David Ortega, Octavio Diaz and Marco Lepe are models of that community first, give back attitude. We are proud to see our friends and clients recognized and honored by the North Bay Business Journal with their 2016 Latino Business Leadership Award.

You can view the complete list here.

By |October 18th, 2016|Community|0 Comments

Managing Partner John Jones on Cover of CalCPA Magazine

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Congratulations to managing partner John Jones, winner of the CalCPA Public Service Award and featured on the cover of the August 2016 CalCPA magazine. The award recognized him for his public service both locally and globally, where over the course of the past 9 years, he has lead teams into rural Nicaragua and distributed over 20,000 pairs of eye glasses to the people there, who otherwise would never receive the gift of vision.

Read the entire article by clicking here

By |August 9th, 2016|award, Community, John Jones|0 Comments

CalCPA Honors John Jones for Helping To Improve Vision of Villagers in Third-World

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For his efforts to improve the eyesight of underprivileged people in Third World countries, John Jones, CPA, has received the 2016 Public Service Award from the California Society of CPAs.

The annual award recognizes an individual CalCPA member for services to the community or for governmental service in either a volunteer or elected capacity.

Jones, managing partner of Linkenheimer LLP CPAs & Advisors in Santa Rosa, has led missions with the Santa Rosa Sunrise Rotary Club and St. Mark Lutheran Church to provide eyeglasses and vision correction to villagers in remote parts of the world. For over 21 years he has made eye-care trips to Nicaragua, Mexico, Haiti, Guatemala, Samoa and Vietnam.

He estimates that he has personally examined more than 18,000 people for vision needs and eye problems, including cataracts and pterygiums.

“John exemplifies the meaning of service,” said Lynette Atchley, chair of the public service selection committee. “His dedication to helping the underprivileged is inspiring and sets a high bar for those who will be considered for this honor in the future.”

Jones is past president of the California Group of Accounting Firms, past president of the Rohnert Park – Cotati Rotary Club, chair of the board of elders at St. Mark Lutheran Church, and past chair of Alliott Group Worldwide, an alliance of independent accounting, law and consulting firms.

Through Santa Rosa Sunrise Rotary, he is leading an effort to develop a surgery center for villagers in the Rio San Juan region of Nicaragua. When completed, the center will serve about 30,000 people.

By |June 17th, 2016|award, Community|0 Comments

Managing Partner John Jones Leads Santa Rosa Sunrise Rotary on Nicaragua Eye Care Trip

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Today 1344 eyes are smiling, seeing “mas claro” in 672 very grateful Nicaraguans in the Rio San Juan Region of southern Nicaragua.  Many of the those same people are equipped with both distance and near pair of glasses and protective sunglasses, “gafas” to keep damaging UV rays off their eyes.  In addition, 103 mouths are “mucho mas limpio”, reflecting improved oral health and a shift in treatment from extraction to restoration and prevention.

This year, the returning Nicaraguan Couple-Dentists Javier and Ana from the 200 km north capital Managua again worked with a Dental Hygienist from the Sabalos Regional Clinic to treat patients from pre-teen to “viejo”, senior citizens.  Peter Hoberg accepted the crucial role of instrument sterilizer, earning himself the unenviable evidence of chemically stained orange fingers.  Fortunately he did not exhibit any apparent cognitive lapses while on duty.

Over the course of three days, Sunrise Rotarians and some of their family focused on improving people’s visual acuity.  Steve “Grandpa” Zwick was the third generation in his family represented and remarkably both his daughter Jennifer and granddaughter Alessa brought valuable Spanish language and organizational skills.  Steve’s español is well known!  Alessa, just 12, quickly established her organizational skills in the eyewear department, and with the village children:  She taught them London Bridges Falling Down, and jumped rope (with the girls), creating a genuine sense of “amistad”, aka friendship between our Team and the people of La Azucena.

Completing our Team were first timers Harry “Happy” Coffey,  Paul O’Rear, and Carmen “Señiorita” Gutierrez.  Veterans Peter “Green Fingers” Hoberg, Ezbon “General” Jen, Penny ~ also Spanish proficient Millar (her husband is Paul O’Rear) Steve “Auto-Refractor” Herron, Rich and Señora Habla Español Betsy Randolph, and our District Governor […]

By |February 16th, 2016|Community|0 Comments