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Walston keeps the numbers straight at Conestoga, helps out at VFW PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 11 September 2017 11:46

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By ROBERT PIERCE
• Leader & Times


Abbie Walston is an accounting specialist for Conestoga Energy Partners and a volunteer with VFW Post No. 3166.

She talked about her job, her educational background in accounting and her work with the VFW.


Q: What is your job?

A: I’m an accounting specialist for five of our companies. I do invoices, payrolls, authorization for payment processing. It’s fun.


Q: What education have you received to become an accountant?

A: I finished my bachelor’s in 2010. I hope to get my master’s eventually. I think I have about a year and a half left. I haven’t done that yet since Cameron started college this year, and Reyn’s in college here and high school. She’s in the dual program. Maybe once Reyn finishes this year, I’ll finish my master’s.


Q: What gave you the final push to want to be an accountant?

A: I actually started out in the physical therapy program in Hays. I had both my daughters and thought accounting might be a little bit better. I loved the class in high school, so I started taking the classes. I just love numbers.


Q: What is your favorite part of the job?

A: Reconciliation, making sure that everything is actually where it belongs and it balances. Actually, I’d like to get my master’s in forensic accounting, where you trace the numbers backwards to where they came from. I love following the numbers.


Q: Forensics? You mean like NCIS?

A: It’s kind of like that. It’s where you do the research for embezzlement and things like that. It’s just not the bloody part, which I don’t want to deal with.


Q: How did you get involved with the VFW, and what is your involvement there?

A: I started as just a bartender part time four years ago. That’s the year I learned about the auxiliary and the post. We have the annual memberships, where it’s $10 a person. They have the lifetime memberships that are available to family members of veterans of foreign wars.

It took me forever to get separation papers. I did wind up with them from my uncle and my granddad because I couldn’t get them from my dad who is deceased. I wound up joining the auxiliary under my uncle’s separation papers.

Since then, I’ve just been an auxiliary member and volunteering where I can, where they need help cooking, cleaning, during concessions.

This year, just recently at a meeting, we were talking about all the things we need to step up with. Of course, bonding with the paper and the community involvement. For our national convention, we are supposed to be keeping record, a historian book, kind of like a scrapbook for our events and where we help and what we do. They made me the historian and gave me that job.

 

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