Dear Members,

Welcome Year of the Fire Monkey 2016!

 We had an exciting end to 2015. The STEP Asia Conference held on 11 and 12 November 2015, was well received and we even had the highest registration of participants at 513. Immediately after the Conference, the Branch partnered with Special Needs Trust Company (SNTC) to raise funds for needy families, with special needs family members. We managed to raise close to $72,000. A huge thank you to all donors.

 In December 2015, whilst many were busy shopping for Christmas, STEP Worldwide organised a Leaders Forum in London. During the Forum, ideas were pitched on how to service members better. We will look to bring forth these ideas to all members in Singapore.

 We hope that you have checked out the Branch's website recently. The revamped website is now much more vibrant, up to date and user-friendly. You can even register and pay for the Branch events online!

 We opened the new year with a workshop "Dealing with the Vulnerable - Mental Capacity Workshop" which was held on 21 January 2016. The interactive participation of the attendees with the respective speakers made the workshop very lively and enjoyable. For more details, please read about the event in the newsletter.

 The celebration of Chinese New Year will not be complete without the traditional "Lo Hei". Whilst some of us may secretly enjoy playing with our food, the tossing of the salad always brings much joy to all. Members took the opportunity to catch up with each other in a relaxed and festive setting, and of course accompanied with delicious food.

 Our next event will be on 30 March 2016, where we get serious with the Common Reporting Standards (CRS). So, look out for our flyers and we look forward to seeing all of you there.

 Here's wishing all of you a Healthy, Happy and Prosperous Year!

Thank you.

Linda Wong
Chairperson, STEP (Singapore Branch), 2015-2016

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