State Auditor Andrea Lea brings “treasure” to HSV Rotary
Saturday, February 24, 2018
By Nancy Hendricks
At its February 22 meeting, the Rotary Club of Hot Springs Village welcomed special guest Andrea Lea, State Auditor for Arkansas. In an informative, entertaining program, Lea described the duties of her office, which includes being the general accountant for the state and serving as payroll officer for individuals employed by the executive, judicial and legislative branches of government across Arkansas.
Rotary membership is open to all men and women, with guests always welcome at the Hot Springs Village club which meets in the Fireside Dining Room at Good Sam’s, 121 Cortez Road, Thursday mornings at 7 a.m. Visitors are encouraged to attend the entertaining, informative club programs as well as learning more about the fun and fellowship of Rotary. For more information about HSV Rotary and to see upcoming speakers, visit www.hsvrotary.org or check it out on Facebook.com/hsvrotary.
However, she said one of her most enjoyable duties is reuniting Arkansans with unclaimed property such as checks, stocks, bonds, rare coins and jewelry in the Great Arkansas Treasure Hunt. Hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of unclaimed property, including items forwarded from bank safe deposit boxes, is waiting in the vault of the Auditor’s office. Individuals can easily search by contacting the Unclaimed Properties Division at 1-800-CLAIM-IT or log on to ClaimItAR.com.
Auditor Lea provided significant examples: a list of about twenty current club members whose names are recorded on the database as having unclaimed property. Several left immediately after the meeting to start claiming their “treasures.”
For more information on the State Auditor, one of Arkansas’ seven constitutional offices, the website is www.auditor.ar.gov.