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Best-selling New York Times-reviewed author Alvin Townley has traveled the world to discover inspiring stories of leadership, adventure and purpose. He has trekked into South Sudan, dived on the Great Barrier Reef, visited the infamous Hanoi Hilton, met with Wall Street CEOs and U.S. senators, and landed on three aircraft carriers in three oceans. St. Martin’s Press, New York, has published his four nationally-acclaimed books: Legacy of Honor, Spirit of Adventure, Fly Navy and Defiant. Glowing reviews have come from Today, and he serves as The Home Depot Director of Corporate Philanthropy & Veterans Programs at the Grammy- and Tony Award-winning Woodruff Arts Center.

Sponsored by: Augusta Convention & Visitors Bureau
Thank you to our host: DoubleTree by Hilton Atlanta Downtown

10:30-11:30 a.m. – Member Orientation for new and potential members
11:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. – Networking Reception
12:00-1:30 p.m. – Luncheon and Keynote, "The Power of Association"

GSAE members – $39 Early Bird ($49 after September 15)
Guests – $49 Early Bird ($59 after September 15)

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Member News
Florida Society of Association Executives announced their Associate of the Year during their Annual Meeting in July. Congratulations to GSAE member Lisa Miller Pacella, CMP, Global Account Executive, ConferenceDirect, Ponte Vedra.
The Mills House Wyndham Grand, Charleston, has been named The Wyndham Hotel of the Year. Congratulations to all the staff, especially GSAE member Rachel Renney!
We are saddened to share past GSAE member John Carson passed away recently after a brief illness. Services will be held at Shallowford Presbyterian Church at 2375 Shallowford Road, Atlanta, GA 30345 on Friday, August 11 at 11 a.m. Gifts in his name may be made to the Georgia Equality Foundation (1530 DeKalb Ave. NE A, Atlanta, GA 30307) or Human Rights Campaign (1640 Rhode Island Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20036-3278). John's obituary is available on the AJC website.
As of August 1, the Hilton Savannah DeSoto is now simply The DeSoto. Overlooking Madison Square in the heart of Savannah’s Historic District, The DeSoto is a treasured landmark blending the elegance, history, and charm of one of America's oldest cities with a generous dash of modern Southern hospitality. Warm smiles from long-tenured staff, a museum-worthy lobby art gallery showcasing the Savannah College of Art & Design, imaginative cocktails and small plates at Edgar’s Proof & Provision – The DeSoto is a Savannah experience to be savored and celebrated.Congratulations to GSAE member Kim Chambless and the rest of the staff on the reopening of this historic hotel. Visit the new website to learn more.
GSAE and the Morrow Conference & Event Center, near Southlake Mall, are partnering for an open house and networking event for GSAE members from middle Georgia and south metro Atlanta. Join GSAE member Robb Mitner and our leaders for a cocktail reception October 25, 2017 from 4-6 p.m. More information coming soon.
To get ready for Sustainable Brands 2017 Conference May 22-25, Cobo Center has redesigned its sustainability marketing campaign to reflect the giant step forward achieved in the program with the Cobo/SB17 partnership. Cobo also recently re-certified under the GMIC ASTM/APEX standard for green and was originally the ninth facility in the United States to do so in 2015.
Inspired by the mythical land of Avalon, where the experience of the "Good Life" is ever-present, The Hotel at Avalon arrives – a grand reimagining of resort environment, where guests are immersed in the timeless art of living well. Here, graceful, modern Southern hospitality is infused throughout a luxurious walkable community of shopping, dining, lodging, working and entertaining, all in the heart of Alpharetta. Flowing from the hotel, the new Alpharetta Conference Center provides the area’s premier meetings and events destination. Check out Avalon's Instagram account today. GSAE member Vanita Vaswani-Renner would be happy to provide a hard hat tour before the grand opening!
GSAE member Jim Peniston is offering a unique opportunity to enhance the holiday spirit for your customers, clients and/or employees, with a visit with Santa Claus at your business, convention or party. Contact Santa Jim at or (404) 550-6903 for more details. Learn more...
Kellen, an accredited association management company, recently moved their office to 3200 Windy Hill Road SE, Suite 600W, Atlanta, GA 30339. Please update your contact list.
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GSAE News & Events
Mark your calendars and plan to join us for upcoming events, including ASAE in Toronto, luncheons, T.E.A. Group events, the 100th Anniversary Gala on November 15, webinars, and more.
Join us for the virtual ZOOM discussion group, CAEs After Dark, this fall. Let Wendy know if you are interested in joining, or send an email to Tuesday meetings are 8-9:15 p.m. and provide 1 CAE credit hour per meeting. The fall cohort begins September 12.
$149 members: This survey is conducted every two years by a group of state, local and regional societies of association executives with support from Whorton Marketing & Research.
  • 1,315 associations across the U.S. participated in this year’s survey, including members and non-members of 26 SAEs.
  • Participation included 11 South, 8 Northeast, 8 Midwest, and 5 West states and areas.
  • Each SAE report features its own data, or for its region.
  • The national study compares compensation across states for 39 positions.
  • Meets IRS requirements for third party data.
The full national and state reports present detailed compensation overall by budget and staff ranges, geographic scope and membership structure, and by state. Available in PDF format. Order online – after signing into your profile to receive the member pricing.
Live webinars are scheduled for August 30 and September 12 and 26. Worth 1 CAE hour each. Did you know? Over 94 CAE-qualifying recorded webinars are available 24/7 on our GSAE website.

August 30 – Simple. Stress-Free. Power: The Easiest Way to Let Go, Say No, and Have It All!
September 12 – Inside Out Marketing for Your Association
September 26 – Getting Beyond "We’ve Always Done It This Way!"

Please join G. Bliss Jones, Jones and Kolb, August 29 from 11:15 a.m.-1 p.m. to discuss "Proposed Accounting Revisions for Restricted Contributions and Government Grants." Tickets are $25 per person. Please contact Molly Amos at or call (404) 262-7920 to make your reservation by noon on August 24.
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News Briefs
Plan to join AENC, FSAE, SCSAE, TNSAE, VSAE, and GSAE members for an attendee reception at Amsterdam BrewHouse on Monday, August 14 before The Classic. Drop by between 5:15 and 6:30 p.m. to connect with your Southern SAE peers and industry partners over munchies and your choice of beer and wine selections.

Thank you to our sponsors (and be sure to stop by their booths during the Expo):

Booth 721 Booth 1137

Booth 603

GSAE has partnered with Motion Picture Licensing Corporation (MPLC) to provide GSAE members the opportunity to obtain a reduced-rate license to exhibit motion pictures and other audiovisual content at association functions in a copyright compliant manner. Learn more and visit MPLC representative Eileen Korte, Vice President of MPLC’s Licensing Division, during ASAE’s Annual Meeting & Expo in Toronto at Booth 236. Brochure. FAQs.
Talent Generation is the result of considerable research on how the most successful organizations in existence today are engaging talent, especially young talent. Presently, employee turnover is costing an estimated $30.5 billion annually in the US, and an average of 10,000 Boomers retire every day. Meanwhile, 62 percent of membership associations have observed declining engagement – a trend that was first noted in 1994.

Order your copy today and check out the GSAE webinar available on demand by next week.

Thursday, November 2, 2017
2 p.m. EDT
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), by 2020 the number of people 60 years of age and older will outnumber children under the age of 5, and by 2050, the world’s 60 population is expected to reach 2 billion people. The future of aging, however, is not defined by demographic trends alone. It is also about emerging scientific and technological developments, shifting cultural and social norms and the exercise of economic and political power. Join Jeff De Cagna, FRSA, FASAE to explore these topics. There is a 20 percent discount for GSAE members registering by August 30 using the code August20.
Upcoming CAE-accredited webinars from HighRoad U, a podcast from Jeff De Cagna, FRSA, FASAE, a blog post about marketing trends from MemberClicks, new material from Lighthouse Counsel, and more.
As a GSAE member, you are invited to participate in a research project to examine the dissemination and use of knowledge within non-profit membership organizations. This survey is part of a doctoral dissertation at Temple University’s Fox School of Business from a colleague of ours based in Philadelphia who is a member of Mid-Atlantic SAE. Please respond to the quick (7-10 minutes) survey by August 31, 2017.

GSAE President Wendy Kavanagh, CAE participated in The Power of A video series during the ASAE Fly In in March. For the latest videos, be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel, GSAE1917. 




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