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*If you plan to donate to the Annual Meeting Gift Card Pull, bring your card to the April Luncheon for a chance to win a prize!
Company Culture + Community Impact, Featuring Matt Stevens, MPA, MSc., Creature Comforts Brewing Co.
Matt joined the Creature Comforts team in September 2017 as its new Director of Community & Culture. He is no stranger to Athens, however. He's lived there during 4 different seasons of his life, including years as an undergraduate and a grad student, earning his MPA in Nonprofit Management in 2014. Prior to a career in craft beer, Matt worked for 6 years as UGA Costa Rica's Associate Director, and more recently as Athens Church's Director of Stewardship, helping to lead its Be Rich outreach campaign, which in many ways prefigured Creature Comforts' flagship community impact program known as Get Comfortable; watch their video here

10:30-11:30 am: Member Orientation
11:00-11:30 am: Communications Task Force Focus Group
11:30-12:00 pm: Networking Reception
12:00-1:30 pm: Luncheon and Keynote
1:45-2:45 pm: Meetings SIG Round Table
GSAE Members - $39 Early Bird ($49 after April 12)
Guests - $49 Early Bird ($59 after April 12)

Thank You to Our Sponsor:
Jekyll Island Authority Convention & Visitors Bureau

Thank You to Our Host:
DoubleTree by Hilton Atlanta Perimeter Dunwoody

GSAE is a CAE Approved Provider
This program meets the requirements for fulfilling the professional development requirements to earn or maintain the Certified Association Executive credential. Every program we offer that qualifies for CAE credit will clearly identify the number of CAE credits granted for full participation, and we will maintain records of your participation in accord with CAE policies. For more information about the CAE credential or Approved Provider program, please visit This luncheon program may be applied for 1 credit and the SIG meeting for 1 credit toward your CAE application or renewal.

Note: This program is not endorsed, accredited, or affiliated with ASAE or the CAE program. Applicants may use any program that meets eligibility requirements in the specific time frame towards the exam application or renewal. There are no specific individual courses required as part of the applications - selection of eligible education is up to the applicant based on his/her needs.

Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort
Augusta Marriott at the Convention Center

Register for the 2019 GSAE Annual Meeting

Book your room by May 7 at our overflow hotel: Residence Inn Greenville Downtown
200 East Washington Street
Greenville, South Carolina 29601
*Host hotel, The Westin Poinsett, Greenville, is sold out as of 3/27/19

Fun Links & Details

Member News

A memorial service will be held at Embry Hills United Methodist Church on Saturday, April 27 at 11:00 am, followed by lunch.

Contributions can be made to Embry Hills United Methodist Church, 3304 Henderson Mill Road, Atlanta, GA 30341, or to the Georgia Society of Association Executives Foundation.

Our thanks to Sharon's daughter, Heather Hunt, for sharing this beautifully written memorial with all of us.


The American College of Rheumatology (ACR) Board of Directors announced the upcoming retirement of its Executive Vice President, Mark Andrejeski, who has led the organization over the past three decades and established it as the leading independent medical association for the subspecialty of rheumatology. He has been instrumental in continually evolving the services and products of ACR to meet the ever-changing needs of the professional rheumatology community in an always shifting health care environment. Andrejeski’s last day is May 31. Read the full press release here.


Fresh off of a successful legislative session, Bryan Tolar is pleased to announce a new partnership with the Georgia Forestry Foundation. This collaboration will provide education and project services to best serve the future of this vital industry. Tolar Capitol Partners, Inc. is proud of this opportunity to serve Georgia’s working forests.


Jasmine T. Okafor, M.Div., Development Specialist, ACPE The Standard for Spiritual Care & Education, and her husband Nnamdi welcomed their first child on January 18, 2019. Natalie Adaora Okafor was born on at 1:01pm, weighing 6lbs 13oz and 19.5 inches. Everyone is doing great and Jasmine is now back at work with ACPE!


Congratulations to Mallary Whitten, for her recent promotion to Senior Sales Manager for The Alida Hotel in Savannah, Georgia!


On March 28-29, ASAE hosted more than 150 association professionals on Capitol Hill for its legislative fly-in, American Associations Day. Participants from 23 states visited over 20% of Congress to demonstrate the Power of A and build support to repeal the new tax on association parking and transit benefits. Wendy Kavanagh, CAE and Betsy Reid met with Jay J. Sulzmann, Senator Isakson’s office and Ben Ayers, Senator Perdue’s office, while in D.C.  Read more


Annette Sullivan and Sarah Wilburg are thrilled to share some details of the transformational development happening at the Georgia World Congress Center: the 30-plus-story, 950-to-1,000-room Signia Hilton hotel! Coming in 2022, the GWCCA-owned property will feature 75,000 square feet of meeting space and an executive conference center that connects to the GWCCA, completing a world-class convention center campus unrivaled by any other in the U.S. Learn more here.


Chateau Elan Winery & Resort, is excited to unveil plans for an extensive $25 million dollar renovation, scheduled for completion in November 2019. The complete reimagination introduces a fresh yet timeless, modernized design while delivering a unique, unmistakably southern concept dressed in French undertones, honoring the existing estate’s 16th century-style charm and legacy. Learn more here

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Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa
GSAE News & Events
Mark your calendars and plan to join us for upcoming events, including the T.E.A. Group luncheon on April 30, SURGE May 1-3, GSAE's first Wine + Webinars on May 8, and more!

Any organization in Georgia that employs at least one GSAE member may apply. The applications are due May 1 and will be judged on the quality of the internship experience described in the application rather than on the qualifications of the student who will fill the internship. It is the responsibility of the organization to recruit a qualified student to fill the internship, but this may be done after the GSAE Foundation announces which applications will be funded. Watch this video and visit to learn more about the internship grant program. And, please consider making a donation to the GSAE Foundation.

We are excited to partner with for SURGE Co-Creation, a FREE interactive virtual conference May 1st-3rd. SURGE’s mission is to assemble association executives from around the world under one virtual roof for a meaningful and fruitful conversation about innovation and co-creation. Bringing together experts from across the space, the various session discussions will all be focused on equipping attendees with the concepts and skills to be able to approach the future in a proactive and collaborative way.
Donating to the silent auction is a great way to show your support and raise funds to help continue GSAE’s mission of advancing the profession of association management and enhancing the professionalism of association executives. We''re asking all GSAE members and friends for support of the Silent Auction this year. Any donation of any size will be most appreciated and welcomed - we can even package smaller donations together to create a fabulous gift basket or experience!

Making an Encore Appearance at the 2019 Annual Meeting: The wildly popular Gift Card Pull! Consider donating a $20-$100 gift card from any national chain (Target, Whole Foods, Amazon, iTunes, TJ Maxx, etc.). Attendees can purchase as many "pulls" as they’d like - with a guaranteed win every time! Gift cards will be drawn throughout the conference. *Bring your donated gift card to the April 17 GSAE Luncheon to be entered into a drawing!*
  • July 10 Summer Luncheon at Renaissance Atlanta Midtown - sponsorship opportunity available!
  • September 18 Quarterly Luncheon, The Abit Massey Lecture Series featuring GSAE past president Cynthia Mills, FASAE,CAE, CMC, CPC, CCRC, sponsored by Discover Dunwoody - hosting opportunity available!
  • November 6 Quarterly Luncheon & Tech Showcase, sponsored by Richmond Regional Tourism - hosting opportunity available!
  • December 11 Holiday Luncheon, Awards Show, Silent Auction & Annual Business Meeting - hosting and sponsorship opportunities available!

Please contact us ASAP if your property would like to host or sponsors a luncheon in 2019!

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The Lodge at Gulf States Park
News Briefs
Naylor Association Solutions is currently conducting their annual Association Communications Benchmarking Survey, and you are invited to participate in this vital study. Now in its eighth year, the survey continues to uphold its goal of highlighting communications best practices within the association community. As an association professional, your input matters to the community!
Our old friend and GSAE favorite Beth Z is thrilled to call Nashville home now. Her laptop is fired up, and she's eager to get to know the organizations close to home. Beth is offering a one-time super special discount to any group wanting to bring her in the week of May 13. Beth is a sure bet to wow your members with the latest in productivity hacks, marketing tools and more!

The Tax Exempt Association Group will meet April 30th at Maggiano's in Buckhead for their monthly meeting: "Accounting Update on Recent Pronouncements Impacting Nonprofits" with Bliss Jones, Jones and Kolb. The cost per person is $25. RSVP by noon on April 25 to Molly Amos at or (404) 262-7920. 

The world of recycling is changing and one non-recyclable item can spoil an entire batch of otherwise good materials. This represents a global problem that’s preventing thousands of tons of recyclables from ever seeing a second life.

The results of the United States Census 2020 can help shape the future of your community. And there are many ways for individuals, businesses, community organizations, and others to play a part.

  • Keep tabs on U.S. Census Bureau news ​by following us on Facebook and Twitter.
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  • Get involved with a Complete Count Committee or Census Partner near you.
  • Become a partner with the Census Bureau to speak out for your community—and help ensure that the members of your community are counted accurately.
A new blog post from MemberClicks on driving conference registrations; a podcast from Lodging Leaders on the dramatic spike in website accessibility lawsuits being filed against businesses under the ADA, and more!
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