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2019 Abit Massey Lecturer: Cynthia Mills, FASAE, CAE, CMC, CPC, CCRC


Cynthia Mills is the Founder, President & CEO of The Leaders' Haven, a consultancy serving clients as a business strategist, board consultant, business and executive coach, succession planning and change management guide, leadership development catalyst, speaker, and facilitator for small privately held and family-owned businesses, corporations, associations, not-for-profits, NGOs, and faith-based communities. Cynthia is a past president of GSAE's Board of Directors and frequent GSAE Annual Meeting speaker.

Register today!
GSAE Members - $39 Early Bird ($49 after September 13) 
Guests - $49 Early Bird ($59 after September 13)

10:30-11:30 am: Member Orientation
11:30-12:00 pm: Networking Reception
12:00-1:30 pm: Keynote Luncheon and recognition of the 2019 GSAE Leadership Academy graduates

Thank you to our sponsor:
Discover Dunwoody

Thank you to our host:
Wyndham Atlanta Galleria
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The new Continuing Education Transcript feature allows you to access, add to, and export your educational history on demand, right from your member profile! It's simple:

  • Log in at
  • Click the "Track Your CAE Hours" link
  • From there, you can sort by date, export to pdf and add additional hours you've earned outside of GSAE events!

Learn more...

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Augusta Marriott at the Convention Center
Member News

Georgia 4-H acknowledges outstanding support of Georgia 4-H through its annual “Green Jacket” Award. A selection committee with representation from the Georgia 4-H Foundation, the 4-H Advisory Committee, the Georgia Association of Extension 4-H Agents, and representatives from 4-H alumni groups meet with 4-H staff to review nominations and make the selection. Mr. Abit received this high honor during the most recent Georgia 4-H State Congress held at the newly renovated Crowne Plaza Ravinia. Congratulations on such a well-deserved honor, Abit Massey, CAE!


Sheryl Ehlers, Senior Sales Manager, Georgia Tech Hotel & Conference Center, was named the 2nd Quarter Sales Superstar Champion for Crestline Hotels in the Atlanta area. Congratulations, Sheryl!

After more than 10 years of service to our GSAE community, Jane Anne's last day was August 2. Please direct any inquiries or requests to President Wendy Kavanagh, CAE, through the month of August. Watch the video celebrating Jane Anne's tenure with our group. 
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GSAE News & Events

The GSAE Foundation is proud to partner with the University of Georgia on their Emerging Leaders Program. The program seeks to provide paid internship opportunities to first generation college students and students from diverse racial and economic backgrounds. These interns will spend 8 to 11 weeks in the nonprofit sector or local or state government offices in Georgia. This is an incredible opportunity to gain experience in the areas of public policy, public services, public safety, and public well-being in the State of Georgia. Please reach out to Wendy over the summer if your organization would like to hire one of these interns.

Thank you to Adam Paige, Internship and Recruiting Coordinator, UGA School of Public & International Affairs, for joining us at the Summer Luncheon last month to talk more about these opportunities. You may connect with him at or (706) 542-2924.

Mark your calendars and plan to join us for upcoming events, including the Southern SAE reception at ASAE on Aug. 12, GSAE's Wine & Webinars on Sep. 11, webinars and more!
  • September 18 Quarterly Luncheon, The Abit Massey Lecture Series featuring GSAE past president Cynthia Mills, FASAE,CAE, CMC, CPC, CCRC, sponsored by Discover Dunwoody
  • *Date Change: Tuesday, November 5 Quarterly Luncheon & Tech Showcase, sponsored by Richmond Regional Tourism - hosting opportunity available!
  • December 11 Holiday Luncheon, Awards Show, Silent Auction & Annual Business Meeting - sponsorship opportunities available!

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

The GSAE Nominating Committee is soliciting names of members interested in serving on the GSAE Board of Directors. The Nominating Committee will include up to five at-large GSAE association executive members in good standing (Pat Dunwoody, CAE, Amy Kane, CAE, Tangela Monroe, MBA, CAE, Kevin Perry and Russ Webb) in addition to GSAE Chair Joel Peacock, Past Chair Gene Stinson, CAE, PCED, CEcD, HLM and Chair Elect Mary J. Wheatley, CAE, IOM.
Four seats for individual association member directors and one seat for a corporate supplier director will be available for two-year terms, beginning January 1, 2020. If you or someone you know would like to be considered, please fill out either a self nomination form or nominate another GSAE member here. All candidates must be members in good standing. Deadline for nominations is September 27, 2019
The slate of nominees will be offered to the membership for review no later than November 8, 2019. Board members and officers will be accepted and installed at the GSAE Annual Business Meeting on December 11.
Relevant Bylaws:
At least ninety (90) days prior to the annual business meeting, the Board of Directors shall appoint a Nominating Committee of at least five (5) persons, each of whom shall have been an Individual member of the Society for at least two (2) years. The chairman shall be the Immediate Past Chair. Others on the committee shall be the Chair, Chair Elect and two or more other members not currently serving on the GSAE Board of Directors. Names of nominating committee members and an invitation for recommendations for candidates for nomination shall be announced to the membership at least sixty (60) days prior to the annual business meeting. The nominating committee shall submit at least one (1) name for each available elective office of the Society and said slate shall be presented, in writing, to the membership at least thirty (30) days prior to the annual business meeting and again, orally, at the annual business meeting.
GSAE recognizes excellence by presenting a variety of awards to members. To nominate a member for an award, simply email The deadline for nominations is September 27, 2019. Learn more about the awards program here
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News Briefs

AENC, FSAE, GSAE, SCSAE, TNSAE and VSAE are hosting an attendee reception at Barley's Brewing Co. on Monday, August 12 before The Classic. Drop by between 5:15 and 6:30 p.m. for the opportunity to connect with your Southern SAE peers and industry partners. Check out GSAE's online calendar to RSVP for the reception.

Thank you to our Southern SAE Reception Sponsors & Host:

Booth #1215   Booth #401 with ACVB   Booth #1323    

*MemberClicks' Small Staff Lounge is in Union Station Ballroom B 

MemberClicks' Small Staff Shindig @ ASAE Annual 2019 - August 11
Bakersfield Short North, 6-9 p.m.
Join the fiesta fun with tacos, margaritas, and a good ole time!


Make plans to attend the Georgia Governor's Tourism Conference September 8-11, 2019. Join industry professionals at the Great Wolf Lodge & Conference Center in LaGrange, GA for the largest tourism gathering in Georgia. 


$149 Members $199 Non-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.

  • Nearly 1,000 associations across the U.S. participated in this year's survey, including members and non-members of 23 SAEs.
  • Each SAE report features its own data, state-wide or for its region.
  • The national study compares compensation across states for 39 positions.  

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 - GSAE members should sign in to your profile for the discounted rate. 

If you need to lead discussions about the future of your industry or profession with volunteer leaders or staff, this is the resource for you. Looking Forward™ 2019 is the association sector's most recent, relevant and useful environmental scan of the association strategy environment.
A new blog post from MemberClicks on creating interactive event experiences, a new podcast on Extraordinary CEO by Ben Limmer, new Chief Executive Officer at the Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority; a podcast from Lodging Leaders on going from franchised to independent and more!
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