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Join us for the GSAE Holiday Luncheon, Business Meeting, Silent Auction and Awards Show!

Wednesday, December 8 at 12 noon
Register today for the GSAE Holiday Luncheon, Business Meeting, Silent Auction, and Awards Show! 

Please Consider Donating to the Holiday Silent Auction Today
We need you to make our holiday Silent Auction a success! We understand that it may not be feasible for you to donate in quite the way you have in the past. However, every donation, no matter what, helps us reach our goal. 

The Silent Auction will be in person as well as virtual with mobile bidding, thanks to our friend Tony Rissley, Expo Auctions, and is a great way to showcase your property, product or service. Donating to the silent auction helps raise funds to continue GSAE's mission of advancing the profession of association management and enhancing the professionalism of association executives. 

We are planning on bringing back the wine toss again this year! Please consider donating a bottle(s) of wine, liquor and/or beer for the GSAE Wine Toss. Attendees will purchase rings to toss - whatever they ring, they win!

Please submit your donation form today. Thank you for your support!

Thank you to our host: Atlanta Marriott Perimeter Center


Thank you to our sponsor: Discover Dunwoody

Thank you to our sponsor: Jekyll Island Authority

Thank you to our AV sponsor: Orchestrated Audiovisual & Production Services


Clifford M. Clarke Award - The Clifford M. Clarke Award is GSAE's highest honor and is presented to honor a member for an outstanding career of leadership and service to associations in Georgia. It is named for the late Cliff Clarke, president emeritus of the Arthritis Foundation and the first Georgian to serve as chief elected officer of ASAE. Congratulations, Gene Stinson, CAE, PCED, CEcD, HLM!

  • 2018 Chair of the GSAE Board of Directors
  • Two terms, GSAE Board of Directors member
  • Ceaseless Pay the Pig program promoter to benefit our annual meeting host cities
  • Stephen Styron Award winner, best SIG chair for the Association Small Staff group, a role he served for more than four years
  • GSAE Nominating Committee
  • Honorary Life Member - Southern Economic Development Council
  • Treasurer of the Community Development Council, the national certification body for the Professional Community & Economic Developer (PCED) certification

Alan R. Johnson Award - Established in 1994 and named in memory of a former Chair of the GSAE Foundation, this award is presented by the Foundation to honor a member who exhibits the ability to influence others by modeling positive behavior, gaining cooperation from others, and fostering creativity and innovative thinking. Congratulations, Tara Morrison, CAE, CMP!

Sharon Hunt Emerging Leader Award - This award is given to an association executive in Georgia based on three criteria: Impact in their own organization, involvement in GSAE, and service to the community other than through GSAE. Established in 2004, this award is presented to a member who has been in the association management profession for 10 years or less. Congratulations, Kara Bastarache, CAE!

Peggy Seigler Corporate Member of the Year Award - Named in 2015, the award celebrates the many contributions of Peggy Seigler, MPA, CDME, a beloved and valued member of the community. The criterion for this award is continuous involvement and support of GSAE and the Foundation throughout her participation in GSAE. Congratulation, Carol Hall! 

Skelton-Massey Award - The Skelton-Massey Award is presented to the person who recruits the most new individual members into GSAE during the year. The award recognizes the member who supports and sponsors the most new members, strengthening GSAE in size and effectiveness. Congratulations, Holly Wright!

Stephen Styron Award - The Stephen Styron Award is presented to an outstanding committee, Shared Interest Group, or task force chair. It is named in honor of one of GSAE's past presidents who was the first Georgian to earn the CAE designation. Congratulations, Regina Robuck!

Chair's Award - The Chair's Award is presented for going above and beyond the call of duty to help GSAE. Congratulations, Lisa-Marie Haygood, CAE!


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Member News

IEC's Georgia Chapter Wins 2021 Chapter Growth Award

Congratulations to IEC’s Georgia Chapter on receiving the 2021 IEC Chapter Growth Award! Executive Director, Niel Dawson and the Georgia Board of Directors President, Robbie Jones, were honored during the 2021 IEC Convention and Expo. Read the full press release.


Georgia Grown Trail 17 Re-Launches Agritourism Initiative 

The agritourism efforts by Georgia Grown Trial 17, first originating in 2018, have been revived as the new Board of Directors see an even greater need and benefit for it today. With the new climate surrounding COVID, the group lists many reasons why promoting agritourism is a must. Read the full press release here. 


Lonely Planet Names Atlanta as One of the Top Desitinations for 2022

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution helped spread the news about Atlanta, GA being placed at No. 4 in Lonley Planet's top cities to visit in 2022. Not only does it make the list, Atlanta stands alone as the only U.S. city to place in the Top 10. Read about the why Atlanta is listed among the top cities in the world!


MPI Georgia Chapter 2021 Fall Classic Winners

Our friends and colleagues enjoyed a unique, casual, and fun opportunity to network with fellow members, entertain clients, and meet potential new clients outside of an office setting on November 1 at the annual MPI Georgia Fall Classic Golf and Bocce Tournament. Congratulations to the Bocce Ball winners, Maria Trammell, Jayne Tannenbaum, and Peter Schmidt.


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GSAE News & Events

As Chair of the Nominating Committee, I am pleased to announce the following slate of officers and GSAE Board of Directors members for 2022. Please note that this term of office, unless otherwise noted, will run for 2 years from January 1, 2022 to December 31, 2023.

CHAIR (automatic): Ashley Goodin, CAE
CHAIR-ELECT (automatic): Mike Pennington, CAE
PAST Chair (automatic): Mary J. Wheatley, IOM, CAE

BEGINNING two-year terms on the Board
Cece Corbin
Samantha (Sam) Evans, CAE, MBA
Lisa-Marie Haygood, CAE
Jan Price, CAE
Maria Trammell

COMPLETING terms on the Board in December 2022
Amy Kane, CAE, MBA
Robin Lane, CAE
Jason Moss
Kevin Perry
Erin Hall, CAE

The Nominating Committee endorses the slate for the 2022 GSAE Foundation Board of Trustees.
PAST Chair (automatic): Tangela Monroe, CAE
CHAIR (automatic): Tara Morrison, CAE, CMP
CHAIR-ELECT (automatic): Julia Boyd, CAE
BOARD Representative: Mike Pennington, CAE

Our thanks to our board members who will complete their terms this year. They will be recognized during the December 8 GSAE Business Meeting. They are Joel Peacock, Jason Cline, CAE, Kelly McLendon, CAE, John Roch, CAE, and Jennifer Thompson.                                  

Respectfully submitted, the GSAE Nominating Committee: Joel Peacock, Mary J. Wheatley, IOM, CAE, Ashley Goodin, CAE, Heather Blanchard, CAE, Ragan Cohn, CAE, and Kevin Shea, CEcD

Relevant Bylaws:
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.


Applications will be accepted through November 15, 2021.

  • Updated curriculum featuring GSAE leaders and industry experts
  • Experiential learning opportunities and tours of local associations
  • Capstone project based on learning outcomes
  • Eight day-long classes and an overnight kick-off retreat
  • Facilitated by current and past GSAE leaders, past graduates, and subject specialists
  • Open to any GSAE member CEO or staff
  • Limited to no more than 20 professionals
  • $1,600 covers registration, tours, meals, and all course materials
  • Convenient payment plans are available as long as the balance is met by December 31, 2022
  • Up to 56 credit hours to qualify to sit for the CAE exam or to recertify

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the below events are subject to change. We appreciate your flexibility as we all navigate this new environment.

  • Luncheons in February, April, July, September, and November are $39 for all GSAE members. If any are moved to a virtual Zoom program, it will be $25 for GSAE members.
  • Workshops will be priced at $35-$49 per CAE credit hour.
  • The 2022 GSAE Annual Meeting is at the Jekyll Island Convention Center on Jekyll Island, June 1-3.
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Live webinars are worth 1 CAE hour. Did you know? More than 94 CAE-qualifying recorded webinars are available 24/7 on our GSAE website.


Huge thanks to our 2022 Annual Meeting host, Jekyll Island Authority, and their marketing department for creating such a welcoming logo. Maria Trammell and Kevin Udell cannot wait to welcome y’all June 1-3, 2022. The Pay the Pig recipient will be the Georgia Sea Turtle Center, of course. Room blocks are being set up at not 1, 2, or 3 properties, but nearly all available hotels. We’ll open those up in late September so watch your email.


As a reminder:

  1. GSAE annual dues are sent via beginning in November. Always check that "from" line if you have any doubts.
  2. GSAE does not contract with third-party companies to sell our mailing list or member data. Please disregard any such fraudulent company solicitations. If you would like to rent GSAE's mailing list legitimately, you may access the contract on our forms page. We do not release your email address as part of the mailing list rental agreement - ever, per Board policy.
  3. GSAE staff or leaders will never ask you to transfer funds to a staffer, volunteer leader, or another member for any reason. If one of our leaders is actually traveling and runs into a spot of bother, they will contact a family member - not us, and not you.
  4. While we may ask you to log in to your profile to register for an event or update your contact information, we will not ask you to send your social security number, bank account information, or credit card information directly to us. Electronic and paper invoices will direct you to our secure PCI-compliant payment page or to our fax number.
  5. If you have any questions about the validity of a message from GSAE - from staff, our officers, our website or our enewsletter provider - please don't hesitate to contact us directly.
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News Briefs

Introducing PROPEL’s new Growth Mindset Learning Intensive, a virtual training program for cultivating a growth mindset in your self, your team, and your organization.

Our new Growth Mindset Learning Intensive is a deep-dive, online learning program designed to prepare leaders to thrive in today’s uncertain environment. Through a combination of recorded content, peer-to-peer interaction, live Q&A sessions, and concrete application exercises, we’re offering a unique opportunity to up your leadership game. Heck, we’re even sending you FIVE books to support your learning. To really solidify your growth mindset, you have to be holistic and address three different levels: self, team, and organization. So, we structured the course with one week on each area. Learn More

GSAE members receive a 20% discount code for the program by accessing your profile portal and then clicking the Members Offers tab. Registration is open for a cohort beginning November 15. Additional cohorts will be created on a rolling basis. - Co-Founders Maddie Grant and Jamie Notter.

Last week, Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.) reintroduced the Pandemic Risk Insurance Act (PRIA) to establish a federal backstop for financial losses due to a future pandemic or public health emergency. As you may recall, passing a PRIA-style program has been a top ASAE priority since March 2020 and we are pleased to support Rep. Maloney’s new bill. Important for our association community, PRIA includes event cancellation coverage, along with business interruption and other lines of coverage, to help navigate pandemics and public health emergencies. Learn more.

   What challenges are associations experiencing? Association Laboratory and the Research Alliance invites you to participate in the 11th Annual Looking Forward™ Impact survey, the longest running environmental scan of the association space. Participants will receive complimentary access to a customizable dashboard that allows you to view the data and download a unique report to guide you, your staff and volunteer leadership on the issues facing you as an association exec. Respond today!

With 88% of community professionals admitting that communities play a critical role in achieving their organizations' mission, it’s time to start thinking about how you can create an online community that’s a safe, easy-to-navigate, and beneficial place for your most valued members to gather. Read more.
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GSAE Membership Directory & Buyers' Guide

The 2022 GSAE Membership Directory & Buyers' Guide will go to print soon and we are so excited to share your areas of expertise with all of your fellow members! Keep your eye out for the 2022 GSAE Membership Directory & Buyer's Guide! 

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