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June 2013 In This Issue
Featured Stories
Member News
GSAE News & Events
News Briefs
AMA Executive Conference Centers
University of Georgia Center for Continuing Education
Valdosta Lowndes CVB
Featured Stories
Another GSAE Annual Meeting is in the books, and we have so many people to thank for making it such a success!  For our attendees, we hope you enjoyed spending time with our community, learned things to help you with your job, and created relationships that will be beneficial in your professional life.

Our biggest thank you goes to our volunteers, especially members of the Professional Development Committee, the Meet & Greet Committee, and the Silent Auction Committee. Y’all rock and make us look so good!!  Stay tuned for total funds raised for the Augusta Warrior Project and from the Silent Auction!
There is No Bigger Thanks than Scheduling Your Own Meeting in Fabulous Augusta, Georgia

Peggy Seigler, MPA, CDME, Vice President of Sales and Marketing
Barry White, President & CEO

Greg DeSandy, Director of
Sales & Marketing
Carol Hall, Association and Government Sales Manager

Main event sponsors who help keep us whole, including:   
Huge thanks to the host of 2014 GSAE Annual Meeting - Visit Savannah and their industry partners (pictures will be posted on FB of the clever use of a conga line and our own Mike Pennington, CAE, CEcD as General Oglethorpe)
Veronica Enoch, National Sales Manager, Visit Savannah
Cece Corbin, CMP, Account Director, Group, Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa
Victoria TenBroeck, Sales Manager, Savannah International Trade & Convention Center
Amanda Evans, Sales Manager, Inn at Ellis Square
Mary Elizabeth McMahon, Senior Sales Manager, Savannah Marriott Riverfront
Cheryl Talley, Sales Manager, Hyatt Regency Savannah       
Opening Session – Charlie Jones, Marshall, Jones & Co./OnDemand Accountant
Breakfast – Barbara Stroup and Kathy Dunn, ExpoPlus
Breakfast – Robin North, CMP and Megan Drew, Macon-Bibb County Convention & Visitors Bureau
Book Sponsor – Steve Michael, Henssler Asset Management, LLC  
Visit all our meeting sponsors on the main AM page. Just click on the logo for info.
More vendors we heart a lot:  Shepard Exposition Services, all signage, all the time - Leslie Avery; PRG, breakout rooms AV - Jeff Sabourin, Jamie Tabor, and Jordan Lawson; Imedia, brochure printing - David Canady; MapDynamics, tradeshow floor plan – Bert Carroll, Jeremy Minnick and Spence Downs; Naylor, LLC, Connections mag and e-newsletter – Chris Hodges; and Crescerance, GSAE mobile app - Alefiya Bhatia.

Augusta Warrior Project
•    We’ll continue to sell t-shirts at our events to keep the love going.  All $20 of the purchase price will be forwarded to the charity thanks to the generosity of the Augusta, Georgia CVB.  And, YAY!! to the Augusta Marriott at the Convention Center for making a $1500 donation during our Friday General Session to this great cause.  Augusta truly rocks.
•    We also want to thank Mike Pennington, CAE, CEcD and Todd Hawkins, CAE and his family for contributing to the excitement during our last break.  We appreciate our members supporting such worthy causes as the Augusta Warrior Project and the Pantene Beautiful Locks program.

Wendy, Jane Anne & Zach
  (the intern who is willing to entertain employment offers starting this fall!!!)

If you enjoyed his presentation at the GSAE Annual Meeting, don't miss the connections, magazine article from keynote speaker Gabriel Eckert, CAE,. Here he explains that as association executives, we are responsible for understanding our boards and guiding them through the current evolutionary process that many are undergoing. He asks the question: Has the focus on board structure improved governance?
Have you ever reached a point in your association where you feel like your organization is on the verge, or is currently drowning in the wrong strategic direction, marketing strategies, member apathy, tradition, or board politics? GSAE Annual Meeting keynote speaker, Tom Morrison, examines the numerous root causes that can lead associations to this point in a recent blog post.
Member News
Gabriel Eckert, CAE and Cynthia Mills, FASAE, CAE, CMC, CPC, CCRC will be presenting at the Association Executives of North Carolina's Annual Meeting in Asheville, NC, June 9-10.  Gabriel will be speaking about his book "From Insight to Action: 6 New Ways to Think, Lead and Achieve" and Cynthia will be presenting "From CEO to...What’s Next? Planning For the Next Phase of Your Journey Before...You Retire, You’re Fired, or You Lose Your Spark!"  Get all the details on their sessions here.

On June 21, 2013, Cullen L. Hackler of BalancePoint will be speaking at the Custom Coaters Association International annual meeting at The Resort at the Mountain in Mt. Hood, Oregon.  His presentation is titled, "Attitude: It’s Up to You."  Read his full session description here.
The Chattahoochee River, running through Uptown Columbus, GA provides an urban outdoor experience that you won't find anywhere else on the planet.  And when you've conquered the river, you'll find yourself in the heart of the Entertainment District... for dining, entertainment and family fun.  Book your trip today with Whitewater Express!

Amy Kane, Director of Awards and Grants, Rheumatology Research Foundation and 2013 Leadership Academy participant, and her husband, Michael, welcomed Mary Grace Kane May 17 at 10:35 pm.  She is a healthy baby girl at 7 pounds 4 ounces and 21 inches long.  Mom and baby are doing great!
Athens Convention & Visitors Bureau
Macon Marriott City Center
Omni Hilton Head Oceanfront Resort
GSAE News & Events
Monday, June 17
GSAE Education/Certification SIG Lunch Meeting
12:00 PM - 1:00 pm, brown bag lunch
Atlanta & Georgia Chapters, IEC - 4500 Winters Chapel Road, Atlanta
Please RSVP by Monday, June 3 to Tim Kline

Tuesday, June 18
ATL SAFE (Atlanta Small Association Forum for CEOs) Luncheon
11:30 am - 1:00 pm, lunch will be provided
MemberClicks, Inc. - 3495 Piedmont Road NE Piedmont Center, Bldg. 12, Ste. 110, Atlanta
ATL SAFE (Atlanta Small Association Forum for Executives) is a complimentary, CEO only, roundtable for small-staff association executives.
Register today

Tuesday, June 25

Tax Exempt Association (T.E.A.) Group Luncheon - Highlights of Recent AICPA and GSCPA Nonprofit Conferences
11:15 am - 1:00 pm, $25 for lunch
Maggiano's - 3368 Peachtree Road, Atlanta
Please RSVP by Thursday, June 20 to Molly Amos

Wednesday, June 26
GSAE Small Staff Shared Interest Group Luncheon - "Best Practices on Member Engagement"
12 - 1:00 pm
Georgia Tech Hotel & Conference Center, 800 Spring Street NW, Atlanta
Please RSVP to Amanda Hammerli, CMP or Gene Stinson, CAE, PCED, CEcD by Monday, June 24

Wednesday, July 10
GSAE Summer Luncheon
11:30 am - 1:30 pm
Thank you to our host property - Hilton Atlanta/Marietta Hotel & Conference Center
Thank you to our sponsors, The Ritz-Carlton properties:
The Ritz-Carlton Lodge, Reynolds Plantation
The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island

The next formal CAE Study Group will begin meeting June 13, 2013 at Nardone Consulting off Powers Ferry.  Each session will be held from 11 am to 1 pm.  You must complete the CAE Study Group Registration form to participate.  The schedule will follow the following months, skipping the week of July 4.

Domain 1: Organizational Management - Thursday, June 13
Domain 2: Leadership - Thursday, June 20
Domain 3: Administration - Thursday, June 27
Domain 4: Management & Research - Thursday, July 11
Domain 5: Governance & Structure - Thursday, July 18
Domain 6: Public Policy, Government Relations & Coalition Building - Thursday, July 25
Domain 7: Membership Development - Thursday, August 1
Domain 8: Programs, Products & Services - Thursday, August 8
Domain 9: Marketing, Public Relations & Communications - Thursday, August 15
Extra Study Day if determined by group - Thursday, August 22
Law Review - date is TBD
Finance Focus with Matt Gunning, CPA - date is TBD

Order now!  ASAE's CAE Study Guide, 2012–2013 Edition, Kathleen M. Edwards, CAE, Executive Editor; member and nonmember Price is $100.  Includes official CAE Practice Exam!

"CAE" is a registered trademark of the American Society of Association Executives and the Certified Association Executive Commission. The Study Guide is independent of the CAE certification program. No specific preparatory program is endorsed by the CAE Commission. The CAE Commission and CAE staff are solely responsible for the policies and administration of the CAE program. To learn more about CAE certification contact Credentialing at caedept "at" asaenet.org or (202) 626-2759.
News Briefs
We have given the Atlanta CVB our email list to send y’all the volunteer sign up link for ASAE’s Annual Meeting & Expo.  They need to be able to track y’all to ensure we reach everyone interested.  We’ve been told the link will be sent sometime around June 15th, so watch your email for this great opportunity to help us showcase our city and state.  (Reminder: this is ASAE and the Atlanta CVB’s show.  They will provide a contact for any questions you may have regarding volunteer opportunities.)

If not, the latest episode of the ATL Files might get you in the mood for this year's event, taking place in Atlanta.  Also: Have a outside-in mindset to deliver nuanced materials to your members.

The Georgia World Congress Center knows how to tease its conference attendees -- especially when the conference they're teasing is this year's 2013 ASAE Annual Meeting & Exposition. They're bringing their guests right into the action with a series of short films.


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