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2013 ASAE Annual Meeting & Exposition is August 3 - 6 at the Georgia World Congress Center with additional events at fab venues around Atlanta.  As a member of GSAE, you have the opportunity to help the Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau welcome our guests to Atlanta by participating in a variety of volunteer activities!  Volunteering is a great way to get involved in ASAE’s Annual Meeting & Expo and help us showcase what makes Atlanta a world class meeting destination.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please fill out the registration form.  After you complete the form, hit continue and the form will be submitted to the Volunteer Coordinator for review.  You will receive an email back confirming your assignments.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email Chris Hendley or call (404) 521-6625.  Thank you for your interest in serving as a volunteer for the 2013 ASAE Annual Meeting & Exposition in Atlanta!


Join AENC, GSAE, SCSAE and TNSAE  for a reception at The  Tabernacle.  We’ll be on the 2nd floor Artist's Lounge.  Plan to drop by anytime between 6:30 and 8:30 pm for some munchies, a beverage or two, and the opportunity to connect with your Southeastern SAE peers and industry partners.

: Sunday, August 4, 2013, 6:30-8:30 pm

: The Artist's Lounge - 2nd Floor
The Tabernacle
152 Luckie Street, Atlanta, Georgia 30303
Celebrate the ASAE Foundation’s 50th Anniversary in a two-day event for golfers of all levels, tennis enthusiasts, or those who just want to relax and rejuvenate with spa treatments at the Annual Golf & Tennis Classic and Spa day.  The fun begins Friday evening with the Participants Pairings Party & Networking Event in downtown Atlanta and concludes Saturday afternoon at the Stone Mountain Golf Club.  Register today!
You have helpful programs designed for your members. You serve as an advocate for your industry on Capitol Hill. Your association may even set the standard for quality in your industry by certifying businesses and individuals in their trade.
None of those lofty accomplishments mean a thing if you’re not telling your members—and potential members—why it should matter to them. Connections editor Elsbeth Russell shares takeaways from the recent GSAE Annual Meeting and ASAE's MM&C Conference.
Member News
GSAE joins the association community as we mourn the passing of  R. William Taylor, CAE.  Bill first served ASAE as a committed volunteer leader in numerous capacities rising to Chairman of the Board in 1974–1975.  In 1976, Bill received ASAE’s highest award for volunteer service, The Key Award. Then in 1982, Bill joined the staff of ASAE and served as President & CEO until 1998 where he had a lasting and profound impact on the growth of ASAE and the development of the profession of association management.  Bill served as the Abit Massey Lecturer in 1987.  The obituary has been provided by the Taylor family.

Earning the CAE credential is the hallmark of a committed association professional.  It helps drive professional self-confidence, opens doors, creates connections, and offers widespread value and recognition for candidates.  Congratulations to GSAE's newest CAE!

Sarah Jackson, CAE
Senior Account Manager
Nardone Consulting Group, Inc.
Marietta, GA


Clare Reagan, CAE is delighted to announce the promotion of Beth Burt to Membership Manager of the Georgia Veterinary Medical Association.  Beth joined GVMA in 2011 as Membership Coordinator and has done an outstanding job.  Under her guidance, membership has grown from 1539 to their new current high of 1758.  She has also assumed responsibility for the Atlanta Dog Jog which is growing under her care.  She received the GVMA President’s Award  in November, 2012 and is in the 2013 GSAE Leadership Academy class.

Building on its legacy of community leadership, the Buckhead Coalition has designed a one-time program named the Diplomatic Leadership Corps.  This is a high-intensity, one-week introduction to business leadership for twenty-five Buckhead area residents in the twenty-five-year age bracket, in recognition of the Coalition’s twenty-fifth anniversary.  Introduced by Coalition president and former Atlanta Mayor Sam Massell, the initial day consisted of five presentations, followed by four days of academic training.  Read the full press release here.
Eric Fletty, Vice President of Operations, announced that the Forest Products Society (FPS) will utilize TAPPI for the delivery of a wide range of association management services.  FPS, a non-profit association based in Madison, Wisconsin, is a leader in providing information to advance the sustainable use of renewable cellulosic resources through science and technology.   "We look forward to working with the Forest Products Society to support the important information network and services they provide for the advancement of sustainable use of our industry’s cellulosic resources," said Larry N. Montague, TAPPI President and CEO.

Spence Downs, Sales Director, is excited to introduce the new Map Dynamics.  A better approach but with the same goal in mind;  making your job less difficult.  Plus, win a free map!  Each month Map Dynamics will be selecting an organization to receive a free license of their Interactive Tradeshow Floorplan Software, ExpoRep.  The contest is open to any organization that meets the criteria.  Winners are announced at the end of each month.
Omni Hotels & Resorts announced it has reached a definitive agreement to purchase and operate five distinguished resort properties from entities affiliated with KSL Capital Partners, LLC. The properties were reflagged under the Omni brand on July 1, representing a significant expansion of Omni’s already-robust Resort Collection. The five iconic resorts, including The Grove Park Inn in Asheville, NC, are longstanding classic hotels in North America that are distinguished in design, local color and authenticity reflecting their destination
"Days of Our Lives" star Chandler Massey won the Outstanding Younger Actor at the Daytime Emmys on Sunday night.  Chandler is the grandson of Abit Massey, CAE and Kayanne.  The win was Massey’s second Daytime Emmy.  "Days" also won drama series honors for just the second time in 40 years.
Dillehay Management Group, Inc. had a super successful meeting in Orlando recently and returned home with extra "conventioners" tickets to Disney World (translation: all kinds of park access after 4:00 pm). They expire December 13, 2013. Let us know if your organization can use them. Just send Wendy an email and she’ll forward you to Chuck Dillehay.
Athens Convention & Visitors Bureau
Macon Marriott City Center
Omni Hilton Head Oceanfront Resort
GSAE News & Events
Wednesday, July 10
GSAE Summer Luncheon featuring Joel Peacock and Russ Webb - "My iPad Can Do What?!?"
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

Tuesday, July 30
Tax Exempt Association (T.E.A.) Group Luncheon - "The Entrepreneurial Nonprofit Executive"
11:15 am - 1:00 pm, $25
Maggiano's - 3368 Peachtree Road, Atlanta
RSVP by July 25 to Molly Amos - mca@joneskolb.com or (404) 262-7920

Thursday, August 15
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

Wednesday, September 18
GSAE Luncheon: The Abit Massey Lecture Series featuring Dr. Bud Peterson, President, Georgia Institute of Technology
11:30 am - 1:30 pm
Thank you to our host property - Atlanta Marriott Northwest at Galleria
Thank you to our sponsor -  Augusta Convention & Visitors Bureau
GSAE remains committed to building a sense of community within the association management profession and among our corporate suppliers.  By offering a wide array of member activities, we strengthen our connections with one another.  We're delighted with the transition into our tiered-dues structure and hope you'll take advantage of the opportunity to renew or join GSAE at a 50% discount for the remainder of 2013!  Join online or email Jane Anne if you have any questions. 
Order the 2013 GSAE Compensation & Benefits Report today.  A group of 21 allied state societies of association executives conducted compensation and benefit surveys among their executive members with Whorton Marketing & Research providing project support.  This detailed report shows the results overall for 1,486 associations in 21 participating societies.  In addition to the multi-state report, you'll also receive the Georgia-specific report.  The GSAE Member Rate is only $99 and the Nonmember Rate is $149.
GSAE recognizes excellence by presenting a variety of awards to members.  To nominate a member for an award, simply contact Wendy Kavanagh, CAE, President, at wendy@gsae.org.  For more information about the awards program, visit the Awards page of the GSAE website.  The deadline for nominations is Tuesday, October 1, 2013.
Individual Awards include:  
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.  Any active individual member of GSAE is eligible for the Award, with the exception of current officers, directors, staff, members of the Awards Committee and previous recipients.  Honorary and retired members who have worked in the Georgia association community within the past two years and former staff members who meet the other criteria as well are also eligible.  
The Alan R. Johnson Award was established in 1994 and named in memory of a former Chair of the GSAE Foundation.  It is given to an association executive in Georgia who has demonstrated qualities of teamwork (ability to work with and support others), vision (ability to see possibilities for making things happen and communicating this vision to others) and servant leadership (willingness to reach out beyond work and home to benefit the community).

The Emerging Leader Award is presented to an association executive with ten years or less of experience in associations who demonstrates leadership through service to GSAE, their own association and to their community.  Chief staff executives (CEO, executive director, executive vice president, etc.) are not eligible. Nominees must have been a member of GSAE for at least one year.
The Corporate Member Representative of the Year is presented to the corporate member who has demonstrated outstanding and continuous service to the association community in Georgia.     
The GSAE Nominating Committee is soliciting names of members interested in serving on the GSAE Board of Directors. The Nominating Committee includes Past Chair Jim Moody, CAE; Chair, Aubie Knight, CIC, CRM; Chair elect Susan Cheshire, CAE, and two at large association executive members in good standing.
Three (3) seats for individual association member directors and one (1) seat for a corporate director will be available for two-year terms, beginning January 1, 2014.  If you or someone you know would like to be considered, please send the name and a brief description of qualifications to wendy@gsae.org. All candidates must be members in good standing.  Deadline for nominations is September 1, 2013.  The slate of nominees will be offered to the membership for review no later than October 11.  Board members and officers will be accepted and installed at the GSAE Annual Business Meeting on November 13th.
Relevant Bylaws:
At least ninety (90) days prior to the annual business meeting, the Board of Directors shall appoint a Nominating Committee of 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 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. 
News Briefs
Tagoras recently launched a new round of their 2011 survey (in collaboration with Velvet Chainsaw) to better understand how associations are using professional and industry speakers.  The goal of this survey is to obtain information about how organizations select speakers, what they expect from them, how educational impact is measured, etc.  Learn more about the Speaker Report here.  2013 participants will be entered into a random drawing for one of five $50 gift certificates and will get early access to the results.  A free report on the results will be available.  Participate in the survey by July 12.
Summer Educational Alliance (SEA) includes innovative and timely educational sessions, prime networking opportunities and the ability to experience a popular meeting and incentive destination.  This year's SEA is being held onboard a Royal Caribbean Enchantment of the Seas three-night Bahaman cruise.  Cruise from Port Canaveral, FL to Nassau and Cococay in the Bahamas and back again. See the Atlantic Ocean as we learn more about the meetings profession.  For more information and to register, please visit the GaMPI website.
The Work Experience Lab at the Georgia Institute of Technology is seeking volunteers for research on daily work experiences. Participants must be at least 18 years of age and currently employed full-time.  Participants will be eligible to receive up to $100 for participation in orientation, exit, and daily data collection activities.  Please visit the website to learn more and to sign up for our participant database.  Email WorkExperienceResearch@psych.gatech.edu or call (404) 385-1954 for more information.


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