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August 2014 In This Issue
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Member News
GSAE News & Events
News Briefs
AMA Executive Conference Centers
University of Georgia Center for Continuing Education
Valdosta Lowndes CVB
Featured Stories
Join us on September 17 at DoubleTree by Hilton Atlanta Roswell for the Abit Massey Lecture Series and Luncheon, sponsored by the Augusta Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Register today!

Jon Gordon's best-selling books and talks have inspired readers and audiences around the world.  His principles have been put to the test by numerous NFL, NBA, MLB coaches and teams, Fortune 500 companies, school districts, hospitals and non-profits.  He is the author of numerous books including The Wall Street Journal bestseller The Energy Bus, Soup, The No Complaining Rule, Training Camp, and The Carpenter.  Jon and his tips have been featured on The Today Show, CNN, Fox and Friends and in numerous magazines and newspapers. His clients include The Atlanta Falcons, Campbell Soup, Wells Fargo, Northwestern Mutual, Publix, Southwest Airlines, Bayer and more.

Jon is a graduate of Cornell University and holds a Masters in Teaching from Emory University. He and his training/consulting company are passionate about developing positive leaders, organizations and teams.  When he's not running through airports or speaking, you can find him playing tennis or lacrosse with his wife and two "high energy" children.

Connect with Jon on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram.

10:30 - 11:30 am - New Member Orientation (open to all new and prospective members)
11:30 - 12:00 - Networking Reception
12:00 - 1:30 pm - Abit Massey Lecture Series & Lunch

GSAE Member: $25 Early Bird; $40 Late (after Sep. 13)
GSAE Guest: $35 Early Bird; $50 Late (after Sep. 13)

Thank you to our Sponsor:
Thank you to our Host:
Thank you to our AV Sponsor:
Augusta Convention
& Visitors Bureau
DoubleTree by Hilton
Atlanta Roswell

Learn from Velvet Chainsaw Consulting about the ways successful conference sponsorship developers are working with potential sponsors to create customized packages that improve the attendee experience, add something that the attendee values, and results in real ROI for the sponsor.
Even with revenue increasing, associations still have work to do to maintain that upward climb. Associations Now shares three factors you need to consider to keep sponsorship revenue growing.
Member News
Please join us in extending our sympathy to the Kelly family.  Bill Kelly, CAE (Ret.) passed away Friday, July 11 at his home in Rome, GA.  Mr. Bill served as President of GSAE from 1987-1988 and received the Clifford M. Clarke Award in 1982. 

Bill began his legendary career with the Elberton Granite Association in 1954, when he was named EGA’s General Manager.  He served as EGA’s chief executive for 36 years, retiring as Executive Vice President in 1991.  After his retirement, Bill remained with EGA as a consultant for ten additional years.  Bill was well known in the Association Management field at both state and national levels, and earned the professional designation of Certified Association Executive in 1972.  On the national level, Bill served on the Board of Directors of the 20,000 member American Society of Association Executives from 1986-89 and as ASAE Vice Chairman in 1989-90.  He received ASAE’s "Key Award" in 1982, the highest national honor attainable for an association executive.  Read the full obituary here.
Mary Wheatley, IOM, Executive Director of the Rheumatology Research Foundation completed her Institute for Organization Management coursework and graduated from the West site at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles on July 18, 2014.

The associations and chambers in Mary’s graduating class represent over 3 million members, and $173 million dollars in programs to support the healthcare, hospitality and building industries, as well as national and local communities, from California to New York. Her classmates come from 14 different states and have over 200 years of combined experience in nonprofit management.
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. Please join us in congratulating GSAE member Cristina Bowerman, CAE, Construction Suppliers Association, on earning the Certified Association Executive credential recently.  All our new CAEs will be celebrated at the ASAE Annual Meeting & Expo in Nashville this August.

The Florida Society of Association Executives (FSAE) presented its most prestigious leadership awards at its recent Annual Conference at the Hilton Orlando in Orlando, FL. Meg Caldwell, CMP, Sales Manager, Grand Hotel Marriott Resort, Golf Club & Spa was named FSAE's Associate Member of the Year. The Associate of the Year Award honors an association supplier whose dedication and leadership advances the industry.
Abit Massey, CAE, a 1949 graduate of the University of Georgia and president emeritus of the Georgia Poultry Federation, delivered the summer Commencement address at UGA's combined undergraduate and graduate ceremony on Aug. 1 at 9:30 a.m. in Stegeman Coliseum. Massey led the Georgia Poultry Federation for 48 years, and in 2009 was named president emeritus.  Watch his inspiring address here.
After more than 17 years with the University of Georgia, most recently having served as the Executive Director of the UGA Alumni Association, Deborah Dietzler is leaving Athens.  She has accepted the role of Associate Vice President for Alumni Relations and Annual Giving at the University of Louisville.  Her new email address is dietzler@louisville.edu.

Paul Donnelly, CAE, recently started as Manager, Editorial and Production, for the South Atlantic Modern Language Association at Georgia State University.  His new email address is pdonnelly@gsu.edu.

Hotel Indigo Athens and Abby Hicks are excited to welcome Kelli McCain as the new Business Development Manager.  Kelli joins the Hotel Indigo team from the Athens Convention & Visitors Bureau.  Her new email address is kellimccain@indigoathens.com.
The Lorraine Powell Membership Recruitment Award was presented to Dahlia Williams, CGMP, Catering Sales Manager, Anderson Conference Center. The recipient of this award recruited the most new members within the fiscal year.  "Dahlia has a particular talent in finding new members. She’s very open and approachable and immediately makes everyone feel comfortable. She’s a bright light and the perfect person to have on the front line finding  GaMPI new members," said Ginny Izydore, GaMPI’s 2013-2014 Vice President of Membership.

GaMPI President, Candice Crossfield honored Laura Guerin, CMP, Director of Membership and Events, Southern Economic Development Council, with the 2013-2014 President’s Award for commitment and service to GaMPI.  "Each year the president has the honor of selecting a member who has supported their presidency and enhanced their vision in a special and unique way.  Congratulations to my friend and fellow GaMPI traveler..." said Crossfield.

Read the full press release on all the award recipients here.
Corporate member Joe M. Turner, a professional speaker and entertainer based in Atlanta, was inducted as the 2014-2015 International President-Elect of the International Brotherhood of Magicians at their recent convention in St. Louis, Missouri.  With over 10,000 members in 88 countries worldwide, the I.B.M. is the largest professional and hobbyist association in the illusion industry.
Clare Reagan IOM, CAE, has a new granddaughter!  Emery Keene Reagan born Tuesday, July 20 at 10:11 am, weighing 7lbs, 4 oz.  and 18 1/2 inches long.  Mother and baby are both doing well!
Holly Wright, Group Sales Manager, One Ocean Resort Hotel & Spa is excited to share the latest press release about Atlantic Beach, Florida, aka "Mayberry by the Sea."  Relaxing is easy on Atlantic Beach: sand soft and white as sugar, brilliant sunshine and azure waters abound. And while Atlantic Beach has heaps of small-town charm, it’s also just a short drive from Jacksonville, making it convenient for day trippers and vacationers who want a short airport-to-beach commute. History buffs can learn about the development of Atlantic Beach and neighboring Jacksonville beaches at the area’s Beaches Museum and History Center.  Read about all of Florida's Top 10 Beaches here.
Athens Convention & Visitors Bureau
The Westin Peachtree Plaza
Hilton Garden Inn/Homewood Suites Atlanta Midtown
GSAE News & Events
Thursday, August 7
Webinar (sponsored by Texas Society of Association Executives and Georgia Society of Association Executives): What do you say?  Communicating Across Barriers, Around Conflict and Over Clutter
2 - 3 pm EST
$45 members; $75 non-members
Register online

Learn how to advocate rather than "sell" through communication techniques.  This session is designed to help you understand the role communication plays in professional relationships.  You will explore the three dimensions of communication, enhance your communication strengths, downplay your weaknesses, and build your likeability. 

Wednesday, August 20
GSAE YourMembership.com Users Group - Best Practices and a live webinar lead by a YM staff person
9 - 11 am
Georgia Nurses Association - 3032 Briarcliff Road NE, Atlanta
Register by Monday, August 18; $15 includes breakfast
Be sure to join the GSAE LinkedIn Group and the YourMembership.com Users Group sub-page to stay connected!

Tuesday, August 26
Tax Exempt Association (T.E.A. Group) Luncheon: Overhead Rhymes with Garlic Bread (Tastes Good, but Smells Bad)
11:15 am - 1 pm
Maggiano's - 3368 Peachtree Road, Atlanta
Cost is $25; RSVP to mca@joneskolb.com or (404) 262-7920 by August 21

Tuesday, August 26
Webinar (sponsored by Ohio Society of Association Executives and Georgia Society of Association Executives): Making Projects Work – the Five Crucial Conversations for Flawless Execution
2 - 3 pm EST
$45 members; $75 non-members
Register online

Up to 91% of projects in organizations fail, meaning that they come in past deadline, over budget or don’t meet the requirements they were intended to.  Our study of 1,000 executives and project management professionals reveals that the quality of conversations around five common business problems is responsible for the astonishing failure rate of high-stakes business initiatives.  Learn what causes project failure and hot to remedy it.  Some groups have reduced project failure rates by 50 to 70%.

Thursday-Friday, August 28-29
GSAE Strategic Planning Update & Leadership Retreat
Lake Lanier Islands Resort
12 pm Thursday - 12 pm Friday

Tuesday, September 9
GSAE Emerging Professionals Social Event
5 - 6:30 pm - The Painted Pin, 737 Miami Circle, Atlanta
Register by Sep. 2
*GSAE is sponsoring bowling. Attendees will be responsible for shoe rental ($4.50), and any food/beverages
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 Wednesday, October 1, 2014.
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 will include Past Chair, Aubie Knight, CIC, CRM; Chair Susan Cheshire, CAE; Chair elect Jim Fowler, CAE; and two at large association executive members (to be named by the GSAE Board of Directors on August 28).
Five seats for individual association member directors and one seat for a corporate supplier director will be available for two-year terms, beginning January 1, 2015.
If you or someone you know would like to be considered, please send the name and a brief description of qualifications to Wendy. All candidates must be members in good standing.  Deadline for nominations is September 15, 2014.
The slate of nominees will be offered to the membership for review no later than Friday, October 10.  Board members and officers will be accepted and installed at the GSAE Annual Business Meeting during the Holiday Luncheon & Silent Auction December 10th at the Georgia Aquarium.
Part of the 2014-2016 GSAE Strategic Plan included hosting "Millennial Take-Over Events."  After much planning and preparation, GSAE's first "Millennial Infusion" luncheon was a huge success!  A special thank you to the volunteers who served on the planning committee:

Katie Brown
Pat Dunwoody, CAE, LEED AP
Noah Durden
Erin Hall
Amy Kane
Greg Parker
Mary Wheatley
Sarah Zirkle
News Briefs

Plan to join AENC, SCSAE, TNSAE and GSAE members  for an attendee reception on Monday before The Classic.  Drop by the Nashville City Club anytime between 5:00 and 6:30 PM for some light munchies, a beverage or two, and the opportunity to connect with your Southeastern SAE peers and industry partners.

Monday, August 11
5:00 – 6:30 pm
Nashville City Club
201 4th Avenue North; Suite 1930
Nashville, TN 37219
Telephone: (615) 244-3693

Thank you to our generous sponsors:

Have you updated your practices to meet the requirements of Canada's new anti-spam laws?  The Canadian Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL) requires anyone living in Canada to whom you wish to send a Commercial Electronic Message (CEM) to give you opt-in permission to do so.  A commercial electronic message covers email, telephone and possibly social media.  Relative to associations, a message would be considered a CEM if it includes an invitation for membership, meeting attendance, sponsorship, advertising or selling anything like communications programs or meetings services or a manual or logo item. 

There are potentially crazy fines and potential imprisonment. No, really.  Read all about it.
Aug. 27 - GaMPI Talks at CineBistro
Sep. 4 - Endless Summer Networking Event at W Atlanta Downtown
Sep. 16 - Educational Program, featuring Matt Tenney, a 2014 GSAE Annual Meeting speaker: "Serve to Be Great: Leadership Lessons from a Prison, a Monastery, and a Boardroom"

To learn more or to register for any of these events, please visit GaMPI's website.
We are in negotiations with Ed Rigsbee, CAE to offer GSAE members an exciting membership-oriented program this fall. By attending, you’ll be able to give your members more value, more reasons to belong, and the urge to recruit new members. Explore with your professional colleagues how to get more members by delivering more ROI...and learning how to actually prove, in real numbers, the ROI your organization delivers. The day's event also delivers 6 qualified hours of CAE education.  Attendees will receive the newest "features of membership" real-dollar valuation information from Ed's new book, The ROI of Membership. Even if you have attended one of Ed's workshops in the past, you will find the Summit more interactive, with new content, and new exercise worksheets that will accelerate your knowledge and abilities. More details next month!


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