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June 2015 In This Issue
Featured Stories
Member News
GSAE News & Events
News Briefs
AMA Executive Conference Centers
University of Georgia Center for Continuing Education
Callaway Gardens
Featured Stories

GSAE is accepting proposals from our talented members to present a five minute, 15 slide maximum session at the July 8 luncheon. We are especially interested in lessons learned, experiences created and other success stories from the association and supplier community. Tell us your story today. We’ll accept up to 8 speakers. Email Wendy with your great idea.

$30/$45 – GSAE Members
$45/$60 – Guests and Friends

Luncheon Sponsor
Coral Hospitality
GSAE Representative - Paula Fronimo

Host Property
4736 Best Road
Atlanta, GA 30337
(404) 762-7676
Be Well. Live Inspired. Be Westin.

11:30 am - 12 p.m. - Reception
12 - 1:30 p.m. - Luncheon and Program

Mixed Garden Green Salad with two dressings
Grilled Chicken Breast with Sage Butter Sauce
Chef's Selection of Starch and Vegetables

Vegetarian selection available upon request at registration

Click here to register today.

There is no bigger thanks from our Assn Execs than scheduling your OWN meeting in Charleston, SC
Host property: Karen Keys, Francis Marion Hotel
Host city: Chris Hendrix, CMP, Charleston CVB

Silent Auction & Pay the Pig Raffle
Thanks so much to our Silent Auction donors who helped us raise more than $9,200 to support GSAE’s educational programming.

Your generosity also helped us raise nearly $2,300 to support the good work of the Medical University of South Carolina Children's Hospital through the 3rd Annual GSAE 3K Fun Run/Walk and the Pay the Pig Raffle.

  • Congratulations to Myra Jacobs on winning the raffle.
  • You may also donate directly to MUSC Children’s Hospital.

Main event sponsors who help keep us whole, including:
Huge thanks to the Athvenger hosts of our 2016 GSAE Annual Meeting – Missy Brandt, Tripp McKenney, Athens, CVB; Katherine Puckett, The Classic Center; Abby Hicks, Hotel Indigo Athens; Sharon Hopkins, Graduate Athens; Elizabeth Hovell, The Georgia Center’s UGA Conference Center & Hotel.

Friday General Session - Charlie Jones, Marshall, Jones & Co./OnDemand Accountant
Breakfast – Rachel Renney, The Mills House Wyndham Grand
Breakfast – Robin North, CMP and Kimberly Payne-Ward, Macon-Bibb County Convention & Visitors Bureau

Visit all our meeting sponsors on the main AM page. Just click on the hyperlinks for more info.

Our in-kind sponsors
Shepard Exposition Services, all signage, all the time - Leslie Avery; PRG, breakout rooms AV - Jeff Sabourin; Imedia, brochure printing - David Canady; MapDynamics, tradeshow floor plan- Noah Durden, Jeremy Minnick and Spence Downs; Naylor Association Solutions, connectionsmag, GSAEtv, and our e-newsletter –John Bacon; Results at Hand, meeting app- Kimberly Harwood; YourMembership.com, reception and AMS – JP Guilbault; J&S Audio Visual, Carolina A&B, Colonial AV- Chet Willis.

GSAE Volunteers Rock
A huge thank you to our volunteers, especially members of the Meet & Greet Committee, the Registration team, Professional Development Committee, Table Host Committee and the Silent Auction Committee. I asked a lot of you all this year with JAS out of the office, and you delivered time and again. Y’all are much appreciated for keeping GSAE going.

Finally, thank you to Mike Giles for his inspiring and comforting words about two amazing GSAE members during Thursday’s lunch. Clare B. Reagan, CAE and Peggy Seigler, MPA, CDME.

Is your association ready for the next generation of leaders? In this new episode of GSAEtv, industry experts share their best practices on what to consider when developing your succession plan.
Member News

Gene Dyson, CAE, GSAE President, 1970-1971, passed away late last week. A memorial service will be held Sunday, June 14th at the Patterson Funeral Home,4550 Peachtree Road, Atlanta, GA 30319.

Family will receive guests from 2:30-3:30 p.m. and the service will begin at 3:30 p.m. Reception immediately following the service. To honor Gene, donations can be made in his name to The American Red Cross Metropolitan Atlanta Chapter, 1955 Monroe Drive NE, Atlanta, GA 30324.


The new product tier Exhibitor Plus is now live. Go here to get all the details. Also make sure to continue following MapDynamics on social media to get updates on Exhibitor Plus and to share in the excitement of this new phase for Map Dynamics! Courtesy of GSAE member Jeremy Minnick.


From the wall vinyl to the flooring, fixtures and more, we are confident you will enjoy this transformation just as much as we are! To celebrate, we are inviting our friends and neighbors to see our beautiful property at our Grand Opening event on Wednesday, June 17!

In addition to the renovation, we are pleased to announce that we are now managed by the award-winning Vision Hospitality Group, a hotel company based out of Chattanooga, TN. We are thrilled about the family-oriented leadership that Vision brings to our team and the civic-mindedness that has already integrated them into the Savannah community.

The ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place at 5 p.m.Courtesy of GSAE member Laurie Humphries, Sales Manager, lhumphries@vhghotels.com.

Athens Convention & Visitors Bureau
Myrtle Beach Convention Center
Wyndham Bay Point Resort & Spa
GSAE News & Events

The next formal CAE Study Group will begin meeting June 25, 2015 at Nardone Consulting off Powers Ferry. Each session will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. You must complete the CAE Study Group Registration form to participate. Our facilitators use the ASAE-published CAE Study Guide as the basis for the sessions. The tentative schedule is below. Topics will be confirmed via email.

June 25

Nardone Consulting Group

July 2


July 9

Nardone Consulting Group

July 16

Nardone Consulting Group

July 23

Nardone Consulting Group

July 30

Nardone Consulting Group

August 6

Nardone Consulting Group

August 13

Nardone Consulting Group

August 20

Nardone Consulting Group


May 1; December 4

ASAE's CAE Study Guide, 2015 Edition, Kathleen M. Edwards, CAE, Executive Editor
Member and Nonmember Price: $100
Order now! 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.

Our outline for the Leadership Academy includes updated content that GSAE members identify as most critical and relevant for association professionals today.

1. The Association Ecosystem and Governance Issues
2. Strategy, Change and Decision-Making
3. Creating Member Value/Determining ROI
4. Shaping the Association Experience: Brand, Identity, Touch and Technology
5. Human Capital: Engaging Employee and Volunteer Talent
6. Leading Groups and Teams/Conflict Management
7. Everyday Innovation and Idea Management
8. Challenges and Choices: Charting Your Professional Pathways

The 2015-16 Leadership Academy will begin with a kick off retreat on Thursday and Friday, October 22-23. Apply today online.


$149 Member Price

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 1,100 respondents in all 21 participating societies. In addition to the multi-state report, you'll also receive the Georgia-specific report. The report meets the IRS guidelines regarding third party compensation reports. Available in PDF format. Order online after signing in to your profile or download the form.

The host property of each luncheon will receive a reserved table during registration, the opportunity to place materials at each place setting, podium time, significant exposure and an attendee mailing list following the luncheon. This is a great opportunity to showcase your property! All GSAE luncheons are on Wednesdays. Available 2015 dates are: September 16 and December 9.


Webinars - $49 per credit hour

Tuesday, June 23, 2-3 pm
Turning Millennials Into Members

Thursday, July 9, 2-3 pm EDT
Association Essentials: Understanding IRS Form 990

Wednesday, July 29,2-3 pm EDT
Millennials In. Boomers Out. (Eventually)

Tuesday, August 18, 2-3 pm EDT
Fearless Whistleblower Risk Management

Tuesday, August 25,2-3 pm EDT
The Everyday Olympian: How we can achieve our full potential using the secrets of top athletes

Tuesday, June 30, 11:15 am-1:00 pm
T.E.A. (Tax Exempt Association) Group Luncheon
"Highlights from National and State Nonprofit Conferences"
G. Bliss Jones and Brian Muia, Jones and Kolb
The cost per person is $25.
Maggiano's Buckhead, 3368 Peachtree Rd, Atlanta, GA, 30326

Please contact Molly Amos at mca@joneskolb.com or (404) 262-7920 to make your reservation by noon the Thursday before the luncheon.

News Briefs

Thank you to our friends at Tagoras, Inc. for sharing their Resources page with GSAE members. Highlights include:

  • The Association Learning + Technology report
  • Exploring the Fringe: Flipping, Microcredentials, and MOOCs
  • Social Learning Trends in the Association Space
  • Mobile Learning and Associations: A Chance to Move the Dial
  • 10 Key Trends in the Market for Lifelong Learning

The Learning Leading Symposium October 27-28 in Baltimore, MD is designed specifically for association leaders - director level and above - and focused intensively on the business of lifelong learning. Full information - including who will be attending and details about the content and experience - can be found online. Use the code "gsae" to receive $100 off of the current listed price through July 31.


ASAE Annual Meeting is THE can’t-miss event of the year. Join 5,000+ of your colleagues from across the country for three full days of powerful networking, thought-provoking education sessions, and innovative business solutions. August 8-11, 2015

Visit asaeannualmeeting.org today.

Editorial note: This also provides an excellent excuse to check in with our own Greg DeSandy, who is DOS at the very fancy Cobo Center now. We will offer a joint reception with our Southeaster SAE friends 5-6:30 p.m. before the ASAE Foundation Classic on Monday, August 10.


  • Rates for First-Class Mail letters purchased at the Post Office have NOT INCREASED and remain at $0.49
  • Rates for Metered Mail First-Class letters (postage purchased online or through a postage meter) have increased by $0.005 to $0.485
  • Priority Mail and Priority Mail Express rates have NOT INCREASED in 2015
  • Priority Mail International now includes "zone pricing" for Canada, split up into 7 pricing zones
  • Parcel Select prices have DECREASED in Zones 1 to 4 for packages weighing between 5 lbs. to 24 lbs.
  • Media Mail now includes free package tracking
  • Adult Signature Service has expanded to include First-Class Package Service and Parcel Select Lightweight pieces
  • On Sunday, May 31, 2015, the USPS increased the Metered Mail rate by half a cent to $0.485 from $0.48. Additional ounces now cost $0.22. The retail (or Post Office) rate continues to stay at $0.49.




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