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Keynote Speaker David Brooks: 5 Secrets of Presentations
The ability to make an effective presentation is one of the most important skills you can possess. Professionally or personally, it can spell the difference between your success or failure. Join us on April 20 and let David Brooks, award-winning professional speaker and trainer, teach you how to elevate your presentations from average to exceptional.

David Brooks has taught nearly 100,000 business professionals to speak and write clearly, concisely and confidently. For three consecutive years, David was the top-rated trainer with an international seminar company and has spoken extensively across the U.S. and worldwide.
In addition to his teaching, writing and training skills, his skill as a public speaker has been even more prominently recognized. In 1990, he emerged from a field of more than 25,000 competitors to become the Toastmasters World Champion of Public Speaking.
Since then, he has taught, coached and mentored seven subsequent World Champions and dozens of finalists. He has been published in national magazines, and has appeared on nationwide television and radio broadcasts in the U.S., Canada, Taiwan, Oman, Australia and Sri Lanka. He was also once featured in a segment on National Public Radio. He is the co-author of The Seven Strategies of Master Presenters, and he has also produced three audio CD learning programs and two DVDs to teach better speaking skills. Learn more about David here.
Morning Workshop: Aspiring CEOs
$59 member rate – 2 CAE hours
Beth Brooks, CAE, CEO of the Texas Society of Association Executives and author of the new book, The New CEO’s Guide will lead a session geared to our aspiring CEOs and emerging professionals.

You have been in the association industry for a while and have made the decision to make it your career. Eventually you want to step into that CEO-level position. What do you need to know that will make you invaluable to your current association (or another association) while preparing you to "move up the ladder" in this industry? Listen and learn from someone with 25 years of experience. Get an insider’s look into what skills you need and how to plan for stepping into this top role. Learn more and order your copy of Beth's book here.
9:30-11:30 a.m. – Workshop with Beth Brooks, CAE
10:30-11:30 a.m. – New Member Orientation (open to all new and prospective members)
11:30 a.m.-12 p.m. – Networking Reception
12-1:30 p.m. – Luncheon featuring David Brooks
GSAE Member: $39 Early Bird; $49 Late (after 4/15/16)
Guest: $49 Early Bird; $59 Late (after 4/15/16)

Register today!
Thank you to our sponsor:
Richmond Region Tourism
Thank you to our host:
Cobb Galleria Centre

Thank you to our AV sponsor:

This program is eligible for a total of 3 CAE hours – 2 hours for the morning workshop and 1 hour for the keynote/lunch presentation.

The Georgia Society of Association Executives is a CAE Approved Provider. Where noted, the programs we offer meet the requirements for fulfilling the professional development requirements to earn or maintain the Certified Association Executive credential. Every program that we offer which qualifies for CAE credit will clearly identify the number of CAE credits granted for full participation, and we will maintain records of your participation in accord with CAE policies. For more information about the CAE credential or Approved Provider program, please visit www.whatiscae.org

Note:  These GSAE programs are not endorsed, accredited, or affiliated with ASAE or the CAE program.  Applicants may use any program that meets eligibility requirements in the specific timeframe towards the exam application or renewal.  There are no specific individual courses required as part of the applications – selection of eligible education is up to the applicant based on his/her needs.
Communications SIG
Any GSAE member who has communications as part of their day-to-day function is welcome to join. Chaired by Kellen's Senior Vice President Debra Berliner, meetings will include updates, an expert presentation on a topic of interest to the group and open discussion. Please let Debra know by March 14 if you'd like to join – and include any communications topics/issues you’d like to see addressed by the group. 

Fundraising/Development Professionals SIG
If you are interested in sharing creative strategies and best practices around fundraising in the world of associations then this SIG is for you! We will share wisdom on all things fundraising, from securing corporate sponsorships to identifying grant opportunities and encouraging members to support our organizations beyond their dues. If you are interested in learning more, please contact SIG Chair Jasmine T. Okafor, Development Specialist, The Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc.

Technology SIG
*Chair needed – contact GSAE if interested.
A safe place for non-techies who have technology responsibilities, and a great opportunity for association technology experts to meet and share experiences.

For a complete list of all our Shared Interest Groups, click here. You may join any SIGs or committees that interest you by signing in to your profile and scrolling down to Community/Groups. 
Member News
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 CAEs.

Julia Boyd, CAE
Director of Certification
Professional Photographers of America
Damian Kavanagh, Ed.S., CAE
Vice President, Accreditation & Membership
Kristi Keith-Hoffman, CAE
VP Communications
National Association Management
Group, LLC

Tim Kline, CAE
Manager of Certification
Tangela Monroe, CAE
Assistant Director
AIA Georgia
Jennie Nesspor, CAE
Manager, Events & Administration
Georgia Association of Convenience Stores

Glenn Graham, Director of Conference Sales, St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra Visitors & Convention Bureau, passed away Monday, February 22. A GSAE member since 2012, his contributions to tourism and hospitality have made a significant and positive impact wherever he served.

A beloved and devoted husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend, he is survived by Patty, his wife of 42 years; his children Bridgette Colligan, Scott Graham, Jennifer Cook, Amanda Chambliss and Joseph Graham; 11 grandchildren; his sister Claudia Jobes and brother Paul Graham. Read more about his life here.
The New Augustan magazine, launched in February, is dedicated to the bright memory of Peggy Seigler, MPA, CDME. Peggy was an integral part of the Augusta Convention & Visitors Bureau (ACVB) team and GSAE community, who lost her battle with cancer in 2015. "Peggy was a creative and innovative tourism professional with a passion for Augusta and its tourism industry. She was instrumental in developing the concept for the magazine so it seemed appropriate to dedicate the inaugural issue to her memory," said Barry White, President & CEO, ACVB. 

Aimed at millennials, The New Augustan, is an annual lifestyle magazine featuring articles and interviews from local experts on topics like food, history, nature and culture. 
The Boy Scouts of America’s Northeast Georgia Council recently recognized Mike Giles, President, Georgia Poultry Federation, at its annual Gainesville American Values Dinner. He, along with two other Gainesville/Hall County men, was awarded the Ralph Cleveland Distinguished Citizen Award. Abit Massey, CAE spoke in recognition of Giles and his work for the poultry industry and all agriculture in the state, saying he has "gone far beyond what is expected of a person in his position. He’s done a superb job in all capacities" and "he lives the scout law and the scout motto." 
Congratulations to GSAE member Kim Chambless, Director of Sales at the Hilton Savannah Desoto, who received the Service Leader Award at the Tourism Leadership Council's 18th Annual Savannah Tourism Awards & Scholarship Dinner. The black-tie gala honored those who represent the best of Savannah’s leisure and hospitality industry, as well as those in the community who support it.
Jim Peniston, Executive Director of the Foundation for Financial Planning for the last 13 years, is retiring at the end of March. Previously, he served in various positions with the Arthritis Foundation for 25 years. Jim has been a member of GSAE for more than 20 years, during which time he served on the GSAE Foundation Board of Trustees as well as on the planning committees of numerous fundraisers, including the Foundation’s famous Fun(d) Day. 
Debbie Hackman-Bartlett, CAE celebrated her retirement from the Georgia Nurses Association & Foundation with a party on March 6, 2016 at Chastain Horse Park. Debbie was surrounded by friends, family and "Team Bartlett" (pictured) to mark the occasion. Debbie was GNA’s CEO for the last 15 years and is a former Board member of GSAE and former Chair of the GSAE Foundation. Debbie was ASAE’s 2012 National Mentor of the Year and currently serves as a National Consultant for the Standards of Excellence Institute in Ethics and Accountability. She and her husband have bought a small horse farm in Aiken, South Carolina, where they are enjoying retirement with their three Paso Fino horses and two dogs! Congratulations, Debbie! 
Mike Levin has been appointed the Executive Director of the International Concrete Repair Institute, Inc. The mission of the International Concrete Repair Institute is to be a leading resource for education and information to improve the quality of repair, restoration, and protection of concrete and other structures in accordance with consensus criteria.
Marc Levinson, Executive Director, is delighted to share MISBO's growth from a regional association to one powering independent schools all across the country now. This will be reflected by new branding and the expansion of their network and vendor relationships. All these changes tie back to their newly crafted mission statement: MISBO connects independent school professionals and delivers exceptional value to enrich learning. To learn more about MISBO, please visit their website.

Athens Convention & Visitors Bureau
Emerald Coast CVB, Inc.
Peachtree City Tourism Association
GSAE News & Events
Thursday, March 24
GSAE Membership Work Group Mail-a-thon
4-5:30 p.m.
Associated Builders & Contractors of Georgia, 8975 Roswell Road, Atlanta, 30350
We'll be stuffing our spring prospective member mailings and discussing membership goals and projects for 2016
RSVP here
Tuesday, March 29
T.E.A. (Tax Exempt Association) Group Luncheon – "The New Overtime Rules and a Review of Off-the-Clock, Comp and Travel Time Rules"
11:15 a.m.-1 p.m.
Maggiano's, 3368 Peachtree Road, Atlanta
Cost is $25 per person
RSVP by March 24 to Molly Amos, mca@joneskolb.com or (404) 262-7920 

Tuesday, March 29
GSAE's Emerging Professionals SIG After Hours Social
5:30-7:30 p.m.
Topgolf Atlanta Midtown, 1600 Ellsworth Industrial Blvd. NW, Atlanta 30318
RSVP today and be on the lookout for more details coming soon!

Sponsorship Opportunity
Jacob and Julia, our fantastic volunteer leaders, are looking for an organization interested in partnering on a reasonably priced sponsorship opportunity for the Emerging Professionals SIG social on March 29 at TopGolf. This opportunity includes signage, website presence and a speaking opportunity (not to mention lots of gratitude). Please contact us for more info!

Wednesday – Friday, June 1-3, GSAE Annual Meeting
  • Registration fees for the first individual member – $299; corporate supplier member – $359
  • Additional attendees from the same organization – $199 each.
  • Hotel Indigo – $139 run of house (plus taxes, includes self parking).
  • Graduate Athens – $114 run of house (plus taxes).
  • 3 General Sessions featuring Monica Wofford, CSP; a panel with Jamie Notter and Maddie Grant; Mark Dorsey, FASAE, CAE.
  • Precon Workshop on Wednesday: C.R.A.S.E. (Citizens Response to an Active Shooter Event).
  • 16 Breakouts featuring national rock stars like Chris Vest, CAE; Ben Martin, CAE; Sandra Giarde, CAE; and our own Mark Sedgley.
  • Golf Wednesday morning at the University of Georgia Golf Course.
  • 3K Fun Run Friday morning to benefit Bread for Life.
  • Wednesday Reception & Dinner.
  • Thursday Reception and Dine Around Athens.
  • Up to 11 hours of CAE credit.
Invitation to "Set GSAE Afire with Your Great Ideas" at the Annual Meeting
GSAE is accepting proposals from our talented members to present a five minute, up to 15 slide session during a breakout at the Annual Meeting in Athens, GA. We are especially interested in lessons learned, experiences created, and other success stories from the association and supplier community. This breakout session will be Friday, June 3 at 10:30 a.m. Please submit your proposal by March 25.

2016 GSAE Hosting Opportunities
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 2016 date is November 16 Tradeshow. Get the RFP here.

Webinars – $49 per credit hour 
View all upcoming live webinars here and on-demand webinars here.
Any organization in Georgia that employs at least one GSAE member may apply. The applications will be judged on the quality of the internship experience described in the application rather than on the qualifications of the student who will fill the internship. In many cases, the organization may apply for the internship without knowing which student will fill the position. It is the responsibility of the organization to recruit a qualified student to fill the internship, but this may be done after the GSAE Foundation announces which applications will be funded. If an organization that is awarded an internship fails to find an intern, then no funds will be distributed to that organization.

The amount of the grant to the organization will vary depending upon the number and quality of applications and on the ability of the organization to participate financially. Organizations applying for grants must be willing to share the cost of the intern, but the Foundation recognizes that some organizations may only be able to pay a small amount, while others could fund a significant portion of the internship. Total funds granted by the Foundation will not exceed $3,000.

The deadline for 2016 internship grant applications is May 1, 2016. Visit the Foundation online to access the application.

We need 2 CAEs to act as proctors for the 2016 CAE exam on May 6 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Meeting Expectations (3525 Piedmont Road, Bldg. 5, Suite 300, Atlanta, GA 30305). To act as a proctor, you must meet requirements set out by the CAE Commission, including:
  • Hold the CAE credential.
  • Not have been involved in candidate preparation in the past year.
  • Not be a relative or have an employment relationship with any candidate at the administration of the examination you will be proctoring.
  • Protect the security and confidentiality of the examination and the confidentiality of the identity of the examination candidates.
  • Not discuss the content of the examination with any candidate before, during, or after the exam administration. You may clarify logistical instructions.
  • Administer the examination according to the instructions provided by ASAE.
  • Refrain from distracting activities during the examination such as eating or talking on the telephone.
  • Collect all examination materials and return them immediately after the completion of the exam via the means provided by ASAE.
  • Never comment or make any type of assessment of any candidate's performance on the examination.
  • Not discuss the examination with anyone else, except ASAE Credentialing staff and/or any CAE Commissioner.      
Please contact Wendy by April 4 if you're available to proctor on May 6.
Reggie Henry, CAE, chief information officer at ASAE: The Center for Association Leadership, explains how members are now managing their own association connections and relationships through the inherent nature of consumer technology. Where "Customer Relationship Management Systems" may have worked in the past, new systems are needed to engage today’s member effectively. Watch the full episode on GSAEtv here.
Don’t forget to bookmark the digital edition of the GSAE 2016 Membership Directory to reference throughout the year. Find important GSAE information, member listings by last name, associations by category, and a supplier buyers’ guide. Thank you to the advertisers who supported this year’s directory.
News Briefs
ASAE has opened the call for association professionals to apply for the 2016-2018 class of the Diversity Executive Leadership Program (DELP). Deadline for submissions is Monday, March 14, 2016. The Detroit Metro Convention and Visitors Bureau is the exclusive sponsor of DELP since 2001. DELP is an accelerated leadership program of education, mentoring and volunteer service in the association community. Candidates who have at least three years of mid-senior level association management experience or at least one year of experience as an association CEO (as of the date of their application) and are members of a racial/ethnic minority group, lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender, or have a disability are encouraged to apply.  

During this two-year program, 12 DELP scholars will experience membership and volunteer service in ASAE and have access to industry leaders who could serve as career coaches or mentors. DELP scholars from Georgia receive complimentary GSAE membership during their appointment. For more information and to see the list of previous DELP scholarship recipients, visit asaecenter.org/DELP.
GSAE sends our sympathy and condolences to the family and friends of Shane Yates, CMP, CAE, executive director of the Ohio Society of Association Executives, who passed away unexpectedly in February. Shane’s commitment to sharing knowledge and expertise with his members and his peer group in the Associations Societies Alliance was immense and much appreciated. We will miss his energy and enthusiasm in making association land a better place.  
In most cases, we know we need it. But with the ambiguity surrounding what engagement really is, it's challenging to develop and deploy strategies we're confident will grow the participation, reach and value of our education programs. In an attempt to create a unified definition, to illuminate best practices/strategies that truly engage learners and to identify real-world examples of engagement done right, Tracy King, chief learning strategist of InspirEd, and Aaron D. Wolowiec, MSA, CAE, CMP, CTA, founder and president of Event Garde, have prepared a survey to gather your opinion. They are specifically interested in your thoughts on what engagement is and strategies that work for both you and your learners. Responses will be compiled into a resource to be shared with you. Please consider joining the #whatisengagement conversation sometime between now and the end of the month. It's easy and fun (we promise)! Moreover, your ideas are important not only to us, but to the greater professional development community. 

With only seven questions to answer, there's absolutely no barrier to participation and the aggregate responses are sure to be informative. Just be sure to share with us your responses (no matter your experience level) before the survey closes on March 31. Should you have questions or feedback about the survey, please don't hesitate to email Aaron. In the meantime, thanks in advance for your participation. Stay tuned for more details about this project in the coming months. It's kind of a big deal. 

The #whatisengagment survey is now open and may be accessed here.
YourMembership.com complimentary webinar, March 23: Embracing the Board's Duty of Foresight
Join Jeff De Cagna, FASAE, for this highly engaging webinar, as he shares the "duty of foresight," why it is so critical and how to help boards to fully embrace it.

ASAE complimentary webinar, March 24: "Make Your Resume Relevant: Trends and Best Practices
Learn about resume trends on the rise – from infographics to ATS-optimized text – and how they fit into your professional profile as a whole.

HighRoad Solution has posted several complimentary webinars for March on Highroad U.

This program will focus on some of the most confusing yet important unrelated business income tax (UBIT) issues confronting nonprofit, tax-exempt organizations.

YourMembership.com's Xperience 2016 Customer Conference is April 10-13, 2016 at the Vinoy Renaissance Resort, St. Petersburg, FL. 
Join members of the Atlanta meetings and events industry to celebrate the first-ever Global Meetings Industry Day (GMID) at White Oak Kitchen & Cocktails. The goal of GMID is to unite the meetings industry in a way that has never been done before. The growth and success of our industry are critical to the world’s economy and we look forward to communicating our value on the global stage as well as in Atlanta.
Register today – the event is free to attend, but space is limited to 75 attendees.

Joining forces with Meetings Mean Business (MMB), industry organizations in Atlanta and other events across the globe, we will showcase the real impact that business meetings, conferences, conventions, incentive travel, trade shows and exhibitions have on people, business and communities. Learn more about GMID here and get social, using #GMID16.
Do you understand trends, shifts, challenges and opportunities every association will be facing in 2016? What will the future look like? GSAE members were invited to participate in a wide-ranging survey this fall. The results are in!

Join Dean West, FASAE, President of Association Laboratory, as he presents the findings from the company’s annual benchmarking scan of the association business environment. The research tests more than 60 different environmental factors and 50 potential implications on association strategy with input from association chief staff officers and senior staff from local, state, national and international trade and professional associations. These factors relate to the economy, the information environment and changes in the relationship of associations to state and federal government, as well as highlights factors important to workforce and global issues.

This session highlights key findings from the study and introduces how these factors are shaping today’s leadership environment. Watch today. Note: CAE credits are not associated with the recorded webinar.  
More stories. More information. More opportunities to engage.  That’s what the new enhanced and mobile responsive ThePowerOfA.org has to offer. In order to tell our story better visually and to provide you with a more in-depth resource, we’ve updated the website in several ways, among them:
  • The Resource Center boasts the latest industry issue updates, our Inroads newsletter, a calendar of events and details on American Associations Day (March 9-10, 2016).
  • Details on how to become a Power of A Ambassador are front and center.
  • A new section highlights some of our industry’s most powerful stories.
  • A Power of A toolkit shows you how to take advantage of all the campaign has to offer.
Visit today or click on The Power of A logo anytime at www.gsae.org
First class postal rates are dropping from 49 cents to 47 cents effective April 10. The announcement by the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) was made February 25 after the USPS lost a legal battle to retain what was known as "the exigent surcharge on first-class mail."


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