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Make plans to join us on Wednesday, December 13 for our annual Holiday Luncheon, Awards Show, Silent Auction & Annual Business Meeting at the SunTrust Park Conference Center at The Battery Atlanta.

Register by Friday, December 8 for early bird pricing!
To register multiple people from the same organization, please download this form.
GSAE Member: Early Bird – $49 (after December 8 – $59)
Additional attendees from the same company: Early Bird – $39 (after December 8 – $49)

10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. – Silent Auction & Networking Reception
12:00-1:30 p.m. – Luncheon, Officer Installation and Awards Show
1:30 p.m. – Silent Auction Cash-out

Annual Atlanta Community Food Bank Drive 
Please help us support the crucial role the food bank plays in our community. A list of suggested items is available online, but the food bank always needs the following: peanut butter, canned tuna, beans, soups, fruits & vegetables, dried pastas (esp. mac & cheese), 100% fruit juice, and whole grain, low sugar cereals. You may make a monetary donation here. Donors will be entered in a drawing to win a $50 retail gift card.

Thank you to our luncheon sponsors:

Thank you to our host: SunTrust Park Conference Center at The Battery Atlanta Thank you to our AV Sponsor: PRG Thank you to the "Voice of GSAE" Tom Branch, Lava Post Production

Donating to the silent auction is a great way to show your support and help raise funds to help continue GSAE’s mission of advancing the profession of association management and enhancing the professionalism of association executives. We're asking all GSAE members and friends for support of the Silent Auction this year. Any donation of any size will be most appreciated and welcomed – we can even package smaller donations together to create a fabulous gift basket or experience!
Augusta Convention and Visitors Bureau
Emerald Coast CVB, Inc.
Member News
Missy B. Wilson, Director of Sales, Athens Convention & Visitors Bureau, and her husband Will are pleased to announce the arrival of their newest son, Anson Andrew Wilson. He was born on October 24, weighing  7lbs., 5oz. and 21.5 in. long. Missy and Will, big brother Brantley, and big sisters Georgianna and Emma are doing well. The Wilson family appreciates your prayers and well wishes.
MemberClicks, the leading provider of membership management software for small-staff associations, is pleased to announce the acquisition of WebLink, the market leader for mid-sized association and chamber management software. WebLink is the technology partner to more than 700 member-based organizations across North America. "We couldn't be more excited to combine forces with WebLink," said Mark Sedgley, President and CEO of MemberClicks. "Together we will buck the current trend we see in the market and create real value for what we believe is an underserved space. Simply put: We are going to double down and invest even more in the community we love."
Jaqita Goodson,Group Sales Manager, is pleased to announce that Sonesta Gwinnett Place Atlanta was recently presented with the 2018 "Top New or Renovated Meeting Site" award by ConventionSouth Magazine. This award recognizes Sonesta as having an elite meeting/conference/event planning staff matched with a superior venue and dining options that make every event a memorable one. Sonesta Gwinnett Place Atlanta features 18 function rooms that offer more than 16,000 square feet of meeting and event space. The 8,000-square-foot Georgia Ballroom is the largest in the Atlanta area and accommodates up to 1,000 guests. Read the press release here.
Valerie Drake, Director of Group Sales, is delighted to share some of the recent updates to the Sheraton Bay Point Resort, including the complete renovation of all 200 guestrooms and suites  and the grand opening of the newly renovated Golf Villas with 120 additional units. The Resort boasts 60,000 square-feet of flexible indoor and outdoor event space, all conveniently located on the ground floor. Highlights include the 12,000-square-foot St. Andrews Ballroom, 8,000-square-foot Grand Lagoon Ballroom, eight breakout rooms and outdoor venues, including a covered deck and private bay beach with scenic water views. Learn more here.
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GSAE News & Events
We are pleased to announce the following slate of officers and Board Members for 2018:

Chair: Gene Stinson, CAE, PCED, CEcD, HLM 
Chair-Elect: Bryan Tolar
Treasurer: Joel Peacock
Past Chair: Tara Morrison, CAE, CMP
Directors: Alyson Abercrombie, CAE; Julia Boyd, CAE; Beth Chitnis, CAE; Ashley Goodin, CAE; John Harrison, CAE, CMP; Angela Holland, CAE; Tim Kline, CAE; Tangela Monroe, CAE; and Kevin Shea, CEcD.
Corporate Directors: Amy Clark and Erik Lawser, CAE, AAMS

Our thanks to our board members who have completed their terms this year:
David Ellis, CAE; Sarah Berke, CAE; Kristen Hartman, CAE; Lee Lemke, CAE; and Carol Hall. We also want to thank Pat Dunwoody, CAE, LEED AP, who completes her term as Past Chair, GSAE Foundation.

The Nominating Committee endorses the slate for the GSAE Foundation Board of Trustees:
Chair: Robin Lane, CAE; Chair-Elect: Jim Fowler, CAE; Treasurer: Sarah Berke, CAE; Past Chair: LeeAnne Minnick

Respectfully submitted by the GSAE Nominating Committee:
David Ellis, CAE; Tara Morrison, CAE, CMP; Gene Stinson, CAE, PCED, CEcD, HLM; Julie Anderson, CAE; Mike Giles and Beth Oleson.
In addition to our 100th Anniversary Gala on November 15, mark your calendars and plan to join us for upcoming events, including the T.E.A. Group Luncheon on November 28, the Holiday Luncheon on December 13, webinars and more.

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Join us for the virtual ZOOM discussion group, CAEs After Dark, this fall. Let Wendy know if you are interested in joining, or send an email to Tuesday meetings are 8-9:15 p.m. and provide 1 CAE credit hour per meeting. Remaining fall cohort date is November 21. Winter/Spring cohort dates will begin in February 2018.
Luncheons in February, April, July, September and November are $39 for all GSAE members. The 2018 Annual Meeting is in Miramar Beach, FL (Sandestin) May 30-June 1. Registration fee for the first association executive attendee – $399; corporate supplier exhibit and sponsor packages range from $659-$2,909; additional attendees from the same organization – $299 each; room rates at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort – $155 run of house (before fees).

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$149 members: This survey is conducted every two years by a group of state, local and regional societies of association executives with support from Whorton Marketing & Research.
  • 1,315 associations across the U.S. participated in this year’s survey, including members and non-members of 26 SAEs.
  • Participation included 11 South, 8 Northeast, 8 Midwest, and 5 West states and areas.
  • Each SAE report features its own data, or for its region.
  • The national study compares compensation across states for 39 positions.
  • Meets IRS requirements for third party data.
The full national and state reports present detailed compensation overall by budget and staff ranges, geographic scope and membership structure, and by state. Available in PDF format. Order online – after signing into your profile to receive the member pricing.
Live webinars are scheduled for November 14 and 30 and December 5 and 14. Worth 1 CAE hour each. Did you know? Over 94 CAE-qualifying recorded webinars are available 24/7 on our GSAE website.

November 14 – Conducting a Business Meeting
November 30 – The Truth About Association Health Plans: Understanding How It Could Impact You
December 5 – Best Practices for Association Publications
December 14 – Cyber Security and Fraud Prevention Tools and Tactics 

Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort
University of Georgia Center for Continuing Education & Hotel
News Briefs
SURGE 2017 is a virtual summit with a thesis: By joining together thousands of association professionals, we can collectively innovate and push our industry forward. On November 7-9, choose from a range of expert-led sessions to contribute to the discussions most meaningful to you – and earn CAE credit. Learn more and register to attend any of the sessions that interest you here.
Past GSAE speaker Aaron D. Wolowiec, MSA, CAE, CMP, CTA, CTF has recently launched a free resource titled "8 Steps to Successful Mobile Activation" with Results at Hand president and founder (and GSAE member) Kim Harwood. The article is also featured in the Fall issue of connections magazine, which is on it's way to your mailbox right now!

Plan to join GSAE in Washington, D.C., March 21-22, 2018 to participate in American Associations Day, the only legislative fly-in for association professionals (#pwra). There is no registration fee for this event and scholarships are available. This event also includes 3.5 CAE credit hours. We need Georgia delegates to cover our legislative visits effectively; contact Wendy for more details. Register here.

Upcoming CAE-accredited webinars from HighRoad U on Nov. 10 and 16, a blog post from MemberClicks, a new podcast on, several Venable, LLP blogs to follow and more.

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Georgia Society of Association Executives
1270 Caroline St. NE Ste. D120 #359 Atlanta, GA 30307