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GGFOA celebrated its 34th Annual Conference in Savannah where we were challenged to become Anchored in Excellence. If you missed the conference, you missed a good one! The committee is already receiving great reviews from members who attended. We take great pride each year in organizing a powerfully educational agenda, fun optional activities, and entertaining social events.

The Conference was held at the Marriott Savannah Riverfront Hotel and kicked off with Cocktail Connections sponsored by SunTrust Bank. The next couple of days were packed with informational sessions on current issues and relevant topics. Some attendees enjoyed playing a round of golf on Monday afternoon. Others took a leisurely tour of the beautiful and historic city of Savannah on the Slow Ride Boos Cruise. Other conference attendees enjoyed a little artistic expression at Painting with a Twist.

The Tuesday night reception was sponsored by Mauldin and Jenkins. After the banquet, several folks enjoyed dancing the night away, while others enjoyed playing roulette, blackjack, and other fun games like cornhole toss and life-size Jenga. At the end of the evening, everyone turned in their tickets and several people won excellent prizes like an Instant Pot and a Richard Petty Driving Experience Ride-Along.

Our keynote speaker, Walt Stasinski, helped us close out the conference on Wednesday with laughter and light-hearted fun, while teaching us the importance of humor in the work place and ways to inspire our team.

It’s a great pleasure and honor to be part of GGFOA. Personally, being a part of this organization has helped my team and I develop true and meaningful connections that are beneficial throughout the year. I sincerely hope this is true for you and yours as well.

Now that we’ve looked back, it’s time to look forward! Planning is already underway for the 2020 Annual Conference at Chateau Elan from October 4, 2020, to October 7, 2020. If you are interested in being a part of the planning for what is sure to be another fun and educational GGFOA event, we would be delighted to have you join us! Please contact me, Linda Cook, Conference Committee Chair, at lcook@putnamcountyga.us and I’ll be happy to answer any questions and get you started.

Until next time, let’s all remain Anchored in Excellence!

Linda Cook
Conference Committee Chair