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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 and I’ll be happy to answer any questions and get you started.

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


The GGFOA would like to welcome its first student chapter! The University of Georgia has formed the first GFOA Student Chapter in Georgia. This chapter is the third of its kind in the nation and the GGOFA is very proud to announce that these bright MPA students have now joined the GGFOA as its first student chapter. Students met at the regular meeting of the UGA Student Chapter on October 24, 2019. Past President, Alisha Gamble, and Membership Committee Chair, Judy Smith, attended the meeting to encourage students to join the GGFOA through its newly formed Student Chapter. Past President Alisha Gamble gave a presentation providing some history of the Georgia Chapter, as well as, many of the benefits of membership in the Association. We hope this chapter is the first of many in our state.

In other news, as of October 31, 2019, the GGOA Membership by Group data is shown below. The membership has dropped slightly since the report given at the 2019 Conference but is expected to rise with renewed membership in the coming months and the addition of new members. It is the goal of the Membership Committee to reach out to as many colleges and governments entities a possible to grow the association in 2020.

GGFOA Active Membership by Group

Associate 89
Board Member 12
Committee 9
Educator 2
Free Membership 2
Full Membership 681
Retiree 3
Student 13
Total 811


Congratulations to the following 2019 Scholarship Recipients:

Certificate in Public Financial Management (CPFM) Scholarship:
Shenandra Usher, Accountant, City of Decatur

Jim Pehrson Conference Scholarship:
Erin Decker, Assistant County Clerk, Banks County Board of Commissioners
Steven Mayfield, Budget and Grant Analyst, Forsyth County

GGFOA Leadership Academy Scholarship:
Ashlan Troutman, Assistant Finance Director, City of Covington

Level 1 Certified Finance Officer Scholarship:
Heather Bayer, Accounting Division Manager, City of Garden City
James Jefferson, Finance Director, City of Rincon
Kamaria Powell, Accountant, City of Norcross

Level 2 Certified Finance Officer Scholarship:
Miranda McDowell, Finance Manager, Pickens County Sheriff's Office

Annual College Scholarship:
David Jordan Boyd, Full time grad student, MPA program at UGA

Thank you for supporting GGFOA’s Scholarships!

During our 34th Annual Conference we raised over $4,400 to support GGFOA’s nine (9) scholarships! Thank you so much for your generosity.


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The next newsletter will be published the middle of February 2020.


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The Technical Resources Committee has recently made the following website updates:

The committee has also created and distributed the following email campaigns:

  • An exhibitor survey to obtain feedback on the 34th Annual Conference (10/8/19)
  • “Funding the Future Symposium” announcement, sent on behalf of the Carl Vinson Institute of Government (10/31/19)
  • GGFOA mailing address change notification (11/1/19)
  • Thank you email to 2019 Annual Conference supporters (speakers, exhibitors, and sponsors), including a speaker interest form for the 2020 conference (11/4/19)

The committee recently identified some problems with the online Member Directory and has been working with the website developer on a solution. The committee discovered that when a member updates their email address on the website, the change is not being reflected in the online Member Directory. The website developer has manually made email address corrections in the Directory, based on a list provided by the Technical Resources Committee, and is working on a permanent solution. The email address updates inadvertently caused another problem - some in-active members are now showing up as active in the Directory. The Technical Resources Committee has sent the website developer a list of the discrepancies and has been told that the issue will be corrected shortly.