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Reaching out to the community.

Reaching Out to the Community

When President Bush challenged America's associations to get involved in solving the country's many social problems, the Georgia Society of Association Executives, Tucker, took his message to heart. In early 1991, GSAE began implementing "Reaching Out in '91," an ambitious public service program designed to focus the time and talents of the state's associations on seeking solutions to problems facing society.

"The public service program has two purposes: Involving associations in public service, while promoting the good work that they do in the community," says GSAE Executive Director Sharon Hunt, CAE. "We [GSAE members] wanted to show our communities that we are people interested in the communities in which we live."

According to Hunt, GSAE's public service program has three components:

* Continue a three-year tradition of honoring a GSAE member association annually with its Public Service Award for a project implemented during the previous year. For the second consecutive year, the Macon-based Mortgage Bankers Association of Georgia won for its "Lend a Hand" program, a project that repaired three barely habitable homes belonging to elderly women. * Launch a "Matchmaker" program, which matches member and sponsor volunteers with organizations seeking assistance. More than 175 GSAE members are participating in the Matchmaker program. Under the program, GSAE members provide free advice on services such as dues billing, long-range planning, and personnel policies to other GSAE members. * Challenge members and sponsors to donate a minimum of eight hours to public service causes by the end of 1991. GSAE's 1991 challenge is for GSAE members and sponsors to donate 4,800 hours of public service between Jan. 1-Dec. 31, 1991. GSAE members have received a Personal Commitment Quarterly Reporting card during each month. GSAE's Public Service Committee maintains a running total of these hours--1,800 hours at press time--which is marked on a GSAE Reaching Out in '91 commitment thermometer, displayed at the association's monthly luncheons. According to Hunt, GSAE got the idea for the challenge from a similar program implemented at the National Association of Life Underwriters, Washington, D.C. NALU will receive an "Associations Advance America" award for its program at ASAE's 71st Annual Meeting & Exposition this month in Washington, D.C. (See "Cheers for the Volunteers" in this issue of Association Management for information on the top five award winners.)

"We are excited about the program and proud of our members' participation," Hunt says. "It reinforces the fact that public service will continue to be an important facet of GSAE's future goals."
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Title Annotation:public service program of the Georgia Society of Association Executives, Tucker
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Date:Aug 1, 1991
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