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  February 27, 2013  
  Chaptermail Athens Area Chapter  
Hello, Athens-area Bulldogs!

The Athens Area Chapter leadership team attended Alumni Leadership Assembly on February 22 to 24 on campus. This annual event invites alumni chapter leaders from across the country to return to Athens for an informative weekend full of networking and fun. We enjoyed the opportunity to experience a range of activities including:

-- A tour of Butts-Mehre Heritage Hall and the indoor practice facility led by Georgia Bulldog Club Executive Director Mark Slonaker (BSED '80)

-- A walking food tour of downtown Athens coordinated by Athens Food Tours

-- A leadership presentation on “Learning How to Grow Yourself and Others,” by Dr. Karl Kuhnert, UGA Associate Professor of Psychology

-- A visit from UGA Athletic Director Greg McGarity (ABJ '76) and Hairy Dawg before enjoying the Georgia vs. South Carolina men’s basketball game

-- Numerous workshops with the Alumni Association and other UGA staff members that focused on planning events, communication, chapter fundraising, admissions and donor relations

One of the highlights of the weekend was the awards banquet held at the New Dance Theater. Prior to dinner, we were treated to a student performance called “Taking Flight,” which combined traditional and aerial dance in a unique theatrical setting by UGA's CORE dancers. After dinner, Cabell Sweeney (BSED '95), owner of Cabell's Designs, was our inspirational keynote speaker. This was a memorable evening that all of our leaders enjoyed!

As you know, our chapter has been working very hard. We are proud to announce that our efforts have not gone unnoticed, as we took home the following awards during the banquet:

-- Chapter of Excellence
-- Best Use of the Web
-- Volunteer of the Year: Theresa Silcox (BBA '08)

We hope that you can participate in one of our upcoming events as we continue to strive toward excellence:

-- March 7: Bulldogs After Business Hours and UGA men's basketball game against Kentucky

-- March 16: 2013 Dawg Trot 5K Run/Walk (we also need volunteers on race day if you are interested)

-- April 19: UGA Relay for Life

You may register for these events by visiting our "award-winning" chapter web page.

Please make sure we have your current contact information by clicking here. This will ensure that you receive updates and invitations for future events.

And don't forget to prepare your giving plans for 2013. Giving to the Georgia Fund makes a difference in every student's future. You can access the link on our web page or click here.

We hope to see you all soon and GO DAWGS!

Carol Williams (BBA ’72) and Charlie English (BSA ’87)
Athens Area Chapter of the UGA Alumni Association

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