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GulfSouth Council Newsletter

posted Feb 18, 2013, 1:32 PM by Birmingham IMA
Below is the text of the GulfSouth Council's Winter 2013 Newsletter.

The GulfSouth Council will kick off its 2013 activities with its Winter Seminar and Board meeting in Columbus, Georgia on February 22-23.  We will be offering 8 hours of CPE credit, with snacks and lunch provided, at the Friday seminar on various management topics that should be informative and fun.  A hospitality suite will be open after the seminar for fellowship and refreshments.  Afterwards, we plan to go to a local restaurant (Dutch treat) for dinner and conversation.  On Saturday morning, we will have leadership training and the Board Meeting.  Please try to have your Chapter represented so that we will have a quorum and can properly conduct Council business.  Our meeting and hotel accommodations will be at the Wingate by Wyndham located at 1711 Rollins Way, in northwest Columbus off of the JR Allen Parkway.  You can register on the Council’s website.

It has been a while since the Council has met in Columbus, so please come early and stay over to enjoy some of the sites and activities the City has to offer.  In addition to regional shopping, restaurants and nightlife, you may want to visit the Confederate Naval Museum, the Coca Cola Space Science Center, the National Infantry Museum and Soldier Center, the Columbus Museum, or check out events at the Columbus Civic Center, The Columbus Iron Works Trade and Convention Center, The Springer Theatre, The River Center for the Performing Arts, or try some outdoor activities such as the walking or biking the Columbus River Walk (21 miles) or the Fall Line Trace (13 miles).  Columbus is currently developing the longest urban whitewater rafting course in the nation which will offer rapids ranging from level 1 to level 5.  You might see a few brave souls navigating those waters in the chilly February water from the river walk, the observation platform, or the 14th Street Bridge Party Pavilion.  Columbus State University will also have sporting activities (Basketball, Baseball & Softball) at the main campus off of Manchester Expressway and other artsy ones at the downtown arts and music campus.  Friday and Saturday nights are good for bar crawls in the downtown area, as well as a number of good, local restaurants and coffee shops.  Other area attractions include Callaway Gardens, Providence Canyon, Westville, FDR’s Little White House in Warm Springs or a visit to Plains, GA home of former president Jimmy Carter.

The Global IMA Annual Conference will be held in New Orleans, LA in late June.  Please take advantage of Early Bird Registration Rates and/or offer to volunteer for conference duty.  The Conference offers a wide variety of topics and many top notch speakers that you may not encounter elsewhere.  Having attended last year’s conference, I can tell you it is a continuing education bargain and New Orleans is always fun to visit.  You can register on the IMA website.

I look forward to seeing you in Columbus and New Orleans!

John Redmond, President