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Spring Membership Party Recap

The Georgia Conservancy marked the close of our Spring Membership Drive on April 30th at Piedmont Park with a celebration of our members and of the tremendous support that they provide us in our mission to protect Georgia’s natural resources.

Over the last four months, Membership Director Jessica Gaylord and our membership team promoted stewardship and advocacy among our members by awarding points for certain activities, such as becoming a member of the Sweetwater Society, purchasing items from our online store, joining the Georgia Outdoor Stewards MeetUp group, or even “liking” a post on our Facebook page.  Our Spring Membership Drive put a spin on the idea of a traditional membership drive and turned it into a contest.

When the final points were tallied, eight of our members surpassed the 1,000 point goal and, in doing so, established the first-ever “Green Dream Team.” Leading the pack was paddling enthusiast Marie Short from Griffin who earned almost 4,000 points through attending Georgia Conservancy trips and recruiting the most new members.

“I am thrilled to have friends who became members of what I think is the most important environmental non-profit in Georgia,” said Short.

The more than 60 members and new members who ventured into Piedmont Park on this warm April evening were greeted to the sounds of acoustic-folk duo, Ctrl+Alt+Delete, and enjoyed delicious burgers and hot dogs donated by The New York Butcher Shoppe – Midtown.  Special prizes were given to those in attendance and REI generously donated four Muir Woods fleece vests to be raffled to Membership Drive participants.

Thanks in part to the work of our competitive members, the Georgia Conservancy exceeded our own goal of signing-up 100 new members by Earth Day and reaching over 2,000 fans on our Facebook page.

Our members are already looking forward to the next Membership Drive.

“Turning membership into a game definitely made it fun and easier to get involved,” said Joe Thomas, Georgia Conservancy intern and contest runner-up. “But I’m not satisfied with second place, so I’ll be back next year—Marie better watch out!”

Please visit our membership page or contact Jessica Gaylord at if you are interested in becoming a member of the Georgia Conservancy.

Check out the photos of this year’s Spring Membership Party on our Facebook page.