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CGSUSA Annual Meeting 2021 and Board of Trustees Elections

CGSUSA Annual Meeting 2021 and Board of Trustees Elections

The CGSUSA Annual Meeting was held on Friday, August 20, 2021, via Zoom. Staff, Board, and committee shared with our members how CGSUSA lived our mission and purpose in the last year and about events and endeavors for the coming year.

Read the Annual Report here.


Watch the Year in Review video below:

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Board Elections 2021

We thank all those who were nominated and ran for a position on the Board of Trustees. Davette Himes, Matthew Irwin, and Susan Stuhlsatz Reese were each elected to a three-year term. Read about our Board Members here.

Davette Himes

Matthew Irwin

Susan Reese

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