Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

1.  What is my user name and password?

2.  How do I register for a Conference?

3.  If I am a non-member, how do I register for events?

4.  How do I register for a luncheon?

5.  How can I add optional activities for a Conference after I have already registered?

6.  Am I eligible to win a scholarship?

7.  When are Annual dues to be paid?

8.  If I leave my company - what do i do to retain my membership?

9.  How do I change my contact information in the membership directory?

10.  Where are files and documents that GEDA members may be interested in?

11.  How do I access the Job Center?  How do I post a job?

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1.  What is my user name and password?

GEDA usually sets your user name to be the same as your email address.  Your password is self-created when you first join GEDA.  GEDA is UNABLE to see any passwords (for security purposes), therefore we cannot tell you what yours is.  We can retrieve user names, but cannot do so with passwords.  We can simply reset your password should you lose it.  GEDA recommends keeping your password in a secure location so that you are able to find it when you need to log into the website.  If you cannot find your password, email us and we will reset it for you.


2.  How do I register for a Conference?

Registration for Spring Workshop and Annual Conference is quite simple.  PLEASE NOTE - once you begin the registration process - YOU MUST CONTINUE all the way through the payment screens to complete the registration process.  You CANNOT come back later and attempt to make the payment - the system does not allow for that. 

The Event Page for the Workshops and Conferences will contain an orange box on the right side of the screen with many links in it.  These links will include:

  • Register for Conference.  (You will click on this to register for the Event.)
  • View Conference Fees.  (This will show you the various prices and fees to attend the Event.)
  • View Breakout Session Listing.  (Listing and description for all Wednesday afternoon breakout sessions.)
  • View Conference Agenda.  (This is a simple listing of all general sessions, receptions, meals, etc at the Event.)
  • Add Optional Activities.  (This is a form that you can fill out if you have already registered and need to go back in and add Optional Activities.)
  • <We will usually include a link to the host property to the event here as well.>
  • Other Event-specific links as needed

Most importantly, LOG IN FIRST!!  Once logged in, click on the "Register for Conference" link; it will take you to the registration page.  Select the appropriate payment button for you (Member, Member with Spouse, etc) and then check which Optional Activity you would like to participate in (if any.)  Click on "Register for Conference."  You will then be taken to a Confirmation page - YOUR REGISTRATION IS NOT COMPLETE YET!  Make sure that the selections are correct and then click "Yes, this is correct."  If you need to make any changes, this is the time to do so - click on "No, I need to change this" and you'll be taken back to the Registration page.

Once you click on "Yes, this is correct", we have your registration for the event, but there is one final step.  We need your payment!  You can either enter credit card information to the left.  Or, if you prefer, you can click on the link to the right (in the green box) that says "Click here to pay by check" if you wish to mail us a check.

Now that you have completed the Regsitration and Payment processes, there is one last step.  The confirmation screen you now see has two things that you can do:

  1. Click on the link toward the top of the page that will allow you to print an invoice./receipt for your payment.  (This will open in a new window.)
  2. Choose your Breakout Sessions.  You can click the Wednesday breakout sessions to enroll in one of them.  This is not a binding selection, but ti does help us plan seating and arrangements for the sessions, based on how many people sign up for them.

You're now done!


3.   If I am a non-member, how do I register for Conferences?

There are two options for Registration for Conferences for non-members.  You can either select to join GEDA while registering for the Conference (this way - you can pay the member rate for the Conference) or you can choose to NOT join the Association and just attend the Event.

From the Event Registration page - click on "Register for Conference."  There will be a few options there for you.  If you would like to join GEDA, click the second option and click "Continue."  This will lead you to a Membership Application which will be immediately followed by the Conference Registration page.  For assistance on the Regsitration, please see Question #2 above.

For those that wish to attend the Conference but NOT join GEDA, click on the third option and then click "Continue."  You will be taken to a form where you will provide us with your basic contact information and this will allow you to register for the Conference.  You WILL need to create a user name and password for continued access to your Conference Registration.  We recommend using your email address as your user name.


4.  How do I register for a luncheon?

From a monthly luncheon page, registration is a very simple process.  Toward the top of the screen, you will see an Orange Bar with several headings in it.  On the far right, you should see, "Event Registration".  Click on this and you'll be directed to a Confirmation page.  As in Conference Registration, you will be able to choose to pay by credit card or check, based on your needs.  Once added feature to the registration page si the ability to download the event directly into your Outlook Calendar, if Outlook is your email program.


5.  How can I add optional activities for a Conference after I have already registered?

On the Main Page for the Spring Workshop and Annual Conference, there is a link on the right  (in the orange box) that says, "Add Optional Activities."  Click on this and there will be a simple form to fill out.


6.  Am I eligible to win a scholarship?

EVERY dues-paying member of GEDA is eligible to receive scholarship money.  Inactive members or those that have allowed their memberships to expire are NOT eligible.  The only exception is the Penn Worden Grant.  This grant is designed for non-members as a way of engaging them in GEDA.


7.  When are Annual dues to be paid?

Annual dues are due for ALL members on January 1 of each year.  Dues are not prorated for anyone.  Invoices will be sent in December each year in anticipation of the January 1 due date.  Special note - if you pay your dues starting in September, that payment will carry forward through the end of the following year.  For instance, if someone joins GEDA and pays their dues on September 1, 2009, they will not need to pay dues again until January 2011.


8.  If I leave my company - what do i do to retain my membership?

All mermberships are held by the individual.  If you leave your company - the membership goes with you; it does not stay with the company.  Memberships cannot be transferred from one person to another, neither can member benefits be shared by several people.  (i.e. We cannot include multiple email addresses for one membership so that extra people are able to see our news and information.)


9.  How do I change my contact information in the membership directory?

When you log in to the system at www.geda.org, there is a link under the Membership Tab entitled, "Edit Your Profile."  Click on this link and make any necessary changes.  (Don't forget to add a photograph of yourself!)


10.  Where are files and documents that GEDA members may be interested in?

Each of GEDA's 15 Committees and any Task Forces that may arise from year to year have their own page on our website.  They can be accessed by going to the Committees Page on our green menu bar.  Hover your mouse pointer over the word "Committees" and a list of the Committees will fly out.  Click on the Committee most likely to house the document you'd like to see and it will likely be there.  Please keep in mind that almost all documents are for members only.  They will be on a documents page linked from each Committee Page.  For example, if you're looking for an Education-related document, you'd  go to the Education & Workforce Development Committee page, click on "Click here to see related documents" and then the document you wich to see.  This page is password-protected for members only.

We also have a Past Presentations page where we store presentations from past luncheons and Conferences.


11.  How do I access the Job Center?  How do I post a job?

Please see the GEDA Discussion Forums for information on this topic.