Tate Society gathers regularly throughout the fall and spring semesters, both in formal meetings as well as through Society dinners, retreats, and other social and service events. Membership in Tate Society carries an expected four-year commitment.
The Tate Society's sophomore class is instrumental in realizing a service project for all members each spring. Under the leadership of the sophomore Executive Board Members (secretary and treasurer), they plan a yearly week of service benefiting the greater University of Georgia and Athens communities. In 2013, the week of service included "Make-a-Monday," "Pick up Trash Tuesday," "Wagging Wednesday," "Thankful Thursday," and "Filling Stomachs Friday."
In the fall, a favorite Tate Society tradition is Canned Food Cocktail, an evening on the historic Herty Field in cocktail attire where each attendee brings cans for the Food Bank of Northeast Georgia instead of an entrance fee. In 2012, Tate Society donated over 420 pounds of food.
Tate Society split up in the fall for Men's and Women's Leadership Retreats, getting to know each other better and focusing on pertinent topics to students, young professionals, and leaders.
In 2012, Tate Society adopted Dearing Street through Keep Athens Clarke County Beautiful. The late Dean William Tate lived on Dearing Street, so the road holds sentimental value. The society gathers there to pick up trash several times a year.
In fall 2013, Tate Society hosted an interview workshop for undergraduate students at the University of Georgia.
Other gatherings throughout the year have recently included faculty and honorary member lectures, viewings of the Dean William Tate archives, potlucks, movie nights, the annual holiday party, and visiting in Tate Cafe.