User group members worldwide will meet in San Francisco on Thursday, January 27, 2011 for a User Group Reunion. See old friends. Make new ones. If you are headed to Macworld, save the date and join us. Keep an eye on this page for updated information, ways to participate and registration links in the months to come. This is an event you won’t want to miss.
The Upper Keys Macintosh User Group (UKMUG) does a great job of getting the word out regarding their events and monthly meetings by dedicating a volunteer position to press releases, sending news of the group’s monthly activities to the local press, blog news services and others. Each month, Sue Beal sends a professionally formatted news release, ensuring that the group is visible and their activities noticed. Does your group have an effective way of disseminating information? Tricks for ensuring press attention? Send them in.
Visit the Upper Keys Macintosh User Group
Send in your ideas for increasing press coverage and group visibility.
(Thanks to Press Relations Volunteer Sue Beal for her consistent and informative mailings.)
This month’s discussion on the Apple User Group Discussion list (AUG-D) featured a number of posts about groups that have defied the odds and seen many years of good meetings and long-lasting friendships. Two groups with illustrious histories are North Coast Macintosh User Group (NCMUG-Ohio) of Ohio and the Silicon Mountain Macintosh User Group of Colorado (SMUG). Silicon Mountain, now headed by President Jeff Jensen and VP Mark Griffith, celebrates 25 years on September 2, with a pizza party. NCMUG – Ohio, currently led by President John Stealey, VP Steven Fyffe, and Past President Larry Hrusovsky, celebrates 25 years on August 21 with a potluck picnic (the raffle features an iPad!) Congrats to two silver anniversary groups.
Visit one (or both) today!
North Coast Macintosh User Group
Silicon Mountain Macintosh User Group
(Thanks much to Apple User Group Regional Liaison Macbeth Vannoy and Apple User Group Advisory Board member Lynn Poos for these great tips.)
The Bellarine Mac User Group (BMUG) is composed of Apple enthusiasts who gather for fun, networking and sharing the tips and tricks that help them get the most out of their hardware and software. They serve the world wide user group community by sharing their troubleshooting manual and Quicktime video tutorials. Interestingly, since they emphasize self-help, BMUG provides one-on-one tech support to any Bellarine Mac User Group member only if the member has a back up. That’s one way of ensuring that the message of save, save, and save again gets heard. Their self-help manual covers basic maintenance, Mail, system or software problems, forgotten passwords, accidental file deletion and much more.
Mac Tips courtesy of BMUG
Download their wonderful troubleshooting guide.
Visit the Bellarine Mac User Group
On August 24, iMUG of Melbourne will have two great presentations, with world recognized photographer Kim Tonelli talking about her work and Apple computers, and Gary Bass of St. Helena Secondary College discussing the potential of iPads in education, especially for young children. He will comment on some great apps and the ways that MobileMe can contribute to the mix. With two expert and enthusiastic presenters, the evening promises to be a great one.
Check it out.
(For added fun, check out iMUG’s 2006 history of computing titled The Apple Effect: Five Revolutions that Changed Your Life. http://www.imug.com.au/museum-collection/index.php )
If you have been to one of the North Coast Mac Users Group’s (NCMUG) Mac Computer Expos you already know how wonderful this event can be. If you haven’t been to one, don’t worry because your next opportunity will be on October 2 in Petaluma, California. With well-known sponsors such as O’Reilly, Micromat, Intuit, and Macworld Expo, a raffle for an iPad, informational sessions, time for networking and approximately 30 vendors, there will be plenty to do and see. Get tips from Derrick Story, Bert Monroy and other experts. This year (their 17th) looks to be their best.
Don’t let this one pass you by!
(Congrats to Ambassador Lorene Romero and the members of NCMUG for providing another great Expo.)
Members of the Final Cut Pro User Groups Network worldwide will meet for the next great SuperMeet in Amsterdam on Sunday, September 2, 2010, as part of the Digital Showcase. Join attendees from LAFCPUG, BOSFCPUG, and groups located in the UK, Germany, Hungary, Russia, Belgium, France and more for the largest gathering of FCP, Avid and Adobe editors, HDLSR filmmakers and digital content gurus for an event to remember. Networking? You bet! New tips and tricks? Of course! Their world-famous raffle? Second to none!
Amsterdam SuperMeet link, courtesy of the Los Angeles Final Cut Pro User Group