How-To: Group Volunteers

In our January User Group How-To we discussed ways to revitalize your group. This How-To will expand on that article, focusing on volunteer involvement and management. Volunteering is key to a group’s success. Parts of this article were taken from a presentation given at User Group University held at Macworld in 2007. The focus of the presentation was on volunteers and community involvement. This how-to will look at volunteer types and roles, difficult volunteers, and most importantly recognizing your volunteers.  (more…)

How-To: Using the Featured Vendor Presentation Program

The Apple User Group Resource Team introduced a new vendor program a few months ago. User group leaders who used our vendor program in the past saw it as a discount offer based program. This aspect of our vendor program still exists. In revitalizing this program, we had one goal. It was to offer user groups presentation resources from vendors to use for meetings. The idea was a “meeting-in-a-box.” The vendor could provide the needed information in print material, online presentations, video tutorials, or remote presentations. So how do you take advantage to the program? This how-to will take you through the process of using the program, working with the vendors in the program and using the resource materials offered.

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How-To: Managing User Group Membership

User Groups both big and small must deal with record keeping and managing membership. For group leaders this can sometimes be burdensome and time-intensive work. Managing a database of members, membership payments, and, of course getting the monthly meeting emails out can take a majority of your group’s leaders’ time each month. There is no one-way-fits-all for groups to manage their  members. The goal of this how-to is to offer some tips and guidance, to help automate some of your groups’ membership tasks so that your group leaders can spend their time creating great meetings. We will look at member database management, communication, and payment options for membership.  (more…)

How-to: Using iCloud as a User Group Resource

icloudIn the past, Apple User Groups could earn a free MobileMe paid account to host their group’s website, use as a contact email, and a few other features. With the introduction of iCloud, some of the services changed or were enhanced, and some were removed. But the accounts are now free. Apple continues to develop and add new features to iCloud. What user group leaders may not know, is that these features can offer resources to your group leaders and members. Most individuals use iCloud to integrate and sync data between computers, iPads and iPhones. In this how-to we will look at how groups can use iCloud for maintaining a membership list, notes, meeting presentations and many other features.

In order to avoid conflicts with your personal iCloud account, this how-to is going to focus on using iCloud as a web based service for your user group.

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How-To: Presenting iOS at User Group Meetings

Traditionally many user groups were known as “Mac” user groups. With the popularity and growth of iPhones and iPads, many groups are changing to become “Apple” user groups. In the past, meeting presentations could be done by hooking a Mac computer up to a projector or television. For iOS devices this can be a challenge. The Apple Use Group Resource team has put together some tips and strategies to get you up and running, presenting iOS at your user group meetings. We will address hardware needs, Apple technologies, software options and user groups successfully using these technologies. Read on.

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Ambassadors – New Apple Sales Web Presentations

Need a quick presentation for your group’s meeting? Apple Sales Web (ASW) has downloadable presentations that you can use. The topics range from applications like the new iMac to Apple and the Environment. Click on the Presentations tab at the top of your ASW screen and you are sure to find a presentation to fit your group’s interests.

Apple Sales Web https://asw.apple.com

O'Reilly Community Site Beta

O’Reilly Answers is a community site for sharing knowledge, asking questions and providing answers that brings together customers, authors, editors, conference speakers and Foo (Friends of O’Reilly). User group members are invited to be a part of the beta.

Take part in the conversation.
http://answers.oreilly.com/
(Thanks to Marsee Henon of O’Reilly for this tip.)

Mactechnics Saturday Morning Meetings

On November 21, Terry White, founder and President of MacGroup-Detroit, favorite UGU web site evaluator and Director of Creative Pro Technical sales for Adobe, will be the presenter for Mactechic of Michigan’s Saturday Morning Meeting. His website says, “If you don’t have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over?” Terry shows folks how to do it right the first time.

Enjoy a morning with the best.
http://www.mactechnics.org

Learn about MacGroup-Detroit
http://www.macgroup.org/about_us/about_macgroup.php

Join Klokhuis for Apple Dag

The Dutch word for core is klokhuis and the AUG Klokhuis user group is the core of all things Apple in the Netherlands. On December 12 they will celebrate with an “AppleDay,” a popular event regularly sponsored by Klokhuis.

Along with the normal program – meeting point, lectures, wirelessnetwork, workshops etc. – Apple Dag offers a tombola with fantastic prizes.

See why this is a can’t miss event.
http://www.klokhuis.nl