AWUGU: Report about AUG Succession Planning by Tom Piper

Tom Piper
Report about AUG Succession Planning
by Tom Piper, Coordinator
This Apple World User Group University online gathering of Apple user group leaders was held at 5:00pm CT, on January 17, 2022, via Zoom. We had 30 participants for the topic of “AUG Succession Planning”. The 70-minute video can be viewed at: (unlisted on YouTube).
This session opened with my welcome, plus a quick review of the meeting protocols. Doug Smith, Chair of the Apple User Group Advisory Board (AUGAB) provided backup support during the call. I then provided a brief recap of my observations and experiences at the January 5-7, 2022, Consumer Electronic Show which hosted about 40,000 attendees and 2,200 exhibitors (it was noted that the online album of photos and videos,, showed some exhibitors whose products it was hard to distinguish, which I agreed).
Dale Stephen of Mac-in-Awe Apple Users Group led the discussion about Succession Planning with a 9-slide presentation describing the importance of well-planned leadership. This was followed by experiences and suggestions by a number of other participants, then a second 6-slide presentation by George Rubin and Eckert Goette of Naples MacFriends Users Group Worldwide echoing the importance of dedicated officers. This was followed by the sharing of more experiences and suggestions by other user group leaders.


Apple Support on YouTube: How to give a Multi-Presenter Slideshow

A popular meeting format is to have multiple members each give a short presentation. The short presentations are not too hard to prepare and the quick-moving format keeps attendees’ interest. Still, making things run smoothly can be the skill that ensures success. Apple Support on YouTube recently posted a how-to covering how a group can host a shared slideshow with multiple presenters and switch off who has control. Using Keynote 11.2 and later, it is pretty slick.

Ambassadors, January is a great month to check out Apple Support on YouTube.

Multi-Presenter Slideshows

TCF: Trenton’s 46th Annual Computer Festival

trenton computer festival

User group members are invited to the 46th annual Trenton Computer Festival (TCF), the oldest computer festival in the world, scheduled for March 19, 2022. This year’s theme is Disrupting Climate Change Using Technology with Keynote speaker Dr. Bob Kopp, Rutgers Institute for Earth Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences. This year’s virtual Computer Festival has something for just about everyone. With over 1,000 virtual attendees and sessions covering Technical Communications for Climate Change, Bitcoin Trading Using Neural Networks , IT professional topics , Metrics and Mindsets to Zero Carbon. Secure Communications with Quantum Computing, Computers Changing Photography, Ham Cram & Testing led by the David Sarnoff Radio Club and more, this is a festival you don’t want to miss.

As you can see, TCF is not just another computer show. It was started by (and is still run by) computer hobbyist volunteers as a non-profit educational event. Attendees can enjoy a full day of learning and fun covering Computers, Electronics, Ham Radio and more.

Check it out!

How To: Delisting a Disbanded Group

The number of Apple User Groups worldwide is amazing, especially considering that many groups have been in existence for decades. Still, as new groups form, some groups cease to exist, often because key members retire or membership numbers drop. This article offers the the quick and simple, step-by-step process for delisting a group with the User Group Locator and the User Group Program.


Meeting Idea: Get to Know Your Mac – Skills Sessions

Dave Mara, Senior Systems Engineer for Apple and beloved user group favorite is known for his entertaining and insightful presentations covering digital multimedia, internet technologies, accessibility and Mac/PC integration. He recently posted a link to a series of two-part sessions that will offer productivity and navigation tips your members will enjoy and use. Sessions run from January 18-February 23, so one session, or a pair, could be a great meeting idea.

Learn more.

Get to Know Your Mac

Thanks Dave!

Blast from the Past: BYTECellar links to Susan Kare’s Presentations


Blake Patterson’s BYTECellar Vintage Computer weblog has provided quite a few interesting and fun articles covering technologies past over the years.  For an example, one older blog post featured a 2014 talk by Susan Kare, the artist who created the icons and fonts for the original Mac. Part of the fun was the number of ways her artistry survives today as tattoos, Lego projects, street art and more. Many Macworld attendees had henna tattoos of her icons and logos over the years and it is interesting to hear her thoughts.

Susan Kare’s 2014 EG Presentation

Susan Kare’s Macintosh Commercial

Susan Kare Gives Kutcher the 32×32 Treatment


Annual Records Update: Is Your Group Ready?

Are your group’s Apple User Group Locator records up to date? This winter the Locator team will be updating the database. Groups who have not updated their records in the last two years, and groups with dead web links or non-functioning email addresses will be put on pending. The team is also checking web sites: has your web site been updated since 2019? Make sure your group stays on active status. Update your group’s records today.

Nicholas Pyers: Festive Celebrations – Available Again!

Festive-Celebrations-Disc-Label.001-150x150Due to many requests, Nicholas Pyers and has once again made the Festive Celebrations available at no cost to user groups across the globe. Festive Celebrations is a merger of two previous Disc of the Month titles: Festive Fun II and Celebrations Galore, and it is full of holiday-focused clipart, animated images, fonts, music & movies, coloring books, greeting cards, envelopes and much more.

User Group Leaders can download a copy of the Disc Image and support files by completing a form, using the link below. Thanks again to Nicholas Pyers for all he does for groups!

Nicholas Pyers Presents: End of Year Tasks for User Group Members

    Many groups do not meet from late December to early January, but there are things you can do while your group is on hiatus.  Nicholas Pyers of offers thoughts on ways to thank those who have served your community in the past year and ways to plan ahead for an even better year ahead for your group and members.

Taking his advice regarding thanking those who have made our user group experience better, we’d like to say thanks to Nicholas for his articles over many years. We look forward to taking his advice on planning for the year to come and thank him for all of the expertise and wonderful resources he has provided over the years.

Nicholas Pyers is known for, the Apple Users Spotlight, his clever puzzles and long-time championship of all things Mac.

Learn more at:

AWUGU: AUG Marketing

Report about AUG Marketing
by Tom Piper, Coordinator
This Apple World User Group University online gathering of Apple user group leaders was held at 5:00pm CDST, on October 18, 2021, via Zoom. We had 28 participants for the topic of “AUG Marketing”. The 62-minute video can be viewed at: (unlisted on YouTube).
This session opened with my welcome, plus a quick review of the meeting protocols and a brief discussion about the products introduced at Apple’s “Unleashed” event earlier in the day. Doug Smith, Chair of the Apple User Group Advisory Board (AUGAB), was present to support this call.
Nicholas Pyers of led off the discussion about how to market for new members and retain existing members. This was followed by experiences and suggestions by George Brooks, George Rubin, Steve Welsh, Dan Wassink, Doug Smith, Curt Blanchart, Frank Salvanti, and others who joined in this discussion to provide more information.
The following links were offered for further information on this meeting’s topic:
• Dan Wassink:
• Nicholas Pyers (JCN) : 
• Steve OMUG: Oregon MacPioneers statewide users group:
• Russ Conte: 
– iQR codes at Chicago AUG use iQR that allows addition of logos INSIDE the iQR image:
– Raffle: did one on Zoom, speaker choose three random numbers, members post three numbers in the meeting chat, and the three closest were winners
• Andrea Suhaka : do raffles on Zoom for Take Control books
We are very pleased with this ninth meeting of 2021. Files related to this meeting are available on our AWUGU shared folder:
Ideas about updating the Apple User Group Locator and end-of-year activities discussed and selected as the topic for our next meeting, to be called “AUG Updates & Planning”, which is tentatively scheduled for November 18, 2021, at 5:00pm Central Daylight Savings Time.
AWUGU registrants will receive an invitation to all future meetings. To become a participant, any interested Apple User Group leader must first register with the AWUGU Coordinator by emailing their name, location, and user group name and web link to Registration must be received by November 16 in order to receive a Zoom Meeting invitation (a download of the free Zoom app in advance is also necessary, and an update will be important for existing users).