How To: Raising Money With Patreon For Your User Group

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Raising Money With Patreon For Your User Group by Rex Covington

A little over a year ago Board member and blogger Rex Covington started on a journey that matters, riding across the US to raise diabetes awareness and raise funds to support research toward a cure. His blog, voted one of the top 100 motorcycle blogs, offers a glimpse into his travels. Rex uses Patreon, and wrote this article for groups who might want to consider fundraising with Patreon.

Lone Star Rider – Riding For a Cure

Patreon Is a subscription-based crowd funding platform that helps creators collect financial support from their fans. You can use Patreon to fund your projects, Special Interest Group (SIG), or just to support your User Group by uploading YouTube videos. https://www.patreon.com

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UG Leader Support Ticket System

Many user group leaders may have been wondering what happened to our online Support Ticket System. Due to some updates from our web host, some of our backend services had some issues. We are glad to announce our ticket system is back up and running for your User Group Support and Leader questions. We apologize for the downtime. If you need to reach us and/or need to submit a support ticket, you can find the link here.

How To: Apple Support Options for User Groups

By Rick Ortiz

Apple User Groups have always been a great resource for help outside of the normal Apple support system. Besides the in-person meetings, some user groups offer online support resources and email discussion lists. User groups seem to always answer those tough and hard-to-find solutions, for its members.  But user group members sometimes need support beyond that, and in the past we would call Apple for help. But as technology changes, so has our Apple support options. This “How-To” is more of a resource article for user group leaders as well as for members themselves. (note: Apple Stores are a great resources for help, but not everyone has a store near them, or can go into a store for support. This article will focus on online support options.)

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Macworld: What You Need to do When You Inherit a Mac

Last June, Glenn Fleishman, Senior Contributor for Macworld, wrote a great Mac911 column that could make for an interesting and useful meeting topic. The title? What you need to do when you inherit a Mac: Avoid a huge headache and do these things before you accept or buy a Mac from the estate of a deceased person.

Check it out!

https://www.macworld.com/article/3279732/macs/what-you-need-to-do-when-you-inherit-a-mac.html

Apple User Groups: Making Communities a Little Bit Better

One attribute that seems to set Apple User Groups apart from other hobby clubs is community service. Most groups provide a way to make their community just a little bit better. And, they find a broad range of ways to help. For example:

  • The Charlotte Apple Computer Club offers Tech Learning Days at the Matthews Community Center at least once a month
  • The Village Macintosh User Group runs free New Users Help Classes on the first Tuesday of every month
  • CapMac has worked with their local school district to teach low income parents how to use Apple computers that were donated for home use
  • Mac User Groups dedicated to HAM radio often participate in Field Day disaster readiness drills
  • Washington Apple Pi offers informal Clubhouse Saturdays for troubleshooting and technical questions
  • MUG ONE and many other groups offer lending libraries
  • The Houston Area Apple User Group runs popular swap meets
  • And creative pro groups, including SF Cutter‘s Lynetta Freeman, post job opportunities in the industry and the Creative Pro community supports film festivals and events, including SuperMeets.

And, that is just the start. Does your user group offer community services or outreach efforts?

Check these out.

https://www.facebook.com/Charlotte-Apple-Computer-Club-44836934410/

https://www.wap.org/community/

http://villagemug.com/

https://www.machamradio.com/

https://www.capmac.org/

http://mugone.com/blog/

https://haaug.org/

 

Special Offer Update – AgileBits 1Password 7: 25% Discount

Too many passwords to remember? 1Password 7 for Mac is a password manager that goes beyond simple password storage by integrating directly with your web browser to automatically log you into websites, enter credit card information, fill registration forms, and easily generate strong passwords.

As an Apple user group member, you are entitled to get the new 1Password service at 25% below the normal $3.99/mo.(US) retail price. This subscription also gets you access to 1Password, not only on the Mac, but also iOS (and Windows/Android as well).

Note that 1Password 7 for Mac is a monthly subscription service.

See your user group Ambassador for discount link.

This worldwide offer is ongoing.

Today at Apple: New Skills, Walks, and Labs

Have you visited Today at Apple recently? There are 50 new sessions on offer,
covering three categories: Skills, Walks, and Labs. In Skills sessions, you
will get familiar with the fundamental techniques and tools of a creative
topic. Labs dive deeper into a creative approach by getting you started on a
project that you can take further. Walks let you experiment with creative
techniques on a guided walk around the neighborhood,designed for all levels,
from beginner to seasoned pro.

Whether you want to learn how to sketch architecture, take the perfect photo
using professional techniques, make an app prototype, engage in a Sphero robot
challenge, or simply enhance your own creative skills, there is a session for
you!

https://www.apple.com/today/

Meeting Ideas: Today at Apple

Do you need a great presentation for a meeting? Why not have your members attend a Today at Apple, hands-on educational session? Not practical for a group gathering? Why not have one member attend, take notes and present the same topic at your next meeting. This month’s offerings include How To: Prototype an App Using Keynote, Sketch Walks: Architectural Sketching Techniques, and
Quick Start: Coding with Swift Playgrounds.  

Ambassadors: December is a great month to check out Today at Apple!

https://www.apple.com/today/

How To: Video Streaming Your Apple User Group Meeting

written by Tom Piper, Vendor Liaison

appleJAC Apple Users Group has been video streaming each of its meetings for most of 2018 with great success. This replaced prior digital recordings and CD/DVD distribution, which had limited success due to manual steps, overhead, cost and distribution.

We elected to use Facebook Live for the integration with our existing appleJAC Facebook page, with built-in notifications and the ease of reaching our audience.

Equipment requirements have been minimal, with our videographer utilizing an iPhone and tripod stand or light stand. An optional external battery ensures continued Live Broadcast for the entire two-hour meeting. Getting started with a Live Broadcast requires minimal steps, including a short introduction and a brief overview about what we will cover during the meeting. 

If you are a Facebook member, then the live video can be watched.

After the meeting, anyone can watch the stored meeting videos, without being a Facebook member. This has been very successful with 3-9 people watching live, and many more afterwards (both user group members and non-members).

Interested groups and members are welcome to view our meetings by going to facebook.com/appleJAC.org

Your feedback is most welcome.

Meeting Idea: Set up and Use the Home App

  Have your members asked about the Home app? Apple Support has a new article on how to set up and use the Home app on your iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, or Mac with HomeKit compatible accessories: turn on lights, adjust the thermostat, receive notifications, and more. It explains how to use zones and even how to find accessories that work with Apple HomeKit. With the Home app, you can easily and securely control the products that you use.

Check it out!

Set up and use the Home app