User Group Report
continues to look at the Apple Regional Liaison Team, has info on a recent regional MUG event, offers more user group-only vendor deals, and includes a wrap-up of events at July’s Macworld CreativePro Conference & Expo.
The User Group Report is an Internet radio show hosted by Chuck Joiner, editor-in-chief of
The MUG Center, an online resource for Mac user groups (MUGs). The report, in a downloadable MP3 file, features interviews with people making news in the user group community.
In this week’s edition, Chris Kiltz of the Josephine County MUG and Apple Regional Liaison for the northwest U.S. talks about her appointment and her group’s recent regional event, The Rogue Valley Mac Expo. Alain Pougeoise, one of the two Apple Regional Liaison Team members for Europe, discusses his group (Intermac), the regional organization MacEurope.net, and offers a view of the user group community from France. Lorene Romero, vendor liaison for the User Group Advisory Board, unveils the latest MUG-only deals.
Apple Regional Liaisons are user group leaders who run successful user groups in their communities. As volunteers, they have made themselves available to help groups in their areas. They also network with groups in their regions and keep Apple informed on local needs.
In other MUG news, there’s a new Web site for user groups:
MUGChat. It’s designed to allow MUG members and leaders to chat with each other, share ideas and find answers to technical questions. Currently, members from over 20 states in the U.S. have signed up.
What’s more, the most recent edition of the Apple User Group Bulletin highlights the recent success of the Campus Group Advisory Board in expanding the number of college MUGs. User groups on college campuses have grown from less than two-dozen recognized groups to over 100 in recent months. You can learn more about campus user groups, including resources to help start and operate one, on the campus group page of the user group section of Apple’s Web site, or by contacting the
Campus Group Advisory Board.
Finally, The annual picnic for members of dBUG (the Seattle, Washington “Macintosh Downtown Business User Group”), guests, and other Mac lovers will be held Aug. 13 from 6-9 p.m. at the Meridian Playfield Park in Wallingford (west of the University District in Seattle).
The Annual Picnic and Food O’Rama will serve up hamburgers, hot dogs, and other food. Among other activities, there will be an exotic T-shirt contest with prizes. The Meridian Playfield is located at North 50th St. and Meridian Ave. North (the actual address is 4649 Sunnyside Avenue North). Go to the
dBUG Web site