User Group Report #416: ApplePickers Film Festival, Back-To-School Campus Group Meetings & Canadian Macintosh User Groups


A regional film festival with a special guest presenter and judge, ideas for fall meetings of campus user groups, the month’s MUG -only vendor deals, and a new, regular feature: user groups from the Canadian perspective.

Bob McLaughlin
Bob McLaughlin of ApplePickers talks about their upcoming second annual Film Festival, what they learned from the first event, how this one is new and improved, why the next one will be even better, and how they created some extra synergy by snagging a judge who just happens to be an enthusiastic MUG fan and presenter.
Evan Chaney
Evan Chaney of the Apple Campus Group Advisory Board reports on some of the activities campus groups have planned as they return to school and kick-start their organizations for the upcoming year, and provides ideas for groups who haven’t finalized their schedules.
Jim Foster
Jim Foster of Macintosh Users East discusses his work in organizing a current database of Canadian Macintosh User Groups, how Canadian MUGs will benefit, and did at Macworld in Boston, and joins the User Group Report as our regularly appearing Canadian Correspondent.

User Group Report #415: ClubExpress, The Brigham Young University Mac Users Group, DL Expo Discounts & More


Looking for a way to streamline your group’s dues collection, membership renewals and web site? The answer might be in this edition, along with information and commentary from the campus group community, user group opportunities at a new Expo, and more.

Dan Ehrmann
Dan Ehrmann of ClubExpress outlines the operational tools his company can provide to clubs of all kinds, including Macintosh User Groups, to make the administration of the organization easier. Dues collection, credit card processing, fully functional web sites with members-only access and more are all included at a price any group can afford.

Andrew Jacobs
Andrew Jacobs of the Brigham Young University Mac Users Group profiles his group as the semester starts, talks about why Macs are popular with students even if not with the university, and how they will be offering video meeting archives to their members.

User Group Report #414: The Apple User Group Program, Apple Network Manager’s Association, MUG Deals & More


In this edition we take an in-depth look at the Apple User Group program, and what it can offer your group, talk with the leader of a brand new MUG, outline the latest vendor deals for user group members, and more.

CompassCharles Edge of the new Apple Network Managers Association in Los Angeles gives us a look at his brand new user group, what inspired them to specialize, and how they are taking advantage of various resources to get things off the ground.
The Apple User Group Program is the first place any user group, new or old, should look for resources and support. We take an in-depth look at all aspects of the program so that your group is fully informed on what is available.

User Group Report #413: Jen Shelby of Signature Leadership, Vendor Offers & Macworld Wrap-Up!


The second in a series of leadership discussions from a professional standpoint, vendor offers just for MUGs, and a wrap-up of Macworld Conference & Expo in Boston.

Jennifer ShelbyJen Shelby, professional leadership trainer and coach, of Signature Leadership makes her second appearance on The User Group Report, to continue discussions of motivation in user groups.

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User Group Report #412: The Macworld/UGLC Planning Team, Peachpit Press User Group Program & Colorado MUG’s Meeting Broadcasts


The team that puts together the user group events at Macworld Expo, including the User Group Leadership Conference, an overview of a vendor’s user group program by a departing manager, and how one innovative group is giving the world access to their meetings.

User Group Leadership Conference
The Macworld/User Group Leadership Conference Planning Team gives a comprehensive summary of all of the user group events going on in Boston for Macworld Expo Week, and tells you why you and your group should be involved.

Susan Nixon
Susan Nixon of UGLC sponsor Peachpit Press discusses their user group program, what it offers, and how to get involved. Susan is moving on to new opportunities, but assures us that the program is alive, well and in good hands.

Michael McDaniel
Mark McDaniel of the Colorado Macintosh User Group profiles his group, talks about how they broadcast (audio and video) their monthly meetings over the Internet, and how you can attend, even if you’re not a member.