User Group Report #304: O’Reilly & Global MUGs, Pi Bus Trip, Leisure World MUG, MacFair Central Valley and MUG Deals

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This edition includes a roundup of the many regional events MUGs are organizing or participating in, as well as these exciting guests:

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Derrick Story of O’Reilly talks about the his user group presentations, the recent O’Reilly MUG Field Trip, the MacDevCenter, how O’reilly works to include the international MUG community in their program, and his article on why making contests and user group offers a global affair isn’t as easy as one might think.

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Louise Dawson of the Leisure World Macintosh Users Group discusses her group’s use of iMovie for self-promotion and fun, using .Mac to publish your site and your movies, and how those movies draw inspiration from everything from CNN to Bambi Meets Godzilla.

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Jim Ritz of Washington Apple Pi tells us about his group’s 5th annual bus trip to Macworld Expo (now Create), how they use it as a membership enhancement and incentive, why it is so much fun, and why our group should think about organizing a similar outing.

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Doug Cox of The Fresno Macintosh Users Group briefs us on MacFair Central Valley, the regional event their group organizes with CompUSA, how it has helped expand their visibility and their membership, and why the first one was a “bet the MUG” undertaking.

User Group Report #303: MacRIT, MUG Finances, MaUsE at Barrie Mac Expo and DVDFest

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On the menu this time are exciting events by two campus user groups, a small group participating in a big event in Canada and managing user group money. The guests include:

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Sarah Friedlander and David Barbati from the Rochester Institute of Technology Macintosh User Group (MacRIT) join us to profile their group, their annual LAN Tournament, their cross-platform iPod raffle and campus group perpetuation.

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Jim Foster of Macintosh Users East (MaUsE) outlines his group’s involvement in the Barrie Macintosh Expo, and why their small group is doing big things with a vendor who is not even in their immediate area.

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Arthur Barber of The Tulsa Users of Macintosh Society (TUMS) discusses his MUG’s finances and a fiscal policy they developed that allows their board to operate the gropu effectively while still remaining accountable to their membership.

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Reed Martin of North Apple Field Macintosh Users Group tells us how his campus group covers two different colleges, how they have the community involved, and how their flagship event, DVDFest, has attracted the participation of the Executive Producer of The Lord of the Rings and The Matrix.

User Group Report #302: The Philadelphia User Group Leadership Conference, Santa Fe MUG, A.P.P.L.E.’s 25th Anniversary, Matterform Media’s MUG Program & MUG Deals

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Reminding listeners about the availability of The User Group Report as an MP3 file and encouraging Switcher ideas, this edition also includes these great guests:

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Todd Salkovitz of the The Macintosh Business Users Society of Greater Philadelphia profiles his group and discusses why they decided to host a regional user group leadership conference, The Philadelphia User Group Leadership Conference.
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Jonas Skardis of the Santa Fe Macintosh User Group and past member of the Apple User Group Advisory Board talks about how his group is organizing specialized seminars to enhance their membership, and why it is a real advantage to have Robin Williams as a founding member of your MUG.
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Michael Herrick of Matterform Media tells us why his company has aggressively moved to develop a relationship with user groups, outlines the Matterform User Group Program, what it offers, and what they like to get back from their efforts.
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Bill Martens of the Apple PugetSound Program Library Exchange, or A.P.P.L.E., takes us on a journey through the history of his group on their 25th anniversary, describes their ups and downs, and how they now support both MacOS X as well as new projects for Apple II owners.

User Group Report #301: iFocus, JoMac’s, Casady & Greene and Vendor Deals & The User Group Report as MP3!

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The first edition for 2003 features a slate of interesting guests, information on how to get your group’s events listed on The MUG Center and, for the first time, the User Group Report available as an MP3 file to listen on your iPod or at your convenience.

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Nico Juber of the Tufts Macintosh Users Group profiles her group, the first iFocus contest for Boston area campus user groups, and User Group University from a student perspective.
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Chris Kiltz of the Josephine County Mac User Group talks about how her group went from being “in the middle of nowhere” to exhibiting in the User Group Booth at Macworld Expo.
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Bonnie Mitchell of Casady & Greene discusses the C&G User Group Program, why they elected to give SpellCatcher X to user groups before anyone else, and why Apple took away Bonnie’s toys.

User Group Report #222: Lesa Snyder of The Cowtown Macintosh Users Group

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Lesa SniderLesa Snyder outlines the many projects and improvements her group is involved in, including an interactive CD, adopting a local school, an HTML newsletter and more. She talks about how User Group University gave her ideas to use in her group, how they grew through publicity, and her Apple tattoo (yes, we said Apple tattoo). The importance of registering for Macworld Expo using the User Group Priority Code rounds out this edition.

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