User Group Report #306: Rick Ortiz, MUG Events at the MacDesign Conference, MUG Switcher iMovie and Deals

Guests for this edition include:

Rick Ortiz, the newest member of the Apple User Group Advisory Board talks about his group, how they involve young people, growing their group, what he brings to UGAB, and how to recognize an authentic Hawaiian shirt.

Philip Booth of the Houston Area Apple Users Group talks about how he came up with the idea for a Switcher iMovie parody to help promote his group and what it took to make it a reality.

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User Group Report #305: MacBUS, Newsletter Content, Woz at PackMUG & NAB FCPUG Network Gathering

This time around we focus on MUG activities in several regional locations and highlight a contributor to one of The MUG Center’s resource email lists.

Maria Arguello of MacBUS gives us a follow-up look at the recent Philadelphia User Group Leaders Conference hosted by her group last month, and why it was such a success, another one is planned for later this year.
Frank Petrie of the South Jersey Apple Users Group is a new and prolific contributor to The MUG Center’s Newsletter Content email list. Frank tells us why this is a good idea and gives some tips on how to produce easy, useful product reviews.
Ben McNeely of PackMUG, the North Carolina State University Macintosh Users Group, talks about how and why his group extended an invitation to Steve Wozniak to speak and their school, why he accepted, and what kinds of activities he’ll enjoy during the visit.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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:

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.
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.
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.
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.