bwbug: FW: User group info

David Rhoades drhoades at
Tue Jul 1 04:21:59 PDT 2003

You might want to know about this.

> -----Original Message-----
> From: gabe at [mailto:gabe at]On Behalf Of Gabe Goldberg
> Sent: Monday, June 30, 2003 6:43 PM
> To: Michael.Fitzmaurice at;
> drhoades at; walkev at
> Subject: User group info
> David/Vann/Mike --
> I'm writing to share info for user groups in the Washington, DC area.
> I've been involved with local and national user groups for quite a
> while, most recently as a vice president of Capital PC User Group
> (CPCUG, in which I organized and ran the Internet SIG
> (special interest group) for almost ten years, and now serve as Outreach
> Director. By day I'm a freelance consultant/writer/editor; before that I
> had various technology-related jobs. I'm involved with three activities
> I think can benefit local user groups and their members.
> SHARE in Washington, D.C.
> A unique non-profit national technology user group will meet in
> Washington August 10-15. SHARE (, a nearly 50
> year-old organization, aims "to improve the effectiveness of members'
> information systems by providing education, promoting mutual support,
> and influencing information technology strategies, products, and
> services". SHARE counts more than 2,000 of IBM's top enterprise
> computing customers among its membership. While independent and
> financially self-sufficient, the group partners with IBM and other
> leading vendors. A large tech/vendor expo area includes booths for
> companies like Microsoft, Cisco Systems, EMC Corporation, Fundamental
> Software, IBM, Linuxcare, L-Soft, Micro Focus, PKWARE, and SuSE Linux.
> Targeting IT architects, storage administrators, systems
> programmers/engineers, systems analysts/administrators, and other
> enterprise computing professionals, this conference will provide over
> 700 hours of technical education and professional networking.
> Specialized topics include z/OS and z/VM, Web Services infrastructure,
> storage virtualization, Linux on zSeries, CICS Transaction Server,
> printing, and much more. Cross-platform applications such as Java and
> Oracle are covered, with emphasis on how they interoperate in enterprise
> settings. Other focus areas include Windows server, networking, and
> desktop; programming languages; mobile and PDA computing; database;
> security; business continuity and disaster recovery; and a comprehensive
> personal/professional development program.
> The Web site provides details and a full conference agenda. SHARE's
> meeting structure allows defining a personal conference agenda, ranging
> from immersion in a single topic to harvesting information from dozens
> of program tracks. And SHARE registration includes admission to two
> other co-located symposia. Two non-published discounts totaling almost
> $500 are available to the DC user group community. First, SHARE will
> honor the member registration rate for anyone checking the "DC Local
> Users" box for registration. Second, the earlybird registration rate is
> extended from June 26 through July 18 by entering Promotion Code EB1.
> Please let your group's members know about SHARE; I'll be happy to
> answer any questions you or they might have about it.
> NBC4 Digital Edge 2003 Expo
> Washington TV station NBC4 will hold its yearly tech expo September
> 13/14 at the new Washington Convention Center, aiming to promote various
> forms of interactive technology to the public, and to inform them of
> diverse programs and opportunities available through user groups.
> Non-profit organizations can receive free booth space, in exchange for
> providing a demonstration such as an interactive Web site. Participating
> in this sort of expo lets CPCUG create awareness of and interest in the
> organization, promote our activities, and recruit members, donors, and
> sponsors. For more information or an application (due July 3) contact
> Bobbie Bencio, NBC4 Community Affairs Department, Bobbie.Bencio at,
> (202) 885-4591.
> Netpreneur User Group Leaders Mailing List
> You may know about the Netpreneur Program (, which
> for about eight years has offered various services -- meetings,
> networking, mailing lists, Web info, resource directories, etc. -- to
> the local tech community. Funding for Netpreneur ended last year; the
> good news is that its various services have been taken on by volunteers.
> A resource for user groups has been the Leaders mailing list, a forum
> for local user group leaders to meet each other, share tips, problems,
> solutions, ideas, etc., and discus universal issues such as membership
> recruiting and retention, corporate sponsorships, marketing, publicity,
> media relations, finances, booking speakers, selecting meeting topics
> and sites, etc. I'm taking on the Leaders list in order to make it a
> more broadly useful list. After I get the list configured, I'll invite
> local user group leaders to subscribe, then we'll see what interests and
> problems we all have in common. While each group is unique, there's
> strength in numbers and unexpected opportunities can arise from knowing
> more about existing groups and resources.
> -- 
> Gabriel Goldberg, Computers and Publishing, Inc.          (703) 941-1657
> 6580 Bermuda Green Court, Alexandria, VA 22312-3103    gabe at
> <>

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