[TriLUG] 2010 State of the LUG address
ronyoung at nc.rr.com
Wed Jan 27 11:01:52 EST 2010
Excellent State of the LUG address Alan!
Little tiny dreams require little tiny thoughts and little tiny steps.
Great big dreams require great big thoughts and little tiny steps.
On Wed, Jan 27, 2010 at 10:24 AM, Alan Porter <porter at trilug.org> wrote:
> 2010 State of the LUG Address
> The new year is always a good time to reflect on where we are, on
> what we're doing well, and how we can do things differently. Since
> Barack Obama and Steve Jobs both chose today to deliver their
> addresses, so will I.
> When I stepped up to become the Steering Committee chair (actually,
> I should say that the rest of the SC members took one step back), I
> wanted to accomplish a few things. Some had grander plans. But my
> goals were simple. Let's see how we're doing.
> (1) GOOD PROGRAMS, DEPENDABLE SCHEDULE
> My number one priority this year has been to have to high quality
> programs on a dependable schedule. To me, this is an essential part
> of building our community, since it encourages folks to gather
> face-to-face on a regular basis.
> Looking back, here's what we did in 2009 and recently:
> 2009-01-08 Justin Parker / VMware
> 2009-02-12 Cristobal Palmer / CAcert
> 2009-03-12 Doug Newcomb / Open Source GIS Blitz
> 2009-04-09 (audience) / Lightning Talks - Indespensible Tools
> 2009-05-14 Tyler McAdams / LinuxDNA
> 2009-06-11 Daniel Chen / Unbreaking Linux Audio
> 2009-07-09 Phillip Rhodes / The Semantic Web
> 2009-08-13 Allen Freeman / Drupal
> 2009-09-10 Tarus Balog / Open Source Business
> 2009-10-08 Simon Karpen & Eric Blau / Linux HA
> 2009-11-12 Andrew Dunstan / Postgres 8.4
> 2009-12-10 Brian Phelps / The Beagle Board
> 2010-01-14 Thomas Munn / Linux-Based Arcade Console
> 2010-02-11 Richard Hipp / SQLite
> I think the proof is in the numbers. We've been having about 60-75
> people at every meeting. We never have leftover pizza any more.
> Even our December holiday meeting was very well attended. I think
> folks are having a good time... or maybe they're just masochists.
> But I would like to hear your opinions. Are there any topics that
> you would like to see covered? Do you have a project or a technology
> that you would like to share? About half of our programs come from
> unsolicited volunteers!
> (2) HOT-SWAPPABLE STEERING COMMITTEE MEMBERS
> A second goal that I set was to make it easier for the existing SC
> members to do all of the various management jobs that we do, rather
> than putting each of us into one of the five pre-defined pigeon
> holes (defined in our articles of incorporation: Chair, Vice Chair,
> Treasurer, Webmaster and Public Relations Officer). For example,
> if someone wants a shell account, any one of us should be able to
> do that, without relying on the webmaster to do it.
> When I first joined the Steering Committee, I naively thought that
> there was some "book of secrets" that told how to do all of these
> things. But most of that was not written down (or if it was, I
> never saw it). Now we have a steering committee wiki, where we have
> details about everything from how to create user accounts and print
> membership cards, to where to order pizza from, how much to order,
> and how to set up the VOIP line at meetings.
> This also means that in May, when we have SC elections again, it
> should be very easy for newly-elected officers to contribute right
> away. If you're thinking about helping out the LUG, serving on the
> SC is a great way to do it.
> (3) BASIC SERVICES
> I don't aim too high on this one. The LUG provides email accounts,
> a mailing list, and an IRC channel where questions can be answered,
> knowledge can be shared, and friendships can be forged. And sometimes
> pranks are played and silliness ensues. But for the most part, we
> keep it civil. Let's not dwell on the exceptions.
> Some others have had more lofty goals, and I welcome those
> contributions. Our "planet" blog aggregator, Linked-In group,
> Facebook group and Twitter account are all run by volunteers who
> thought those would be good ideas. Others have experimented with
> recording and web-casting our meetings. If you have other ideas,
> let us know (but be warned, our response may be "great -- YOU do
> (4) OUR HOUSE IN ORDER
> Lastly, I am hoping that we can get our finances and paperwork in
> better order. There has already been plenty of discussion about our
> bank account, legal paperwork, post office box, and general state of
> disarray that comes with being run by a group of volunteers that
> rotates in and out of office.
> All of these items are slowly getting back into shape. Thank you
> to the individuals who spend their personal time to do boring stuff
> like this for the LUG.
> The biggest help in this department has come from our recent sponsors,
> both at the "per meeting" level and on a more on-going basis. WE
> THANK YOU! Specifically, I'd like to thank Tarus Balog and the
> OpenNMS Group, Jon Carnes and FeatureTel, and our friends at SunGard.
> We've also has some personal donations in "the pizza bucket" and in
> the mail.
> These contributions make it possible to order pizza when the donations
> bucket is not enough to cover costs. And it helps to bring in speakers
> that may need to have their travel expenses reimbursed.
> So things are looking up, but there is still some work to be done.
> 2009 was a pretty good year for the LUG. Behind the scenes, we had
> some struggles to re-organize, both within the Steering Committee,
> and with a re-built server (pilot). But we managed to keep the
> momentum going with good meeting content and a vibrant extended
> What can we do to help the LUG succeed in 2010?
> - Suggestions for meeting topics, volunteer speakers.
> - Donations, both to the pizza bucket, and wider sponsorship of meetings.
> - Answer someone's question on the mailing list, monitor IRC for Q&A.
> - Help out in little ways: help set up at meetings, take out the trash.
> - Run for the Steering Committee in May (nominations in April).
> Thank you for making TriLUG what it is.
> Alan Porter
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