We use Meetup for SQLOrlando. We have enough members that we have to pay for the service and it works well enough that we’re ok with paying for it. They also offer Meetup Pro for a higher fee that gives you analytics, some API access, and a way to sync your list to MailChimp. More […]Read more "Meetup Pro for Non Profits"
Yesterday I posted about journaling with my goal being to track the time I spend on SQLOrlando (I’ll exclude time I spend at other events to keep it focused). That leads to the question of “how much time is enough” and also to asking “how much time is too much?”. As a guess let’s say […]Read more "How Much Volunteer Time Per Year is a Good Goal?"
In the spirit of “do more” we’re hoping to host at least 4 pre-cons in Orlando in 2019. Right now we’re looking for ideas for the first one to be held sometime in March 2019. If you’re interested, here’s how we do it: We have a meeting space that seats 20 comfortably. Projector is provided […]Read more "Thinking about Pre-Cons In Orlando in 2019"
I was disheartened to read the post that shows we have three candidates for three positions this year. Started with six, two opted out (this is not uncommon as candidates sometimes realize they are not well enough prepared) and it seems one was rejected. Rejecting someone is unusual and not done lightly especially when it […]Read more "The No-Election PASS Election"
The call for applications for the Nominating Committee closes on Sep 10th. If you care about the future of PASS its a great way to engage. I’ve served on the committee a few times and it’s really interesting work.Read more "Volunteer for the PASS NomCom"
I’m a little late getting to this, but I think both of these are worth reading: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/open-letter-pass-group-leaders-sql-saturday-steve-rezhener-mba/ https://medium.com/@SteffLocke/sqlsaturdays-shouldnt-give-up-pass-money-a478a97ee0c7 Suggest you post any thoughts on them to the appropriate post. I’m working my thoughts about them for a post tomorrow.Read more "Two Posts About PASS"
I just finished reading The Perfect Machine about the construction of the Hale Telescope at Mount Palomar (here is a pretty good picture). Fascinating story with regard to both the people involved and the engineering. It took 21 years from getting the funds to when the first images were captured. Lots of interesting pieces; the struggle […]Read more "Good Seeing"
Wanted to share a few things I came across recently with regards to benefits for veterans: You can get a printed VA card now by signing up via ID.me (ID.me also comes in handy for things like qualifying for incentives from car manufacturers). The card does not have your social security number on it, so it’s […]Read more "Benefits for Veterans"
This year we held our fourth Student to IT Pro Seminar for the students at Seminole State College. It runs from 9 am to 1130, concurrent with SQLSaturday but in a different building. Here is the schedule from this year: Time Description 8:30 to 9:00 Check-in & Informal Networking 9:00 to 9:05 Opening Remarks 9:05 […]Read more "SQLSaturday Orlando 2017 Notes – Part 3"
We’ve haven’t had a good solution for managing money for SQLSaturday and our groups here in Orlando. In the early days I’d put the money in my business account, keep the receipts, figure out what was left to accrue for the next year, and let the accountant do the rest. It worked, but it was […]Read more "SQLOrlando"