We’ve cancelled our upcoming Meetups in April and May due the loss of our venue (due to corona virus worries) though we would have probably cancelled them anyway. Our lunch meetups – typically 5 to 10 attendees – remain scheduled, but we’ll evaluate those as we get closer to the dates. For the most part […]Read more "SQLOrlando Update"
One the things I’ve been doing over the last year is sending out a monthly reminder email of upcoming events. Not revolutionary, I know. I’m sharing what we do now to make that newsletter happen. It’s definitely a process that continues to evolve as we balance effort and value to those on the various lists. […]Read more "Building the Monthly Newsletter for SQLOrlando"
We just had our final event of the year and looking back, not bad at all. No event in June or November, but 18 overall (16 listed below, plus SQLSaturday, plus I forget to add the half day precon SQLGrease did on Sep 27). Looking at the list I realize we need to work on […]Read more "SQLOrlando 2019"
Earlier this year as I thought about what I wanted to try in Orlando related to the SQL community and thought about the time commitment, I realized it was also “time” to think about what comes next for me. I came up with this: I want fewer ongoing commitments so I can spent that time […]Read more "The Two Year Plan"
I won’t blog all of these we do, but wanted to capture a few thoughts and then revisit later in the year. 6 attendees (and I think we missed one that showed up and couldn’t find us, not great) Met at Friendly Confines which worked out well We had 19 sign up, a couple cancel […]Read more "Notes From the 2nd SQLOrlando Lunch Meetup"
Notes: We had 17 register and 8 attend our first lunch meetup of the year at Fuzzy’s Tacos Great venue. $10 for lunch, plenty of seating, and vegan options A couple of our attendees were from 30+ minutes away! I didn’t expect that for a “no training” lunch, but very pleased they joined us We […]Read more "Notes on our First SQLOrlando Lunch Meetup"
Last year (the first filing) I had my accountant do the filing for SQLOrlando, but this year I wanted to do it myself. Last week I tried and the site wasn’t available due to the government shutdown, so I tried again today and it was operational. First I had to set up an account. Enter […]Read more "SQLOrlando Tax Filing"
Part of having 501c(3) status is figuring out where and how it might make a difference. Applying for non profit status with PayPal is one of the experiments. It took about 5 minute to apply; needed the tax id, a copy of the letter from the IRS, and a bank statement. I just got the […]Read more "PayPal for Non Profits"
I’ve always been in favor of trying to use the PASS tools and web site as much as possible, but it’s hard to argue again the discoverability of Meetup. Certainly we get people joining the list via PASS, but we seem to get more new people that actually attend via Meetup. Meetup isn’t free, but […]Read more "PASS, Meetup, and Sponsors"
Notes: 19 attendees out of 44 registered SQLGrease sponsored Solid hour of networking before the meeting started, managed to get everyone talking to someone 2 presentations, one on performance tuning by Franklin Yamamoto, one on DBATools.IO by William Durkin delivered remotely at 2am his time (incredible on a lot of levels) In between the presentations […]Read more "Notes from the December 2018 SQLOrlando Meetup"