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2016 Proposed Bylaws and Policy Manual

The NCMUG Board is proposing the attached Bylaws and Policy Manual to incorporate changes in our organization structure and operation relative to move to Meetup.com as well as some general cleanup.

We will be presenting the updated Bylaws and Policy Manual at the next General Meeting December 8th. All members are encouraged to review these documents and attend the meeting to provide your input or discussion regarding these changes. We will be voting on formal adoption of the Bylaws and Policy Manual at this meeting.

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Help NCMUG Celebrate 30 years!! Join us for a FREE members only celebration.

jeff_headshot_bluesweaterYou are Invited to a Special, Free, Members-Only Event.
(Your snail mail official invite has been sent). You must RSVP for this event by returning the invite.

Please Join Us in Celebrating 30 Years of Supporting You, our Mac Family.

The NCMUG board wants YOU!!! to Join us for an evening of friendship, dining, (no host bar), memories, trivia and prizes. This is a celebration for and about our members and thirty years of all things Mac/Apple. Jeff Gamet of The Mac Observer will host this event. (see Jeff’s bio and trivia info at the end of this email)

When: Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Socialize with your fellow members – beginning at 5:30 pm. (No Host Bar) Dinner buffet starts at 6:30 pm

Where: Santa Rosa Golf & Country Club

333 Country Club Dr, Santa Rosa, CA 95401

http://www.santarosagolf.com/contact-us/map-directions/#.U_qfO0vMhyA

**Dress is business casual. (No tank tops, t-shirts, shorts or flip-flops)**

Who: YOU!!!

This event is free and open to members only ***

Registration requires refundable deposit of $55 per person, by check or credit card, along with a registration slip. (watch your snail mail for the official invite and registration slip) At check-in, your check or credit card slip will be returned.

***(remember each membership is technically a family membership so you may bring your significant other or spouse)

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RSVP by October 10, 2014 via US Mail

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Jeff’s Corner:

Jeff Gamet is the Mac Observer’s Managing Editor, and co-host of the Apple Context Machine and The iOS Show podcasts, hosts The Mac Observer Daily, and is a regular guest on The Big Show. He is the author of “The Designer’s Guide to Mac OS X” from Peachpit Press, and writes for several design-related publications. Jeff has presented at events such as Macworld Expo, the RSA Conference, and the Mac Computer Expo. In all his spare time, he makes guest appearances on several other podcasts, too. Jeff dreams in HD.

How good are your Apple, Mac, and iPhone trivia skills? Put your knowledge to the test and see just how deep you can go into all things Apple, as well as how you stack up against the competition. With easy and obscure questions, there’s bound to be something you can answer. Even better, there will be plenty of prizes, too.

http://www.macobserver.com

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June 17th general meeting: Special session

We are inviting and encouraging members to join us for a very important and critical discussion regarding the desired future of NCMUG. All members are invited to join us on Tuesday, June 17, 2014 from 6 – 8:30 pm at the Rohnert Park Senior Center where we hold our regular General Meeting. We plan to continue looking at our challenges and need the participation of members to help us find a way for NCMUG to continue to be of value to our community. We will have pizza, salads and beverages available between 6 & 6:30 with the meeting starting at 6:30 pm.

The meeting outline will be posted to the NCMUG website prior to the day of the meeting.

Please respond to Lorene personally or at lorene@mac.com if you can attend so we can plan for seating and food.

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Call To Action

NCMUG Members Important Update and Call to Action – we need your participation on June 17, 2014 at a special general meeting. (details below)

As NCMUG is approaching its 30th birthday, it is having a mid-life crisis. We asked members to respond to a survey recently because 8 board members have been struggling to maintain an organization that fulfills the changing needs of the Mac Users community. Just as computers have changed over the last 30 years and new devices have been developed, many user groups have changed or disappeared.

Over the last few years you may not have realized some things that have happened to NCMUG:

• Postage rates and printing costs increased and the paper newsletter went away

• No one wanted to edit an electronic newsletter and it went away

• Due to increasing costs and lack of volunteers to stage MCE it went away

• Since we were taking in less than $20.00 in raffle money some months and we were receiving very few vendor donations and still had to make monthly reports to the State of California, the raffle went away.

• Members were not buying books, even at our discounted prices, so book sales went away

• We should have as many as 15 on the Board of Directors and for the last two years despite requests for members to step up and join us, we have been operating with 8 and we are approaching burn out.

• Our memberships dropped by 70, from 384 to 314 in the last 16 months. The total loss was even greater when the additional household or business names associated with a membership also went away. To put this in perspective in January 2012 there were 462 memberships.

• We have been averaging about 30 members at the regular meetings, not enough to make it worthwhile for speakers to prepare presentations and travel long distances to come to our meetings.

• Our biggest financial costs are for liability coverage and rent for space for general meetings and SIGS that are lightly attended.

The board participated in a day-long retreat last Saturday (5/17/2014) and we had long and frank discussions on the condition of NCMUG and its future. The results of the survey were gone over thoroughly. In addition 11 General members had been interviewed before the retreat and 3 of those interviewed joined the board at the retreat on Saturday. The members did not realize the depth and breadth of the group’s challenges. In many respects the situation is disheartening but there is still some interest and passion to keep the group going.

The next few months are going to be critical for the future of NCMUG. We need the support of the members now as never before. We are going to need help to focus on defining our goals and future direction.

We are inviting and encouraging members to join us for a very important and critical discussion regarding the desired future of NCMUG. All members are invited to join us on Tuesday, June 17, 2014 from 6 – 8:30 pm at the Rohnert Park Senior Center where we hold our regular General Meeting. We plan to continue looking at our challenges and need the participation of members to help us find a way for NCMUG to continue to be of value to our community. We will have pizza, salads and beverages available between 6 & 6:30 with the meeting starting at 6:30 pm.

Please respond to Lorene personally or at Lorene@mac.com if you can attend so we can plan for seating and food.

You can download this post in a pdf filepdf

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Important update for May 20th NCMUG general meeting. Please read

Hello fellow NCMUGers,

Thank you to all the members who took the time to fill out the survey. We value your input.

On Saturday May 17th we had a Board of Directors Retreat to discuss the results of this survey and the future of NCMUG.

We are requesting all members (if you live locally) to attend the 5/20 NCMUG meeting, this week, to hear the results of this survey and to also engage in important decisions that will affect our club. Your assistance is crucial to the direction of NCMUG.

The May NCMUG general meeting will be held on Tuesday May 20th. The first portion will be discussing the survey and the second portion will be our topic: Help! I’m Drowning in Passwords!!

Guest presenter: Ronnie Roche
Are you overwhelmed by too many passwords? Or too many sticky notes that have your passwords on them?? Is your favorite technique for managing passwords to use the same one over and over – oh my!!!! Join Apple Consultant Ronnie Roche and find out how much the fast changing world of technology has changed the requirements and cautions for creating and using passwords. Learn how to safely create secure passwords and manage them with the 1Password software.

Ms. Ronnie A. Roche Design Solutions – Technology

Tuesday May 20th, 2014
Rohnert Park Senior Center
600 Hunter Drive
Rohnert Park, CA 94928
7:00- 9:00 p.m.

http://www.ncmug.org

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Just added: Korus demonstration at our May 20th meeting

On May 20th we will have added and special bonus item to our general NCMUG meeting. In addition to our guest speaker, Ronnie Roche, we will have a short demonstration of the new Korus products.

Korus is the next generation wireless speaker that is ridiculously easy to set up and use, works with your Apple devices, plays more than music, portable, streams up to 4 speakers at one time in perfect sync and sound absolutely amazing. This revolutionary speaker system will be demonstrated by the companies Director of Channel Marketing, Randy Logan, who share the new technology, amazing sound and extend a very special price to the NCMUG members. You won’t want to miss this demonstration!

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May 20th, 2014
Rohnert Park Senior Center
600 Hunter Drive
Rohnert Park, CA 94928
7:00- 9:00 p.m.

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May 20th NCMUG general meeting: Help! I’m Drowning in Passwords!!

Are you overwhelmed by too many passwords? Or too many sticky notes that have your passwords on them?? Is your favorite technique for managing passwords to use the same one over and over – oh my!!!! Join Apple Consultant Ronnie Roche and find out how much the fast changing world of technology has changed the requirements and cautions for creating and using passwords. Learn how to safely create secure passwords and manage them with the 1Password software.

Ms. Ronnie A. Roche Design Solutions – Technology Simplified MacXprts Network
Apple Product Professional Apple Consultants Network – ACSP http://www.ronnieroche.com
707-573-9649 Santa Rosa, CA 95403 designsolutions@mac.com

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May 20th, 2014
Rohnert Park Senior Center
600 Hunter Drive
Rohnert Park, CA 94928
7:00- 9:00 p.m.

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