1995 Midwest Regional Conference
APCUG Primer: How APCUG Can Help Your User
Tom Heffernan and Judy Brown, present
and past APCUG Presidents -- (Workshop
(Also see: Welcome To APCUG:
New Members Club )
What is APCUG
- An international non-profit society of independent
computer user groups.
The Mission of APCUG is to:
- Encourage, promote and enable communication and the
exchange of information among personal computer user
- To assist user groups in the fulfillment of their
educational and charitable missions and activities that
support those missions;
- To promote the awareness of the value of user groups to
the community and the computer industry; and
- to facilitate communication among user groups, the
community and the computer industry
APCUG is not:
- A user group.
- It does not have individuals as members and, as such,
does not provide services to individuals. Instead, it
focuses on the user groups themselves, through the
officers and directors of its member groups.
- A lobbying group.
- It does not issue policy statements or endorse or oppose
legislation on behalf of its member groups.
- A government or overseer group.
- It does not tell its member groups how to run their user
groups or take any position in internal user group
operations or politics. It simply provides opportunities
for user groups to discuss among themselves different
ways to do things, with each user group responsible for
the use or non-use of that information.
- 9 member Board of Directors
- 3-year terms, 1/3 elected each year
- Responsible for implementation of APCUG
- Conduct day-to-day operations of APCUG
- 15 member Board of User Group Advisors
- 2-year terms, ½ elected each year
- Advise the Board of Directors concerning user
group activities and directions
- Designated representatives from each member user group
- Participate in annual elections for boards
- Recommend activities and directions for APCUG
Member Group Requirements
- Non-profit independent personal computer user group
- Minimum of 50 individual members
- Hold regularly scheduled meetings
- Members fill out application to join local group
- Either produce a newsletter or maintain a BBS
Associate Group Requirements
- Do not qualify in one or more of the member group
- Are not entitled to APCUG vote, but have all other
privileges and right of membership
How Does a Group Join APCUG
- Obtain approval from local user group governing body
- Submit user group registration and appointment of
designated user group representative forms
- Pay $25 annual group membership fee
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