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The Chicago Computer Society -- Users Helping Users

1995 Midwest Regional Conference

Workshop Descriptions


GLOBALNET

Saturday, 10:00-10:45 a.m., Room HU 224 -- (workshop materials)
Harold A. Driscoll, Sysop, GLOBALNET

GLOBALNET is the BBS of the Association of PC Users Groups (APCUG). Sysop Harold Driscoll will give a demonstration of GLOBALNET and discuss its benefits for user group officers.


501(c)(3)

Saturday, 10:00-10:45 a.m., Room HU 134
Larry Shad, Esq, Beeler, Shad & Diamond

Larry Shad, partner in the law firm of Beeler, Shad & Diamond, will discuss issues relating to the 501(c)(3) not-for-profit status.


Developing Dynamic Programs

Saturday, 10:00-10:45 a.m., Room HU 248AB -- (workshop materials)
Holly Estal, Director of Continuing Education, Chicago Botanic Garden

Good planning leads to successful programs whether you are planning monthly meetings or programs for your community. Raise your awareness of the steps in program development so your group can offer high quality and successful programs. One of the key points of discussion will be knowing your audience. Come prepared to share some of your success stories.

Coordinator of Continuing Education at the Chicago Botanic Garden, Holly Estal develops over 160 programs for 5500 students each year. This program offers one and two session classes, classes held weekly for four-eight weeks, day-long seminars, and symposia. Beginning and advanced students interested in gardening and nature as well as professionals in horticulture and landscape design are served. Holly holds an M.Ed. in Continuing Education and Training from the University of Illinois.


APCUG Primer

Saturday, 10:00-10:45 a.m., Room HU 278 -- (workshop materials)
Tom Heffernan and Judy Brown, present and past APCUG Presidents

This session will highlight everything you wanted to know about APCUG but could not find someone to ask. The focus will be on APCUG's existing services to member user groups and how APCUG might serve its members better, as well as how member groups can make better use of APCUG. The session will conclude with a brief overview of future programs and initiatives.

Tom Heffernan is President of the Association of Personal Computer User Groups, assuming this responsibility in January 1995. Tom is a former Vice President of APCUG and has served as a member and Chairman of the APCUG Board of User Group Advisors. He remains active in the PC Users Group of Jacksonville (Florida) and has held the positions of President, Vice President and Treasurer. Tom is currently the Review Editor for the groups award winning newsletter A Prompt. When not deeply committed to user group activities, Tom is Director of Training at the Cecil Field Air Traffic Control Facility in Jacksonville.

Judy Brown has been an active user group supporter for 15 years and has served in various user group positions. She started her first group of TI/99 4A users in 1980 and has been a committed user group volunteer since then. Judy was elected to the first APCUG Board of User Group Advisors and served as their first Chair. From 1992 through 1994 Judy served as president of APCUG and is currently functioning as the Editor of APCUG Reports. In her home group, Fox Valley Technical College Personal Computer Users Group in Appleton, WI, Judy serves as editor of USERS.NEWS, program chair and APCUG representative.


Long-Range Planning Roundtable

Saturday, 11:00-11:45 a.m., Room HU 224 -- (workshop materials)
Bill Zeigler, Chicago Computer Society

In this session we will look at considerations and techniques involved in defining the organization's purpose. This includes discussing and defining the organization's goals, the process to determine how to achieve them, and issues in staffing duties to reach the goals. In addition, we will discuss ideas on the planning process and its product, including documentation such as Manuals and Reports. The session's purpose is to assist the leader in clarifying the organization's direction, how to get there, and tools to access progress along the way.

Bill Zeigler has been involved in computing since winning an IBM PCjr in 1984. He joined the Chicago Computer Society in 1986 and was elected to his current role as Coordinator of the Lotus and Spreadsheet Special Interest Group in 1988. He opened his own accounting and consulting practice in 1989, based in South Beloit, IL. His firm's activities include accounting systems, installation and management; application development; and network, operating system, software and hardware implementation.


Insurance for User Groups

Saturday, 11:00-11:45 a.m., Room HU 134
Clyde Patterson, partner, Peterson Brothers, Inc.

This presentation will cover:

Clyde Patterson is a partner with Peterson Brothers, Inc., a 52 year old independent agency located in downtown Chicago and currently the broker for the coverage afforded the Chicago Computer Society. He has been affiliated with the insurance world, both as an agent and an underwriter, since 1983.


Recruit, Recognize, Retain - the 3 R's for Volunteer Management

Saturday, 11:00-11:45 a.m., Room HU 248AB -- (workshop materials)
Linda Doede, Manager of Volunteer Services, Chicago Botanic Garden

We'll look at volunteer administration as an ongoing process, review basic management components, and brainstorm ideas to recruit, recognize and retain volunteer participation in our user groups.

Linda Doede has been the Manager of Volunteer Services for the Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe, Illinois, since l978. A former social worker and a lifelong volunteer, she was educated in the liberal arts with a masters degree in business administration. At the Chicago Botanic Garden over 600 volunteers participate in 20 different service areas. Linda serves as Midwest Representative on the Board of the American Association for Museum Volunteers and is active in several Chicagoland volunteer organizations. She is committed to volunteerism as an avenue for growth in individuals, organizations and communities.


How to Use PR Effectively

Saturday, 11:00-11:45 a.m., Room HU 278 -- (workshop materials)
Betty Ritter, B.J. Ritter Associates

To make the most effective use of public relations as a developmental tool for your user group, you need a well thought out written program. Writing such a program is similar to the process of computer programming; you decide what it is you want to accomplish, you consider all the possible segments, you think through the steps that are necessary to reach your goal, and you set it all down in a tangible form. If you've done a thorough job of writing your public relations program, you'll come to realize that "PR" is much more than just publicity.

Betty J. Ritter has been a professional writer, editor, and public relations consultant for more than three decades. Combining her editorial skills with her background as a registered architect, she served as Senior Editor at Building Design & Construction magazine, Public Relations Director at The Perkins & Will Partnership, an architectural firm in Chicago, and as Publications Director at the Prestressed Concrete Institute, a building industry trade group in Chicago. Her firm, B. J. Ritter Associates, offers public relations, graphic design, and editorial consulting services.


Newsletter Roundtable

Saturday, 1:45-2:45 p.m., Room HU 134
Bob Lay, Editor, Quad Cities Computer Society

Bob Lay will moderate an open discussion on newsletter and editing issues. User group editors can meet with their peers for a discussion of issues relating to user group newsletter publishing. This session is a must for all editors, officers, and directors interesting in improving the appearance - and the bottom line - of your user group publications.


Bulletin Board Systems

Saturday, 1:45-2:45 p.m., Room HU 248AB
George Matyaszek, Sysop, Chicago Syslink

This session will discuss why a user group would want to operate a BBS, along with what is involved in the initial setup, maintenance, day-to-day operations of a BBS, and options for Internet access for your members. In addition, it will cover why a user group might outsource the running of their own BBS. Two Chicago user groups, CACHE and NICOL, are currently utilizing Chicago Syslink for their members.

George Matyaszek is a Telemarketing Rep/Sales who has been running a BBS since 1981 catering to general interest and specific business. He runs a 16-line system called Chicago Syslink out of Berwyn, Illinois.


Community Service Roundtable

Saturday, 1:45-2:45 p.m., Room HU 278
Judy Brown, Fox Valley Technical College Personal Computer Users Group

Most user groups have a reservoir of talent, many of whom would be happy to give some time to a service project. What projects need doing? Who do we contact to get one started? What criteria should we use to select a project? This session will be a discussion/presentation from several groups on their community service activities.

Judy Brown has been an active user group supporter for 15 years and has served in various user group positions. She started her first group of TI/99 4A users in 1980 and has been a committed user group volunteer since then. Judy was elected to the first APCUG Board of User Group Advisors and served as their first Chair. From 1992 through 1994 Judy served as president of APCUG and is currently functioning as the Editor of APCUG Reports. In her home group, Fox Valley Technical College Personal Computer Users Group in Appleton, WI, Judy serves as editor of USERS.NEWS, program chair and APCUG representative.


Vendor Forum

Saturday, 3:00-4:00 p.m., Room HU 224 -- (workshop materials)
Attending Vendor User Group representatives

Here is your opportunity to meet the representatives of a number of companies that interact with user groups. This interactive session will provide an opportunity to provide feedback to our vendor reps on what has been successful in their User Group/Vendor Relations programs. It is also an opportunity to offer the vendor reps ideas of how the User Group Community can help the vendors. All vendors are invited to stop by and participate in this session.


Kid's Computer Learning Days

Saturday, 3:00-4:00 p.m., Room HU 134 -- (workshop materials)

Lynda Orban, Director of Corporate Communications, Knowledge Adventure Software

Come and learn about Kid's Computer Learning Days. Co sponsored by the local user group, these Kid's Computer Learning Days allows children and their parents to learn about the latest in educational software as well as learn from the experts on the latest trends in computers. In addition to learning about the latest in educational software and information gleaned from the seminars, attendees also learn about the benefits offered by the local user group. Many of the user groups who have participated in Kid's Computer Learning Days were able to gain new members as a result of the membership drives conducted at the Kid's Computer Learning Days. In addition, the user groups were also positioned to new computer users within the community as a resource for their computer questions.

Lynda Orban joined Knowledge Adventure three years ago as its Director of Corporate Communications. At Knowledge Adventure, she is responsible for the company's user group programs, trade shows and public relations. She serves on the Public Relations Board of the Software Publishers Association. Prior to joining the company, she held various corporate communication positions at both Fortune 500 companies as well as small technology companies. In addition, she was a marketing consultant for Regis McKenna for four years during which time her clients included telecommunications, software and hardware companies.


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