We are pleased to invite you and your fellow User Group officers to the fifth annual Midwest Regional User Group Officers and Directors Conference, being held August 4-6 in Oak Brook, Illinois. You will join officers from user groups throughout the Midwest for two days of leadership training, information exchange, and vendor presentations.
The Midwest Regional Conference provides the opportunity to meet with officers of other groups to discuss building and running a successful computer user group. Roundtable sessions will deal with topics such as legal aspects of user groups, providing Internet access to your members, the Association of PC User Groups, publicity, vendor relations, and newsletter publishing. Find out from other groups what works, and what doesn't work. Get advice from experts in the field. Take ideas and inspiration back to your own group.
In addition, several software vendors will have presentations of their latest products. You'll have the opportunity to meet their user group representatives and make contacts for your group. Many vendors are also providing software and hardware for the product drawing Sunday morning.
The Conference is open to officers, directors, and editors of computer user organizations, regardless of platform or national affiliation. We welcome groups dedicated to specific operating systems (e.g., DOS, Mac, OS/2, Unix), and also groups that support multiple operating systems and software. Please note that Conference attendance is limited to formally recognized leadership positions in your group; it is not open to general membership.
The Conference will be held in Oak Brook, Illinois, a suburb west of Chicago, at the McDonald's Hamburger University Conference Center. Meals and sleeping rooms will be at the adjoining McDonald's Lodge, a luxury facility run by Hyatt. The Lodge includes two restaurants, lounge, and full health center with exercise machines, indoor pool, steam room, sauna, and whirlpools. Guests at the Lodge will have full use of all these facilities at no charge.
Registration and attendance are free. Donations from vendors such as Lotus, IBM, Microsoft, Borland, and Novell will cover the costs of the meeting facility and rooms. Attendees are only responsible for their own transportation and lodging. Accommodations at the Lodge are $79/night, single or double, TAX INCLUDED.
Registration will begin at 3:00pm Friday, August 4. The first scheduled event will be a reception Friday night, starting at 7:00pm. Saturday will be devoted to roundtable sessions in the morning and afternoon, along with vendor-sponsored breakfast and lunch. Saturday evening will include a vendor-sponsored dinner and special evening presentation. Sunday will begin with a vendor-sponsored breakfast, followed by the Conference wrap-up and product drawing (individuals must be present to win and it's unlikely anyone will go away empty handed!). The Conference will officially conclude at approximately 11:00am.
Fill out the enclosed registration form and return to Carol Diamond, The Chicago Computer Society, 1745 Chris Ct., Deerfield, IL 60015. You may fax the registration to 708-374-0491. Please, no faxes after 10pm CDT. Separate registration forms are required for each attendee, so please copy the enclosed form as required. Registrations must be received by July 21 to guarantee attendance at the meal functions. No exceptions. Conference size is limited, and will close when our limit is reached. Register early! Onsite registration, IF AVAILABLE, will be limited to roundtable attendance only. Please remember that attendance at all functions is limited to user group officers and directors. Family and friends traveling with you to Chicago will find plenty to enjoy while you are at the Conference, including the famous "upscale" Oak Brook mall, riverboats, and the city of Chicago itself. Information on nearby attractions and events will be included in your registration confirmation.
More questions? Please contact us as noted below. E-mail is preferred.
Kenneth E. Johnson, Conference Chair
930 North Blvd., Ste. 607, Oak Park, IL 60301
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Carol Diamond, Vice-Chair & Registrar
1745 Chris Court, Deerfield, IL 60015
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