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At the January oPASS meeting in Lake Mary, it was announced that the chapter would be creating a Board of Directors to help distribute some of the responsibility of running the chapter, and involve more people in the #SQLFamily. The board will also help in planning the Orlando SQL Saturday, held annually each fall. There were four Board positions available for the taking:

  • Program Director
  • Membership/Marketing Director
  • Webmaster/Communications Director
  • Treasurer

All four positions were filled, and I am quite pleased to announce that I volunteered for the Program Director position. Here is my new description within the Chapter:

  • Speakers
    • Seek out and invite potential speaker candidates
    • Review candidates abstracts for appropriateness and quality of training for user group
    • Confirm with selected speaker date availability
    • Provide selected speaker with all necessary information
      • Meeting  location
      • Directions
      • Hotel info
    • Create and collect speaker evals from attendees at each meeting
  • Meetings
    • Handle meeting space reservation
    • Arrange food order and pickup or delivery to arrive at meeting by 6:30

So without further ado; If you are a speaker, and will find yourself in the Orlando area over the course of the next twelve months, I would like to talk to you. We will be lining up speakers for a the upcoming oPASS chapter meetings, at a minimum of three months in advance.

We all have some really good ideas on where to take the Chapter in the future, and there are some exciting things coming down the pipeline. Stay tuned, 2012 is going to be a great year to be in oPASS, and the #SQLFamily!

I was looking for a topic to write my next blog post on, when I read Thomas LaRock’s (t|b|g+) post about helping the #SQLFamily give even more. Where should I begin?

The #SQLFamily to me, is what the Oracle (no pun intended) was to Neo in the Matrix. It is what Albus Dumbledore was to Harry Potter. It is… well, it is family.

I have run into the SQL brick wall, and summoned #sqlhelp – at seemingly all hours of the day or night – and there has been a response, a quick (witted at times), accurate response. I have visited AskSQLServerCentral to peruse the veritable KB of Q & A for ideas to add to my solutions. I have browsed the SQL forums and articles at Simple-Talk.com and SQLServerCentral.com and have found answers to some of the most obscure SQL Server questions and issues.

I have received a wealth of knowledge from the abundance of resources the SQL community has provided, and as many others before me, I have felt the desire to pay it forward. I have volunteered for PASS, ramping up for the annual PASS Summit in Seattle; I have volunteered for some of the various SQL Saturdays that have been held across Florida; I have answered some questions on Ask SQL Server Central, and I started this blog post – all in an effort to try and give back whatever I can to the community that has given so much.

I am rather fortunate to have met a number of the people that I interact with via the “interwebz”. Each and every one of the folks that I have met have been as authentic, and genuine as I could have imagined. Our conversations have been welcoming and informative, and I have gained friends in the process. I have shared thoughts, ideas, and barley with a lot of the folks, and the memories are true treasures.

The #SQLFamily to me, is priceless.