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APCUG Association of Personal Computer User Groups GETTING TO KNOW APCUG APCUG The Association of Personal Computer User Groups (APCUG) is an international, platform-independent, volunteer-run nonprofit body dedicated to helping member computer user groups succeed. APCUG HISTORY

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APCUG

The Association of Personal Computer User Groups (APCUG) is an international, platform-independent, volunteer-run nonprofit body dedicated to helping member computer user groups succeed.

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APCUG

HISTORY

COMDEX 1986 - First Annual User Group Summit meeting (Boston Computer Society, Capital PC User Group, and Houston Area League of PC Users).

Seattle October 1987 – Representatives from 15 UGs met and proposed formation of the association.

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HISTORY (con’t)

COMDEX 1987 – Proposal for forming an association for the purpose of fostering communication among & between UGs presented to 130 representatives from 50 UGs at the Second Annual User Group Summit. Meeting, and was unanimously approved.

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APCUG

MISSION STATEMENT

To facilitate communication among computer user groups, the community, and the technology industry.

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APCUG

GOALS

  • Communication – Encourage and enable the exchange of information among computer user groups.
  • Promotion – Increase the visibility of computer user groups and their value to the community and the technology industry.
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APCUG

GOALS (con’t)

  • Education – Educate user group leadership in successful management techniques.
  • Community Service – Assist user groups in the fulfillment of their community service mission.
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APCUG

COMMUNICATION

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APCUG

NOOZ

  • Monthly e-mail sent to selected officers by regional advisors to all their active APCUG groups
  • APCUG & regional news, fund- raising ideas, program ideas, etc.
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APCUG

Reports News Magazine

  • Sent to selected officers quarterly
  • Contains

- APCUG, Regional, and Vendor news; What works for UGs; Help for Your UG articles; and benefit & contact info

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APCUG

UG Directory

  • With over 300 member groups, there are probably a number of groups within a 250 mile radius of your group. Look them up in the Directory – get in touch, share presenters, help each other, cross-advertise! Everyone benefits.
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APCUG

FREE Web Services

  • Web Board – hold your BOD meetings on line – have your tech guru answer member questions – exchange SIG info on line
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APCUG

FREE Web Services (cont’d)

  • Web page hosting
  • Mailing Lists
  • News Reader interface
  • Chat room access for all conferences
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APCUG

PROMOTION

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APCUG

Conferences

  • Annual Conference, currently held in conjunction with CES
  • Regional Conferences

California – Florida – Northwest

….. more locations in the future

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Conferences (con’t)

  • APCUG offers assistance in setting up new regional conferences to meet the needs of user groups throughout the United States.
  • Contact your Advisor for information.
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Attract Vendors for Presentations

  • Being part of APCUG gives your UG an inside track to hosting vendor presentations.
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APCUG

UG Directory

  • Vendors use the UG Directory to find groups that meet on consecutive days = more bang for their buck.
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APCUG

EDUCATION

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APCUG

Conferences

  • User Group leaders / members interact with user groupies from their region and/or around the world to exchange ideas.
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How Tos (www.apcug.net)

  • By-laws
  • Setting up a budget
  • Articles of Incorporation
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APCUG

Help For Your User Group (apcug.net)

  • Over 50 articles -- including info for program chairs, growing your UG, newsletter & PR guidelines – compiled from various conferences, etc.
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COMMUNITY SERVICE

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Jerry Awards – User groups helping the community

  • APCUG’s way to recognize groups that are involved in community service projects
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APCUG

OTHER BENEFITS

OF MEMBERSHIP

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APCUG

BONUS Newsletter Articles

  • Several articles sent each month to APCUG editors
  • Articles written by UG members, professionals & occasionally vendors
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UG Discounts – Review Software – Raffle Items

  • Free and discounted offers from vendors --- available ONLY for APCUG member groups
  • Review software – available ONLY for APCUG member groups
  • Raffle items – available ONLY for APCUG members groups
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Presentations-in-a-Box

  • A great alternative when groups are unable to have a vendor presentation
  • Product, PowerPoint presentation, script, door prizes, and more to make it easy for a member to give the presentation
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Welcome to APCUG CD-ROM

  • Getting to Know APCUG PIAB, instructions on logging into the APCUG database, APCUG logos, and much more.
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Growing Your Membership Tool-kit

CD-ROM

  • Packed with ideas for growing your membership, membership contest ideas, sample brochures
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APCUG

Solutions to Your Problems

  • APCUG is here to help. BOD members and Advisors – current or former UG officers – are just an e-mail away.
  • Contact: Gabe Goldberg, Region 2 Advisor,
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