|Richard Doyle's Community Blog|
I attended the 10th Anniversary meeting of the San Antonio SolidWorks User Group last week, and while I have my own memories of the meeting, I think it was best reported by the group leader Jim Lowery.
So here it is, Jim's recap of this historic meeting:
At 5:30 the doors were opened and dinner was served; Fajitas from Garcia?s Mexican Restaurant, complete with Guacamole and all the trimmings. Nadia Shea from MLC-Cad brought in two cakes plus cupcakes to join the small cake I had at the front of the room. Let em eat cake, and eat we did.
At 6:00 Jim Lowery did a brief (1 hour long) trip down memory lane entitled SASUG History - The past 10 years flash before your eyes. Every 5 minutes or so during the presentation a chime drifted down from the speakers in the ceiling. This was the signal for another giveaway. The prize wheel was turned and items were given to lucky attendees. Beverage Insulators, Best buy gift cards, SolidWorks backpacks and a whole hostof other gifts supplied by our Vars, Sponsors and SolidWorks.
A Special memento was given to each of our Past Presidents, Lila Theis, Anthony Gomez and Jim Lowery. Richard Doyle presented the Group with a lovely engraved acrylic plaque congratulating our 10thanniversary. Tony Hargrove received the Outstanding Service award for his hard work making sure we all have plenty to eat at each meeting. Our award for most presentations by a Reseller went to Chris Castle (formerly from MLC-Cad). Our award for most presentations by a member went to Webb Schoenfeld. Maybe it?s time for you to give a presentation. Rapid Sheet Metal received an award for Longest Running Sponsor of our group. They first sponsored our group in 1994. Our final awards were for attendance. If a presentation fell in the forest and no one showed up to hear it, would it make a sound? Excellent attendance awards (20-29 meeting) went to Lila Theis, Tom Lyons, Terry Morgan and Reggie Mckelvey. Superior Attendance (30+ meetings) went to Tony Hargrove and Jim Lowery. Reseller appreciation plaques were presented to the 3 resellers that do such an outstanding job supporting our group. There was no red carpet but lots of awards.
At about 7:20 Jim stopped talking long enough to give everyone a break. Time to dig into that cake and chat with friends in the SASUG group.
After the break Jim did a presentation for a new add in from Rapid Sheet Metal. SolidQuote enables you to get an instant quote on a sheet metal part. You can tweak the design to reduce cost and when you are ready it is easily converted to an order.
For the final leg of the meeting Steve Darcey from Progression technologies took us through a detailed discussion of file management.
|This Week in the SolidWorks User Group Network|
The flurry of activity continues in the SolidWorks User Group Network with eight meetings scheduled this week. Texas groups are leading the charge with meetings in Houston, San Antonio, and Corpus Christi.
San Antonio Celebrates 10 Years!!
TheSan Antonio SolidWorks User Groupwas formed in 2002 as a spin-off of the Central Texas SolidWorks User Group. SASUG (affectionately pronounced "sausage") will look back over the past ten years tonight with a special one hour retrospective presented by group leader Jim Lowery. I'm looking forward to being there as well.
SolidWorks User Groups will also meet this week in Denver, Kansas City, Seattle, Huntsville (AL), and Davenport (IA).
And some other stuff....
SWUGN Summit - Chicago is on the Calendar
The firstSWUGN Summitevent of 2013 will be held in Chicago on April 30th. The last Chicago event in 2010 set an attendance record for SWUGN Summitsnotheld in Minneapolis. Registrationis now open.
DS SolidWorks Executive Tours
Gian Paolo Bassi, DS SolidWorks VP of Research and Development kicks of the 2013 Executive tours with stops in St. Louis, Missouri and Evansville, Indiana later this month. DS SolidWorks executives will be attending meetings all over the world this year - check theSWUGN Calendarfor details.
There are 35 meetings currently on the SWUGN calendar, and one may be happening in your town. Use the SWUGN "Find a Group" page to find the local SolidWorks User Group chapter nearest you.
|February in the SolidWorks User Group Network|
February is always a big month for SolidWorks User Groups. Many of the group leaders have made their way back from SolidWorks World flush with new presentation ideas and a recap of the conference is always on the schedule. Here are some upcoming highlights for February.
Greater Cincinnati SolidWorks User Group - February 12th
Group leader Ed Scheid brought back a ton of info for his members, and snagged a nice venue as well - the folks at ITE, LLC will provide a brief presentation on the company before Ed dives in to his "What Happened at SolidWorks World" session. Josh Spencer of 3DVision rounds out the evening.
Other SolidWorks User Group meetings with SolidWorks World recaps - Mid-Atlantic Region Independent SolidWorks User Group (Feb. 12th), Central Alabama SolidWorks User Group (Feb. 12th), New Mexico SolidWorks User Group (Feb. 13th), Miami Valley SolidWorks User Group (Feb. 26th), Daytona Beach SolidWorks User Group (Feb. 26th), North Texas SolidWorks User Group (Feb. 28th), Yakima SolidWorks User Group (Feb. 29th).
The Twin Cities Tour
I don't know what possessed me to agree to a SolidWorks User Group meeting in Minneapolis this month. Maybe it was the way that Dan Podzimek asked..."How would you like to come to Minneapolis February 20th?"
I guess that's all it takes.
Since I'll be in the area anyway, it gives me a great opportunity to revisit the Southern Minnesota SolidWorks User Group on February 19th, and I get to visit the St. Croix Valley SolidWorks User Group for the first time on February 21st.
I'll round out my month at the North Texas SolidWorks User Group on February 28th, sharing the stage with Thomas Allsup as we report on what happened at SolidWorks World. I hope Christie can keep her opening remarks to a minimum.
All told there are 21 SolidWorks User Group meetings scheduled so far in February. For details and locations, visitwww.swugn.org
|The 2012 SWUGN Awards|
Please congratulate the winners of the 2012 SWUGN Awards!!
Michelle Pillers Community Award
Anna Wood - Phoenix Metro SolidWorks User Group
A long time member of the SolidWorks Community, Anna leads the Phoenix Metro SolidWorks User Group, is one of the top participants in the SolidWorks forums, and is owner/operator of RenderBay, LLC. Anna's passion for helping others is quite evident, and she is very deserving of the award.Anna on stage!
User Group of the Year
SolidWorks User Group of New York City
The largest city in the US (and one of my favorite cities in the world) was without a SolidWorks User Group until SWUGNYC was formed in February, 2011. Since then, the group has grown in size with each meeting, has scheduled some very unique presenters and presentations, and has become a premier user group. Group leader Matt Rohr is calm and laid back on the outside, but a ball of fire when it comes to SWUGNYC.
User Group Leader of the Year -Presented in Honor of Wayne Tiffany
Peter Fischer - Central Indiana SolidWorks User Group
Due in large part to the efforts of Peter, CISUG shattered attendance records in 2012 - not once, but twice. A quite, unassuming man, Peter puts a ton of energy into the user group, and his interaction with his members is a sight to see.
Congratulations to all of our SWUGN Award winners, and thank you to all of the user group leaders and officers that help make SWUGN the best user community in the CAD industry.
|Sunday at SolidWorks World|
Sunday at SolidWorks World just might be my favorite day. Most of the attendees are showing up today - long time veterans and rookies alike. The registration area is THE place to hang out on Sunday (at least until the CAD Managers Boot Camp), and the rotunda style lobby of the Dolphon hotel made for a nice place to meet and greet.
User Group Leaders John Matrishon and Brad Hakeman
The Texas Contingent - Sandy Meyer, Joe Lance, and Santiago Laverde Steve Calvert, Phil Sluder, Josh Tiffany, Michael Tiffany, and Peggy Franz
Sunday also means the CAD managers Boot Camp - 850 attendees signed up this year making it the fourth largest meeting at SolidWorks World (only the general sessions are larger). Here's a before shot - I was elsewhere when the Boot Camp got started.
These seats won't be empty for long
There are a lot of behind the scenes happenings on conference Sunday, but for me the day is one of meeting new friends, greeting old friends, and basking in the glow of what's coming up for the rest of the week.
Sal Lama, Tony Cantrell, and Rob Rodriguez - long time attendees all
On a side note - it looks like I will be getting a new phone. My boss saw this one on the table as we prepared for a meeting, and politely suggested that it was a bit outdated. Ya think?Sure, it's an old one, but it still works.
SolidWorks Helpdesk - I'll be in touch.