Andrew Connell

Jacksonville Office Geeks: Next Meeting and 2009 Plans

Wanted to pass a little note about the Jacksonville Office Geeks group along the lines of our next meeting as well as plans for the rest of 2009 (and possibly further into the future). First, we're lucky to have the big time SharePoint blogger & twitter personality, the MossLover, or Becky Isserman, coming in from Kansas City to present for our February Meeting (no meeting in January). The meeting is on February 19th, 2009 from 6p-8p... you can RSVP and get more info here: https://www.clicktoattend.com/invitation.aspx?code=132889. I'll also bring lots of cool swag like t-shirts & books to give away! No one will go home empty handed! Second, let me talk a bit about our plans for JOG going forward after the February meeting. When John Holliday and I started this up, the idea was to create a good sized community in NE Florida and for the community to step up and speak. Unfortunately we've struggled to get people other than the two of us to present (with the isolated occurrence like we'll be fortunate to have in February [thanks Becky!!!]) for such a small group. This presents quite a logistical challenge for two consultants to spend a good big to...

Wanted to pass a little note about the Jacksonville Office Geeks group along the lines of our next meeting as well as plans for the rest of 2009 (and possibly further into the future).

First, we’re lucky to have the big time SharePoint blogger & twitter personality, the MossLover , or Becky Isserman , coming in from Kansas City to present for our February Meeting (no meeting in January). The meeting is on February 19th, 2009 from 6p-8p… you can RSVP and get more info here: https://www.clicktoattend.com/invitation.aspx?code=132889 . I’ll also bring lots of cool swag like t-shirts & books to give away! No one will go home empty handed!

Second, let me talk a bit about our plans for JOG going forward after the February meeting. When John Holliday and I started this up, the idea was to create a good sized community in NE Florida and for the community to step up and speak. Unfortunately we’ve struggled to get people other than the two of us to present (with the isolated occurrence like we’ll be fortunate to have in February [thanks Becky!!!]) for such a small group. This presents quite a logistical challenge for two consultants to spend a good big to time on the road.

So, after trying numerous things in 2008, we’re going with a new approach: after our February meeting, we’ll fold the JOG back into the Jacksonville Developer User Group ( www.jaxdug.com ) which has monthly meetings. We’ll still make sure there’s SharePoint content in the JAXDUG meetings… there just doesn’t seem to be the demand for a self-sustaining SharePoint/Office group right now, but we’ll leave the option out there to split it back out again in the future.

What does this mean? We’ll keep the www.jacksonvilleofficegeeks.org site up and continue to post meeting announcements and other SharePoint/Office news for NE Florida, but I’ll be making changes to it after our February meeting to reflect more of a community than a specialized user group.

Andrew Connell
Developer & Chief Course Artisan, Voitanos LLC. | Microsoft MVP
Written by Andrew Connell

Andrew Connell is a web developer with a focus on Microsoft Azure & Microsoft 365. He’s received Microsoft’s MVP award every year since 2005 and has helped thousands of developers through the various courses he’s authored & taught. Andrew’s the founder of Voitanos and is dedicated to delivering industry-leading on-demand video training to professional developers. He lives with his wife & two kids in Florida.