FACUG Spring Conference 2006


By Mary Sheridan, Member at Large, Tampa PC Users Group



The twelfth annual FACUG spring conference is scheduled for March 3rd, 4th and 5th at the Kissimmee Civic Center in Kissimmee, Florida. As President of FACUG, I will have the responsibility of coordinating many of the activities for the conference. Iíve been amazed at all that needs to be done.


The roundtables are held in meeting rooms at the convention center, and each room needs to have whatever equipment that the roundtable facilitator might need for the session. Last year there were several tech sessions, and Iím hoping to have some this year as well.


The caterer last year was Golden Corral, and I hope I will be able to have them again this year. Itís a bit of a Catch 22 because some of the vendors pay for meals or pay for part of a meal and this means that the caterer canít just be contracted by one person. It becomes a ballet of getting all the parties moving in the same direction. The FACUG will pay for anything that the vendors do not sponsor, but the conference should be at least a ďbreak evenĒ proposition and that means the more FACUG funds, the less money there is for future conferences.


The vendors change from year to year, so itís hard to say what products will be represented. I have contacted all the vendors from last year and others are working on getting donated door prizes.


We will have a newsletter contest and a home page contest again this year. Letters in the form of emails have gone out to the user groups.


I have contacted the people responsible for working last yearís registration for the conference, and Iím hoping to be able to count on them again. Some of the volunteers have done the registrations for many years, and they know much more than I do about what needs to be done.


This is just a tiny slice of what goes into the FACUG spring conference, and from what Iíve heard in the past, it is well worth the effort. Groups are able to leave the conference with a renewed sense of direction for the individual groups. Better ways to manage each organization, increase membership and please the existing membership are found at the conference and returned to the user groups by the attendees.


Letís make 2006 the best conference ever! Further information can be found at http://www.facug.org. u