I'm headed back to Orlando after a quick trip to Charlotte. Flew in yesterday and spent some time with my friend Peter Shire and team (including Brooke!) of SQLSentry talking about all manner of stuff that comes up when you get some techies in a quiet room; business, user groups, their experiences at SQLSaturday in Orlando and the possibility of one in Charlotte, PASS, etc, etc. Peter is the current President of the Charlotte SQL group and has had some good experience rebuilding interest in the group after a bit of a slide (very common thing to happen). We headed over to the event about 5 pm, got a little bit of a late start, and then I did my usual presentation on Transactional Replication. Always a fun presentation. It's perhaps not as sexy as some topics, but it's fun to open the door to a new technology by showing attendees how straight forward it is to use. Had some good questions during the event and quite a few stayed after to talk more, including some guys from Mariner (though I did miss my friend Wayne Synder!).
Peter runs a good meeting, liked the way he handled the sponsor (in particular) and the raffle, and the speaker intro. Only suggestion I made was to give everyone name tags to make it a little easier to get to know each other. He's also been aggressive about soliciting non-local speakers, something I have not done and will try to work on - it doesn't hurt to ask.