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Midlands PASS January 2007 Meeting Minutes

January 4, 2007 Meeting Minutes:
Members in Attendance: 15
Next Meeting Date: February 1, 2007
Job Board:
I had a consulting firm contact me since they found out that there was now a PASS chapter in existence for the SC area. They wanted to know if we had plans to do a job board of some sort for South Carolina, Charlotte, etc. It seems there is some interest in that, so we will look into the logistics of such.
Officer Elections:
Andrew Abrams and Anne Southerland handled the officer elections. Here are the Midlands PASS Officers for 2007:
President: Brian Kelley
Vice-President: Scott Klein
Director of Communications: Brian Kelley
Director of Membership: Mark Melichar
Treasurer: Ben DeBow
Given that we're all busy folks, Andrew Abrams proposed the idea of seconds. If you're interested in helping any of the officers, contact them directly. We're too small a chapter to have formal committees, but one or two folks helping each of the officers means we'll be able to get a lot more accomplished. Also, if you think you might be interested in a position for the next year, it's a good chance to see what's involved before throwing your name in to the nomination ring.
Presentations for the 2007 PASS Summit:
Ben DeBow announced that it's time to think about presentations for the PASS Summit this year. If you are interested in presenting at the premier event for SQL Server, it'll be held this year in Denver, Colorado, from September 18-21.
Tools Discussion:
We had another discussion on Tools that was initiated by Bobby Dimmick. Red Gate is about to release SQL Prompt version 3, but the beta is available as a free download. It seems to be much improved over the previous versions from the folks who have used it. Apex SQL has new versions of its software coming out. Also, we have some folks who have used both Foglight and Spotlight on SQL Server from Quest with good results. Also, a couple of folks are interested in the Capacity Manager from Quest.
Membership Fee for Chapter Members:
Anne Southerland tried to become a PASS member at the web site (http://www.sqlpass.org) but could only get the full member price as an option. I remember having a similar problem for the MCP rate when I renewed last year. I have sent an email to PASS HQ to determine if there's something we need to do to take advantage of the reduced rate for membership.
We will begin having speakers starting with the February meeting. We want to have a mix of both local chapter members and outside speakers for our meetings. One of the reasons for having a PASS Chapter is to give local chapter members the chance to show their expertise and help others. Therefore, if you are interested in speaking, please let me know. If you don't have a particular topic that you want to speak on but would like the opportunity to present, we can discuss and find something that's a fit for you. If you want to do just a short presentation and not a full talk, we can group several short presentations together, so that's an option, too.
Also, so that we try and target outside speakers to the interests of our chapter members, if there are areas of interest that you'd really like to hear more about it, let me know. For instance, if your focus is performance tuning, we'll see about trying to get some performance tuning gurus in. If your interest is in the CLR for SQL Server 2005, we'll inquire about speakers in that area. Basically, we want our outside speakers to be of interest and benefit to our local chapter.
Sponsorship and Local Dues:
Given that we're a user group centered around SQL Server, that gives vendors a good idea of the kinds of things we're involved in and the types of jobs and positions we'd be interested in. In the next couple of months we'll be working to get sponsorships both from vendors who are SQL Server oriented (or have tools in the SQL Server space) as well as consulting and training firms in the area. At this point we have no plans to charge local dues. If we get enough sponsorship, we can perhaps reach out to some speakers from outside the local region who we're really interested in hearing from, etc. Otherwise, to gain access to such resources we may have to charge local dues like some local organizations do (such as the PMI chapter and the ISACA chapter here in Columbia, SC).

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