Happy new year!
With the new year, I'm introducing a small policy change to encourage meeting attendance. Unless and until otherwise noted, the following will hold true for all future raffles (not for smaller swag given away, as we tend to have enough to go around):
We will no longer simply give away the semiannual software raffle gift (up to $2,100) to a raffle winner who happens to show up on the right night. Instead, raffle tickets will be cumulative over the course of 6 months, and a winner will be drawn at the June meeting and the November/December meeting. You must be present to collect raffle tickets. We are occasionally able to stream presentations live via Adobe Connect, but in order to be eligible for raffle tickets for that meeting, you must be physically present. You do not have to be present at the time of the drawing to win (I will contact you). The purpose of these changes is to encourage as much participation as possible, not participation at specific times of the year. You can earn multiple chances to win by doing any or all of the following:
- 1 ticket:
- Come to a meeting
- Review a relevant book on this blog
- 2 tickets:
- Bring someone new to a meeting
- Present something
- A development topic (30-60 minutes)
- A book review (5-10 minutes)
- A post-conference review, or something along those lines
- Anything else that you and I agree on (contact me and we can discuss it)
What's this about book reviews? Well, several publishing companies are willing to send us "review copies" of books in exchange for reviews. We get the books for free, and in return they expect a brief, fair review to be posted online or shared with the group. What publishers and what books? Check out the sponsors page. (They all also offer discounts if you just want to buy, but not review.) As an added benefit, if you like, you can either keep or raffle off the book after your review. If you would like to get a review copy of a book, please contact me.
I hope you'll agree that these changes should encourage and reward attendance and participation. If you have any other ideas to accomplish these same goals, I would love to hear them.