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June 2021 Update

June 2021 Update

Hello Summer…

It’s summer in Florida and it is hot!  Kids are out of school and the pool is feeling just right!  We are working hard to provide events over the summer and have some speakers lined up for later this year.  Looking forward to getting back to in person events.  We had a lunch last month and planning a happy hour next week for all of those ready to get out and be social again.  

We have our date for SQL Saturday but we are still working on the logistics.  If you have a location that can be donated for our event, please let us know.  

We have officially started a volunteer group!  Thank you to those who have stepped up and set aside some time to help the group.  Volunteering is a selfless act that requires intention and dedication.  It’s not always easy with our schedules and we greatly appreciate those who have reached out!  This volunteer group will be focused on our lunch committee and our social media presence.  We can always use more volunteers so if you are interested, please let us know.


  • Our next meetup is June 16th, 2021 for a happy hour in Winter Garden.  I will confirm the location after today.  Here is the link to RSVP for Meetup .  In order to have an accurate number for the venue, please update your rsvp if you will not make it.
  • July 2021 – Lunch Meetup in Kissimmee – TBD
  • Aug 2021 – virtual meetup – TBD

Red-Gate PASS

Red-Gate announces Data Community Summit on November 8-12, 2021 will be virtual and free!  If you would like to speak the call for speakers ends on 6/17/2021 at 11:59 PM PST.  Here are the links:

Submit Proposal:

Register for event:

Look for a Survey Soon…Again…Again

We finally had time to review a survey platform and gather the questions, please be on the look out for a link via meetup email very soon.  We swear this time! 😉

Pay It Forward


Our next pay it forward discussion/interview will be with Kendal VanDyke.  We will keep you posted on the date of this because you will not want to miss his story.

Show us the data!

I really, really, really want to but can’t! See… pre-pandemic, we all used to meet, see and enjoy a social time on a quarterly basis. We would sit and enjoy dinner, talk about families, work, etc. We could read body language data. We could see the smiles on your faces. We could feel real joy and know everyone was helping each other. Then COVID hits and we are all immediately thrown into the introvert mental state, forcibly. What? I have to talk on camera? If it was hard to show up before, it made it even more difficult to show up virtually. I can honestly say that our group has definitely changed over the course of the last year. We are looking forward to the vaccine numbers to rise, so life can get back to normal!

We are planning for the future goals of our group and we want to gather data to show what works best for you and for us! We want to continue to provide value to the community, grow our membership, and help others.

We did some research on some survey companies and found the best fit for us is They have a non-profit option, which is great for our group! The questions were really easy to set up, edit, and move around and hope to see lots of great data to report back to you all!

Please be on the lookout for the survey!


May 2021 Update

How is May already?
I can’t believe it’s almost May already!  Pretty soon the kids will be getting out of school, vacations will be planned, oh wait… is covid over?  Seems like things are starting to turn towards a normal life and it’s getting better by the day.  Because of the busy season with families, we will likely meetup again over the summer for at least one more presentation.

Meetings This Month
Don’t forget to register and learn about being a volunteer or just join the discussion:
In June we look forward to something new and on the other side of town, a happy hour in Winter Garden.  Sign up so we can establish the best place to meet up:
There are also several other groups hosting events.  Check them out here:

Got a data joke?
Share your joke with us on slack channel:
Monthly Update

February 2021 Update

Honoring Gareth

We would like to honor Gareth’s memory by doing something annually in the community.  We can discuss some different options in our February meetup. Here are a few ideas we have thought of and we are certainly open to others, so please bring them up during our discussion.

  • An Annual 5K to raise money
  • An award to a community member representing Gareth’s great personality of kindness & helpfulness


  • Our next meetup will be Wednesday, February 17th via Zoom.  Bradley Ball will be our speaker and we will interview him on paying it forward to the community as part of our “pay it forward” campaign in 2021.  He will be speaking about Azure Synapse.  You can register for the meetup here:  February Meetup
  • We will also be hosting a virtual lunch the same day (busy day) where we can all catch up!  RSVP for the lunch:  February – SQL Orlando Virtual Lunch
  • Tuesday, March 16th – we will have Deepthi back for a St. Patti’s day themed Index session.
  • First week of March we will likely have a vendor sponsored lunch n learn to talk about a data product.  

Red-Gate takes over PASS assets

This is great news!  SQL Saturday and Summit will stay alive for all of us that love these times of year!  If you want to read more about it, please read Steve Jones’ post here: RedGate Takes Over PASS Assets  Make sure to sign up for updates on PASS events at SQL Saturday Site.

Look for a Survey Soon…Again

Last month we mentioned this, but life happened and the survey obviously did not.  We will try again this month to send out a survey post meetup to see where we can improve.  

Pay It Forward

As mentioned in the January meeting, we would like to share with the new and older members of the group how PASS and SQL Meetups or any meetups has helped in their career or personal life.  If you are willing to share or be interviewed please do not hesitate to reach out to us.  Sharing is caring and we are never alone in our journey to success.  

Another way to Pay It Forward is to speak for our group!  Teach a 101.  Speak for 5 to 60 minutes on a topic.  It can be a 100 or 500 level.  The point is to just start somewhere.  I challenge you all to think about something that might help others to learn one new thing.  This is why we do these meetups!  We love to learn and connect!    One event we have promised for this year is a virtual beginners workshop to SQL.  We could definitely use some 100 level 20-60 minute talks about setting up a home environment to learn on your own.  This would be an excellent entry point for a new speaker!  (Just sayin…)    

Alright, so that is your February update for your SQL Orlando group!  We hope to see you all at the meetups this month or next.