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End of Year Review

Looking Back at 2019

I think it’s always a good thing to think about how we did in the context of our mission statement:

This corporation exists to further the career development of students and information technology professionals in Orlando and surrounding areas that are interested in or working with SQL Server and related or complimentary technologies and applications.

Here’s what we did to pursue that mission:

  • Organized our annual SQLSaturday, providing a full day of free training to more than 300 attendees (and that training was provided by more than 50 volunteer speakers!)
  • Hosted four quarterly meetups
  • Organized seven lunches across the Orlando area
  • Brought in all day classes on SQL Performing Tuning and PowerBI, plus half day classes on AWS and SQLGrease

In the next couple of weeks we’ll publish our plan for 2020, building on what we did in 2019 and looking for more things to try, more ways to reach people.

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Meetups

Summary of the Lunch Meetup on January 20, 2019

We had 17 register and 8 attend our first lunch meetup of the year at Fuzzy’s Tacos. It was fun and we had some great conversations! Note for next time that we need a “SQLOrlando” sign for the table, though we found each other without issue.

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Meetups

Summary of the December 2018 Meetup

We had 44 RSVP and 19 attend our December meeting. Franklin Yamamoto presented on performance tuning (and sponsored the meeting on behalf of SQLGrease.com) and William Durkin did a remote presentation on DBATools.io. We changed it up from our usual pizza and had a full holiday meal of turkey and stuffing. 

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Meetups

SQLOrlando Lunch in Lake Mary on February 12, 2019

We’ve scheduled a second lunch for 2019, this one in Lake Mary on February 12. More details at https://www.meetup.com/SQLOrlando/events/256866726/.

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News

Merging oPASS into SQLOrlando

As we look more at what works best for us here in Orlando we’ve decided to merge the original oPASS group/meetup into SQLOrlando. We’ll be closing down the Orlando meetup group after inviting those members to join the SQLOrlando meetup group. We’ve also updated the group home page to reflect the change. For Q1 we’ll have a lunch meeting in Lake Mary (where oPASS was focused) and talk more about how to effectively serve a community that is so dispersed across the greater Orlando area.

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Meetups

First SQLOrlando Lunch Scheduled For January 20, 2018

We’re starting the new year with a informal lunch in downtown Orlando at Fuzzys Tacos. More details at https://www.meetup.com/SQLOrlando/events/256671739/.

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Governance

Minutes of the Board Meeting Held August 19, 2017

The initial meeting of the Board of Directors was held on August 19, 2017 and the minutes of that meeting were approved at the Board meeting held on October 24, 2018.

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Meetups

Next SQLOrlando Meetup is December 5, 2018

Our final meetup of 2018 will be on December 5. The meeting will be a combination of a technical presentation (TBA!) and an informal holiday dinner. Details on Meetup at https://www.meetup.com/SQLOrlando/events/254916787/.

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SQLSaturday

SQLSaturday Orlando 2018 Recap

On October 6th we hosted our 12th annual SQLSatuday on the Lake Mary campus of Seminole State College. This year we had more than 30 speakers volunteer their time to train more than 250 attendees. We also had more than 100 students attend our half day “Student to IT Pro” seminar, our best ever attendance for that event.

Looking to next year, we hope to organize our lucky 13th SQLSaturday on October 12, 2019.

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Meetups

SQLOrlando Meetup on Sep 20, 2018

We had our second meetup of the year on September 20th. Dale Sullenberger delivered a great presentation on temporal tables. Quest was our sponsor (thanks for the food!) and Dale was also able to give a great demo of Spotlight as he currently uses it at work.

We tried a different format this time, a lot more conversation and only one technical topic instead of two. Feedback from attendees was that they preferred this format – more interaction. We’ll continue to experiment with formats going forward, but making time for relationship building remains a key goal of our meetups.