I was part of the local user group in San Francisco for a lot of years.
We had to fold the group. We had a limited amount of people that
volunteered.
The other factor was not being able to generate enough people to make
it into San Francisco's IBM office for any meeting and presentations.



"Paul Nelson" <nelsonp@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> 1/7/2013 1:04 PM >>>
The local user group in the San Francisco folded a number of years ago
also.
It was truly a shame, because there are still lots of shops there
running on
the Rochester based platform.

When I moved to Texas 5 1/2 years ago, there was an effort to get a
group
started in the San Antonio area. When we inquired of IBM as to the
availability of getting a liaison assigned to assist us, we were told
that
we could use somebody in Dallas. Our next question was to ask if that
person
would be allowed a travel budget to come to San Antonio for one or two
meetings a month.

The question remains unanswered, 5 years hence.

Paul Nelson
Cell 708-670-6978
Office 512-392-2577
nelsonp@xxxxxxxxxxxxx

-----Original Message-----
From: midrange-l-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxx
[mailto:midrange-l-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Matt Olson
Sent: Monday, January 07, 2013 2:53 PM
To: Midrange Systems Technical Discussion
Subject: RE: COMMON Virtual Conference

I wouldn't be so sure about that. Read this from 2009:
http://itknowledgeexchange.techtarget.com/iseries/common-board-reveals-finan
cial-situation-at-meeting-of-members/

And then read this to further re-iterate the point:
http://www.itjungle.com/tfh/tfh102708-story08.html

-----Original Message-----
From: rob@xxxxxxxxx [mailto:rob@xxxxxxxxx]
Sent: Monday, January 07, 2013 2:43 PM
To: Midrange Systems Technical Discussion
Subject: Re: COMMON Virtual Conference

Actually there are a ton of sponsors for this so I'm pretty sure
COMMON's
expenses (and then some) are more than adequately covered.


Rob Berendt




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