Apple User Group Bulletin - May 17, 2021


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Apple User Group Bulletin - May 17, 2021

While many user group leaders have missed getting together with friends in the user group community since the last Macworld, it has been harder than ever to get together over the last year. So, when leaders responded to the April survey, it was truly wonderful to hear from long-time and much loved groups. Thanks much to the leaders who responded. Each name brought a fond memory (in some cases many, many fond memories), a smile on this side of the screen, and a reminder that the user group community is both vibrant and caring.

What were the results? Groups are amazingly responsive and flexible. While most (75%) met-face-to-face prior to the pandemic, many moved seamlessly to other ways of staying connected (Okay, for some it was not that seamless, but they saw success.)

Better yet, as groups look ahead to a post-pandemic world they are looking at multiple formats as a way of building and retaining membership while staying in touch with each other. Some groups are moving to hybrid formats, and some have even built new partnerships with other groups during the pandemic.

Did they have advice? Of course! And, they offered insights regarding how they make decisions about where, when, and how to meet.

Check out this month's blog articles to see the survey's results.

(Thanks to Curt B. for the idea for the survey.)

Stories in this month's blog:

- Thanks times ten to the groups that participated in the Community Survey
- Groups pre-pandemic and looking ahead
- Tom Piper Reports: AWUGU: Sharing Between Groups
- Meeting Ideas: Virtual Sessions with ASL and VoiceOver & How to Use Live Listen
- Meeting Idea: Global Accessibility Awareness with Apple Support
- Factors that go into deciding when and how groups meet
- User Group Guidance from User Group Leaders
- KansasFest 2021: 16-Bit Virtual Edition
- Meeting Ideas: Clips, iPadOS 14, and iPad - Then and Now
- News to Use: NMUG 2021 Classes
- Ongoing Offers for User Group Members:

Special Offer – Free Lessons for Apple User Groups from Dan’s Tutorials
Special Offer – Eve Products: 25% Discount – Updated
Special Offer – TechTool Pro: 50% Discount
Special Offer – AgileBits 1Password 7: 25% Discount
Special Offer – MacCleanse 8 Software: 20% Discount
Special Offer - EverWeb by RAGE Software: 50% Discount
Special Offer - Opus ][ Complete Collection: 25% Discount
Special Offer - Que Publishing Products: 35-45% Discount
Special Offer - Take Control Books: 30% Discount on All eBooks
Special Offer - Teams ID, a Password Manager for Teams: 33% Discount
Special Offer - TidBITS Content Network for Apple professionals: Get a free month of tips and

- Offers for User Group Leaders:

Leader Special Offer – MacCleanse 8 Software: Leader Offer
Leader Special Offer - Apparent Software: Leader Offer
Leader Special Offer - Gumdrop Cases for Review
Leader Special Offer - EverWeb by RAGE Software: Free to Apple User Group
Leader Special Offer - Nisus Writer Pro: Free for Apple User Group Leaders

Thanks to Elsa Travisano, who provides member offers and codes on one easy-to-cut-and-paste page for newsletter editors:

Password for member offers ugmemberdeals (UG Member Deals - all one word):

04/13/2020 to 10/18/2021 -- ugmemberdeals

Alternate Link for groups outside of the US (use the same password - ugmemberdeals):

Leaders can use the same password for leader offers. Please remember that leader offers are limited to one per group.

Saundra Foderick, Editor
Tom Piper, Vendor Coordinator and AWUGU Moderator
Rick Ortiz and Elsa Travisano, Webmasters
Elsa Travisano, Offers Editor
Trish Huffman, Offers Editor

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