This seems like as good a time to start a blog as any, as I feel like 2018 is the year I start giving back to this community. I’ve been a member of PASS since the first year I went to Summit in 2013 and I’ve learned a lot from the members of PASS. The pathways to learning have been varied, but I have really benefited from presentations, blog posts, hallway track, and even twitter. I wanted to give back, but was not prepared to take on more commitments until recently. My kids are getting older and lately don’t need their mommy quite like they used to.
At last Summit I committed to organizing a SQL Saturday for my area for early March. When I was preparing for it I realized I was too out of the loop with regard to my local tech scene. Over the last couple years the local user group had dried up and I wasn’t getting out and meeting people. So I became the leader of the local defunct user group and as soon as SQL Saturday was over I secured a venue and started setting up meetings for the local user group.
Our first meeting was a meet and greet to gauge interest. A dozen people came and they were enthusiastic and contributed ideas. The next month I presented a session and again the attendees were engaged. I have speakers lined up until summer break and plan to have at least 3 meetings in the fall.
Did you notice in the previous paragraph that *I* presented a session? You may not be aware that that was a significant statement. I had not done that before. The even more significant part is that I did it AGAIN last weekend at SQL Saturday in Edmonton. I plan to work at giving more presentations, by developing another session to present locally in the fall and by submitting to more events.
I’m also an organizer for the Professional Development virtual chapter. We just hosted a presentation and have two more in the pipe. You can expect life from that group again.