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Have you ever thought about our MacGroup-Detroit meetings?

 

I do. I certainly think about them every week as I prepare my weekly blog post for MacNews, MacGroup-Detroit’s eNews format. But, there is more than that.


There’s a lot that goes on at our meetings, especially before the meetings even start. Actually, the meeting itself is a culmination of events, behind and in front of the scene. 


Member-volunteers help unpack the car, set up the venue, make sure there are no hazards to trip over, and man the sign in table for our many incoming members and guests.

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There are member-volunteers who take photographs and who man the video camera for our meetings, which are available for free on iTunes. And member-volunteers bring in items to give away.

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There are the member-volunteers who help out other members with questions an hour before the meeting even starts; whether the questions be of software, hardware, how to, or any other concerns. Here I am with a member answering questions and giving advice about iPhoto, Bridge and Photoshop. Once the meeting starts, there’s a question and answer session for members as well, so that everyone can have an opportunity to chime in with an answer. These two sessions alone have solved many an issue.

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You can see that we get a full house even in the dead of winter. One lucky new member received a prize. We have raffles and auctions, and we have some of the greatest prizes! After the meeting we have to break down the venue and pack the car up and go.

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Where do we go? We go out to dinner together after the meeting.

Aside from loving what we do, our member-volunteers are immensely dedicated to our Group and work very hard to make sure that it runs smoothly.


What I think about the most when I think about MacGroup-Detroit is what great friends it has brought me. Even I need help with various issues of hardware, software, repair, being stumped on an issue, you name it. My friends at MacGroup-Detroit have become friends outside of MacGroup-Detroit and have helped me many times; and I am eternally grateful. Their help is invaluable, but moreso are their friendships.


So, any Day in the Life and out, of being a MacGroup-Detroit member never passes by without me being thankful for my lifelong friends. 


A friend of mine from Chilé sent me an email after the recent earthquake to let me know that he and his family were not hurt and are in good condition, considering. Claudio also ended the message with this: “Freely translating from what my mother used to tell us when I was a child, nothing that can be healed with money is really important.”


Thank you Terry, Mary, Joe, Brian, Charlotte, Phyllis, Jack, Yvonne, Jim, Bruce, Cal, Dave, Shirley, Louis. You're the best!

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  • Audrey

    As a new member (joined in Oct ’09) I have actually thought about the group. Over the last several months I have been watching and admiring the way the group functions. I have to say I am in awe of all the different things (genius table, sign in, raffle, video, etc) that go on (usually very smoothly and efficiently) each month. I am also struck by how much people really, really enjoy the meetings and each other.

    So, FWIW, all the efforts of those in front and behind the scenes make for a very warm, wonderful environment and I’m very glad I decided to join.

    Sidenote: I’d be more than happy to volunteer my time to help the group in any way that I can. I just wasn’t sure how to go about doing that.

  • Gary McDonald

    Chita,

    I may visit one of the meetings. I provide ERP services for clients across the country and take my Mac everywhere I go. I get the usual blank stares when I say I have no problem accessing their PC world. Good Luck.

  • Chita

    Audrey, Glad to hear that your membership was well worth it.
    As far as volunteering to help out, just approach any of us and maybe we can see what needs to be done. A helping hand is always welcome. 🙂

    Gary,
    We’d be happy to have you come to a meeting, and share your across the country experiences. 🙂

  • Audrey

    Will do Chita. Thanks!