May 2008 Meeting TONIGHT!!

The May 2008 Meeting is tonight!  This will be a meeting you don’t want to miss.  Along with our previously announced presentation we will hold Officer Elections.  Each position requires a self nomination.  If more than one person runs for a position the winner will be determined through online voting.  Below is a summary of the four positions along with a brief description.


Responsible for scheduling, coordinating, and running User Group meetings.  Responsible for group website and any related user forums.  Maintains user contact database.  (President’s note – I have and continue to enjoy serving as your User Group President.  I am more than happy to continue in this role and will be running for the position again.  I believe in open elections for ALL positions which includes this one.)

Vice President

Assist President in planning, coordinating, and running User Group events.  Responsible for running User Group meetings in the event the President is unable to attend.  Represents NASWUG if needed in local SolidWorks related events.

First Secretary

Primary responsibility is to take meeting minutes for all NASWUG meetings.  Assist in greeting new members to the group at meetings.

Second Secretary

Assists First Secretary in taking meeting minutes and serves as backup in the event the First Secretary cannot attend the meeting.  Also greets new members to the group at meetings.

NASWUG Advisory Board

Consists of the four NASWUG officers plus two volunteers.  Meets once every two months to discuss meeting topics and ways to improve the User Group.  We will take names of members interested in this position.  Final selection of the two volunteers will fall to the NASWUG officers.  One of the first topics of the Advisory Board will be getting more educational institutions involved in the User Group.

Three Days to go till the May 2008 Meeting!

Here are a few additional items that we will be discussing during the May 2008 meeting this Thursday.

Officer Elections

We will be holding Officer Elections during the meeting.  We are going to try and make the process simple and fast.  Four positions will be up for election.  President, Vice-President, First Secretary, and Second Secretary.  The meeting floor will be open to nominations from attendees.  A member CAN nominate themselves for one of the four positions.  If more than one person is nominated for a particular position, the winner will be determined via online voting.  I am working on a list of “duties” for each position and will post them before the meeting on Thursday.  We will also be implementing a NASWUG Advisory Board.  I’ll have more on that later as well.

Stay tuned to the NASWUG site for all the latest news!

All NEW website!!

Welcome to the ALL NEW NASWUG website!  This new site offers additional features while keeping most of the features of the old site.  If you haven’t caught on yet, this new site offers more of a “Blog” feel to it.  You will now be able to leave comments on posts which includes meeting announcements, meeting notes, and other NASWUG related news items.

One of the major benefits of a site like this is the use of RSS feeds to stay up to date.  If you are not familiar with RSS you can add a feed to your favorite news reader (Netvibes, MyYahoo, Google Reader, Live Feed) that keeps you up to date will all posts to this site.  The RSS link is located towards the upper right corner of each page.

With this site myself and the other NASWUG officers will have better tools at our disposal to keep you up to date on all User Group happenings.  Check out the Downloads Page for links to some of the presentations and donated models from the previous site.  If you received a May 2008 meeting announcment, the RSVP link will take you to a page directing you to the new RSVP page.

NASWUG May 2008 Meeting Announcement

The North Alabama SolidWorks Users Group (NASWUG) is proud to announce our May 2008 meeting!  The meeting will be held on Thursday May 29, 2008 from 5:00pm to 7:30pm at the Dynetics Corporate Headquarters Building.

Matt Rece of SolidWorks Corporation will be on hand to show off an exciting new product called 3dvia Composer!  Matt is a Territory Technical Manager for SolidWorks products.

Dinner will be provided along with LOTS of Door Prizes to be given away at the end of the meeting.

RSVP for the event today by following the link below to sign up on our online registration form.

Don’t miss your opportunity to network with fellow SolidWorks users, gain valuable information, get free food, and pick up some cool prizes!