We regret to have to start with a profuse apology. Many of you will have noticed
that the public website, leader portal and hosted SharePoint sites were up and down
very recently for several days. The majority of things are now working again and
the technical team is working very hard to keep it that way. They are also working
diligently to clean up any remaining issues. If you experience a problem please
email firstname.lastname@example.org and cc email@example.com.
The technical team worked around the clock with assistance from Microsoft to resolve the problems. The technical team will be working towards some preventative measures to mitigate any similar incident in the future.
We are very pleased to announce that all of the Regional Boards are now in place and the bios for each of the members will be available very soon via www.culminis.com/BOD. Next to each Regional Chair you will see a link that takes you to a page for that Regional Board. This has been a fairly lengthy and necessarily careful process and is a critical step for the volunteer version of Culminis to move forward. Each Regional Chair will be working closely with the corresponding Microsoft Regional Lead to support both the UG leaders and the community as a whole. If you are not familiar with your Microsoft Regional Lead they are listed below.
Please feel free to contact both your Regional Chair and Regional Lead. In addition, please feel free to contact the Culminis Global Board Vice-Chair and Director of Communications (Graham Jones â€“ firstname.lastname@example.org) at any time with issues or suggestions.
Proposals are now being accepted for Birds-of-a-Feather (BOF) sessions for the Microsoft
TechEd conference in Los Angeles, CA May 11-15, 2009. BOF sessions are open discussion
topics of mutual interest to TechEd attendees. They give developers and IT Professionals
the opportunity to meet with people who have similar interests and challenges in
an open forum environment that promotes discussion and interaction. Anyone attending
TechEd who is willing to moderate a discussion is encouraged to enter a BOF topic,
see BOF Submission Information.
Microsoft Press is celebrating its 25th anniversary with a free e-book offer. Read
your Microsoft Press Book Connection Newsletter for notification of offers, and
to register and download the selection each month.
Written by industry expert Mitch Tulloch with the Microsoft Virtualization Teams,
Understanding Microsoft Virtualization Solutions will teach you about the benefits
of the latest virtualization technologies and how to plan, implement, and manage
virtual infrastructure solutions. The technologies covered include: Windows Server
2008 Hyper-V, System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2009, Microsoft Application
Virtualization 4.5, Microsoft Enterprise Desktop Virtualization, and Microsoft Virtual
Desktop Infrastructure. Register to download the e-book, and sign up for the Microsoft
Press Book Connection newsletter which provides news about upcoming releases and
other special offers.
From a humble beginning in 1924 Toastmasters International has grown to become a
world leader in helping people become more competent and comfortable in front of
an audience. The nonprofit organization now has nearly 235,000 members in 11,700
clubs in 92 countries, offering a proven, and enjoyable, way to practice and hone
communication and leadership skills.
One of the key success factors behind a thriving User Group and successfully running
dynamic meetings is the ability to have experts speak in an informative and engaging
manner on topics they are interested in. Although there are many who present and
are either technical wizards or engaging speakers, there are far fewer who are both!
Quite apart from the obvious benefits good speakers have to your meetings, the ability
for them to present well and to get their ideas across is a critical skill, especially
in today's economy.
The Toastmasters program is a convenient, supportive, interactive and inexpensive
way to help improve presentation skills and increase leadership potential by helping
participants to communicate more effectively. The program uses time-tested methods
in a self-paced curriculum. As participants progress in the program, they receive
constructive evaluations from their peers to assist them in becoming a more effective
speaker and leader to a broader audience as well as more select audiences, such
as your user group.
Working together with Culminis, INETA, Microsoft and PASS, Toastmasters have identified
a number of ways in which they can assist you:
If you would like to pursue any of these options, please contact their Corporate
Relations department in order to assist you in starting a club or finding a club
near you. They look forward to hearing from you soon!
Corporate Relations Department
Although we cannot provide final details at the moment there are some exciting new
benefits for Culminis member organizations coming very soon. As soon as we have
the details they will be communicated to you.
Immediately prior to October 1st, 2008, when Culminis was transitioned to a volunteer
organization, the traffic and comment submissions to The VOICE were beginning to
grow in a very encouraging fashion. During this transition we have noticed that
the use of The VOICE has fallen off substantially so we are, once again, encouraging
you to make active use of The VOICE. The BLOG-like facility is an excellent tool
put in place by the previous organization to communicate with both Culminis and
your colleagues in the community. We strongly urge you to pick up where you left
off and begin to use The VOICE again, and fulfill its purpose. Visit The VOICE at
We appreciate your understanding and thoughtful patience as we continue our efforts
to put the volunteer Culminis on a stable and efficient footing in order to best
serve our members’ needs. Only through your feedback and suggestions can we gauge
how we are doing. So please keep your input coming.
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