SQLSaturday Round-Up (Apr. 13-20)

(This is Round 19 of PASS's weekly round-up of SQLSaturday recaps. PASS community bloggers love their SQLSaturdays, and they love to tell everyone about their experiences, so who are we not to share that love?)

This past weekend, PASS SQLSaturday crossed the Atlantic for its first taste of Europe. It's been a bit silent in the wake of SQLSaturday #78, Portugal - we imagine they're still recovering from the sheer awesomeness of the event. But fret not, because we still have lots of blog posts from the SQL community!

(Clearly, Porto Salvo is a solemn place fit for serious SQL training.)

For those of you on Twitter, follow @sqlpass and make sure to check out the #sqlsat and #sqlsaturday hashtags to stay up to date. Besides attendance at free learning events, there are many speaking and sponsorship opportunities available.

LAST WEEK IN SQLSATURDAY...

Hope Foley presented at SQLSaturday #68, Olympia

Mark Ginnebaugh attended SQLSaturday #73, Orange County

David Levy presented at SQLSaturday #67, Chicago

Tiago Salgado attended SQLSaturday #78, Portugal

+ David Stein helped organize SQLSaturday #63, Dallas

COMING UP IN SQLSATURDAY...

The next SQLSaturday takes place on April 30th in Jacksonville, FL. Stay tuned for more events this spring and summer - June's already looking pretty hot and new SQLSaturdays are added all the time.

IN OTHER NEWS...

SQLSaturday founders Steve Jones (blog post) and Andy Warren (blog post) have cooked up a new project to foster training within the SQL community. It's called The Mentoring Experiment and PASS Director Thomas LaRock is one of those excited about the idea

Want to attend or speak at a SQLSaturday? Check out the SQLSaturday website or "Upcoming In-Person Events" on the PASS Home page for upcoming dates near you.

Want to put on your own SQLSaturday? Click here to get started.

Board Unanimously Accepts Amended Bylaws

Dear PASS Members,


As I recently indicated in a post on this blog, PASS has made some amendments to its Bylaws. In that post, I provided a red-lined comparison between the old and new Bylaws. PASS Executive Vice President Bill Graziano also discussed the amendments to provide a more in-depth look at the planned changes.

Having given 30 days' notice as is required by the state of Illinois (where PASS is incorporated), the Board voted today to accept the amended Bylaws. The motion passed unanimously, with 14 "yes" votes, 0 "no" votes, and 0 abstentions.

The new Bylaws have been uploaded to the Governance page on the PASS website. Below the new Bylaws there is a link to download a copy of the old Bylaws, just in case you find a need for it. 

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me or Bill Graziano. Alternatively, you can post a comment below.


Regards,

Hannes Bezuidenhout
PASS HQ - Governance

 

 

SQLSaturday Round-Up (Apr. 6-13)

(This is Round 18 of PASS's weekly round-up of SQLSaturday recaps. PASS community bloggers love their SQLSaturdays, and they love to tell everyone about their experiences, so who are we not to share that love?)

This past weekend featured a SQLSaturday double dose straight from the West Coast.

Some lucky attendees got their free SQL training in serene Olympia, WA at SQLSaturday #68, Olympia. Other lucky attendees got their free SQL training near the sunny surf of Huntington Beach, CA at SQLSaturday #73, Orange County. Those of you with grouping skills - wait, that's probably everyone - will agree that there is a common factor here: lucky attendees!

Of course, luck really had nothing to do with it. The success of both events can be chalked up to the dedication of the volunteers hosting them and the eagerness of the close-knit SQL community to get together whenever there's half a chance.

(Actually, Huntington Beach turned out to be a little cloudy and chilly, but that doesn't mean this SQLSaturday wasn't SQLsizzling!)

For those of you on Twitter, follow @sqlpass and make sure to check out the #sqlsat and #sqlsaturday hashtags to stay up to date. Besides attendance at free learning events, there are many speaking and sponsorship opportunities available.

LAST WEEK IN SQLSATURDAY...

Ryan Adams helped organize SQLSaturday #63, Dallas

+ Robert L. Davis presented at SQLSaturday #68, Olympia

+ Arie Jones presented at SQLSaturday #68, Olympia

+ Steve Jones presented at SQLSaturday #63, Dallas

+ Clint Kuntz presented at SQLSaturday #73, Orange County

+ Karla Landrum was part of the leadership team for SQLSaturday #72, Honolulu

+ Chuck Lathrope presented at SQLSaturday #68, Olympia

+ Meredith Ryan-Smith presented at SQLSaturday #73, Orange County

+ Colin Smith presented at SQLSaturday #73, Orange County

+ David Stein presented at SQLSaturday #67, Chicago

+ Paul Turley presented at SQLSaturday #68, Olympia

+ Andy Warren attended SQLSaturday #63, Dallas

+ Reagan Williams presented at SQLSaturday #73, Orange County

COMING UP IN SQLSATURDAY...

Next up is SQLSaturday's first stop in Portugal, which is happening on April 15 - apparently they do Saturdays on a Friday over there! The other SQLSaturday in April is taking place on the 30th in Jacksonville, FL. Stay tuned for more events this spring and summer, though - June's already looking pretty hot and new SQLSaturdays are added all the time.

IN OTHER NEWS...

If you're a speaker, you know that it's sometimes tough to have to hear criticism after pouring your heart and soul into a presentation. Brent Ozar's also been there - he provides some tips on how to deal with criticism.

Finally, PASS Director and SQLSaturday co-founder Andy Warren recently blogged about changes being made to the SQLSaturday web infrastructure. The plan is to make things easier and more streamlined. Check out his post here.

Want to attend or speak at a SQLSaturday? Check out the SQLSaturday website or "Upcoming In-Person Events" on the PASS Home page for upcoming dates near you.

Want to put on your own SQLSaturday? Click here to get started.

Updates to the Governance Page - PASS Board Votes

Starting this month, PASS will be displaying all public votes of the Board of Directors prominently on the PASS Governance page.

This page is no longer gated, meaning you do not need to log in to view the information on that part of the site. If you are unfamiliar with the page, you may want to take a look around. You will find a detailed synopsis of PASS' financials, including charts and spreadsheets. You will also find records of all minutes going back to January 2009 (older copies available upon request), as well as high-level monthly reports of PASS activities.

To further highlight Board operations, a box has been added below the "Meeting Minutes" section on the left side of the page. This box, "Board Votes", will house monthly reports of all the decisions the Board reaches by means of official vote. There is a brief breakdown of the month's decisions at the top of the page. Below that, the detailed section of the report shows the motions that were made, who made them and in what venue (email, teleconference, or in-face), and how each Director voted on the issue at hand.

The first entry is March 2011. As the number next to the title indicates, only one motion was made in March. You can read the report by clicking here.

These changes are the result of discussions with various Board members, particularly Bill Graziano and Allen Kinsel. We hope this will further enhance transparency into the operations of PASS and its Board. If you have any questions or concerns, please email me or post a comment below.


Cheers!
Hannes Bezuidenhout
PASS HQ - Governance 

SQLSaturday Round-Up (Feb. 17-23)

(This is Round 13 of PASS's weekly round-up of SQLSaturday recaps. PASS community bloggers love their SQLSaturdays, and they love to tell everyone about their experiences, so who are we not to share that love?)

Last week, PASS SQLSaturday headed for the desert to bring free SQL training to the people of Phoenix.

As usual, the event's organizers did a stellar job! We're not even sure they should put the word "Phoenix" in the next event they hold there -- given the success of SQLSaturday #47, there won't be any ashes to rise from, just successes to build on.

(That is one mesmerizing night sky. Was this the after-party?)

For those of you on Twitter, follow @sqlpass and make sure to check out the #sqlsat and #sqlsaturday hashtags to stay up to date. Besides attendance at free learning events, there are many speaking and sponsorship opportunities available.

LAST WEEK IN SQLSATURDAY...

+ Colin Smith presented at SQLSaturday #47, Phoenix

+ Bill Ramos presented at SQLSaturday #47, Phoenix

COMING UP IN SQLSATURDAY...

This week SQLSaturday #65 stops in beautiful British Columbia, Canada, for the Vancouver get-together - if you're heading that way, make sure to say hi to all the PASS HQ team members stopping by! On Mar. 5, the City of Brotherly Love opens its arms wide for SQLSaturday #69, Philadelphia. And on Mar. 19, the event makes a pit-stop in Columbia, SC, for SQLSaturday #70.

IN OTHER NEWS...

Things are somewhat quiet on the SQLSaturday front this week. The organizers of SQLSaturday #67, Chicago, are planning a pre-conference session. Take a look! 

A hot topic of discussion this past week has centered around the question, "What Should PASS Be?" SQLSaturday is a key part of PASS's future vision - definitely some interesting points to be found here. Make sure to have your say!

Want to attend or speak at a SQLSaturday? Check out the SQLSaturday website or "Upcoming In-Person Events" on the PASS Home page for upcoming dates near you.

Want to put on your own SQLSaturday? Click here to get started.

Amendments to PASS Bylaws

Dear PASS Members,


There are certain governance housekeeping duties that all non-profit boards should perform on a consistent basis. One item that deserves regular review is an organization's bylaws. Bylaws should be clear and cohesive, and should reflect current organizational ideals and practices. Bylaws must also comply with any jurisdictional legal regulations - for PASS that means squaring all terms of its Bylaws with certain Illinois statutory requirements, as we are registered as a not-for-profit corporation in that state.

The last update to the PASS Bylaws occurred in June 2009. Since then, the organization has grown rapidly and has changed considerably, leaving that document somewhat outdated. As a result, keeping one eye on the present and another on the future, the PASS Board of Directors and I recently drafted a number of amendments to the Bylaws. 

The Board has decided to publish a red-lined version of the draft as part of its ongoing efforts to increase transparency into PASS operations. A number of Board members will also be blogging about these changes.

If you are interested in reviewing the proposed new Bylaws, you can do so by clicking on the appropriate links below:

Once finalized and approved by the Board of Directors, these Bylaws will be posted and accessible to all PASS members on the PASS Governance page (login required). If you have any questions of a legal or procedural nature related to these Bylaws, please email me or Bill Graziano. Comments are welcome until March 31, at which point the Board will vote to approve the new Bylaws.


Regards,

Hannes Bezuidenhout
PASS HQ - Governance

The Conversation: What Should PASS Be?

Recently, PASS Director Andy Warren blogged a challenge to the community: what do you think PASS should be?

A few bloggers have taken up Andy's challenge already, and we expect more to follow. We'll be collecting the responses here and updating this post regularly.

Please join the discussion! If you'd like to blog about it, we'd love that. Just let us know that you've blogged by commenting on this post or by sending us a quick message on Twitter (@sqlpass). You can also have your say directly on Twitter on the #sqlpass channel.

What Should PASS Be? The Community's Thoughts

Thanks once again for everyone's passion and dedication!

 

Cheers!
Hannes

SQLSaturday Round-Up (Feb. 10-16)

(This is Round 12 of PASS's weekly round-up of SQLSaturday recaps. PASS community bloggers love their SQLSaturdays, and they love to tell everyone about their experiences, so who are we not to share that love?)

Last week, PASS SQLSaturday trekked its way up the Rockies and braved the altitude for SQLSaturday #66 in Colorado Springs.

From the looks of things, it wasn't just the thin air making people giddy - the event was held at Mr. Biggs Fun Center, complete with arcades, putt-putt, laser tag, and even a go-kart track. With so many fun distractions, it's amazing any learning got done, but got done it sure did!

(We're pretty sure Mr. Biggs Fun Center is not in this picture, but don't quote us on that - we've been wrong before.)

For those of you on Twitter, follow @sqlpass and make sure to check out the #sqlsat and #sqlsaturday hashtags to stay up to date. Besides attendance at free learning events, there are many speaking and sponsorship opportunities available.

LAST WEEK IN SQLSATURDAY...

+ Doug Lane attended SQLSaturday #66, Colorado Springs

+ Kelly Martinez attended SQLSaturday #66, Colorado Springs

+ Rebecca Mitchell helped organize SQLSaturday #66, Colorado Springs

+ Jeremiah Peschka presented at SQLSaturday #60, Cleveland (and forgot to post his resources in a timely manner... tsk tsk)

+ Chris Shaw helped organize SQLSaturday #66, Colorado Springs

+ Nancy Hidy Wilson helped plan SQLSaturday #57 (and provides recaps of all the recaps for your recap convenience)

COMING UP IN SQLSATURDAY...

There's talk of PASS SQLSaturday exploring borders beyond the North American continent. However, for now, it's still all happening between the Pacific and the Atlantic. You know, the smaller chunk between the two oceans, not the bigger chunk. Is that confusing? Probably. But we digress.

This coming Saturday, those of you in Phoenix get your chance to experience SQLSaturday #47. On Feb. 26, SQLSaturday #65 stops in beautiful British Columbia, Canada, for the Vancouver get-together - if you're heading that way, make sure to say hi to all the PASS HQ team members stopping by! And on Mar. 5, the City of Brotherly Love opens its arms wide for SQLSaturday #69, Philadelphia.

IN OTHER NEWS...

Event organizers at SQLSaturday #60, Cleveland, drew a substantial number of responses to their speaker evaluation forms by connecting completed entries with prize draws - presenters Aaron Bertrand, Grant Fritchey, and Tom LaRock all discuss their ratings from the event.

Finally, continuing from last week's prompt for more people to consider speaking at events like SQLSaturday, presenter Mike Walsh provides some tips on how to get started. And wouldn't you know it? He also presented in Cleveland! Not to be outdone, he, too, posted his feedback for all to see. Looks like Mike's willing to listen just as much as he's willing to teach - another key feature of a good speaker.

Want to attend or speak at a SQLSaturday? Check out the SQLSaturday website or "Upcoming In-Person Events" on the PASS Home page for upcoming dates near you.

Want to put on your own SQLSaturday? Click here to get started.

SQLSaturday Round-Up (Feb. 3-9)

(This is Round 11 of PASS's weekly round-up of SQLSaturday recaps. PASS community bloggers love their SQLSaturdays, and they love to tell everyone about their experiences, so who are we not to share that love?)

PASS SQLSaturday continues to go from strength to strength. Several new events are either in the works or have already been officially announced.

Last weekend it was Cleveland's turn to host the party. According to Ian Hunter, Cleveland rocks - after this past Saturday, we're sure* he wrote the song in anticipation of SQLSaturday #60!

*Okay, maybe just pretty sure.

For those of you on Twitter, follow @sqlpass and make sure to check out the #sqlsat and #sqlsaturday hashtags to stay up to date. Besides attendance at free learning events, there are many speaking and sponsorship opportunities available.

LAST WEEK IN SQLSATURDAY...

Nancy Hidy helped organize SQLSaturday #57, Houston (and reflects on what she and her team could've done better)

Ryan Adams presented at SQLSaturday #57, Houston

Aaron Bertrand presented at SQLSaturday #60, Cleveland (and also made sure to put his presentation slide decks out there post haste)

+ Wes Brown presented at SQLSaturday #57, Houston

+ Jack Corbett presented at SQLSaturday #62, Tampa (quite a few weeks ago now, eh, Jack?)

+ Grant Fritchey (miraculously) presented at SQLSaturday #60, Cleveland (this is truly a crazy story - we're impressed!)

COMING UP IN SQLSATURDAY...

Like we said, there are still lots of SQLSaturdays to look forward to in February. On Feb. 12 it's being held in Colorado Springs. On Feb. 19 you can attend the event in Phoenix. On Feb. 26 it stops near PASS management HQ in Vancouver, Canada - if you've been to PASS Summit, there might be quite a few familiar faces around!

IN OTHER NEWS...

Have you thought about presenting but just weren't sure what's in it for you? If you have the urge to share your knowledge, Mike Walsh tells you why you should present (next week he'll tell you how). Don't forget, SQLSaturday is the perfect venue for you to launch a speaking career and hone your skills. And if you're already presenting at SQLSaturdays, franchise founder Steve Jones wants you to know that it's always a good idea to upload your decks early, as his own experience proves!

For those of you who are busy planning a SQLSaturday of your own, Malathi Mahadevan has some hot tips gleaned from lessons learned hosting the recent event in Louisville. She provides lots of great pointers, so make sure you check it out.

Finally, PASS Director Andy Warren recently blogged about his PASS-related work goals for 2011. He has quite a few targets dedicated to SQLSaturday. An interesting read!

Want to attend or speak at a SQLSaturday? Check out the SQLSaturday website or "Upcoming In-Person Events" on the PASS Home page for upcoming dates near you.

Want to put on your own SQLSaturday? Click here to get started.

PASS SQLRally 2012 - Selection Process for Host City Now Underway!

Hello Chapter Leaders!

As you may know, we will be having our first PASS SQLRally in Orlando on May 11-13. This event is PASS' new regional event that fills the gap between the PASS SQLSaturday 1-day training events and the week-long PASS Summit.

We have recently begun the planning process for the 2012 event and are reaching out to the Chapters in the US to see who would be interested in hosting the event in May 2012.

If you are interested, please inform Anika at PASSHQ of your Expression of Interest before February 14th. Please include the following information in your submission: 

  • Geographical Location (Note: Preferred locations will be in the Central and Mountain time zones, along with locations in the North Eastern US)
  • Chapter Size as determined by number of members
  • Proven history of managing events (ie. SQLSaturdays)

The SQLRally Selection Committee will review all submissions. The Committee is made up of volunteers and PASS HQ event and logistics specialists. All submitters will be advised by February 17th if they meet the primary requirements. 

For Chapters that meet the requirements for the 2012 Host City, the next steps will be:

  • Chapter to submit the completed application (attached) by Feb. 20.
  • PASS HQ to summarize all applications and provide to the SQLRally Selection Committee.
  • Selection Committee to choose the top 5 likely candidates.
  • Anika to contact venues in the chosen cities for RFPs.
  • Review and analysis of RFPs; Selection Committee to select the top 3 potential candidate cities.
  • Community vote to select the 2012 location.
  • Winner will be announced at the Orlando SQLRally on May 13.

If you have any questions or to submit your Expression of Interest, please email Anika at PASSHQ at Anika.Poliseno@sqlpass.org. Anika will be available to assist at any step along the way so please don’t hesitate to contact her at 604-899-6009 x118.

Thank you for your interest and we look forward to the selection process!

 

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