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Happy Holidays from PASS

What a year 2010 has been for PASS! The organization has grown substantially, reaching out to SQL Server professionals around the globe through local events, virtual events, and hands-on training. We delivered over 200,000 hours of technical education to more than 65,000 community members around the world through vehicles such as PASS SQLSaturday (43 local events in 2010!), 24 Hours of PASS virtual events, ongoing Virtual Chapter events, and PASS Summit. Thank you to everyone who helped organize, spoke, attended, or otherwise contributed to these phenomenal initiatives!

This is only the beginning. We’ve got some big goals ahead of us including a focus on growing the worldwide community and delivering 1 million hours of community technical content per year by 2015. With your ongoing support we know we can achieve these goals.

As a volunteer-run organization, we wouldn’t be where we are today without the strong support of our membership and dedicated volunteers. We’d like to give special recognition to Wendy Pastrick, the 2010 PASSion Award recipient, and Lori Edwards, the 2010 outstanding volunteer, for their ongoing dedication and commitment to PASS and the SQL Server community.

Wishing you and your loved ones happy holidays, and all the best for 2011.

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24 Hours of PASS: Call for Speakers
24 Hours of PASS will take place March 15 & 16 and coincide with Women’s History Month. To celebrate, we’d like to feature women in technology on our speaker roster. So, if you’re female and work with SQL Server, please consider submitting an abstract - we want to hear from you! Learn more about 24 Hours of PASS from Jen McCown, Karen Lopez, and Tom LaRock. Deadline to submit is January 14th. Please forward abstract submission (max 250 words with a 125 word bio) to 24hours@sqlpass.org.

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PASS DW/BI VC Presents: Self-Service BI with Power Pivot – Examples!
Dec 15, 7-8pm ET – online

PASS DW/BI VC Presents: SSIS + CDC = SCD
Dec 20, 12 – 1pm ET – online

PASS AppDev VC Presents: SSIS Tips & Tricks
Dec 28, 12 – 1pm ET – online

PASS AppDev VC Presents: What is new for SSIS in Denali Jan 11, 12 – 1 pm ET – online

 SQLSaturday #62 - Tampa
Jan 15, 8am – 5pm ET

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PASS SQLRally Call for Speakers Closes at Midnight Tonight

The countdown is on! Interested in being a part of the SQLRally program? The call for speakers closes tonight, December 15th, at 11:59pm PT. Don’t miss your opportunity to speak at the first-ever SQLRally conference, May 11-13 in Orlando, FL.

Want to learn at over 40 great technical sessions? Save 25% off the regular price with the SQLRally Bundle: 2 days of sessions plus 1-full day Pre-Con seminar for only $449. This offer expires Dec 31 so register now!

PASS Summit 2011: Preview Plus Bundle Expires Today
Save big bucks at the best SQL Server conference in the world, PASS Summit 2011, Oct 10-14, 2011 in Seattle, WA. Register for the Preview Plus Special: 2 Pre-Cons plus the 3-day Summit for only $1,295 – but don't delay, this special offer expires today, Dec 15!

Or save 50% off the 3-day Summit program with the Preview Special Rate of $995, only until Jan 15. Substitutions can be made any time at no additional cost. Find out more and register now.

Present Perfect: PASS Summit 2010 DVDs
Looking for the perfect gift for your favorite SQL Server geek (or yourself)? Get the PASS Summit 2010 DVD set – featuring all 168 program sessions plus David DeWitt’s dynamic Day 3 keynote presentation. Play and replay sessions from what many are calling the best PASS Summit ever, and share them with colleagues! Find out how to order your set today.

For those of you who have already bought your copy of the DVD, they are being shipped on Dec. 17th. Please watch for your copy to arrive within the next two weeks!

 

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