As 2011 comes to a close…

2011 has been a good year at CRineta. Loads of great topics and speakers combined with a steady attendance. In the last few months, our open conversation time has grown, with more members sharing, questioning and answering – the heart of a user group, from my perspective.

The year wouldn’t have been possible without our sponsors. We were lucky this year to have two wonderful full-year sponsors. TEKsystems supplied our meeting room and various representatives attended many of our meetings through the year. Discount ASP.NET sponsored our dinner, allowing us to comfortably have meetings that start quickly after the end of the work day without having to scramble for food. Thanks to you both for your support!

Our group co-sponsored 2 Iowa Code Camps during the year, bringing our flavor of continuous self-improvement to hundreds of developers from around Iowa and surrounding states. This is a significant outreach of our group that continues to see great support within our membership.

2012 is shaping up to be another good year. We are booked for speakers through April, including two that are doing week-long tours through Iowa at various user groups. I’m excited for the coming year and hope you will continue to appreciate the content.

I’d like to see many more short demos of techniques and tools, at least one per meeting. I look to you for that to share what you know and use in your day-to-day work. Let me know if you want to do something or just bring it with you.

Happy holidays and Merry Christmas to you all. See you January 9th!

Greg

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