Leadership

Chapter Leader – Patrick Brewer

If you have any questions about the group please drop us a line.  If you're interested in sponsoring and/or presenting at a meeting, we're absolutely interested to hear from you.

PASS

We are an offical chapter of the Professional Association for SQL Server.  This is a world-wide SQL Server User Group.  PASS organizes the annual, excellent PASS Summit conferences.  And just like our local user group, PASS membership is free!

Meetings

We usually meet on the last Tuesday of the month (this may change), and we like to start at 6:00 PM with a light social networking for a half hour and sharing of food.  Typical meetings include one or two SQL Server related presentations along with sponsor provided food and beverages.  We often raffle off door prizes as well.

We meet at the Afni Headquarters in Bloomington, IL (404 Brock Drive, Bloomington, IL, 61704) .  If you are a registered member on this website, you will receive meeting notices.  Attendance is capped at 70 people mainly because that is all we can fit into the auditorium.  If you are late there will be a sign on the door with a phone number to call in order to get in to the building.

All are welcome!  People of all experience levels can benefit from attending.  We often have a mix of DBAs, Developers, maybe some Managers, and even a couple Recruiters once in a while.

You'll most likely be greeted by a user group leader handing you a door prize raffle ticket.  Some mingling and networking will ensue while we wait for other members to trickle in.  A food line will form at the back of the room around 5:30 if we're lucky enough to have pizza or sandwiches for the evening.  Once everyone has made it through the food line and the last of the members have finished straggling in, any announcements will be made and then open the floor for questions, concerns and comments.  This is your chance, for example, to find out if someone else has experienced a similar SQL Server issue at work who can now tell you how she solved the problem.  This Q&A session usually lasts 5 to 15 minutes, and then the evening's presenter is introduced.  If there is one presenter, we're usually wrapping up with the raffle at 7:30 or 8:00.  If it's a rare night of 2 presentations, we'll probably have the raffle just before 9:00 to end the evening.  There are always at least a few people who hang around afterwards to ask follow up questions of the presenter or to do some networking.

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