Thursday, August 23, 2012

MWLUG Is Social and Community

MWLUG 2012 was held last week at the Omni William Penn Hotel.  It was the most attended MWLUG so far.  Hopefully, next year in Indianapolis we will exceed this year's attendance.  We as IBM professionals talk about Social Business and Social Collaboration, but it is venues like MWLUG and other LUGs where the true sense of social occurs.  It is friends and colleagues meeting together for a common focus.  Even competitors at MWLUG were meeting together and having lunch.  It is all about us humans as a social beings.  Making some like MWLUG possible requires the efforts of many within our community including IBM Partners, Customers, and IBMers plus volunteers and others.  I would like to take the time to list all those who were involved, some were in the background and did not attend MWLUG 2012.  I just hope I did not miss anyone.  Special thanks to 4C Technologies and Sherpa Software:

MWLUG Committee
Richard Moy, Gregg Eldred, Barb Skedel, Susan Hosek

MWLUG Event Committee
Richard Moy, Barb Skedel, Susan Hosek

MWLUG Session Committee
Richard Moy, Gregg Eldred, Barb Skedel, Bernie Leung, Lisa Duke

Web Site
Mike McGarel, Roy Rumaner

Josh Schmitt, Jackie McClellan

LUG Team Leaders
Ray Bilyk, Sam Bridegroom, Lisa Duke, Gregg Eldred, Scott Good, Tom Hillebrand, Jim Kersjes, Tom Markovich, Denny Russell, Barb Skedel, Shabana Wollin

Event Planner
Bill Fox

Email Marketing
Scott Sullivan

Cary Youman and his team, Jim Brungo and his team, Kami Bollwitt and her team, Marvin Vastbinder, Joyce Davis, Lisa Learned

Leann Moy, Allen Moy, Lily-Moy Chin, Kon Chin, Dan Hosek

Pittsburgh Technology Council

MWLUG 2012 Sponsors:
MWLUG 2012 Speakers
Amy Hoerle, Andrew Barickman, Andy Donaldson, Arif Jaffer, Barbara Skedel, Benedek Menesi, Bernie Leung, Bill Malchisky Jr., Brian Moore, Carlos Casas, Charlie Brown, David Leedy, Denny Russell, Graham Acres, Gregg Eldred, Kathy Olek, Jalpresh Tailor, Jeremy Hodge, Joanne Bick, John Beck, John Head, Jon Schultz II, Julian Robichaux, Kara Francis, Kim Greene, Lindsay Patross, Lisa Duke, Louis Richardson, Luis Guirigay, Mark Roden, Martin Ridgway, Mike McGarel, Olaf Boerner, Paul Mooney, Peyton McManus, Phil Dipieto, Ray Bilyk, Richard Sharpe, Roy Rumaner, Roy Holder, Rupert Clayton, Russell Maher, Ryan Baxter, Sharon Haver, Steve Pitcher, Tony Holder

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

MWLUG 2012 Starts Tomorrow, Are you Registered? Why Not?

Tomorrow is the start of fourth annual Midwest Lotus User Group Conference, MWLUG 2012, this year it is in Pittsburgh from August 15-17, 2012 at the Omni William Penn Hotel.  If you are not registered for MWLUG 2012 there is still time.  This year will be our most attended MWLUG conference.  So if you are look for a first class LUG conference, MWLUG 2012 is it.  So get registered:

Thursday, August 9, 2012

DNP, NEOLUG, and WPLUG User Group Meeting at MWLUG 2012

This year at MWLUG 2012 we will be have three local Lotus User Group meetings on Friday morning at 7:00 AM.  So if you are coming, planning to come or not, please take the time to attend your local LUG meeting.  They need you support to continue running.  The three LUG are:
  • Detroit Notes Professional
  • Northeastern Ohio Lotus User Group
  • Western Pennsylvania Lotus User Group 
To see the agenda go to:

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Winner of the MWLUG 2012 Helping the Lotus Community

After reviewing all the candidates for this program with the MWLUG team, the winner of the free admission and hotel room for MWLUG 2012 is Paul Stockinger from Ohio who is currently looking for a full-time or contracting position.  We would like to congratulate him and see him at MWLUG 2012.

MWLUG 2012: DoubleTree Hotel Extend to August 9, 2012 and MWLUG for Unemployed

DoubleTree Hotel has extended the discount of $135.00/night for MWLUG Attendees until August 9, 2012.  However, they only have two rooms left and that it.  The hotel is almost full like the Omni William Penn Hotel.  So register as soon as you can.  For more information about the DoubleTree registration:

Also colleagues in the Lotus community who are unemployed, you must submit your submission to on why we should choose you for a free admission and a hotel stay for MWLUG by 1:00 PM CST today. For more information please click on the link below.

To register:

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Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Top Ten Reasons Why You Should Attend MWLUG 2012

MWLUG 2012 is the one of the biggest LUG events in 2012 for us within the IBM community.  And here is the top ten reasons why you should attend:

10) To learn what a community is all about
9) To learn if any of the attendees saw a ghost at the Pittsburgh Haunted Ghost Tour
8) To learn if any of the Friday Night Arsenal Bowling participants get higher then 150 after a few drinks
7) To meet the Turtle and listen to his stories about Lotusphere
6) To learn the true platform of social collaboration, BEER!!!!!
5) To check out how many white hairs Richard Moy got from organizing MWLUG 2012
4) To meet Paul Mooney
3) To see if you can match the partying capacity of Kim Greene 
2) To listen to one of Darren Duke's many thousands of interesting stories

and the number one reason for attending MWLUG 2012 ...

1) To see what obscure brands of beer Gregg Eldred will drink at MWLUG 2012

So there is still time to register for MWLUG 2012 and find out the true meaning of MWLUG 2012.

To register for MWLUG 2012:

Reminder the new discounted hotel for MWLUG 2012 is the DoubleTree Hotel which is less than 2 blocks away from the Omni William Penn Hotel.  For more information go to:

Monday, August 6, 2012

Helping Out the Lotus Community. Chance to Attend MWLUG 2012 for Free

The past few years have been hard on many within the IBM community, from layoffs to elimination of training budgets. With that in mind, we would like to extend a free ticket and a free room to someone who would like to attend MWLUG.

We earned some free hotel nights from booking all the rooms at the Omni William Penn Hotel. We would like to help out the community and offer anyone who is unemployed and looking for a new position a chance to come to MWLUG 2012, improve their skills, and to network with the attendees.

Please submit a one paragraph description of why MWLUG should choose you to attend.  The prize is one free admission to MWLUG 2012 plus a free hotel stay at the Omni William Penn Hotel from Wednesday through Friday.

There is only one winner for this contest.  You are responsible for your own transportation to and from the conference.  To qualify you must not be self employed nor an IBM Business Partner. You must be currently unemployed.  You must submit your submission by Wednesday 08/08/2012, 1:00 PM CST to us. Send your submission to Submissions received after 1:00 PM CST will not qualify.  All decisions are final. If we do not receive any submissions by 1:00 PM CST, we reserve the rights to assign the prize to anyone we feel qualifies.

Good Luck Everyone.

Friday, August 3, 2012

MWLUG 2012 Hotel Discount at DoubleTree Hotel

Our Omni William Penn Hotel allocation is full. If you were not able to register at the Omni William Penn Hotel for the discount rate of $135.00/night, you will be able to receive the same rate from the DoubleTree Hotel that is less than 2 blocks away. To register for the DoubleTree Hotel you must call 1-800-222-TREE (8733) and use the discount code MWLUG.

Special thanks to our professional event manager, Bill Fox from Helms Briscoe for helping us get this rate. The rate is guaranteed until at least August 7, 2012.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Announcing the MWLUG 2012 OGS Speakers

MWLUG 2012 is two weeks away and I am glad to announce our MWLUG 2012 OGS speakers:
  • Lindsay Patross,
  • Kathy Olek,  4C Technologies
  • Louis Richardson, IBM
Below is brief biography of our MWLUG 2012 OGS speakers:

MWLUG 2012 OGS Speaker

Lindsay Patross, Co-founder,
Lindsay Patross works in online community building - helping non-profit organizations and businesses grow their online communities. She has managed e-advocacy campaigns for since 2008. Lindsay has worked with a number of businesses on their social media strategy. Currently she consults with and pair Networks on their social media and email marketing. Past clients include the Post-Gazette, PR works, and Lindsay founded the blog in 2006.


MWLUG 2012 Platinum Sponsor OGS Speaker

Kathy Olek, Director of Marketing and Strategic Development for 4CTechnologies
Kathy is the Director of Marketing and Strategic Development for 4CTechnologies, this year's MWLUG Platinum Sponsor and an IBM Premier Partner specializing in custom application development and business integration. She has over thirty (30) years of experience in marketing, with experience in all aspects of electronic, social and traditional communications, including planning, market research, advertising, promotions, corporate communications, product development, media and public relations, incentives, event management, fundraising, web development, trade shows and collateral materials. She also manages the creative and graphic design team at 4C, a division known as 4CDesignWorks.


MWLUG 2012 IBM OGS Speaker

Louis Richardson, IBM Worldwide Social Business Evangelist
Louis serves as an IBM Worldwide Social Business Evangelist. In this role, he has the opportunity to meet with executives and business managers who have interest in leveraging social software in their organizations. Some are just starting out while others are well on their way. And in every case these conversations have provided Louis with a broad exposure to the practical and business relevant impact that social software is having on today's businesses. While the topic of social business can be complex, Louis' conversational and story-telling style relates well to non-technical audiences. He enjoys sharing his experiences and observations in conferences, workshops and through social communities and blogs.

Announcing the MWLUG 2012 Friday Social Event

The MWLUG 2012 Friday Social Event will be bowling at the Arsenal Bowl.  We have reserved the bowling alley for 2 hours of bowling, food and drinks.  And yes they have good beer.  The cost for this event is $11.95 plus shoes, food, and drinks.  The transportation cost is still being worked out.  So if you are staying over Friday evening, come join us for this event after an intense 3 days of knowledge and fun at the conference.