Giving Back: Support Our Troops This Holiday Season

370px-yellow_ribbon-svgAs we sit in our comfortable homes, hauling our children from event to event, and scrambling to get ready for the Christmas holiday let’s not forget the many soldiers who are away from their families defending our freedoms and the freedoms of others.

A colleague and friend just contacted me about a project he is working on that is an awesome way for us to show how much we appreciate those who are serving our country and give them a way to stay in touch with their families.

They are asking that you help them purchase as many $30.00 gift cards as possible!  The gift cards will be personally handed out to soldiers at the airport who are traveling in uniform.  Any number can be donated but if you donate 4 ($120) you will gain a 5th on for free.

They are planning on videoing the event and putting on YouTube with a message of thanks to the troops with the donor names

You can also provide a short message to be included with the gift in case you want to donate on in the memory of someone who served.

The goal is to provide these gift cards to 150 soldiers.  They currently have 30 and I am sure with your help they can not only reach but exceed the original goal.  The gift cards will be handed out at the Ft. Smith (FSM) and Northwest Arkansas (XNA) airports starting around December 15th, 2010.

To more information or to donate contact Ryan or Tracy Godsey by phone at 866-408-6493 or email

Nwa CodeCamp 2010 Videos Available

Shawn Weisfeld, Director of Community Activities, INETA NORAM Membership Mentor for North Texas, INETA NORAM, speaker and all around great guy was gracious enough to record several of the session at the Northwest Arkansas CodeCamp

Here are the sessions he has posted so far:

Thanks to Shawn for spending his day recording sessions, if you have never seen his setup it looks like a small mobile television studio.

Stack Exchange Q&A site proposal: Community Leaders

I'm supporting a proposal to create a new Q&A website for anyone running or interested in running a user group or technical community to connect and discuss the business of running a user group or technical community..

It's built on the same software as, a hugely popular site where over seven million programmers help each other with difficult programming problems. On Stack Overflow the audience votes for the best answer, so the answer you want is usually right at the top, not on page five.

I'm hoping that a site for anyone running or interested in running a user group or technical community to connect and discuss the business of running a user group or technical community. would have the same kind of network effect and turn into an amazing resource.

The proposal process is going on here:

If you're interested in participating, go to that URL and click on the orange "Follow It!" button.


Community Leadership Town Hall – Tulsa TechFest Style!

Community Leadership Town Hall - Tulsa


Community Leadership Town Hall - Tulsa
November 11th, 2010 – Jay Smith

In many towns and cities across the country the town hall is the center of the community.  The town hall is where the local governments keep offices, serves as the main base for the Mayor, and is where citizens of the community come to work with the official representatives to share issues, ideas, and solutions that can make their community better. 

The Community Leadership Town Hall brings this concept to community leaders in your area.  The evening will be filled with discussions about issues, ideas, and solutions regarding creating, maintaining, and growing user groups and technical communities.   This will be a highly interactive night where everyone will have a chance to suggest a topic and voice their opinion.

Bring your questions, ideas, issues, and willingness to share to the Community Leadership Town Hall - Tulsa.

If you are a current or aspiring community leader please join us for the Tulsa TechFest pre-event on November 11th, 2010 from 7 – 10 PM.


OSU-Tulsa Room 140
700 N. Greenwood Ave
Tulsa, OK 74106

Time: 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM



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