APCUG’s Reports is a quarterly publication of the Association of Personal Computer User Groups. Reports contains information about the activities of APCUG and related opportunities including meeting ideas, fundraising information, region reports about member groups, and much more.

Unless specifically stated otherwise, the opinions expressed in any article or column are those of the individual author(s) and do not necessarily represent an official position of, or endorsement by, APCUG.

APCUG is an independent, non-profit 501(c)3 association and is not affiliated in any way with any vendor or equipment manufacturer.


Region Reports
Meeting / Fundraising ideas
Jere’s Apple & Tech Tips
“Free” John Kennedy’s Linux Tips
Chromebook Tips
Gabe’s UG Tips
Hewie Poplock’s Your User Group is like a Shopping Mall
A Big Thank You to BobG, Avast Evangelilst, for making 20+ presentations to member groups during October, NCSAM



Region Reports

Meeting Ideas

Meet APCUG’s newest members

Snippets from Jere Minich’s Tech and Apple Tips, John Kennedy’s Linux tips, and Ron Brown’s Chromebook tips.

Ideas on inviting Apple, Linux, etc. tech groups to your meeting or social activity.

A kudo from one group to another

Does your group keep detailed records on the status of your members? How about keeping track of class/SIG attendance – what’s popular and what isn’t.

Do you have a PR flyer for your members to hand out or business cards they can give prospective members?

Can your members hear the presenters?

Do your members wear badges?

All this and more can be found in Q3 Reports.


Region Reports

Meeting Ideas

Solicit “New Guy” Feedback and Suggestions

Checklists Prevent Surprises, Embarrassment, Catastrophes

Prepare for Smooth Presentations

And Be a Smooth Presenter

Avoiding One More Presentation problem

Finally, Get Audience Feedback

Diversity — What’s That?

Presentations — Free, On Demand, Relevant, Brilliant


Region Reports

Data Privacy Day 2018

Program Activities

How Many is Enough (What’s the Ideal Board of Directors Size)?

Celebrate the New Year, Members, Volunteers, Milestones, and Resources

Show-and-Tell Demonstrations Make Great User Group Presentations

Do You Know Origin of the Word “SWAG”?

Why Should People Join Your Group?

Cash or Credit? Be Flexible and Modern!

Recordkeeping Pays Off


If you have forgotten your log-in and password for the UGLS, please send Lee Laughner an e-mail and she’ll reply with the information.

Do the members of your group read the newsletter and/or visit your website?

Region Reports

SIG (Special Interest Group) Ideas

Channel Islands PCUG (CA) has partnered with Mercury Broadcasting to host their podcasts.

Does your group have a break during your meeting for snacks and conversation?


Back to the Future for Presentations

It’s a Wonderful User Group — Thanks to You

Don’t Raffle Boredom

If you’re Not the CIA, Provide Full Information

How Many People Attended Your Last Meeting? How Do You Know?

Presentation Resources

Commit Marketing!


Region Advisors reports featuring what is happening with groups in their region, program ideas and more.

Jere’s Tech Tips and Apple Tech Tips

A Warm Welcome Encourages New Members to Revew

Make Meeting Raffles Interesting, Not Yawners

There’s More to Meeting Planning, Than Planning Meetings

Add Membership Value by Creating Between-Meeting Resources

Top 10 Reasons to Attend a VTC


Region Advisor reports featuring what is happening with groups in their region, program ideas and more.

2016 Don Singleton Volunteer of the Year Recipients and Nominees

Who is on First at Your Group?

Liven up Website / Newsletter with Free Images

One Person’s Junk is Another’s Happy Find

Spread the Word to Nearby Groups

Kudos for Speaker Bureau Presenters

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Region Advisor reports featuring what is happening with groups in their region, program ideas and more.

Look in Your Backyard for Volunteers and Leaders

Don’t Let Volunteers Toil Anonymously

Does Your Group Run Q&A Sessions

New Presentation Technologies

Informative Membership E-mails

Opt-Out Info / Can-Spam Act

Membership Application & Website Disclaimers


2016 PR Contest Results

2016 International Technology Conference Recap

2016 Contest Winners

Region Reports

Tips for User Groups


2016 International Technology Conference

2016 Conference PR Contest

2016 Digital Photo, Newsletter & Website Contests

8/20 VTC

Region Reports – check out the meeting ideas

Streaming Presentations & Meetings

Tips For Your User Group

Are You Looking for a New Meeting Location?


Officer Reports

Region Reports with meeting ideas and more

General Articles…

Hints and Tips for a Successful Meeting

New Marketing Project

Recognizing Volunteers

Innovative Membership Benefits

Budget, Finanaces & Community Service


2016 Early Bird Membership Contest Winners

2015 Volunteer of the Year

Computertech 2016 “Never Stop Learning”

General Interest articles by Gabe Goldberg

Do you have an incentive for your members to bring in new members?

Your User Group is a Shopping Mall, Hewie Poplock, APCUG Rep, Central Florida Computer Society

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Annual Conference Wrap-up

Contest Winners

Early Bird Membership Contest

Recruiting New Members / Public Relations Idea

Region Reports

Volunteer of the Year information

Why your should be prepared when giving a presentation

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2015 Conference info including detailed info about hotel reservations

Using VTC Videos for UG classroom training

Make sure you ‘Like’ the correct APCUG Facebook page

New website info

Region Articles – You will find info that will help with new ideas for your UG. Hooray! Four groups wrote their own articles or submitted information about what their group is doing.

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International Computer & Digital Technology Conference

Publicity Contest

Meeting Ideas

Computer Tech Conference Wrap up

Southwest Technology & Computer Conference

FACUG Fun Fundraising Event For All 501c3 Non-ProfitS

Region / Officer Reports

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Do You Need New Presentations?

2014 Don Singleton Volunteer of the Year Award

The Licking County Computer Society Has a New Name

APCUG’s 2015 International Tech Conference

Computer Tech 2015

Southwest Technology & Computer Conference

Region / Officer Reports

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Geeky Grandma

Use and Share User Group Meeting Program Ideas

User Group Survival

Region / Officer Reports

2014 Membership Contest

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Program and SIG (Special Interest Group) ideas

Using MeetUp to publicize meetings

I Had a Great Idea and It Did Not Work

Oldies but Goodies plus New Ideas

Region / Officer Articles

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Plan for Volunteer Transitions

Did You Learn One Thing? (at your club meeting)

NW Florida Association of Computer User Groups – Computer Tech 2014 Wrap-up

Top 10 Reasons to Attend a Virtual Technology Conference

Using Surveys

Region / Officer Articles

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APCUG to the Rescue

Is It Apathy?

Meeting Committee, Social Media, and How To!

My First User Group Meeting

Why Belonging to a User Group is Important to Me

Region / Officer Reports

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October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month

Are your User Group Meetings “kinda” Boring?

Some Tips for Writing for APCUG’s Website

Meetup Tech SIG

Region / Officer Reports

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Marketing Your Club


What Works

APCUG is Moving Forward! New Logo, New Tagline, New Website

SWIPCC has an international meeting with an honorary member attended the meeting from the United Kingdom

Region / Officer Reports

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APCUG Today and Tomorrow

Be Kind to Your Vendors

Marketing 101

Region / Officer / Committee Reports

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Data Privacy Day

User Group Tips

Bring Back the Fun into User Group Meetings

Newsletter, the Heartbeat of Your User Group

APCUG Member Groups had Interesting Meetings – Perhaps you will get a few new ideas

Region / Officer Reports

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Honoring Don Singleton with the Don Singleton Volunteer of the Year Award

Marketing Your Club 101

Presenting Without a Computer

2013 Contest Winners

On the Spot Meeting Ideas and More

Region / Officer Reports

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Ideas for Your User Group

Three Reasons to Keep Your Computer User Group Going

A Walk Down Memory Lane

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Virtual Conferences

2012 Contests

Regular Reports to User Group Members Keep Them Informed / Involved

Is Your Meeting Boring?

Speakers Bureau

Region / Officer Reports

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Making Money for Your User Group

Reaching Out (to find new members)

A User Group Disbands, Why?

Need Help Finding Presentation Topics?

What Works

Cash, check and….what about credit cards?

Do You Have a Question?

Region / Officer Reports