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Silicon Valley Linux User Group: Meeting Agenda
Following is a generic checklist for running an SVLUG meeting.
Any member attending can, if nobody else is stepping up to do
this, run through the list. We have no dedicated host or
emcee: If you don't make this happen, it's likely enough
that nobody will.
Greetings and Introduction
After allowing a few minutes for stragglers:
Remind people that this is the monthly meeting of Silicon
Valley Linux User Group, that meeting information and access
to the announcements and discussion mailing list are at
www.svlug.org, and that the featured presentation will start
in a few minutes. Make friendly acknowledgement of supporting
groups that co-sponsored such as Silicon Valley Linux Technology
Meetup. Stress that our meetings are open to the public,
free of charge.
Invite anyone with a brief relevant announcement to
come up-front and say 2-3 sentences. (Be prepared to politely
call time if they prove unclear on what "brief" means.)
Mention that anyone interested in going to dinner together
at the end of the meeting should stick around.
Introduce the speaker. Usually this needn't be fancier than
reading part or all of the meeting announcement. It's a good
idea to vet your pronunciation of the speaker's name, in advance.
We've seldom had a problem with speakers running long (it's usually
great when they do), but if we're pushing 9:30 pm or such, get the
speaker's attention, pantomime pointing at your watch (or wrist if
you're watchless), and hold up five or ten fingers to suggest number of
Thank the speaker.
Couldn't hurt to remind people again that this is Silicon Valley
LInux User Group and we do this every month, every 1st Wednesday,
Mention again that it's traditional for a smaller subset to
reconvene at a nearby restaurant for dinner and conversation.
You'll need to pick a restaurant, chaos follows. One possible among
many, good because it's cheap, popular, and open until 11pm:
La Victoria Taqueria
1415 N 4th St near Gish Road
north San Jose
Ask for a show of hands (and stick yours up) of how many are
interested. La Victoria is 1.5 miles approx. south of Cavium.
The show of hands encourages people and helps them know whom to
follow to get there, etc. Rough head count helps planning to
get a table(s).
Remind folks they don't need to go home but they can't stay here,
i.e., encourage them to take post-meeting discussion outside.
Tidy up. No soda cans under chairs, and so on.
Make sure the door closes and locks when we leave.
Feedback to SVLUG webmasters.