SQL Karaoke, Volunteering and SQLPASS
Why do I volunteer for PASS?
Ive been asked more times than I can count why I spend so many hours working for an organization that doesnt pay anything other than thanks and smiles.
I work for a large company, and have a very small team of people. As such, it is often very helpful to have a sounding board outside of your sphere of influence to talk to people about ideas, issues and bacon, mostly bacon. Sure there has always been newsgroups and forums and they certainly have their place for this type of information exchange. However, when you know someone and have shared a dinner, a beer, a session, or even just a 5 minute hall discussion, they are more vested in you’re outcome than some random stranger on an internet forum. The overall quality of the conversations and of the information that is exchanged in these groups is higher than the average internet sql community, if only by a little bit.
Payment (in the form of knowledge) for the work I do for PASS is 100% reaped by my employer, in the form of better database systems! Granted my professional knowledge is also increased but, whats good for me is good for them too right? This becomes a pretty easy sell at least in my head to know that I can put in some hours of work for a professional organization and in return they open up many conversation breakers between myself and not only the superstars of the SQL community but between myself and many of the rest of the community that is just as eager to share their knowledge.
So, with that in mind I give you a new friend that Ive twittered with for quite a while but,only just met at SQLPASS this year @mrdenny (blog). I think Denny may have had 1 too many Jaeger shots that night but, this rendition of eye of the tiger is #PASSAWESOMENESS
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about 5 months ago - 2 comments
Welcome New Chapters
This past quarter several new Chapters have joined the PASS community:
Astrakhan .NET & SQL User Group, Russia, led by Yana Kuranova
SQL Professionals of Northwest Nevada, US, led by Christopher Sherrill
Taiwan SQL Server User Group, China, led by Byron Hu and Pohan Chen
Codificando .NET, Sao Paulo, Brazil, led by Erickson Ricci
PASS Beijing, China, led
about 7 months ago - 8 comments
The voters have spoken and I will not be returning to the PASS board as an elected director in 2013. A week ago I wrote a post about campaigning being hard and in it I wrote something that I believe and keep coming back to.
I’ve spent many thousands of hours of my life serving the PASS organization and
about 7 months ago - No comments
Its nearing the end of the road for this years PASS elections cycle and according to the elections timeline, in just a few short hours this years election will be over. Voting will officially end at 12PST tomorrow. To help the inner procrastinator in all of us, heres a link that should tell you when the very last
about 7 months ago - 2 comments
Previously I’ve written about many things I’ve done while on the PASS Board. It’s often easy to take credit as a member of the board for doing things with PASS. The reality though is that there’s always more to it than just deciding to do something, digging in and personally accomplishing some goal. PASS is
about 7 months ago - 4 comments
tl;dr — Disclaimer
I almost didn’t publish this post once I saw what it became as it was too verbose. I couldn’t find a way to shorten it substantially and I didn’t want to break it up. However, I wanted it out there for no other reason than to serve as a crutch to my aging memory.
about 7 months ago - 2 comments
In order to get elected to the PASS Board, Ive twice now been asked to do something that is easily one of the more challenging things I’ve needed to do professionally.
Im a typical DBA type who has never been a fan of self-promotion, Ill happily sit in a corner and give 100% to an effort without looking for any acknowledgement in
about 7 months ago - 3 comments
I’m running for the PASS board of directors again this year
While everyone running for the open Board positions is certainly qualified, I believe I am the best candidate for two primary reasons. First, I have a plan for how I want to evolve the organization. Second, I have a long, well documented history of executing on
about 8 months ago - No comments
PASS Chapters Update
As PASS Director of Chapters, I had my first set of meetings a few weeks ago where every Chapter Leader worldwide was invited and thought I’d write a quick post about it.
Getting up to speed in a new PASS portfolio and having something good to talk about takes time so this meeting took a lot
about 10 months ago - 1 comment
Welcome New Chapters & Regional Mentors
In June & July we had 2 new chapters join the PASS Community
Appleton, Wisconsin Led By Jes Borland
Northern Colorado Led by Erik Disparti
We also have had a lot of new Chapter Leaders join us in existing Chapters and we look forward to helping them keep their chapters thriving.
I’d also like to
about 10 months ago - No comments
Would you like to get paid to work directly with the SQL community?
Of course you would! Well… Ok maybe not all of you would but Im hoping some of you would!! If this sounds like a dream job for you, Ive got some very exciting news! PASS is growing support for local communities again and we’re looking to hire