Thursday, December 08, 2011

Christmas in Colorado Springs SQL Server User Group: 2011 Year in Review

Thank you SQL Family
Meet Andrew, Troy and Gary
In 2011 there's been a lot of noise regarding the SQL Family, and a lot of it has to do with friends and a shared passion - with SQL Server.

For eleven months out of this past year, fellow professionals - now friends - gathered every third Wednesday of the month to share that passion and discuss and learn about SQL Server technologies.  When I moved to Colorado Springs in 2010, I attended their last meeting that was held in a public library. The following January, 2011 we had our first meeting at Mr. Biggs Family Fun Center, a smart move - it has become our safe haven for SQL Saturdays and two Christmas Parties.  So this year, we have had a great line up of speakers and presentations since then, including:

Tim Mitchell
Kevin Cox
Tom Norman
Mike Fal
Paul Nielsen
Chris Shaw
Troy Ketsdever
Doug Lane
Mark Halstead

Upcoming SQL Events
Ski Attire
As the year winds down, we sincerely thank our SQL Family for coming to the meetings, for sharing and participating, and for growing our SQL community.   Our membership has grown and so has the attendance.

The Springs SQL Server User Group has a great following and is looking bright for the future.  If you haven’t heard already, we have a great event coming up in the beginning of 2012. We are kicking off the SQL Year with SQL Saturday #104, again including some awesome events:

Women in Technology with Karen Lopez ( b | t ), Meredith Ryan-Smith ( b | t ) and Thomas LaRock ( b | t ).
And Pre-Cons:

1. "Scaling SQL Server" (Glenn Berry)
2. "Data Warehouse Dimensional Design and Architecture Planning" (Erik Veerman)
3. "What's In Your Utility Belt?" (Chris Shaw and TJay Belt)

To top it off, we will have a Ski Trip to Monarch the day after the conference.
Why do I mention all of this?   It would not be possible without the hard work of SQL community members who are making this happen, FOR the people and BY the people.  That is why we commemorate our Colorado Springs SQL Family with an Annual Christmas Party.
Christmas Party 2011

Red Gate SQL Christmas Party

Our very own Rebecca Mitchell, you all can refer her as her royal highness SQLPrincess, was contacted about an opportunity for our user group Holiday party to be sponsored by Red Gate.

We would like to extend a special thanks to Red Gate for awarding us funds to have an awesome party, Colorado Springs Style. Last night at Mr. Biggs Family Fun Center we had a blast with our members.  We didn't just have appetizers and drinks - Nay Nay No No!  We had BBQ ribs and all the fixin’s.   We had reserved the VIP bowling alley, as members and their guests enjoyed unlimited bowling on half a dozen lanes.  Then we had a great time playing Laser Tag.  Why laser tag? our fearless Princess explained to Red Gate, "There's nothing quite like taunting, err.. chasing after fellow database professionals in a round of Laser Tag."

SQL Blue Team

We'll call them "Red Gate" Team
For two rounds the Blue Team dominated, finding the Red Team’s fort and annihilating it.  I was able to take a few good shots at some Blue Team soldiers but we were still defeated - All in Good Fun!   I hope our members enjoyed their time playing Laser Tag and eating great food.
We anticipate another banner year in 2012.

Christmas Party Pictures

I leave you with this, Happy Holidays and thanks again to our wonderful sponsor, Red Gate and our Colorado Springs SQL Family. Enjoy the shared photos as well, taken by Troy, Rebecca and myself.

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