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Posted on 06-20-2002 11:52 p.m. ET  reply

Original Poster: Jym Williams Zavada

It's not clear what you're looking for regarding basic information for
starting a new Linux User Group, but here goes: 1) Find a place and time to
hold your first meeting. 2) Announce the time and place. 3) When people show
up, you all work together to figure out how you want to do things.

That's pretty much all there is to it. Our group is somewhat anarchical in
structure, and although we've discussed more formal organisation, we've yet to
find enough interest to go ahead with any further structure. Currently,
because I'm one of the founding members, and because no-one else has stepped
forward nor asked that someone else lead the group, I'm the "president". (I
prefer the term "coordinator", though.) Because I lead the group, I pick from
amongst the members those who I feel able to handle a particular office (such
as treasurer, vice-coordinator, webmaster, etc.), present them to the
membership, and if they approve I appoint the officer. As my brother Bob put
it, I'm "dictator-for-life", albeit a benevolent one. 8^)

Your mileage may vary, depending upon the preferences of those who make up the
membership. Either way, it's up to you. I've seen both formal and informal
organisation work for user groups, so take your pick...

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