Sep 26

Meeting Reminder: Wednesday, September 28, 2016

CV CAD Group,

I, along with several other volunteers, attended a virtual meeting on the 22nd of September along with several Virginia Department of Education Representatives.  The purpose was to help evaluate high school courses in the CAD Drafting and engineering fields. We were all given a course outline in the chosen field and asked to add, remove or modify any of the course curricula. Via “Net-meeting” we reviewed the courses and were asked to choose which ones we’d like to review.  The “track changes” feature is used here to document changes.  I’ve been given permission to share these reports with the club at Wednesday’s meeting.  Be prepared to submit questions and if you’d like to take part, it can be arranged.

Be sure to bring your friends and co-workers.  Family members are invited. As usual, there will be light food and beverages.  The meeting time is 5:30 pm at the Human Services Building of the Henrico County Government Center located at 8600 Dixon Powers Drive in Henrico.

If you have any questions call RAM @ 804-424-0185.

…see you there!

Aug 29

Meeting Reminder: Wednesday, August 31, 2016

CV CAD Members,

Those in attendance at last month’s meeting agreed to contact IT personnel of their respective employers and local schools in an attempt to determine exactly what organizations are requiring in the CAD field. We’ll use this information to set agendum for future meetings. Sometime ago I met with Paul Kirill, one of the original organizers of RAM, for ideas on revamping our group. We’ll discuss his ideas which include, rebuilding the club with Toastmasters and managing such a group in this day and age. Toastmasters District ONE offers a Club Rebuilding Kit that we’ll review. It involves stages of the process of rebuilding including, planning, assessing club strengths and weaknesses, holding an event, publicizing, and implementation just to mention a few. We’ll also discuss a request from the Virginia Department of Education to help with revision of their CAD courses. Please feel free to add anything else to this list.

Family, friends and co-workers are welcome to join us. Light food and beverages will be available. The meeting time is 5:30 pm at the Human Services Building of the Henrico County Government Center, 8600 Dixon Powers Drive in Henrico.

… Questions? – call RAM @ 804-424-0185.
We look forward to seeing you there.

Aug 04

July 2016 Meeting Wrap-up

Another step in the reorganization of our group has taken place.  At the July meeting we have narrowed down the new logo to a slight tweak of the text in the middle.  Our new nickname maybe the CV CAD Group.  (I say “maybe” because members may start calling it something else.)  Since the new direction of our group involves more than just the Richmond area, we decided on Central Virginia  as part of our new title.  Also, we’ll include other CAD software as well as AutoCAD so we removed Autodesk from the title.  The changes to the body of our website and Meetup page are in process.  An update to the club bylaws has been made and changing the name of our website address make take more time, but it should soon be done.  A market assessment was agreed upon, but not to the extent of making phone calls to companies (at least, not yet); we each agreed to start with our respective employers where we could gather input with our IT personnel or someone in the respective CAD departtments.  Also, People Solutions contacted me inquiring about those experienced in the CAD field.  If interested, buzz me.

-Billy

Jul 24

July 2016 Meeting Reminder

CVCTG Club Members,

Here is the first draft of our new logo.  We are now (or will soon be) known as The Central Virginia CAD Technology Group.  This month we’ll finalize the new logo and decide on our club’s direction.  With the acronym CAD standing for “Computer Aided Drafting,” we are looking to expand beyond AutoCAD and it’s verticals.  Opinions to include MicroStation as well as other CAD and associated programs will be very welcome.  We also look to begin a market assessment of local businesses which will give us a better idea as to “what’s out there.”  We have a lot of work ahead of us.  As usual, input is always welcome.

Be sure to bring your friends and co-workers.  Family members are invited. As usual, there will be light food and beverages.  The meeting time is 5:30 pm at the Human Services Building of the Henrico County Government Center located at 8600 Dixon Powers Drive in Henrico.

If you have any questions call RAM @ 804-424-0185.

…see you there!

Apr 24

Meeting Reminder – Wednesday, April 27, 2016

RAM Members,

We have a number of topics to discuss/address at our next meeting including: Elections, membership renewal, an offer from Timmons employees about an additional monthly meeting, and suggestions from Michael Carris.  I recently met with Michael concerning our group and he has offered suggestions on revamping it.  He’s agreed to meet with us on Wednesday.  I was rather impressed with his credentials.  Another concern we’ll have in the near future is acquiring a new meeting location.  Member input on any of the aforementioned topics would be greatly appreciated.  If you cannot attend, please pass on your suggestions.

-Billy (Wooten)

Mar 28

March Meeting Reminder

Sunday before last, I had a rather enlightening experience meeting with one of the original RAM organizers, Paul Kirill.  I felt that it was necessary to get some insight on changes we need to make.  Our club has dwindled down to only a few interested individuals and with questionable weather, our first two meetings this year didn’t show much promise.  I asked Paul if he could provide some suggestions that could revamp the club and he was more than accommodating.  We met for over an hour and his information was based on current trends in the CAD field.  He compared that to the “conditions” that existed at the time of the club’s inception.  This is all too extensive to place in a reminder newsletter, so we’ll make it the topic for this month’s meeting.  We have much to discuss as to the present condition of our club and where it is heading.  This may take some time; we have a lot to discuss and all inputs are welcome. A copy of our by-laws will be available to all club members.  Please plan on attending this all-to-important meeting. I have much to tell you about the get-together I had with Paul.

-Billy (Wooten)

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