What is a User Group? Quoting Apple: “People who use Apple technologies have joined together in user groups all around the world. User groups offer members the chance to become friends with other Mac users, get questions answered, and have a lot of fun. Groups are for everyone from first-time computer users to experts—from every profession, background, and age. Want technology to do more for you? Join the club. Find a user group near you.”
MacNexus, Sacramento’s User Group, really started at the computer counter in Weinstock’s department store where MacNexus founder and first president Gail McGovern struck up friendships with several future members. During the early years, the group meetings outgrew several locations and a Saturday workshop was introduced. While Weinstock’s didn’t survive (it was swallowed by Macy’s), the MacNexus user group has flourished over the years. There are currently about 600 members.
Generally, the Tuesday evening meetings feature a speaker on a particular software or a hardware device. The Saturday workshops have two main activities. First, there are classes on various Mac software programs or advice on how to get the most from your Mac. Second, there is Triage. Members can bring in their “sick” Macs for some TLC. The common thread for the classes and for Triage is that everything is done by volunteers, e.g. members helping members.
WITS (Women in Technological Sisterhood) is a special interest group for women who want to experience learning opportunities in a smaller, friendly environment. All members are invited to participate. WITS often lunch together after their Saturday morning meeting.
Go back to the front page of this website to check current dates and location of our meetings.
If you are interested in joining, you can download a brochure from here. Or you can join at a meeting or workshop. If it will help you to decide, feel free to attend one or two meetings and/or workshops to get the flavor of MacNexus. Note: The brochure contains specific instructions about joining.