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One Week to JoomlaDay Chicago 2020

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What a ride! After a year of planning (and re-planning), JoomlaDay Chicago 2020 is a week away on October 17th.  This year's event is an online summit (you know already know why so I won't go over it) which is good and bad.  The obvious bad part is that we will not be able to have our Sip'n Social event to just hang out with each other.  Last year'...
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September Update: JoomlaDay Chicago 2020

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 A weekend of Joomlers helping Joomlers! JoomlaDay Chicago 2020 has sessions for beginners, advanced developers, and more. Joomla! President Brian Mitchell is our Keynote Speaker. Beginner's Workshop The weekend starts with a Beginner's Workshop on Friday, October 16th. This is a full-day event led by Laura Gordon from RytechSites and Joomla User Group New Jersey. The...
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MAR
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JoomlaDay Chicago April 2020 Update

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Keynote Speaker, Brian Mitchell   We are honored to have President-Elect Brian Mitchell as this year's keynote speaker. Brian is the founder and president of interGen web solutions in Milwaukee, WI. Brian is responsible for business operations, strategic direction, business development and everything in between. He has been a Joomla! volunteer for years, ser...
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OCT
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JoomlaShack Conference 2019

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 You may recall that back in July we shared the news that the Joomla World Conference was not moving forward.  JoomlaShack, a leading provider of free and commercial Joomla templates, extensions and Joomla training, stepped in and created the JoomlaShack Conference.  This 3-day conference will include presentations from around the world.  The conference...
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OCT
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There's Still Time to Join Us for PBF

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Back in August we announced that we would be hosting Joomla! Pizza, Bugs & Fun or PBF.  A worldwide event to bring the Joomla! community together to work on the next release, Joomla! 4.  PBF is here!  This Saturday at 9 am the fun begins.   What is Joomla!  Joomla! is a free, open-source content management system (CMS) that is used to publish w...
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OCT
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Joomla! Pizza, Bugs & Fun Had Been...Fun

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This past Saturday Danico hosted Joomla Pizza Bugs and Fun (PBF). It was a worldwide event to help advance Joomla!4. This event was a great way to be apart of the Joomla community. The organizers prepared lots of documentation, videos and more to help the local organizers assist their participants. What is Joomla Joomla! is a free and open-source content management system ...
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Pizza, Bugs and Fun Saturday, Oct 19th

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We are pleased to announce that we are hosting Pizza, Bugs and Fun on Saturday, October 19th.  This is worldwide event that brings together the Joomla! community to document and test future versions of our favorite content management system (CMS).   You may be thinking that this event is not for you because you're not a hard core developer, but WAI...
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JUL
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Golf Fore Youth Fundraiser 2019

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The Bridge Youth and Family Service is hosting their annual golf fundraiser on Monday, August 5, 2019 at the Inverness Golf Club. The proceeds from this event go towards providing programs and services for children and their families throughout northwest suburban Chicagoland, with some services extending further. The Bridge is a non-profit organization located in Palatine,...
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MAR
02
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Auctria Update: Mobile Bidding for Apple and Android

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 For events we use Auctria for guest and auction management.  Typically, our clients have a combination of online preview, online and silent auctions to help raise funds for their causes.  While we love to see the fun-natured ribbing as guests chide each other to increase bids, there is also the ability to use mobile bidding.   To understand how mo...
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The Value I See in JoomlaCamp

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The other day I was speaking with a client about the upcoming JoomlaCamp Chicago event that is this Saturday, September 22nd at DePaul University's Loop Campus. I was giving him some lighthearted ribbing about not having registered and his reply caught me a bit off-guard. He asked me, "What would I get out of coming?". It was a great question. Many answers collided in my h...
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JoomlaCamp Chicago Sep 22nd

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For more information on Joomla, a top Content Management System (CMS), go to: joomla.org To see our mentors and find out more information, go to: joomlacampchicago.com Are you a Joomler and want to interact with like minded individuals, or are you interested in becoming one?  JoomlaCamp Chicago is the place for both. Maybe you're wondering what Joomla! is. Joomla...
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Sedona by Manzano Jewelers Grand Opening

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Tonight in downtown Arlington Heights is Flamingo Friday! An event ideal for getting together and strolling through the local shops. It's a great chance to get to know the owners and see all that they offer. In addition to getting reacquainted with businesses that have been here awhile, it's also a great time to be introduced to new ones such as Sedona by Manzano Jewelers....
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AUG
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Golf FORE Youth

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For the past several years we've had the privilege of providing our services to Palatine-based non-profit organization, The Bridge Youth & Family Services, for their annual golf fundraiser.  This event helps The Bridge raise funds to provide services to children and their families, regardless of their ability to pay, to keep them happy, he...
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MAR
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Celebrate St Patrick's Day by Painting the Town Green in Palatine

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The 8th Annual Palatine Paints the Town Green is this Saturday, March 17th in downtown Palatine.  The Parade kicks off at 11a.m.  The festivities begin at the Irish market under the tent outside of Durty Nellie's at 180 North Smith Street in downtown Palatine from 10:00 AM until 2:00 PM.  New this year is a scavenger hunt through the town.  It's a great...
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OCT
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JoomlaDay Chicago 2017, What a Day!

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It was a GREAT day at this year's JoomlaDay Chicago.  The temps were over 90 degrees, a rarity in Chicago, especially in September.  This year the event was at a new home, DePaul University O'Hare Campus.  The staff was very nice and worked with us to create the event.  A quick recap of the event can be found in the October issue of Joomla Magazine.  There presentations and photos are available on joomladaychicago.com. I'm already looking forward to the next one which will be in 2019.

Check out the JoomlaDay Chicago 2017 Recap

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Joomla Template Class

Joomla Template Class
Having trouble finding a template to meet your needs? Just prefer creating your own design? This hands-on training class will give you the basics to get you started building your own Joomla! Template.   This class is led by instructor Alonzo Turner of Subtext Productions, a Chicago-based company specializing in custom design and programming for Joomla! CMS System. ​Ti...
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JAN
13
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Raffle Baskets

One of my favorite parts of planning events is putting together the raffle baskets. We are starting that now for the Are You Smarter Than an Acorn? Trivia Night Fundraiser to benefit the Ancient Oaks Foundation! The event is Saturday, January 23rd at Columbus Center, 365 Surryse Road in Lake Zurich. The games start at 7 pm. It's sure to be a great eventing of trivia, games, raffles and more with special guest emcee Lake Zurich's own Chip Brewster, 2006 Lake Zurich High School Grad and FoxNews6 Milwaukee Reporter. Grab your friends and sign-up at: ancientoaksfoundation.org.
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NOV
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SEO for 2016

Today, I'm excited to have Avery Cohen from Mertrist Partners at this month's Joomla User Group Chicago North (JUGCN)meeting.  Each year Avery comes and shares his insights on the upcoming year's SEO trends.  I'm looking forward to hearing what he has to say, his topic is The Evolution of Search: Find Your Tribe.   The JUGCN group meets at Durty Ne...
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OCT
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Creativity for a Cause

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Fun-draising event to benefit The Bridge Youth & Family Services  On Thursday, October 22nd from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Bottle & Bottega, Arlington Heights, 10 W. Campbell Street, Arlington Heights. This will be a fun painting event where you are led by an instructor in creating your very own masterpiece to display in your home. Not a Picasso or Van Gogh? No worr...
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JUL
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JoomlaDay Chicago Sept 19th

JoomlaDay Chicago Sept 19th

So by now hopefully have heard that JoomlaDay Chicago 2015 is coming September 19th to the Donald E. Stephens Center.  This is a great event to connect with open source technology enthusiasts, both in the area and beyond.  The event includes many sessions on Joomla! (obviously) but also information that is helpful no matter the technology.  2015 marks the 4th time this event has been held in Chicago and I can tell you it is truly a labor of love to put this event together.  

The team behind this event has been working hard to bring to you some of the top speakers around.  Last year's event included David Hurley (WebSpark and joomla.org), Michael Babker (Joomla.org), Steven Pignataro ('corePHP'), and many more.  This year's event is shaping up to be just as spectacular.

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Danico Sponsored Fundraiser to Benefit The Bridge - Oct 23rd - 6pm to 8pm

Danico Sponsored Fundraiser to Benefit The Bridge - Oct 23rd - 6pm to 8pm
I'm pleased to announce that Danico, is sponsoring a fundraising event to benefit The Bridge Youth & Family Services on Thursday, October 23rd from 6 pm to 8 pm at Lamplighters Tavern & Grill, in downtown Palatine.
 
The event is a Bottle and Bottega instructor-led fun painting session.  If you are not familiar with Bottle and Bottega, it was founded in 2009 as "Chicago's first art and wine entertainment studio offering a fun, unique alternative to an ordinary night out!"  
 
Instead of going all the way to the Glen Ellyn location, we are bringing them to you, right in Palatine, in The Bridge's backyard.  
 
The Bridge Youth & Family Services is a non-profit organization who's mission is to help young people and their families achieve social and emotional health.
 
This organization will be celebrating 50 years of services in 2015 and the funds raised at this event will be put towards next year's marketing and promotions.  
 
 
The event is $45 ($20 tax deductible) to participate and you get to take home your very own masterpiece.  Space is limited to 50, so get your seat today!
 
 
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AUG
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Congrats to The Bridge on a Successful Golf Event

On Monday, we had the privilege of providing event services (registration, check-out and auction services) for The Bridge Youth & Family Services of Palatine.  If you are a regular visitor of our site, you may have noticed that we are a huge supporter of The Bridge, which provides programs and services to children and their families in northwest suburban Chicago, regardless on one's ability to pay.  

The event was their annual Peter D. Cunneen Memorial Golf Classic, named for past executive director Peter D. Cunneen.  At the Inverness Golf Club, nearly 200 golfers and dinner guests. bid on live and silent auction items, entered a raffle for a chance to win some cool prizes (iPad, 60" Smart HDTV, Bose Headphones, or One Week Vacation for 4) and best of all, participated in goodhearted competition in Fund-a-Cause (you may know it as a paddle raise).  

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JUL
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Eat for Change

Eat for Change

Do you need another reason to go to The Streets of Woodfield?  Here you go...  

On Thursday, July 31st from 11 am to 2 pm,  grab lunch at Chipotle at The Streets of Woodfield, 601 N. Martingale Rd., Schaumburg, IL 60173 and 50% of the proceeds will go to The Bridge Youth & Family Services, a non-profit organization in Palatine, IL.  The Bridge’s mission is "to help young people and their families achieve social and emotional health”.  They provide services to all Palatine Township residents regardless of ability to pay.  The Bridge has been serving the Northwest Suburbs of Chicago for nearly 50 years, focused on children 0 to 17 and their families. 

To participate is simple, take in this flyer (printed or on your mobile device) or tell the cashier, you're there to Eat for Change to Support The Bridge.
 
For more information about The Bridge, check out their website: www.bridgeyouth.org 
 
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FEB
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Mobile and Your Fundraiser

Mobile and Your Fundraiser

 

Formal attire - check. Gala fundraiser event ticket - check.  Mobile device - check.  
That's what all of the best dressed guests may have at your next event.  It makes sense given that last year in the US, we topped 1 billion smartphone users.  Gala committees and boards may be thinking it is time to do away with the paper, make it easier to separate guests from their money, I mean raise funds.  
 
Paper is cheap and easy
Yeah, I know you want to get rid of paper but let's briefly look at the cost of using a paper process just so you have a clear baseline.  
 
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JAN
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Three items to add to your site visit checklist

Three items to add to your site visit checklist

Event season is nearly upon us. One of the many tasks is a site visit.  Every planner does it and you should too. There are many checklists on the web, in books etc. but none of them will speak exactly to your situation.  Over the years I can say I have never used the exact same checklist twice and I've been working events for a decade. Each time some addition/subtractions are necessary. 

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MAR
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The Art of Check-in

The Art of Check-in

So, let’s talk about event check-in.  I know it’s not a “sexy” topic but it is one that needs a discussion.  And no, I’m not talking about checking in with Foursquare, Facebook or any of those social media things.  I’m talking about the “Welcome, to our event.  May I have your name please” kind of check-in.  (I will discuss the pros and cons of using technology during your event in future posts).

Someone recently reminded me that I’ve in working registration and check-out for 14 years either as a volunteer and/or professional.  Man, that’s a long time!  As a tech enthusiast, a process tinkerer and problem-solver, I keep massaging my team's check-in process, all with the goal of getting guests in quickly, while meeting the stated needs of my clients.
 
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MAR
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The Hybrid Approach to Tech at Events

The Hybrid Approach to Tech at Events

So in The Art of Check-in, I touched on tech at events and promised to get back to it in another post. Well, that is has turned into two. A discussion of the Hybrid Approach and Full Tech Approach.

With all the different ways tech is apart of my everyday life some think I would be gung-Ho for a fully computerized event. But I'm not.

Take for instance the event that Danico provided registration and check-out services for on March 15. The event was for The Bridge Youth and Family Services, it was their annual gala. For this event the Hybrid Approach was used for the the guest check-in, donation entry, auction tracking, and guest check-out. The evening was structured in a way where except of a few guests who needed or wanted to leave before check-out officially opened, that by the time things wrapped up from a program perspective and moved to more entertainment, everything was entered and ready for the guests.

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Whew! We made it

Whew!  We made it

Over the last few months we have been working on a surprise birthday party for a long time Danico supporter.  There was a fear from all that were involved that she would put the pieces together.  Fortunately for us she did not!  We were able to not only surprise her with local friends and family but also with some out of town guests.  

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We were great...weren't we?!

We were great...weren't we?!

Whew! All done…well, almost!

The prizes have been awarded, auction items carried off to their new homes and the decorations have been packed away.

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Event Sprint

Event Sprint

The venue is booked, the meal selected, the RSPV's are in, and now is the event sprint for the BIG DAY.  For me this is the best part.  Yeah, you would think the event itself would be the best part, but we know that it will be great even if it isn't.  During the event sprint is where all the months of planning start to come to life.  The centerpieces are no longer materials in bags hanging out, now they are beautiful structures ready to grace the tables.  The equipment is prepped, tested and packed for transport to the venue and the team is briefed on the event timeline.  
Now, is also where contingency planning is done, where we look at worst case scenarios and how to mitigate them.  The goal is to keep things humming along smoothly until the last guest has happily left the event.  
 
With all of that, truly the best part of the event sprint though, is when the client says, "We know you've got us covered". 
 
Yes, we do. 
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