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Can you help us make our WordPress meetups better?

From: David W.
Sent on: Tuesday, March 15, 2016 10:57 AM

Hey yall, it’s David, and I’m here asking something new of the meetup. We’ve been around for four and a half years, which is already an incredible amount of time for a group this active. While we used to leave a tip jar out to cover snacks for the meetup, covering the difference out of pocket, we stopped doing that over a year ago as we had WP Engine step in to sponsor our meetups monthly.


We don’t maintain a large balance in a bank account anywhere, as the group is focused on offering WordPress support and knowledge as widely as we can within reason, not on making money. We’re working on some new sponsors for 2016, but also want to up our meetup game a bit, and have identified a few places that we’d like to improve to make the meetups better for attendees and later viewers.


First up we plan on purchasing a PA for the meetup. I brought one in last year that I purchased personally, but it did not work well enough to suit our needs and it was returned. We’ve identified a setup that is both portable and well reviewed from other meetups, which would make it a lot easier to hear speakers, both in person and in recordings.
Second is a better camera to document the meetups, as well as record the presentations to post to our YouTube channel at http://youtube.com/wordpressorlando. We’ve got a great volunteer, Diana Sacoto, who sometimes records, but she can’t make it every month. If you see last months video you might notice that it’s a bit blurry as I use a rather old webcam of my own for when I do them.


We’re asking for larger donations for the first time in our group’s history to help cover the costs of these items, as well as supply food and beverages every month as you’ve come to expect. We’ve got some perks for donations, and will be adding more over time, including more when we update our personal site. You can see the perks and donate here: http://wporlando.org/donate/

 


TL;DR - We’re crowdfunding for a PA and video camera to improve the meetups, and to pay for food and drinks. Donate and get sponsor perks here: http://wporlando.org/donate/


Thanks in advance for helping make the WordPress Orlando Meetup even better!

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