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Letter from the President - May 2019

May has always been a springboard month when the northern U.S. jumps from spring to summer. Swimming pools open, nature blooms in vivid colors, and kids approach the end of school anxious for summer vacation. My favorite part of living where I do is seeing all the baby farm animals in the fields. One of these days, I will hug a baby calf ! It is a month of new beginnings, and that holds true for AUGI as well.

It has been said that “change is good.” Behind the scenes, we at AUGI have been working on quite a few of those changes! We hope that our members will benefit greatly from these changes and continue the vision of AUGI as an independent user group. We could not do what we do without our membership and the continued support of our sponsors.

First and foremost, we would like to welcome Dell as the new sponsor for AUGIWorld magazine! Their support helps provide the magazine to our readers worldwide. Thank you, Dell!

Secondly, Autodesk User Group International, as an independent organization, will now be formally known as just AUGI. Everybody already calls us this so we are just simplifying the obvious. While our mainstay will still be Autodesk products, we are spreading our wings to be more inclusive of cross-industry practices and software applications. This is a huge step for our AUGI members and our user group community. We look forward to the opportunities this will bring to our organization and to our members.

Speaking of changes, this is a great time to check your AUGI.com profile and make sure your information is up to date. While you are there, take a few moments to stop by the forums and say hello to your fellow AUGI members. Maybe you will spot a question only you have the answer for, or ask a question of your own. Remember, this organization is what you make of it, dear AUGI member!

This is also the time of year the new Autodesk releases start rolling out, and our members have been actively exploring the new features in each release. As these new versions are released, some of our authors will be diving in to report on what they find. Check out what they have to say about their favorites!

Whew! That is some big news! We have been very busy this first half of 2019, and I am looking forward to what the second half brings. For now, I am going to take a nice cold beverage out by the pool with my latest edition of AUGIWorld!

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