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Letter from the President - November 2020

Welcome to November! The big news here in the U.S. in the next few days will be the Presidential election. Do not worry, though, I am not touching politics with a “thirty-nine-and-a-half-foot pole!” (Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch fans will get the reference) November is also a time of Thanksgiving here, and despite the crazy year that has been 2020, there is still a lot to be thankful for. I am thankful for all our AUGI volunteers who give of their own time to keep our organization rolling. With the many changes over the past year or so, I am exceptionally grateful for everyone’s dedication to AUGI and the drive to press on!

Speaking of changes, one major difference this year will be Autodesk University which will be entirely virtual. There are no fees for attending AU virtually, so if you have never had the chance to attend in person you can check out what you have been miss-ing. There will be live sessions as well as pre-recorded sessions. AUGI will have a bit of a different presence at AU this year. We will be a Gold sponsor and will have a “virtual booth” where you can connect with us here at AUGI. Several of our members and board members will be presenting class sessions – be sure to look them up! AU runs from November 17-20, 2020.

Because of the timing of AU, and because AUGI has expanded our inclusion of software beyond Autodesk, we have decided to host our Annual General Meeting separately from AU during the second week of December. As of this writing, we are still shoring up the details, so watch your email for the specific date and time. We have a very special guest emcee, and I am so thrilled to be sharing a virtual stage with this person! It is a surprise!!

And another change – we encountered a board vacancy with the resignation of Matt Wunch last month. To replace Matt, the board has appointed returning member, Scott Wilcox. Scott is a wealth of AUGI knowledge that we just could not keep away! We are thrilled that he has decided to rejoin the board of directors. Thank you, Scott, and best wishes to Matt on your new adventure!

I am also very thankful to our AUGIWorld authors who are very dedicated to bringing fresh content month after month. This month’s issue focuses on Education and Training, and as one who presents training and webinars, I can tell you that training (good train-ing) is so very important. Employers should see value in having well-trained staff – it not only helps boost employee confidence but can help improve bottom-lines as well! I hope you enjoy this month’s issue of AW and be thankful!

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