The group was initially started in early 1996 by seven individuals here in Rochester,
NY, along with the help of Microsoft's
Keith Partington and Todd Abel who have provided support and guidance to get this
group rolling. We would like to mention the support of Gordon Rogers and Meliora
Systems, Inc. for providing us the facilities to hold our pre-planning meetings,
RIT for the facilities of our early
meetings, Element K and Microsoft
for many years of support by providing a location, and now New Horizonzons Computer Learning Center for our current
location. Without the help of these individuals and companies it would have been
difficult to get launched and continue to this day.
Our first meeting was in January 1996, and we continue to grow as a strong and active
group in the Upstate New York area. Tell others about it - there are many people
who don't know about us who are thinking right now: "Boy, I wish there
was a group of developers to share knowledge with..."! This is everyone's
user group and it is user-driven. If you want to learn more about Visual Development
- come to the meetings and provide input and help steer the organization in the
right direction. This group can become a place to turn to when trying to make development
decisions or just find out what others are doing locally with these great programming
languages. In short, there is tremendous opportunity to learn from others, to teach
others, and to make Rochester a stronger development community.
Have a look around and we hope to see you at the next meeting.
Objectives are listed in the club By-Laws.
Why do we have no membership fees?
We all think that the reason our group has been to be so truly revolutionary
— that is we really believe we can fuel VDUNY group operations entirely on the energy,
enthusiasm, and generosity of its members and sponsors,
rather than through dues-based memberships. Our web site was originally donated by John
Homer of Onto Technology,
and has been updated over the years by members. Currently, the site is being maintained by Bob Nims utilizing the resources provided by various sponsors.
More often than not, our speakers come from within
the membership. Outside speakers are found and arranged for by members. We
have rooms for medium meetings graciously provided by New Horizons Computer Learning Center.
Many members have taken part in scheduling, organizing and
spreading the word about our group. Without membership
fees, we avoid having a treasurer, a tax accountant, a membership coordinator,
a fee at the door for guests, elections for these positions, etc.
However, this means we take the risk of truly relying on everyone's participation
to keep this group alive –
and the last 16 years has demonstrated that we can do it! The enthusiasm for this group has been phenomenal. It really
seems to fill a real need – the need to network with other visual developers and
to learn new things.