Over 40 Clubs representing over 15,000 Computer Club Members in the State of Arizona
Our Mission - The Arizona Alliance of Computer Clubs (AZacc) was formed for the purpose of jointly booking outside speakers for computer user group (computer club) meetings. The intent is for the larger user groups to be able to draw the premier speakers that the smaller groups couldn't, independently. User groups line up their meetings as closely as possible to one another, allowing the outside speaker to come to Arizona, stay a while, and meet with several user groups over that time span. It is our hope that by drawing these premier speakers, user groups will be able to increase their membership, thus making both Arizona User Groups and the Alliance stronger. There are currently over 40 member-groups representing over 15,000 members whose meetings are clustered in the first three weeks of the month. AZacc also provides its member clubs with an opportunity to learn from each other through discussions and an exchange of information at its quarterly meetings.
Issues facing computer clubs like The Arizona Alliance of Computer Clubs are no different than those facing most organizations in today’s world. Leadership experts all seem to agree that there are three major issues facing just about any kind of organization. The first challenge is attracting and retaining good people. We all know that people are the key any organization’s success. We are all facing the problem that the same good people are doing all the work for the organization. Trying to get different people to volunteer for leadership positions in the organization is difficult at best. The second challenge that our kind of organization is facing is trying to keep our memberships interested in the new technology as it evolves. Since we provide programs aimed at education and explanation of computer hardware and software, we must continually keep our pulse on the membership needs and desires and provide programs that they want to attend and support. Many people have a psychological resistance to adapting the next technology . The third challenge that I see with organizations is aligning their membership to focus on innovation and growth. Often times there are a few people that are very excited and clear on the strategy for growth. The entire leadership team must be together in their vision for the growth of the organization. If you are not moving your club forward, it might just cease to exist. Our plan for 2012 is to face these challenges together and collectively find solutions that can be implemented within all of our memberships.
Katie Gertz, President