President's Report for 2010 AGM
In my fourth and final year of being ADUG President as well as my final year on the ADUG Committee, I must admit to feeling both sad as well as having a good sense of achievement. When I think of where ADUG was 10+ years ago when I first joined the Committee as the first non-Melbourne member, and all that has been achieved in the years since, I am pleased to say we have come a long way!
ADUG has always been about more than just Aussie Programmers sharing their love of Delphi. I think in many ways there has been a family atmosphere that has helped many of us through various obstacles - be they small or be they large - and has resulted in a friendly and productive environment. This result is due to the input, patience and openness of our many members and list contributors, and I thank you all. Even those who just lurk on our Members List do add to our family and hopefully one day they will get a bit more involved - either by asking a question or suggesting a solution or even sharing an experience. Thank you all for helping make ADUG what it is today - not just a fantastic resource but a friendly, professional and, probably most importantly, a fun organisation with which to be involved.
I strongly encourage you all to remember that our Committee Members are all volunteers, and thus have their own work, family and other commitments - so please continue give them your support, patience and thanks.
I wish to thank Mathias Burbach who has been Vice President over the past year, and wish him well in his new role as President. I am sure his enthusiasm and boundless energy will help lead ADUG into new and exciting areas.
Roger Connell continues to do a marvellous job as our Secretary and I thank him for his dedication, his wisdom and his support.
Sue King has been a very capable and hard working Treasurer. I think it is easy to overlook all that is required to look after the books, pay the bills, etc - especially around Symposium time. I especially thank Sue and her family for opening up her home for a fabulous Committee Get-Together this year.
Peter Sanders has done a fine job as our webmaster, and has been working of late to improve our web presence. He is also taking over from me when it comes to liaisons with 3rd Party Vendors and Sponsors. Good to have a fellow Western Australian involved in the Committee :)
Adam Webb has done a fine job looking after our Lists - and come the AGM I will cease being his backup. The ADUG Lists have a very fond place in my heart, and Adam happily puts in those little chunks of time every day as they are needed to keep things running smoothly.
Andrea Coffey did a marvellous job (as always) with putting together all the material for the Symposium. I must say I will miss her good humour and thank her for all her support over all these years.
Brian Watson did a great job coordinating our International Speaker this year. I appreciate the support and insight that Alex Fekken brings to the Committee. I also think the Committee will benefit greatly from the new addition of Lachlan Gemmell who already puts a lot into ADUG.
My prayers and best wishes do go with the new Committee as they embark on whatever adventures await them :)
Now onto the year that was...
I said last year that "we have endeavoured to get Committee members to know more of the various jobs that are done" and I think the comments above show this has been successful. Support of our Members Mailing List remains strong though a little down from this time last year - we are currently at 426 subscribers (down about 5%) - but our ADUG Jobs list now has 836 subscribers!. It is also good to see the Delphi Jobs come through on that list. We still need to work a bit harder to get new ADUG Members and existing/previous Members to renew. I am sure the Committee will welcome any thoughts you have on ways we can improve ADUG and our Membership - you can email the president at president's email and he will share them with the Committee.
We, once again, have seen a lot happening in the past year with the product we all enjoy - Delphi. We have just seen the release of Delphi XE which has increased the quality of the Product as well provided more tools. Whilst things have been delayed, we have seen that Embarcadero has a strong commitment to Cross Platform Development and aims to have a single IDE that produces Native Windows, Mac and Linux Apps (I'm still very keen for the Mac support) - as well as plans for 64-bit Native Windows (which I am really looking forward to). So I think there are still many exciting events ahead. Our relationship with the local Embarcadero staff, especially Malcolm Groves, continues to remain strong, and it is good to see some of them contribute regular to our Mailing List as well as some of the US staff - hopefully someone from the US will soon have someone join to help replace all the great feedback we got from Nick Hodges.
This year we held our Symposium in Canberra and Melbourne. Both Chapters did very well and the days were a good success. I think all those who attended enjoyed the day, and our International Speaker (Cary Jensen), as well as our local Speakers, did fine jobs. We will have some details about the 2011 Symposium in the near future.
Our Local Subcommittees continue to run their own events and this decentralised form of organisation continues to work well with ADUG . It would be great if we could see more people attending Meetings. If you have difficulties getting to meetings then contact your Chapter and let them know.
Again, I need to thank all the members of the national and local ADUG committees as they do a lot of unseen work that continues to keep the ADUG going, and I would like to thank all those who are involved in local meetings and who are regularly involved in the Mailing Lists - you all help to make ADUG the family that it is - and I look forward to seeing what the future brings.