Why Join the OPCUG?
After reviewing our website, you
might ask: "What will I get for my $25 annual
dues?" The OPCUG is a not-for-profit service
organization. Its purpose is to serve not only its
members, but also the community at large. Folks like you
and me, who have joined together to help each other
optimize the use of computer technology. Members
include those who do not yet own a computer, to managers
of corporate IS (Information Systems) departments, who
want to share and help.
is the value of an OPCUG membership:
- Ottawa PC News
newsletter: Each month you receive an
electronic newsletter that contains pages of
information about meetings, activities, product reviews, commentaries,
tech tips and computer news, plus lots of helpful
information. Many members join our group
just for the newsletter.
- OPCUG Website: Our website is a
useful place to find information on OPCUG meetings and events, product reviews, and Questions and Answers. We are
continually improving it!
- Members Helping
Members: One of the most valuable
services from OPCUG is the member helping
member's service. Volunteers have offered their
help to other members in solving problems.
Consider the cost of even a five-minute service
call to a computer manufacturer's or software
publisher's hotline and you can see the benefit
of an OPCUG membership..
- General Meetings: The 10 general meetings each year (we do
not meet in July and August) are worth a
lot. Here we meet representatives of
industry manufacturers who tell us about their
new products or trends in the world of
technology. On Members' Night, members tell
us about their favourite products..
- Questions and Answers: Your OPCUG
membership also allows you to attend all our
Question and Answer forums held during the
monthly general meetings. These meetings
range from beginners to advanced discussions on
Windows and Linux, database, document publishing
and a variety of Internet subjects. We hope
that you will find all your answers at an OPCUG
general meeting and that you will develop some
very useful contacts.
- The PUB: OPCUG members
have access to a communications server designed
to provide email, conferencing, information, and
file services to members.
- Special Discounts on
Products: Computer equipment and
software companies believe that user group
members influence others to make purchases. That
is why they offer discounts to our members.
OPCUG members are frequently offered software and
hardware at significant discounts from normal
- Door and Raffle Prizes: At OPCUG events,
we often have door and raffle prizes worth
hundreds of dollars. OPCUG members, when
present at a general meeting, are automatically
registered for the door prize draw. Tickets
are available for the raffle prize.