A Great Road Trip and a Look Ahead

I got to spend last week in Ohio and Michigan where I attended three SOLIDWORKS user group meetings.

Rochester Hills









I started out in Monroe, Michigan with the Southeast Michigan/Northwest Ohio SOLIDWORKS User Group, where more than 110 attendees were treated to several technical sessions, a small vendor faire, and some delicious food.  With the backing of Monroe County Community College, all of the local SOLIDWORKS resellers, and the leadership of Dean Kerste, this group has had some terrific meetings.  Last week was no exception.

Professor Dean Kerste opens up the meeting
Professor Dean Kerste opens up the meeting


















Off to Cleveland where I helped the Northeast Ohio SOLIDWORKS User Group celebrate their 10th anniversary with a great meeting at the International Women’s Air and Space Museum.  Group founder Dan Bertschi was there along with all of the current and former group officers.  I had a lot of fun presenting some Tips and Tricks along with some of my favorite new features in SOLIDWORKS 2015.

The people responsible fro NEOSWUG
From L-R; Dave Bartholomew, Tony Hodos, Dan Bertschi, Jennifer Klun, Jerry Kassil, Craig Riedel



















My final stop was in Rochester Hills, Michigan for the Eastern Michigan SOLIDWORKS User Group.  After a brief 10th anniversary presentation, I got to sit back and watch two really good presentations by Rodney Harper and Darin Grosser.  We weren’t able to get in touch with the group’s founder Robert Meitzler, but Dan Bovinich and Don Bartlett have done a great job keeping the group going all these years.

Group leader Dan Bovinich with EMSWUG 10 year plaque
Group leader Dan Bovinich with the EMSWUG 10 year plaque
























I really enjoyed all three meetings, got to eat some great food, met a ton of new people, and listened to some outstanding presentations.  I even got some candy.

Sweet treats for the EMSWUG meeting
Sweet treats for the EMSWUG meeting











In other news…..

Three of our International groups meet this week:

The SOLIDWORKS User Group of Pereira meets Friday the 24th.

The Tangerang City SOLIDWORKS User Group meets this Saturday the 25th.

The SOLIDWORKS User Group (Club) of Nagano also meets Saturday the 25th.

A couple of surprise guests will be on hand for the Western Mass SOLIDWORKS User Group meeting on April 29th.

There are currently 27 meetings listed on the SWUGN website.

Richard Doyle
My official title is Senior User Advocacy & SolidWorks User Groups - but most people just call me "The User Group Guy". I've been a SolidWorks user since 1997, and was one of the founding members of the SWUGN Committee. Since starting the Central Texas SolidWorks User Group in 1999, my career path has led me to DS SolidWorks and a dream job supporting the SolidWorks User Group Network worldwide.
Richard Doyle
Richard Doyle