[Phoenix-pm] Meeting room possibilities...
Metz, Bobby W, WCS
bwmetz at att.com
Fri Oct 21 16:32:15 PDT 2005
I'll ask my employer as well. Security is a bit of a hassle and of
course the bathrooms are behind locked doors, so you'll have to hold it,
but I'll ask anyway. Location is just off I-10 & Ray Rd. so a bit South
for some of you.
From: phoenix-pm-bounces at pm.org [mailto:phoenix-pm-bounces at pm.org]On
Behalf Of Scott Walters
Sent: Friday, October 21, 2005 12:00 PM
To: John Zugel
Cc: phoenix-pm at pm.org
Subject: Re: [Phoenix-pm] Meeting room possibilities...
There are a lot of good ideas in here. Many of them have already
been pointed out at one time or another, or are actively being
considered, or have recently been done.
I think Brock might just be holding out, trying to get proper
meeting space at ASU, or something else we've been talking about
doing for a while. And Phoenix.PM tends to organize meetings at
a leisurely pace.
We certainly have meeting spaces we can use (see the Website at
phoenix.pm.org for a list of past locations), but we're trying to
circulate to more parts of the Valley to give more first-timers
an excuse to make a meeting, and we're looking for professional
digs to contrast the pizza joints, libraries, and coffee shops
we've been winding up at.
Also, it's easier to consider specific options -- like the
George and Dragon pub in downtown Phoenix, or the Nello's in
downtown Scottsdale ;)
Still, this is a good starting point for summerizing options.
8. I'm pretty sure I can get some space (and a sponser) at Scottsdale
Community College, but I keep forgetting to ask.
9. http://www.azontherocks.com -- how does Phoenix.PM feel about
having a rock-climbing social meeting? $20 gets you a gear rental
and a day pass, and they show you the ropes (har har har) too.
If we get about 8 people or so who want to do this, we can book
it as a party and save even more money.
> 1. Most public libraries have meeting rooms, but they apparently
> charge for use, so depending on how flush we're feeling, this is
> a possibility.
They did downtown Scottsdale's library recently, I think. I missed that
> 3. ASU's library has study rooms, but I don't know how large they are.
The library has never asked me for ID, but that may just be my
professorial (ie. unkempt) appearance.
They're pretty small for our requirements. A coffee shop near campus, or
the student union, might be options.
> 4. When I lived in an apartment, the apartment complex had a common
room available at no charge, large enough for a good-size gathering,
with some restrictions. But after 7 PM, the gate was closed and you had
to buzz for admittance, a minor annoyance.
Too unprofessional, IMO. I'd sooner have everyone to the house ;)
> 5. When I lived in Silicon Valley, one of the Carls Jrs had a meeting
room that they regularly made available to groups for meetings. Perhaps
one or more fast food/restaurants would help out on their slow nights,
if approached properly.
We recently did Nello's Pizza in North Scottsdale. The turn-out was
but Nellos had a few other large parties the same night at the same
so we wound up waiting to be seated for a long time. That was just
timing. And they don't take reservations, either.
There's a downtown Scottsdale Nello's now too, by the way.
One of the reasons I suggested Nello's before was their good beer
with local micros on tap and about 20 beers in the cooler, but there are
apparently surprisingly few beer drinkers in Phoenix.PM.
> 6. I have no idea about how or how well the technology works, but
would NetMeeting or something like it allow us to hold a virtual meeting
? If not, is there an entrepreneurial^H^H...^H^H, money-making
possibility here, or an open source solution waiting for
We're dabbling with doing audio recordings (should set up proper podcast
feeds eventually) and I'm talking about doing video as well. There are a
lot of Linux users in the group (looks pretty fifty-fifty between Linux
and Windows), so if you say NetMeeting, you should probably say
We did have an IRC "virtual" meeting once, and turn-out was poor.
> 7. If we were in some way allied with some other group, perhaps we
could piggyback on their already-reserved space. Broadening the charter
to combine with the PHP group that meets at Walt's TV (already a sizable
group) might cross-pollinate both groups, altho that may have already
happened. There was a Python group, but they seem to have
disbanded/died. Perhaps they could be included. And maybe start a Ruby
group, just for the extra weight on the letterhead.
I don't want to redefine the group as being a splinter of another group
(PLUG had also
been suggested in the past), but I've been advocating coinciding
meetings with other
groups for just this effect -- cross-pollination.
> So, that's my thoughts. I've got emails out to Phx Public Library and
Scottsdale Public Library for rates/availability/etc. I'll post more
when/if I know more.
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