== Existence of Local User Groups == I am in the process of forming a Python User Group for Champaign-Urbana and surrounding areas, but I would like to make sure there is not already a very unpublicized (very, very hard to find) user group for Python in the area (Decatur, Bloomington or C-U areas)? Please reply to this message (off the group, unless you would like it on the record that there is a group and give general information for other CU Python-heads that may not know about it).
I did searches on google, google groups and checked the python.org LocalUserGroup wiki page, but found nothing that was active. The nearest PyUG I found was ChiPy (the Chicago group), which is 2.5 hours drive away.
== New Local User Group Status == I am in the process of creating the website (in Python of course:) and should have this ready by Friday 03/17/2006 (St. Paddy's Day), but I did want to make sure there is not anything out there already to avoid duplicate efforts.
To be notified on new developments with the user group (events, projects, etc.) please subscribe to the low-traffic Google Group I created today: http://groups.google.com/group/illipy-announce
I was also planning on advertizing the first meeting locally in weekly newspapers, and posting flyers across campus and downtown Champaign as well as Urbana retail locations in the next two weeks after the website was launched, and of course listing the website on the python.org wiki and related websites.
== First Meeting == Tentative date for the first meeting is Wednesday April 26, 2006 @ 7pm at Giuliani's (where the old Green Street Coffee Shop used to be - 608 E. Green St., Champaign - do not confuse this with the new Green Street Cafe near the Green and First St. intersection).
== Other == If anyone has any thoughts or experience with best practices (or potential pitfalls to avoid) to organize (legally) or promote a local user group for Python (or similar special interest groups), please reply to this message (off the group).