I hope this email finds you well! A few updates for you regarding the LUG.
*Update since my last e-mail*
Due to the Omicron variant, this has meant for the last couple of months
the Governments guidance was changing and Internet Central's tight
coronavirus policies were kept in place. This (as you likely had
already guessed, and has been discussed on IRC/Discord) is why the
previously mentioned plans for the LUG, that I talked about before
Christmas, have sadly not materialised. Although we have been gathering
some excellent ideas for new workshop events.
As mentioned last year, the usual annual nominations process should have
begun on the 9th February. I'm told that there isn't any particular
reason why this hasn't happened, except forgetfulness!
So you should see another message appear in the general@ mailing list
momentarily (from Function Office) acknowledging this and running an
expedited version of the nomination process, which shouldn't be a big
problem given the low activity. This will mean we'll have a new leader
in time for the 23rd year of the LUG beginning 2nd March.
Please note that due to other life, work and volunteering priorities
chewing through pretty much all my available time, it would not be fair
to the LUG for me to consider my personal nomination - therefore I am
not seeking to stand this time, so please don't put me forward!
*New Coronavirus (COVID-19) update and moving forward*
We've got word from Internet Central that as of today they going in the
same direction as the government and removing all Coronavirus policies
that were in force at their offices. However they still have a few bits
of guidance for anyone who physically comes in, however none of it is
mandatory, nor does it require any additional steps or checks. We will
be operating a telepresence system too, so that people can join meetings
remotely as well.
As a result the LUG can (finally!) officially return back to normal for
physical meetings. However given a new LUG leader is inbound
imminently, I feel that the planning of that should now be left to them.
I'll be available to help with any transition support should it be
required though, as I am sure Steven, Mark, Darren, Keira, etc... will
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