The Boise Macs is an Apple User Group Serving Idaho’s Treasure Valley
About the Group
The group meets on a monthly basis currently the third Wednesday of every month. Meetings involve a wide variety of topics related to all things Apple. All presentations are provided voluntary by members of the group. To learn more about joining the group visit the Why Join the Group? page.
User Group FAQ
Paid membership to the User Group is not required, but is helpful to sustaining group activities and equipment. To learn more about fees please visit the Boise Macs User Group FAQ page.
User Group Time and Location
Meetings for the rest of the year are set. Please check the Time and Location page for updates on meetings or join the mailing list noted below to get regular updates.
User Group Communications
The group’s email is firstname.lastname@example.org, but in order for members to receive your email you must first sign up for the group. To find out more about the mailing list please visit the Mailing List Guidelines page.
What does it cost to join?
The Boise Macs annual membership fee is $24.00. Funds are used to pay for the Annual Picnic and items for the Annual Holiday Raffle Party. Dues also go towards other group activities and replacement of audio/video equipment. Paying members also are granted access to Monthly Special Offers and other group perks.
I can’t attend meetings. Can user groups still help me?
Yes. Even if you don’t attend regular meetings, many user groups offer a variety of non-meeting resources which you’ll find beneficial. Top-notch publications, specialized technical help, email discussion lists, and/or message boards are examples of these resources.
I’ve never heard of user groups. What are they?
User groups are organizations created by people interested in sharing information about their computers and what they can accomplish with the help of digital technology. User groups are about the technology, but also about the friendships that result. Over 800 user groups worldwide have registered with Apple — some with fewer than 30 members, others with over 1,000.
Why should I join a user group?
Joining gives you full access to all the benefits a group offers. Though membership offerings vary from group to group, you can look for a newsletter, personalized advice, regular meetings and a welcoming atmosphere. You’ll feel connected to the many other Apple users in your community.
What happens at user group meetings?
Meetings vary depending on the evening. Many meetings will feature presentation from group members either about technology or about an individual project such as a video or podcast. Most meetings include time for question and answer sessions as well as some social and networking activities. You can ask any question about your computer, easy or difficult, and get an answer from a knowledgeable fellow user. The Annual Holiday Meeting features a raffle and other giveaways. At times the group has received software and merchandise donations from industry vendors, and most groups share these items with members via a monthly raffle.
How is the user group organized?
The user group is independent organizations run by local volunteer Apple enthusiasts. Apple promotes and supports user groups, but the company does not own, manage, or direct them. The group is not organized into a formal hierarchy and operates independently. User group members usually elect officers — a president(s), secretary/ treasurer, and webmaster.
What benefits do user groups offer?
User groups help members with technical questions, give honest advice on choosing software, hardware and peripherals, and provide a friendly environment where people can learn from each other. Many groups offer monthly meetings, an informative newsletter, member discounts, special interest groups, classes, one-on-one support, and of course, the camaraderie that Apple users share.
Why Join a User Group?
Cost of Joining
Payment to join the group is not required, but is encouraged to sustain group activities and maintain equipment. Paying membership is $24.00 annually and is collected at meeting during the Months of April and May. The group accepts cash, check or credit (via the Square App, but additional fees are required for this payment source). Visit the Boise Macs User Group FAQ‘s page for what dues provide.
Make New Friends
Meet people who share your interests and passions. Find a group of friends with whom you can talk about Macs, iPads, iPhones, iPods and more, or just hang out. Go to a monthly meeting or to special events.
Get Support and Enhance Your Skills
You’ve got questions. Your local user group has answers. Enhance your skills so you can take yourself to a new professional level, or create projects for your family or hobbies. User groups can help you work harder or play harder.
Maybe you’ve got some of the answers. User groups are a rewarding way for you to share your expertise. Someone may have helped you learn about technology; now you can repay the favor while meeting new people and making new contacts.
User group members receive exclusive benefits from a large number of companies. As a user group member, you can save money on software and new and used hardware from many of the top vendors.
Find Local Resources
The Internet provides many answers and resources. However, nothing beats the personal connection of meeting with local Mac users and exploring the resources that are available locally — from resellers to technical support to community activities.
If you happened to find a date while at a group event, it wouldn’t be the first time in user group history. That’s what can happen when you find people in your community who have similar interests. User group meetings can even change your life through the relationships you form.
Make Business Contacts
Maybe you’re not looking for a date, but you could be looking for professional contacts and networks. Meet people who run and manage area businesses, law practices, and medical centers and discuss ways you can build relationships that are beneficial to all parties.
Volunteer in the Community
User groups can help you make a difference in your community. Many groups offer volunteer opportunities that include helping in area schools, community centers or libraries.
Tell the World
Perhaps you’re passionate about the world’s greatest technology. User groups give you the chance to tell the world — or at least many people in your community. Help spread the news by hosting demonstrations and meetings at community events.
It’s Just Plain Fun
There’s something about user groups that makes members come back time after time. They love it. They love the people they meet and the opportunities that user groups create. Being a user group member is just plain fun.
Time and Location
After the June Picnic the Group will begin meeting the Second Wednesday of the month Starting in August, with no meeting the month of July. Meetings begin at 7:00pm and run until 9:00pm. The room is open to the group starting at 6:00pm to converse and order food early.
- June 22, 2016 beginning at 6:00pm (Annual Picnic, please join the email group for details)
- July No Meeting
- August 10, 2016
- September 14, 2016
- October 12, 2016
- November 9, 2016
- December 14, 2016
The User Group holds its meetings at the Idaho Pizza Company located at 7100 West Fairview Avenue, Boise, ID 83704. The phone number is (208) 375-0342.