Announcing the new Bellingham SQL Server Users Group (PASS Chapter)

Aaron Buma and I, with help from the Professional Association for SQL Server (PASS) have formed an official PASS chapter called the Bellingham SQL Server Users Group.

Here is the description of what a PASS Chapter is:

 PASS Chapters are local user groups that meet regularly in communities around the world to share their passion and knowledge about Microsoft SQL Server and Business Intelligence. Each Chapter has its own style, leadership, and schedule to meet members’ needs. And with over 250 PASS Chapters worldwide – and growing – there’s likely a group in your area.

PASS Chapters are a free and easily accessible resource for learning more about SQL Server and connecting with other SQL Server professionals in your area. They are also your local connection to the PASS Community.

We will be scheduling 2 events per month, one will be an after work event, usually at 6:00pm on the 2nd Tuesday or Wednesday of the month (depending on scheduling). This meeting will usually be 2 hours with information on other PASS events, a guest presenter, and some time for networking with others in the chapter.

The second event will be a networking lunch where we just pick a restaurant somewhere in Bellingham to meet with the users group for lunch once a month. This will be on the 4th Tuesday of the month.


Call to Action:

To register as a member of our chapter, please visit click on the “Find a Local Chapter” button in the top left area. When you see the list of chapters, scroll to “Bellingham SQL Server Users Group” in the list of chapters, and click the “Register to Join” button if you are not already registered with PASS, or if you are already registered, click the “Join” button.


March 10th – First Chapter Meeting.

The first chapter meeting will be a week from now, March 10th in the Emergency Reporting conference room in Suite 301. As a supporter of the PASS chapter startup, Pete Jongema on behalf of Emergency Reporting has allowed us to use the conference room until we get a more permanent place. At this first meeting, I will be doing a presentation on SQL Server Query Performance Tuning.

Address 851 Coho Way, Suite 301, Bellingham WA  98225.


March 24th – First Networking Lunch.

The first networking lunch will be at Noon on March 24th at Buffalo Wild Wings in the Bellis Fair Mall.


Please Invite Others

Please help us get this going by forwarding a link to this posting along to anyone you know locally who works with SQL Server or who may be interested in SQL Server.


Bellingham SQL Server Users Group – March Meeting

On March 10th, 2015, the first meeting of the Bellingham SQL Server Users Group will be held at Emergency Reporting at 851 Coho Way, Suite 301, Bellingham WA 98225.

This is the first ever meeting of the Bellingham SQL Server Users Group, and we will be using the Emergency Reporting conference room until we have enough members to find a larger location.

This week will be our first ever meeting, and I will be presenting on SQL Server Performance Tuning.


Next Weekly Free SQL Training: A Review

We are currently about 25% of the way through the SQL Server 70-461 exam preparation class, which has been available through Google On Air Broadcasts every Thursday at 9:00am Pacific time.

To celebrate the 25% mark, and to strengthen the training we have decided to do a review session on everything that we have covered so far.

You can watch via Google On Air Broadcasts at this url:

Brown Bag Lunch: LinkedIn Pro Tips & How to Build Your Personal Brand

This week I had a chance to sit in on a great presentation provided by Sydney Ratzlaff at Emergency Reporting.

I learned a few things, and was able to build out my LinkedIn profile based on her help.

Here are the slides from the presentation on SlideShare:


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Weekly SQL Training – MERGE Statement and Recursive Queries

The free SQL Server Queries weekly training is being presented by Emergency Reporting. The training is being presented by Aaron Buma and myself. This week we are covering two topics, first the MERGE statement will be covered by Aaron, then I will present on Recursive Queries. There MERGE statement is one of those that I was not familiar enough with when I took the certification exam 2 years ago. The recursive queries section was touched on a bit during the CTE presentation, here I will go into much more detail with additional samples.

You can download the slides and TSQL sample code here:

Here are the slides, located at slideshare:

And here is the video on my YouTube Channel:


This is a live broadcast that was available on Google On Air Broadcasts.

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Training Employees

Training Employees

A great conversation, not original, but something found on LinkedIn

For employee training, see our Free SQL Query Training program.