The East Tennessee Macintosh Users Group (ETMUG, formerly known as MacClique) held a General Meeting on Sept 17, 2013 at Pellissippi State Community College. We want to let you know how that meeting went.
Fifteen members have renewed their ETMUG membership in response to our recent postcard mailing and email postings. Ten were present at the 9/17 meeting. After discussing the future of ETMUG, a vote was held on whether to disband ETMUG. The vote (which was unanimous) was to cease operations of ETMUG.
ETMUG has been a valuable resource to our members since 1984 -- the year that Apple started producing the first Macintosh (the Mac 128k if you remember). In the past, we have had a large membership with exciting, informative meetings and presentations. Over the years membership and attendance at meetings has steadily dwindled, to the point that many recent meetings have had only four or five attendees. This can perhaps be blamed on a few things. First, personal computing is not new and unique any more. Second, many people get their information from the internet instead of monthly meetings. Whatever the reason may be for our decline, we can be proud of the fact that we have been a valuable resource in the Macintosh community in East Tennessee for nearly 30 years.
At the 9/17 meeting, the members present decided that after paying all final obligations (meeting expenses, any final bank fees, any close-down fees that may be imposed by state, etc.) that the remaining funds of ETMUG would be donated to non-profit organizations in accordance with our bylaws. (For reference: Our Bylaws state in Article XIII - Dissolution Requirement: "On liquidation or dissolution, a Meeting of the Association will be held to decide the disposition of all properties and assets and obligations, in accordance with the Constitution." Our Constitution states in Article XIII - Dissolution Requirement: "Upon the dissolution of the corporation, its assets shall be distributed for one or more exempt purposes within the meaning of section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code or corresponding future federal or state tax codes, or to the federal government or to local or state governments, for a public purpose."
Many friendships have been formed within ETMUG over the years. While we will no longer exist as the formal organization known as ETMUG, we will still get together from time to time, most likely for occasional dinners, to keep these friendships alive. An email list is being set up so that those interested can get notice of these dinners. If you want to join this list, please send an email to
The Board of ETMUG wants to thank all past and present the members of the club for almost 30 years of great times together. We hope that our paths will continue to cross !!
For the Board of ETMUG