Minutes of the December 2006 Meeting

(Victoria Associations Incorporation Act 1981(as at 01 July 1998) Registered No. A 13467)
http://www.dbm.com.au/vicaug
Postal Address: PO Box 466, ELSTERNWICK VIC 3185
MINUTES OF THE DECEMBER 2006 GENERAL MEETING
HELD AT:
RMIT BUILDING 94, 5TH. FLOOR
23-27 CARDIGAN STREET, CARLTON
ON:
MONDAY, 4TH. DECEMBER 2006

Attendance:
As per Attendance Book.

Apologies:
Apologies were received from Andrew J, Miro K, Zoltan T and Chris N.

Opening:
The President, Mark Miller, welcomed everyone attending, requested them to ensure that they had registered on the Attendance sheet, and opened the December 2006 General Meeting at 7.00 pm.

Minutes of Previous Meeting (October 2006):
The Minutes of the previous General Meeting held on the 2nd. October 2006 as circulated in “Vicaug News” – (weblog – aka “blog”) were received, adopted and approved. There was no business from the Minutes of the previous Meeting.

The President’s Opening Address (the Prez Sez):
The President in his opening address, welcomed all in attendance to this our final meeting for 2006. He wished all members all the very best for the Festive Season.
He advised that:
– we have an excellent presentation this evening in which Peter Godfrey will demonstrate the “Dynamic Blocks” feature in “AutoCAD”;
– the web VIcaug web page is in the process of being updated;
– there were still some questions on the Vicaug “Vicaug News” web log (aka “blog”) and questions were taken and answered;
– new members are required for the 2007/08 Committee – to be elected at the 2007 AGM in August 2007;
– members are requested to advise as to what they would like to see presented at General meetings;
Keeping up to date with VICAUG news and any other matters:
The President advised that members should regularly “log on” to the VICAUG Weblog (“blog”) site at and VICAUG’s web page at http://www.dbm.com.au/vicaug – both of which are (to be) regularly updated – to keep themselves aware of items of interest.

Presentations:
AutoCAD “Dynamic Blocks”
by Peter Godfrey, Vice President of Vicaug Inc.
Peter, the resident and long time and acknowledged guru (of the guru’s as well) on all things AutoCAD, Autodesk and Computers gave an excellent explanation and demonstration of the “dynamic blocks” feature of “AutoCAD”.
Peter conducted a very much appreciated “question and answer” session as required – to the satisfaction of all in attendance.
These “dynamic blocks” are in addition to the traditional blocks and external references (ie “exrefs”) that have been in previous “Releases” of AutoCAD as well. Their use requires some reading in the “Help” files but is very well worth the effort.
The features are quite easy to use and are well worth learning and using. The “learning curve” will be short, easy and very much worth the minor effort involved.
The President thanked Peter for his excellent, informative and instructive presentation.

Reporting on Technical Aspects relating to Technical Aspects of Presentations Etc:
These minutes are of a general(ised) and “précis” nature only.
A more focussed, technical and topic-specific report by “others/another” will appear in the VICAUG Weblog (i.e. “blog”) – which is published on a “continuing/ongoing” basis at:
The “blog” report/s will also include all links relating to the subject matter of these Minutes.

“Thank You’s”:
The President thanked the presenters for their excellent presentations. He also thanked members who had attended and participated in the presentations.

Next Meeting:
The next General meeting is intended to be held on Monday 5th. February 2007 at this venue i.e. RMIT Building 94, 5th. Floor at 23-27 Cardigan Street, CARLTON – commencing at 6.30 pm.

Closure:
There being no further business, the President thanked all for attending, and closed the meeting at 9.30 pm.

(M.J.Ginnane)
Secretary and Public Officer.

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