Dear PhilMUG, I'm not a founding member of this community but I've been here long enough to notice the changes that PhilMUG has gone through, especially its level of activity. In my three years as Chairman, long-time members have approached me with a common observation -- we're not as active as we used to be. And they're right. Whether online here in the Forum or in PhilMUG meets (except for the ever-popular Christmas parties), attendance and activity have dwindled over the years. I've attributed this to many factors: - Macs and Apple products are more accessible now in terms of pricing and availability. - There are a lot more sources now for Apple news and troubleshooting help. (including social media, of course) - Apple products aren't for a niche market anymore. - It's a testament to how easier to use Macs and Apple products have become over the years. - It's been ages since Apple had an "iPhone-moment" that rocked the world off-orbit (like the iMac, iPod, and iPad). Yes, things are more quiet now here in PhilMUG when compared to earlier years. Aside from the reasons I postulated, one can also say some folks have simply moved on... and that Apple doesn't have a monopoly on cool products anymore. One can even say PhilMUG is a dinosaur now and is just a remnant of Apple's earlier years and the Steve Jobs era. Some, maybe all, of these could be right. But regardless of the reason, we're still here. We're still soldiering on. We're still logging in and trying to make it to those meets. We're still learning from each other and helping each other out. We're still staying up late to watch a Keynote live and still getting giddy over every reveal... hoping to hear three magic words -- One More Thing. We're not as many as we used to be but we're still here. Apple has had its ups and downs over the years, disappointing, nay, frustrating some of us here but PhilMUG is still here. In keeping with how some people compare Apple fandom with religious fervor, I guess I can say that for a good number of us here, we have "kept the faith." Thus, when I came across this article in The New York Times entitled, "Mac User Groups Fade in Number and Influence, but Devotees Press On," I naturally felt the connection. http://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/09/t...-press-on.html?smid=tw-nytimes&smtyp=cur&_r=1 So what am I driving at here? Apple can dazzle us and disappoint us at any given time. Forum attendance can go up and down. As with any cycle, Apple may go through another phase where it's not king of the hill at the moment. But from what I've seen so far, and with the people (now friends) I've come to know because of this Forum, I'm confident the PhilMUG community will continue on, whether we're 20,000 or 20. Because I believe this isn't just a group of Apple fanboys and fangirls linked together by a server and bound by the latest shiny product. It's a community. And as the article says, it's what matters. And it's what lives on. So whether or not we reach that point where PhilMUG is down to just twenty members, like the group featured in the article, I will always be grateful for PhilMUG.ph and I will always "keep the faith." Prof. Butch Dalisay (penmanila), a multi-awarded luminary who has more than one feather on his cap, has said time and again that one of his proudest titles was that of "PhilMUG Chairman." I can say I agree with him wholeheartedly. Because as this article pointed out, the likes of PhilMUG may be an anachronism now, but the likes of it are a testament to loyalty and fellowship. And who wouldn't want to be part of that?