A sad day for the London MMUG

For the past two years, Emilie Wood, my wonderful wife, has been the heart and soul of the London MMUG -- working both behind the scenes as well as up front to help create the wonderful community we have today. Today, she announced that she will no longer be working at Ariaware and is leaving her post at the London MMUG. Of course, I knew about this earlier but it was still very moving to read her announcement as I know this will mark the end of an era at the MMUG. I know I'm biased here but, for me, the MMUG was your smile at the door, the sight of you walking around the room with your camera and those annoying "5 minutes", "2 minutes" and "Stop Yapping Already" signs :) (Ok, so I made up the last one.)

Instead of repeating myself, here's my note from the MMUG:

"My dearest, let me be the very first to thank you for the amazing work you have done for the MMUG. It is not an exaggeration to say that without you the MMUG would not be where it is today and it definitely would not have the same soul. We are going to miss you dearly at the meetings.

At the same time, I know that you have important goals and things you want to achieve on your own and I wish you the best of luck -- I know you will shine brightly at whatever you put your mind to

Tink is going to be helping me out by taking on some new responsibilities and we will have a discussion with the other committee members to make sure that we keep this amazing community that you worked so hard to build going at the level of professionalism that you have instilled into it."