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Greater Los Angeles Drupal's 2013 Year in Review: Part 1

2013 has been a big year for Greater Los Angeles Drupal (GLAD). There's so much to share that this is Part 1 in an ongoing series. First, let's start with the numbers.

Numbers, because we like numbers!

12 members helped organize events in 2013
Our members make GLAD what it is, and 12 amazing members stepped forward to help organize the group in various ways this year, from organizing meetups and running code sprints to participating at our open governance meetings and generally advocating for the group.

The organizers, volunteers, presenters and venue coordinators for each and every each event are difficult to put a number to, but it's much, much higher than 12. As a bottom-up organization, we love it when members step up and support each other to take leadership positions in our community.

Membership numbers (remember, we like numbers!)
Anyone can join and leave the group at any time, and the number of members at the time of this writing is 464 on Drupal Groups — that's up from just 292 in 2012 — and 131 on GLAD also has 465 followers on Twitter. Would you like to be our 466th? Follow GLADrupal!

64 service providers now in GLAD’s business directory!
Our Greater Los Angeles Drupal Business Directory grew to include 64 entries, becoming the definitive "who's who" of consulting firms, service providers, independent consultants, freelancers and trainers in the Greater Los Angeles Area. Are you in the Greater Los Angeles Area but don't see your name? As always, you're welcome to edit and add to the directory.

Can you guess how many events there were?
There were a total of 88 events in 2013. That's an average of 7.3 events a month, or 1.8 events a week! This doesn't include happy hours or unscheduled social gatherings, or events produced by other Drupal user groups in the area.

These 88 events were high-quality meetups, code sprints, barn raisings, workshops, trainings, boot camp sessions, governance meetings, movie outings, Drupal Coworking Fridays… the list goes on and on. Events are the heartbeat of an open source community, and our heart is strong.

That's it for this time, GLADiators. Join us in a couple days for Part 2 to hear of some our highlights from 2013.

Meeting notes from GLAD Governance Meetup #2

:::Christo mentioned some changes to that aren't altogether good. Said we'd revisit later. "Meetups everywhere"

:::Review of Shared Assets & Resources:::
A couple links:
-This is currently just support for GLAD meetups


Name the Greater Los Angeles Drupal (GLAD) mascot

Greater Los Angeles Drupal We have a new logo for GLAD, our Greater Los Angeles Drupal group! Update: voting for the name has begun at

A couple names have been floating around already and I thought it would be fun to have a naming contest. Once we have a list of name suggestions, we can run a poll and use voting to declare a winner.

This logo is a big step forward for GLAD. We'll be using it for all the print materials for GLADCamp, our upcoming Greater Los Angeles Drupal Camp, as well as on sign-in sheets at our meetups, and everywhere GLAD has an online presence, including Twitter, Google+ and Facebook.

Meeting notes from DTLA Governance Meetup #2

The original event announcement and discussion for this meeting can be found at

This meeting was unique in that we started a little late (just after 5pm) & several of us had a previously-scheduled call at 5:30p, so we discussed 'til then & then re-convened at 6pm.


Announcing GLADCamp 2014!

GLADCamp, the Greater Los Angeles Drupal Camp, has found a home at the Hilton Pasadena in Pasadena, California, and is March 7-9, 2014. I posted a report of the site visit to the venue earlier this month, but the ink on the contracts is only now just drying.

For anyone who knows of GLADCamp's brief history, this has been a very long road for the conference and our organizing team. Coming to an agreement with the Hilton Pasadena is a large milestone for us. Now that both the venue and the dates are set, we can begin planning our our general conference dedicated to all things Drupal.

Governance Policy

This is the official governance policy of the Greater Los Angeles Drupal group (formerly Downtown Los Angeles Drupal). It is a living document and was officially enacted on April 21, 2013.

For discussion and historical overview of how this document came to be, see

The First Annual GLADCamp Scheduled for April 26-28th, 2013, Postponed

Originally announced as a comprehensive weekend exploration of all facets of the Drupal content management system, the First Annual GLADCamp (Greater Los Angeles Drupal Camp), originally set for April 26th-28th at USC, has been postponed to 2014.

Meeting notes from GLAD Governance Meetup #1

In attendance were Christefano, Miguel and Oliver. The original event announcement and discussion for this meeting can be found at

Our main point of business was the Greater Los Angeles Drupal Governance Policy document, and we reviewed the proposed policy and agreed that we were ready to formally present it to Greater Los Angeles Drupal (GLAD) members at that evening's Downtown Drupal meetup for feedback.