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Upcoming Website Changes Posted By: SurlyT Posted On 02-27-2015 09:25 AM
I probably should have posted this a while ago, but I've been so focused on the back end work that it slipped my mind. Hopefully better late than never.

Things are now in motion to convert our website to a new format. This has a number of stages and we're trying to be careful so as not to lose any data or functionality along the way - although the differences in where we are now and where we plan to get to are significant enough that a fully transparent cutover is pretty unlikely.

In other words, please be tolerant of whatever happens over the next few weeks.

The first step will involve changing our hosting provider, which means our server is literally moving to a new logical location on the internet. This means redirecting DNS to the new provider, and due to the way that works, there can be a brief limbo period as the address changes propagate their way out through the domain system. Also, the process by which we export content from the current site to the new one is a manual one that takes some time, so once that has begun, any new posts made to the old server won't wind up on the new server. Hopefully this will be a negligible delta.

Once we've been moved, we'll begin an in-place redesign effort. This will probably take about two weeks, so with testing we expect to roll this out around the 3rd week of the month. This will be a much more noticeable change, and I can't tell you at this point what will be different - not out of secrecy, but because we just don't know yet.

So stay tuned. Should there be any kind of unexpected outage, I'll resort to email to keep everyone informed. You may want to make sure the email address associated with your account is up to date.
2015 Membership Renewals Posted By: SurlyT Posted On 01-31-2015 12:22 AM
Yes, it's that time again!

Thanks to everyone who joined or renewed their membership at the recent FragFest - it was great to see everyone, and we appreciate your support.

For anyone who hasn't renewed yet, you'll be getting an email message from us shortly reminding you about your 2015 membership. If you have any problems with the renewal process or believe our records are in any way in error, please PM me or email me and I'll look into it.

Important note: We'll be removing the "active member" status from accounts who haven't trued up by the first week of March.

So please, help support the club by renewing your membership when you have the chance. It really doesn't cost much, and can more than pay for itself if you leverage some of the events, discounts, and group buys that regularly run through the club.

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2015 CMAS Event Schedule

Note that this schedule is subject to constant change, but should reflect the most currently available information. Please check here or the forum event calendar for changes within a week of the event.
Coming up:
February 7 - FragFest 2015
10am-12pm at Old Mill HS. See thread for details.
March 2015 - CMAS meeting meeting
DIY with Avast Marine. Date and location still TBD.
April 18 (tentative) - CMAS social
To be held at King of Corals in Frederick.

Please note: Our regular meetings used to be held at the SpringHill Suites hotel near BWI, but they've recently imposed some rate increases which have made this impractical for us.  So we've decided to hold meetings at the homes of local members for a while.  The specific location will be posted prior to every meeting, as this is subject to change from month to month.
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