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@Nerdliness is Just one of The Krewe

Good Evening True Believers,

Well, yours truly has a handful of blog topics that are either half-completed or still in his head, but I just had to post this.

Those of you in The Krewe know what special and talented people comprise the group.  It astounds me every day how blessed I am to be connected with people who do extraordinary things on a daily basis.  The “super hero” who stood out for me today is no other than @Nerdliness AKA Justin Stanley.  I’ve known Justin through the group for a few years, and we’ve had great conversation, but nothing much past technology and general conference going.  Anyway, I just learned a few weeks back (obviously I need to pay more attention on twitter) that Justin started an non-profit called The Uprise Books Project.  The concept is simple:  provide  banned books to underprivileged youth in hopes to inspire a life-long love for reading.  Through hard work and the help of many friends including people from The Krewe, Justin was able to get funding through a kickstarter. 
Since I was on a twitter hiatus during the fall, I missed the kickstarter, but will be donating as I believe in both this project and I believe in my friends from The Krewe.  If you are interested in donating, check out the website for more information at http://www.uprisebooks.org/.




And that’s why I wanted to write this post, not to let you know I was donating, but to let you know how awesome our group is and the power that comes with networks of friends.  This is part of the vision I have for The Krewe:  Paying it Forward!  Justin is paying it forward and so are many of you that I don’t know about (but would love to).  Stay tuned…

To my pal Justin…Thank You!  It is an honor and privilege to call you both a friend and a member of The Krewe.  I cannot wait to share conversation and a cold beverage in about 64 days, but whose counting:)

Till next time…
Mike

P.S.  I “borrowed” your twitter profile picture…Hope you don’t mind:) 

About Michael Bender

Just a geek trying to "share the wealth" with the rest of the world... Michael is a teacher at heart. Coming from a career teaching at a community college and work for 19 years as a system engineer, his passion is for helping people learn the skills necessary to ‘level-up’ their careers, and helping businesses achieve their customer goals. Sharing everything is how he guides his career as everyone wins when you share what you know. Currently, he is a Cloud Ops Advocate at Microsoft. This team focuses on engaging and advocating for Operations-focused communities to the engineering teams in Windows Azure. You’ll find Michael and his #AzOps team at conferences, online, and building great content at docs.com. Michael specializes in Windows Server, Virtualization, PowerShell and Windows Azure. As part of his goal of sharing his knowledge, he has a number of courses published on Pluralsight.com covering PowerShell and Windows Server. He is passionate about the IT Operations community. For the last 8 years, he has led up a global user group called The Krewe.he is the current president and a founding member of The Krewe, a worldwide networking group for IT Pros and Developers. This group provides a global network for the sharing of ideas and solutions for many in the Operations community. For more information, check out The Krewe on Facebook or Twitter.
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