The Lincoln and Omaha LEGO User Group (LOLUG) is a small community of adult LEGO enthusiasts who enjoy interacting locally with other fans in Nebraska. For membership information, see our About Us page.
Come join us for our monthly meeting. Newcomers are always welcome.
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The adult Lego fans of Nebraska
We will be carpooling from Lincoln to Omaha. We’ll meet at the Cracker Barrel at 5:30pm.
Chris would like to talk about putting a password on the meeting minutes. I’d like to further discuss what we want from the website in terms of protecting content and comments – essentially whether we user accounts for everyone to access parts of the site.
Using the wordpress pluggin below, we can password protect just part of our webpages. I’d prefer this. This allows us to keep one page for each meeting. The password is “Password” for this test.
Nathan mentioned: lugbulk update, krypton comics show update, Brickworld Chicago.
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Parking is in the rear of the building, which is an old store front. Walk around front to enter. It is right next to Blu velvet.
We will be doing a ‘white elephant’ gift exchange. Everyone who wants to participate needs to bring $10 in Lego. It could be a $10 set, $10 in used Legos from Goodwill, a $10 minifig, etc. Wrap it. Then we’ll each take turns selecting. On your turn you can open a ‘wrapped’ item or steal someone else’s. Each item can be stolen at most once per turn, if someone steals from you, you get to repeat. A turn ends when someone unwraps a present.
Remember to register for LugBulk by December 14th. See our LugBulk page for details. The page’s password was posted in our facebook group.
Two of our members made it to their first meeting. We spent some time introducing ourselves and what we like to build. Weather kept some of our Omaha members from attending.
We talked about some charity activities LOLUG might sponsor. Most of our ideas were based around having an event for kids. LEGO has a program where they provide bricks free of charge. We’d have to apply per event and three months in advance. It would be nice of children were able to walk away with some LEGO.
We briefly discussed having a show after the new year or this spring. Perhaps a topic we can iron out further at the January meeting.
Chris suggested that we do some sort of LEGO build game/competition at one of our meetings. Everyone agreed, but no one had any explicit recommendations. Something centered around everyone having a pile of LEGO and making the same object/theme.
We did our gift exchange game, but there wasn’t as much exchanging as there is in a normal white elephant gift exchange. It was fun, though. Everyone got LEGO!
We discussed and signed up for the upcoming LugBulk order. Please see our LugBulk page; the password was shared on the facebook group.
We ate Pizza. We drafted the A-Wing.
LaVista public libraries might be open to hosting a show. They were given Chris’s contact information, but have not called.
We now have a public website!
We also have registered http://lolugclub.com/. When I went to purchase the domains, there was an automatic coupon. The total price was $9 for the first year; I’m not too worried about getting reimbursed. Future years will likely cost $25.
We talked about removing the hyphen in the website url as well as .com vs. .org. You can get a deal where you can get .com, .net and .org for a discount.
We’ve decided to go with lolugclub as the base and we’ll have lolugclub.com, lolugclub.org. This was a unanimous decision for the five of us who attended the meeting. NOTE: this deal for this domain is not as good as it was last week or as it was for another domain, nor does it include the .net and .info. We could get these for a reduced price, but overall it would be more. .com and .org would be around $25/year for both.
I’d suggest we only ‘use’ one of those, but anyone who goes to another one would be redirected. I (John Tooker) will get this set up in the next week or so.
We briefly talked about standardizing the meeting time every month. The second Wednesday of every month was thrown out, but there is at least one person who cannot make it to Wednesday meetings. We should communicate through facebook and find a good time for the majority of people.
We also talked about a better place to meet in Lincoln. John Olive was going to talk to his church about using a room/building on North 48th Street. We thought about offering a LEGO display for Lincoln City Libraries in return for a meeting area once a month.
Holiday? For our December meeting, we talked about doing a white elephant gift exchange with $10 of LEGO. For those not familiar; everyone brings a $10 (LEGO) gift and we draw to see who gets first pick pile of wrapped sets. Then the next person gets to pick from the pile or a set someone has already picked and unwrapped. It is best to go last, so you can pick from all of the sets.
Once the website it up, we should be eligible for the next order cycle, which is in March of 2014. Some of the requirements are:
- Have a website
- Be in existence at least a year (we have this October)
- Host two shows a year (we have)
- We must apply
To order, the group would have to buy around $2000 in parts, pay a little shipping and import fees (and paperwork). We’d have a limit of 80 lots (where each lot is a piece + color combination) and most pieces must be ordered in multiples of 50. Full rules can be found elsewhere (and may change by the time we sign up).
Chris has informed us that little old Danish ladies hand-pick the lots and ship them up.
As an AFOL group, we agreed that members must be 16 years or older. Anyone between 16 and 18 (inclusive) must be accompanied by a parent/guardian to each meeting. Children of members are welcome to the meetings, but the parent must be an active member.
We discussed exceptions for certain events. Letting non-members showcase their MOCs (if we have room) at an event, for instance.
Everyone is welcome at our community events.
It was agreed a website is needed. John volunteered to make a demo website.
Our Next Show
We discussed doing a show in Omaha in November. Nothing definite.
We at Pizza, reviewed some of the MOCs people brought and declined to do a draft on a small city set.
AFOL LEGO Show at HobbyTown USA