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#FlatSWUGN got his start thanks to John Matrishon back in August of 2016, and he was introduced to the "Twitterverse" by Brad Hakeman as he attended his first SOLIDWORKS User Group meeting in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.



That Tweet and picture really made my day, but what happened next completely blew me away. He went to Nebraska.




Then to Missouri, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Panama City Beach, well, you get the idea.  #FlatSWUGN was going to be traveling a lot.  In all, #FlatSWUGN visited 17 SOLIDWORKS User Groups in 12 US States, and even spent some time in Melbourne and Sydney, Australia.




It was a lot of fun, and such an honor to watch the adventures of #FlatSWUGN over the year.  The SOLIDWORKS user group leaders that participated could not have made me feel more special.  Not only did #FlatSWUGN attend user group meetings, he got to visit a lot of very interesting places.






The icing on the cake happened at the SWUGN Summit meeting at SOLIDWORKS World 2017 when I was presented with this beautiful scrapbook full of #FlatSWUGN pictures, places, and people.




There are simply no words to describe just how honored I was to be flattened, stuffed into an envelope, and sent around the world by our SOLIDWORKS User Group leaders, so let me end by thanking Brad Hakeman Chris Wurtele Rhonda Jacobs Todd Blacksher Ed Gebo Edward Poole Kendra Wardlow William Radigan Michael Lord Duncan Gillis Haldun Olguner Daniel Ferrucci-Herzberg Betty Baker Phil Sluder Travis Newton Nicole Walden Ricky Jordan and Brian McElyea


And a special thanks to John Matrishon for getting the whole thing started.  John and his family (yep, his family got involved ) worked very hard on the scrapbook, and I am eternally grateful.


(We weren't sure if we should to take this picture - we didn't want to mess with space-time continuum.  We didn't.)

If you are attending SOLIDWORKS World 2018 and want to meet and mingle with some of the most respected members of the SOLIDWORKS Community, here are a few places where you might run into them:

NOTE: User group leaders/officers wear this ribbon on their badge:




Saturday, February 3rd - 7:00pm to 10:00pm

CAD Monkey Dinner

Tom’s Urban in LA Live

1011 South Figueroa St

This dinner is organized by several group leaders, but is open to all who register -

Last year they had more than 60 people join in, and they are expecting a bigger crowd this year.


Sunday, February 4th – 1:30pm to 3:30pm

Welcome reception – Partner Pavilion

Dozens of user group leaders will congregate in the partner pavilion, and we will have a presentation in the Theater. Look for the green SWUGN ribbons and introduce yourself.


Monday, February 5th – 4:30pm to 6:00pm, Room 151

19th Annual SWUGN Summit Meeting

This is our annual rah-rah meeting, and we are expecting roughly 70 group leaders to attend.  We have a packed schedule this year, but if you want to come in and say a few words, we will accommodate you.


For more information about SOLIDWORKS User Groups and the people that lead them, visit

The Bacon Brotherhood is returning for another year of SOLIDWORKS World Bacon adventures!


This year has a little changing of the Brotherhood front men.

SWW18 BBH.jpg 


Casey Gorman has stepped in this year for Ed Gebo.  Ed is launching a campaign around a passion of his and many others of the “hops” variety.   For details on what Ed is up to follow him on Twitter @edsonius


Don’t know Casey Gorman?  You should! Casey has been attending SWW since the early days, and was part of the original cast of Bacon Knights when we started. Here is a little about Casey if you are interested, and you should be!


There are few things changes this year, so read below:


Using Twitter: (or someone you know can post for you)


  • You need to take a selfie with something bacon RELATED. (yes, you must be IN the photo – it’s a selfie)
  • This can be food, a sign, or a picture with one or both of us. (both gets you bragging rights) Be creative!
  • You need to be in LA and Attending SWW18 at the time of the picture
  • You Must post on Twitter with #BaconBrotherhood and #SWW18
  • You Must also TAG us @CaseyG_FL and @WMASS_SWUG
  • Then find either Casey or myself to collect your ribbon!
  • 2 styles of Ribbons will be available this year
    • Regular ribbons based on last year
    • Limited supply of Ribbons honoring Wayne Tiffany that feature his initial “WT”  – suggested donation of $1 or above, any amount accepted.

SWW18 ribbons.jpg


What else is new for SWW18 and BBH?  Beside Casey taking over for Ed, we will again be making donations using the ribbons above.  No shirts this year, those are now collector items.  This will all go to a fund on behalf of someone that was close to us and the community.  ALL donations will go entirely to the Colon Cancer Coalition in memory of Wayne Tiffany. We don’t need to tell you that Wayne meant a great deal to us and he will not be forgotten.  This is one small way to keep him with us always.


Remembering Wayne Tiffany


Thank you again to everyone for sharing in the fun and to anyone who donates!!!


The Bacon Brotherhood

John Matrishon & Casey Gorman