|The Jerry Awards|
The User Group motto of "Users Helping Users" evolved into APCUG's role of "User
Groups Helping User Groups." The next logical step in the evolution was "User Groups
Helping the Community."
Jerry Schneider created the original concept for the APCUG community service awards which were sponsored by Ziff-Davis, Microsoft, Adobe and other vendors. They created R.E.A.C.H. which stood for Recognizing Exceptional Achievements in Community Help. The R.E.A.C.H. awards were given in 1992 and 1993.
Jerry was a unique individual who saw the need for APCUG and the unique role user groups played at the start of the PC industry. As one of the founders of APCUG, when the Community Service Awards were resurrected in 1998 they were named the Jerry Awards to honor him for his leadership and the time and energy he gave to establishing APCUG.
Former APCUG president and Jerry Award founder Dan Hanson said, “Long before anyone had heard of the ‘digital divide’, user groups were actively involved in bringing the empowerment of technology to their communities.”