Lance England

Goodbye, SQL PASS

SQL Pass (or PASS) has been a great amplifier of both community and professional development for thousands. I was saddened by their recent announcement:

We are saddened to tell you that, due to the impact of COVID-19, PASS is ceasing all regular operations, effective January 15, 2021.

I have spoken at three different SQL Saturday events. I was SO nervous the first time that after my session I just had to go sit in my car in the parking lot and close my eyes. But it was a thrill. My favorite SQL Saturday was the last one I spoke at, because I was there not just representing myself, but also Improving - Atlanta. Experiencing the event as a team was that much more rewarding.

Improving team inside

Improving team outside

Ultimately, the community is bigger than just SQL PASS. Already virtual groups are migrating to Meetup and other platforms. SQL Saturdays will likely re-emerge under a different name. That said, I still hate to see SQL PASS cease operations. Thank you to all who served as board members, volunteers, and staff.

Goodbye, SQL PASS, and thanks for the memories.

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