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Social Media Club Corpus Christi





What is Social Media Club Corpus Christi?

Social Media Club Corpus Christi (SMCCC) meets once a month to discuss a topic related to social media (see 2009 Schedule below), bringing in experts from all over the country via web conference or teleconference to give us insights and do a little question-and-answer. We also get together in between meetings to mix, mingle, network offline, and continue discussion.


Social Media Club brings together journalists, publishers, communications professionals, artists, amateur media creators, citizen journalists, teachers, students, tool makers, and other interested collaborators. Essentially the people who create and consume media who have an interest in seeing the ‘media industry’ evolve for everyone’s benefit. You don't have to be an expert or professional to attend. Amateurs, newbies and those interested in "getting started" are welcome!


Frequently Asked Questions



The Social Media FAQ Project


Connect with us!

  • Join us on Facebook to receive event invitations, see photos of recent events, and connect with other SMCCCers.
  • Follow us on Twitter where we give tips on social media use and give reminders about upcoming events.
  • Email us at smccorpus(at)gmail(dot)com to inquire about sponsorship, partnerships, upcoming events, to be added to our email list or to learn how to get involved.
  • Register for our events and forward them to interested friends or colleagues at our EventBrite meetings page or mixers page.



We're currently looking for sponsors for upcoming events. Please contact us by emailing smccorpus(at)gmail(dot)com. For more details, visit our Sponsorship & Partners page







Our schedule of events appears below. Locations, hosts/sponsors and topics will be listed as they become available. All events are FREE, unless otherwise stated. As agendas become available, we'll add links to them from this page (click on the date). Thanks to our sponsors, and to everyone on the Leadership Team for their hard work to make this schedule possible!  


  • March meeting: Tuesday, March 16 6-8 pm. Location TBD.

          Topic: Geeks & Drinks. Mixer with mini-training sessions by SMC-CC leaders.

  • April meeting: Tuesday, April 20 6-8 pm. Location TBD.

          It's a Birthday Party! SMC-CC Turns One. Sponsorship available.

          Speaker: Giovanni Galluci, author of Facebook Marketing An Hour A Day, will join us in-person.

  • May meeting: Tuesday, May 18 6-8 pm. Location TBD.

          Topic: Socially Mobile: The Mobile Web. Sponsorship available.

          Speaker: TBD.

  • June meeting: Tuesday, June 15 6-8 pm. Location TBD.

          Topic: Social Inside & Out: Social Business Design. Sponsorship available.

          Speaker: TBD.



Miss our last meeting? All our past meetings can be viewed on the SMCCC Past Meetings page.  


NOTE: Please tag all blogs, podcasts, vlogs, and photos with smccc and socialmediaclub. If you upload photos to Flickr, we would appreciate you adding them into the Social Media Club pool at http://www.flickr.com/groups/socialmediaclub/. Thank you!



All our past events can be viewed on the SMC website



We're also looking for great ideas for upcoming events. Please share your thoughts below on possible upcoming events, speakers, sponsors, etc. below. 



These seven people form the leadership team of the Corpus Christi group. If you'd be interested in helping one of them, please send an email to Holly Hoffman at holly(at)hollyhoffman(dot)com. And your input on these roles is welcome--as with all the Social Media Club Wiki pages, this one is editable too (the password is above, feel free to add your comments or suggestions below).



* Holly Hoffman, holly(at)hollyhoffman(dot)com

* Cecil Johnson, cjohnson(at)ilovemycc(dot)com

* Carla Gardiner, cgardiner(at)stx(dot)rr(dot)com

* Nate Rippke, nrippke(at)gmail(dot)com

* Ashley Drapal Rippke, drapalenator(at)gmail(dot)com

* Ralph Perez, ralphp04(at)gmail(dot)com

* Blake Farenthold, blake(at)blake(dot)com

* Pratt Lathrop, pratt(at)jplathrop(dot)com


Programming Director - Holly Hoffman

Email: holly(at)hollyhoffman(dot)com


At the heart of the Social Media Club is great interactive events hospedagem. The Programming Director manages all aspects of the activity calendar for the Corpus Christi club. This person is responsible for:

  • Developing and managing the schedule of events, including regular (monthly) public meetings and planning meetings
  • Identifying topics for upcoming events
  • Coordinating with the Partnership Director to secure speakers and identify venues for each event
  • Securing speaker bios
  • Preparing the halloween contacts event program for each public event, including agenda, directions and other special instructions
  • Hand off event program to Promotions Director for publicity and Production Director for planning and coordination of event


Partnership Director


Our activities wouldn't be possible without partners. We partner with other businesses and organizations to find topics, speakers and venues for future activities. The Partnership Director manages the relationships with the global Social Media Club parent organization, other important social media organizations (both national and local), as well as with local businesses and organizations interested in sponsoring or hosting upcoming activities. This person is responsible for:

  • Managing relationships with SNCR and other national and local social media-related organizations
  • Build and maintain relationships with, and identify co-sponsorship opportunities with, local marketing and technology organizations
  • Identifying and managing the relationships with past and future event sponsors, co-sponsors and venues
  • Coordinating with the Programming Director to find appropriate time slots, topics and venues for partner-sponsored events
  • Coordinating with the Production Director to identify speaker and sponsor needs for each event


Promotions Directors - Nate Rippke

Email: nrippke(at)gmail(dot)com


Promotion is key to the ultimate success of our organization--and the earlier the better! This person is reponsible for:

  • Managing the Social Media Club Corpus Christi web pages, including the blog, wiki, forums and email list
  • Coordinating with Programming Director to secure program agenda for each event
  • Promoting future events through all the above-named channels
  • Publicizing future events through online and traditional channels
  • Writing and sending around recaps of each public meeting
  • Recording, publishing and sharing audio and video from events


Production Director - Pratt Lathrop

Email: pratt(at)jplathrop(dot)com


This person is responsible for all aspects of event execution, including:

  • Assuming responsibility for event program from Programming Director
  • Scheduling and managing planning meetings with event sponsors and speakers
  • Managing on-site signage, video, audio and lighting
  • Coordinating food and drink with event sponsors and/or venue
  • Staffing and managing event registration
  • Managing development and collection of feedback forms
  • Managing giveaways and all-other on-site activities


Membership Director - Cecil Johnson & Carla Gardiner

Email: cjohnson(a)ilovemycc(dot)com

Email: cgardiner(at)stx(dot)rr(dot)com


The membership director is responsible for three important roles:

  • Managing the master membership list of the Corpus Christi Social Media Club
  • Promoting local membership in the global Social Media Club organization
  • Managing the relationship with the global Social Media Club organization


As the group develops, other roles may be identified. Your suggestions are welcome. Thank you! Again, if you'd like to volunteer for these or other roles with the Corpus Christi group, please email holly(at)hollyhoffman(dot)com. Thanks!


Digital Scribe - Ashley Drapal Rippke & Ralph Perez

Email: drapalenator(at)gmail(dot)com

Email: ralphp04(at)gmail(dot)com

Responsible for photographing, recording, live-tweeting and blogging events.



Throw your ideas into the table below. It doesn't matter how crazy they are. We'll consider them all. Thanks!



  Cluetrain Manifesto Revisited   Doc Searls, David Weinberger      
  Second Life Revisted   Linden Labs     SL was hot, then died, but it is about to be reborn as a modeling/education tool for medicine and other industries?
  Social Media and Medicine   TBD      
  Is Google the New Microsoft?   TBD TBD TBD i.e., are they evil?
  Social Media and the Future of TV   TBD TBD TBD  
  Social Media and the Three Gs (Girls, Games and Gambling)   TBD TBD TBD  
  Sports and Social Media   TBD TBD TBD  
  Social Media and the Law   TBD TBD TBD  
  Social Media, Biotech and Medicine   TBD TBD TBD  
  Social Media and the Protection of Content   TBD TBD TBD  
  The rise of video        


  Augmented Reality: Concepts and Applications Suggested by Evan Krell (@BakaTanuki)      

AR is an important concept in the social media world, and is actually here and usable right now. Could potentially be a very interesting topic with demonstrations on-site.


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