October 1st is one of the quarterly dates that Microsoft announces all of the new people into the MVP program. It is also a day in which Microsoft recognizes many already in the program and renews their status for the upcoming year.
This time around, I had the distinct honor and pleasure of joining the ranks of so many people who have been a part of this program for some time or who might have also been recently named to the program.
The MVP program is a program designed to recognize people for their efforts in teaching about various Microsoft technologies. In my case, that happens to be SQL Server. It is a humbling feeling to have been nominated and to be welcomed into the program.
To top it all off, I found it really cool that my welcome letter came in French rather than the standard English. This is perfectly acceptable to me since it is a language I speak fluently and do try to keep up to date with it. It was also interesting to see the MVP Lead call me within minutes of receipt of one of NDA email to make sure it was ok. He was thrown by the NDA being in French and was concerned whether I could understand it or not. At which point we had a good chuckle because I had no qualms with the language in use.
Attached are a couple of screen grabs with the welcome letter and so forth. I geek out every time I look at them and it is totally cool.
In addition, I have also attached a link to my updated MVP profile. You can find that here.
Well, to be truthful, it means status quo. Having this means that a recognition was given. It also means that, in my opinion, I am on the right track in doing good things for the community. Because of that, I will continue to do what I can where and when I can to help teach others about SQL Server. I am indeed grateful to be in pretty good company with people who also try to teach about SQL Server.
To all who helped this happen, I am grateful for your support.
I am also grateful to SQL Solutions Group who first broke the news. You can read about that here.