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Add a section about groups over large areas

Was asked this question a couple of times recently, so adding
it to the tips.

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@@ -144,3 +144,31 @@ This is an example planning schedule from the SFBay OpenStack User Group.
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     8. Post Meetup: After the meeting, you can prepare a summary blog post with
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        images, links to video, marketing updates for the OpenStack blog.
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+User Groups covering larger geographical areas
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+The exact spread of a user group, in terms of the area it covers and how it is
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+managed, depends on the needs of the area and its cultural norms. Some regions
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+value independence and autonomy (eg a city taking care of its own needs),
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+whereas others prefer more coordination and sharing (a nationally coordinated
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+group with meetings in multiple cities). This section aims to provide some
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+examples of the latter:
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+- Australia - Due to the sparse population, the group is centrally coordinated
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+  at a national level, with one group entry and meetup.com page. Local
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+  organisers in each city arrange events to post on the central page, and
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+  national coordinators help share speakers and organisational practices
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+  between cities.
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+- China - There are leaders in several cities who organise the local meetup
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+  group there, and each city has their own group entry/meetup.com page.
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+  However, for national events such as China Day, and to help start and mentor
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+  new groups, leaders based in various locations come together to collaborate
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+  nation-wide. Some highly respected leaders are granted administrative rights
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+  over the meetup.com pages of the local city groups, in addition to the local
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+  organisers.
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+- India - A strong national-level group helps mentor leaders in many cities,
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+  and organises nation-wide events like India Day. Local groups organise
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+  events and post them on single group entry/meetup.com page.
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+- USA - no national coordination, each city has a completely separate
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+  meetup.com group and organising team. Coordinated loosely by ambassadors,
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+  using the Official User Group Process to avoid overlapping claims.
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