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2016 Proposed Bylaws and Policy Manual

The NCMUG Board is proposing the attached Bylaws and Policy Manual to incorporate changes in our organization structure and operation relative to move to Meetup.com as well as some general cleanup.

We will be presenting the updated Bylaws and Policy Manual at the next General Meeting December 8th. All members are encouraged to review these documents and attend the meeting to provide your input or discussion regarding these changes. We will be voting on formal adoption of the Bylaws and Policy Manual at this meeting.

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August 18 General Meeting: moving to Meetup

After our July recess, come join us at the August general meeting Tuesday the 18th at 7:00 p.m. at the Rohnert Park Senior Center as we enter our 4th decade as a Group and begin moving to Meetup.

Meetups are neighbors getting together to learn something, do something, share something…just what NCMUG has been doing for years. Now we are going to bebroadening our horizons by becoming a Meetup Group and reaching out to a wider range of people to expand our membership and offer more support to the digital community,while staying close to our roots with the Mac and iOS platforms.

We will be providing information about Meetup and how it offers the opportunity to share many things NCMUG now does, including meeting and SIG information,announcements, memberlist conversations and online membership renewal with a wider audience, but still keep NCMUG a volunteer, member-driven group. Early adopters can go to www.Meetup.com, click on Tech and set your limits for 10 to 25 miles from where you live and find the NCMUG group or go to http://www.meetup.com/North-Coast-Macintosh-Users-Group/.

We will no longer be supporting the lending library. It is difficult to get new and up to date content for the library so Wayne and Charlie are spending way too much time andenergy moving books around that very few members are borrowing. The library will be open for the last time at the August meeting, and members are welcome to take home any books that they might find useful. The books that remain after the meeting will be donated to the Sonoma County Library System for book sales.

BRING YOUR LAPTOP, iPHONE or iPAD to the meeting so you can get acquainted with all the features of Meetup and how we will be using it.

*** One lucky person who attends the meeting will WIN a $50.00 gift certificate from Best Buy.***
(must be present to win)

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June 16th General Meeting: Self Publishing your Photos

“Do people still scan photos anymore, I thought we were in the digital age?”. Scanning your old photos is as easy as 1-2-3!

Got digital photos on your iPad, iPhone or camera and want to do use them creatively? Speakers for June 16th will be Lorel Kapke describing self-publishing of family photos, cards and books and Francesca, a Walgreen representative, demonstrating store services available for making customized projects.

Lorel’s presentation will focus on the importance of scanning and saving our pre-digital “old photographs” between the years 1900s — 1980s.

She bring photo books, photo cards, self-publishing books from Apple, Blurb, and CreateSpace.

Please bring in your own examples to share with folks!

Lorel Kapke Rohnert Park Senior Center
6800 Hunter Drive
Rohnert Park, CA 94928
7:00- 9:00 p.m.

(as always please bring your empty ink containers for NCMUG to donate to Operation GOALS)

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May 19th General Meeting: Productivity Apps for Control Freaks: PDFpen and TextExpander

Smile presents Productivity Apps for Control Freaks: PDFpen and TextExpander

PDFpen is your all-purpose PDF editor on Mac and iOS. TextExpander saves you time typing with a customizable library of keyboard shortcuts on Mac and iOS. See what these apps are all about, and what’s new in the latest versions.

Maia Olson has worked with Smile for 6 years demoing at Macworld, writing for customer support, marketing, and PR. She volunteers at App Camp For Girls, and collects artistic and outdoor activities.

You can catch her occasional comments on life and everything on Twitter @maia_olson.

Maia Olson North Coast Mac Users Group
General Meeting: Tuesday, May 19, 2015
Rohnert Park Senior Center
6800 Hunter Drive
Rohnert Park, CA 94928
7:00- 9:00 p.m.

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April 21st General Meeting: The Digital Revolution… and What It Means to Me

The Photography SIG and Genealogy SIG are two of the ”creative” SIGs at NCMUG. The development of digital technology, wide adoption of personal computers, and the availability of Internet networking have enabled members to pursue their interests and passions as never before.

Grace Cheung-Schulman, leader of the Photograph SIG, and Wayne Till, leader of the Genealogy SIG, will talk about how they use digital technology, and will share and demonstrate many of the useful tips and resources available free for everyone to use.

Grace Cheung-SchulmanGrace Cheung-Schulman, NCMUG Board member since June 2014 and founder and leader of the Photography SIG, is a Jill-of-all-trades. Since she retired from her career in music directing and non-profit administration in 2010, she has been busier than ever. When she is not working in her water-efficient “ food-forest” garden and taking care of rescued pets, she volunteers as a photographer and works in information management and marketing communication for some 5 non-profit organizations. She will be sharing with you many of her favorite art, education, and photography Internet resources.

Wayne TillWayne Till, leader of the Genealogy SIG has been an NCMUG member since 1989 and has served on the NCMUG board for 15 years. He has been retired for 15 years and remains active as a docent at Shollenberger Wetland Park, a player in the Petaluma Pongers group, and as an amateur genealogist.

 

 

Rohnert Park Senior Center
6800 Hunter Drive
Rohnert Park, CA 94928
7:00- 9:00 p.m.

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Call for NCMUG Booth Volunteers for 2015 Human Race

NCMUG will be hosting a booth at the 34th Annual Human Race on May 9, 2015, 8:00 a.m. till noon. We need 3 volunteers to help us with tabling, a booth game, and especially, telling people about NCMUG!

The Sonoma County Human Race is a community fundraising event for nonprofits–and that’s why we’ll be there too! Come help out at the NCMUG booth, and if you wish, before or after your shift, feel free to enjoy the other fun-filled activities. (Besides the 3K/10K Walks/Runs, The Human Race includes: Brent Farris’ live KZST broadcast, pancake breakfast, live band music, award ceremony, T-shirt competition, The Marketplace, and more.)

Please contact Vera at Outreach.NCMUG@gmail.com to sign up for this half-day event.(Shifts available.)

We look forward to hearing from you.

Thanks!

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Internet, Security, Phishing… OH MY!

Gabriel HanftGuest: Gabriel Hanft, Sr. Account Executive at Sonic.net
 
Gabriel will speaking about the various ways users can protect themselves and their information. He will discuss everything from every day internet use for things like web browsing e-mail, social media and online banking. As a bonus he will cover ways to set up simple security measures like choosing a strong password and making sure you are on a secure connection when accessing important information. 
 
Additionally he will also speak about some of the less desirable parts of the internet like scammers, phishing and hackers.
 
North Coast Mac Users Group
General Meeting: Tuesday, March 17, 2015
Rohnert Park Senior Center

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February 17th General Meeting: “Stump the Geeks”

Bring your questions to this month’s meeting and let the other members help find a solution to your problem. Don’t have a question, then bring yourself, maybe you can help another member. Members helping members is one of the best things about NCMUG so come and take part!

Rohnert Park Senior Center
6800 Hunter Drive
Rohnert Park, CA 94928
7:00- 9:00 p.m.

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