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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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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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November 18th General Meeting: Yosemite

OS X 10.10 “Yosemite” was publicly released last month and like many new operating system upgrades from Apple, users want to know what is new and is it worth upgrading their Mac.

This next generation of OS X has many improvements over OS X 10.9 “Mavericks” highlighted by the ability to communicate with iOS devices using iOS 8 along with increased user security and usability.

Main topics to be discussed:

  • Which Macs support this new operating system.
  • New features and user experience.
  • Compatibility with existing software.
  • How to make your Mac communicate with your iOS devices.
  • Improvements to user security.
  • Predictions moving forward.

Open discussion during the presentation followed by general questions and answers afterwards.


 

Christian Pickman

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

In 1996, Christian started his tenure with Micromat Incorporated, the makers of TechTool Pro and other Macintosh diagnostic software. Between 2001 and 2004, he was a radio producer at CNET for Inside Mac radio show. Christian has been a member of NCMUG for many years and is the new leader of the Intermediate SIG as well as stepping up t be part of the NCMUG Board.

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Help NCMUG Celebrate 30 years!! Join us for a FREE members only celebration.

jeff_headshot_bluesweaterYou are Invited to a Special, Free, Members-Only Event.
(Your snail mail official invite has been sent). You must RSVP for this event by returning the invite.

Please Join Us in Celebrating 30 Years of Supporting You, our Mac Family.

The NCMUG board wants YOU!!! to Join us for an evening of friendship, dining, (no host bar), memories, trivia and prizes. This is a celebration for and about our members and thirty years of all things Mac/Apple. Jeff Gamet of The Mac Observer will host this event. (see Jeff’s bio and trivia info at the end of this email)

When: Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Socialize with your fellow members – beginning at 5:30 pm. (No Host Bar) Dinner buffet starts at 6:30 pm

Where: Santa Rosa Golf & Country Club

333 Country Club Dr, Santa Rosa, CA 95401

http://www.santarosagolf.com/contact-us/map-directions/#.U_qfO0vMhyA

**Dress is business casual. (No tank tops, t-shirts, shorts or flip-flops)**

Who: YOU!!!

This event is free and open to members only ***

Registration requires refundable deposit of $55 per person, by check or credit card, along with a registration slip. (watch your snail mail for the official invite and registration slip) At check-in, your check or credit card slip will be returned.

***(remember each membership is technically a family membership so you may bring your significant other or spouse)

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RSVP by October 10, 2014 via US Mail

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Jeff’s Corner:

Jeff Gamet is the Mac Observer’s Managing Editor, and co-host of the Apple Context Machine and The iOS Show podcasts, hosts The Mac Observer Daily, and is a regular guest on The Big Show. He is the author of “The Designer’s Guide to Mac OS X” from Peachpit Press, and writes for several design-related publications. Jeff has presented at events such as Macworld Expo, the RSA Conference, and the Mac Computer Expo. In all his spare time, he makes guest appearances on several other podcasts, too. Jeff dreams in HD.

How good are your Apple, Mac, and iPhone trivia skills? Put your knowledge to the test and see just how deep you can go into all things Apple, as well as how you stack up against the competition. With easy and obscure questions, there’s bound to be something you can answer. Even better, there will be plenty of prizes, too.

http://www.macobserver.com

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