*** Note: Next meeting is TUESDAY, January 13, at 7:00 p.m. *****
Williamsport Area Computer Club Meeting Minutes / Newsletter - December 1997
Kathy Kolb, President, called the meeting to order, followed by an introduction of new guests. No revisions to last month's meeting minutes were made.
Treasurer's Report: No report this month.
Club Advertising / Awareness / Public Relations / Membership / Home Page: Wayne Palmer is designing a prototype for a club business card. We will be distributing them to the computer retailers. A draft version was on display tonight. Comments were noted.
Slight changes were made to our WACC Home Page. The committee page was dropped. We held a discussion in regards to requests for allowing more then one link to a particular site. The club decided against it, since we are a non profit organization providing a social service.
There are now 76 subscribers to wacc-chat.
Bylaws: Past officers need to meet with the upcoming officers before the next meeting on Jan 13. Nancy Walton will meet with Willis Beaver (Treasurer) to review figures.
Computer swap meet: Kathy issued the first draft of the project proposal for the computer swap meet.
-We got a quote from the Loyalsock Fire Hall of $250.00 with a $50.00 deposit. -Computer retailers seem receptive to the idea.
Computer Recycling: (Giving old computers new homes) One of the 3 repaired monitors has already found a needy home. The recipient donated $20 (our repair cost) to the club in response to his joy.
North Central PA computer networking / Freenet site: The next Community Net (Market Square) Support Group meeting is planned for Jan 11, from 2 - 4 p.m. at the James V. Brown Library. People interested in helping county non-profit organizations build a web presence, contact Daniel firstname.lastname@example.org or Kathy email@example.com
Help: (offering help to computer users who need it) Tha WACC MAC FAQ Version 1.0 is now available for local Mac users. They must request it via an email link from the club web site. This will prevent email addresses listed on the FAQ from getting even more junk mail.
Local BBS / ISP / Computer Retailer news: No news reported this month.
Programs: (Chairperson Needed) "The challenge of increasing computer literacy in Lycoming County" was presented by David Hughes of "The Fourth R". David presented some interesting statistics in regards to this issue. Our area is technologically depressed compared to urban areas. As evidenced by the courses taught at the Fourth R. The highest in demand being introductory Operating System courses, with majority being adults. Some of the reasons for this are our rural setting, aging population, local economy, fear of technology, lack of local business upgrades, lack of school upgrades and limited availability of training. Very few Schools offer computer courses and the facilities are less than adequate with a very limited ratio of PC's to students, basically due to funding. It is estimated that 79% of students don't have keyboarding skills. The Internet is improving PC literacy. We can help too by encouraging new users and helping beginners.
The following Programs have been lined up for 1998: January Installation of new officers for 1998 & Beginner's Night- Questions Welcomed ! February: Kathy Kolb-from Kolb Networks: HTML-how to build a personal homepage April: Beginner's Night June: Willis Beaver: Upgrading your computer July: Beginner's Night August: Summer Break at Benjie's September: Beginner's Night November: Elections for 1999
Possible Future Programs include: Jim Wittlich from Oasis Productions demonstrating the Macintosh Computer Sharon Souter from Disc Express talking about what computer consultants do, when to call them and how to choose one. Lucent Technologies Meeting adjourned.
Next meeting date is Tuesday, January 13 at 7:00 p.m. It will be held at Lycoming College Academic Center Room B309.
Williamsport Area Computer Club contact info: Home Page: www.sunlink.net/wacc Kathy Kolb, President 326-7529, firstname.lastname@example.org IRC Channel: /join #wacc on Tuesday and Sunday evenings in irc.dal.net Wacc-chat mailing list: send a message to email@example.com (with the word subscribe in the subject)