*** Next meeting - Tuesday, September 9, 7:00 pm at Lycoming College (Academic Center)*** Program Topic: Newbie Night - bring your computer questions
Williamsport Area Computer Club Meeting minutes / newsletter - July 1997
Kathy Kolb, President called the meeting to order, followed by an introduction of new guests. Last months meeting minutes were revised to a 3:1 ration for the JVB Senior Literacy Project Student:Tutor Ratio.
Willis Beaver gave the Treasurer's report for this month. We have 37 members at $411.00 minus Newspaper Ads and Speaker Gifts for a total of $357.32
Club Advertising / Awareness / Public Relations / Membership / Home Page: The Alta Vista Search Engine book has arrived for JVB and will be put into circulation.
Bylaws, etc.: A discussion was held on whether or not too seek help from SCORE on pursuing the establishment of a 501C. Kathy will call for info. A Checking Account is needed for the Club, possibly requiring a Tax ID#. Willis and Kathy will look into it.
Computer swap meet info: Several members attended the Wilkes-Barre Hamfest MURGAS Amateur Radio Club held on July 6.
We plan to host our own PC Expo next year. A Chairperson is needed to head the committee for '98.
Computer Recycling: (giving old computers new homes): CIL requested the 386 system that is available. Two other requests have been made for needed systems. The Horizon House homeless shelter in Lock Haven and The Williamsport Christian School. We need a Chairperson to head up a committee for putting PC's together.
Reportedly, Ken Cummings has PC Equipment to donate. Marilyn will follow up on this.
North Central PA computer networking / Freenet site: Volunteers are desperately need for the JVB Computer Literacy Program for Seniors. At present, there are 45 students and only 15 tutors a ratio of 3 to 1! This involves one-on-one tutoring for Windows95, MS Works Word Processing, Spreadsheets and Database and the Internet. Scheduling will be determined between the senior and the tutor. Anyone interested, please contact Andy at LANDA1@csrlink.net or 323-6055.
JVB Community Net is hosting web space for non-profit organizations. A SPCA site is coming soon.
Help: (offering help to computer users who need it)
Local BBS / ISP / Computer Retailer news: US Netway is providing ISP Service for $12.50/mo See www.usnetway.net for info.
An interest was expressed in the club possibly hosting a Freenet site.
Leading Electronics is looking to hire a sales representative.
Other Concerns: John reported another spamming issue. It was suggested to check out the site www.tourbus.com for spamming archives.
Interesting net findings for the month were shared among the group.
Dave Miller, Senior District Executive of the Boy Scouts of America presented us with an opportunity to provide a public service by helping the Scouts achieve a computer merit badge or by hosting a Computer Explorer Group. The Lycoming District has 2,000 Scouts. There is a need for Computer Merit Badge Counselors. Some of the requirements for being a counselor include being over 18, and must register, which is free of charge. The requirements vary age and level. The Exploring Program includes young men and women and provides hands on demos for General, Career, and Adventures in Computing. An Explorer Post Charter Membership provides an outline for the program and liability coverage. We will address the possibility of providing this at a future meeting. Interested Counselors may contact Dave at: email@example.com or call the Service Center: 326-5121, Home: 962-2974
August meeting will be a Casual Computer Summer Break Meeting at Benjie's on Tuesday, August 12, 1997 - 7 pm. We will attempt to setup an internet connection there to surf together.
September 9th meeting (back at Lycoming College) will be a "Newbie Nite" followed by Jim Shaffer presenting a Linux/Unix Demo in October. Other Upcoming Programs this Fall may include an HTML Intro by Kathy Kolb and a Computer Upgrade Intro by Willis Beaver.
Kathy Kolb - firstname.lastname@example.org President, Williamsport Area Computer Club - http://www.sunlink.net/wacc