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Our Mission Statement:

“GGCS provides a congenial forum for people interested in computers and portable communications devices to gather and share information.

We strive to be a resource that serves the needs and interests of people at all skill levels.

We seek to make a positive contribution to the society around us by making the benefits of computer technology accessible to everyone.”

The Golden Gate Computer Society, a non-profit 501-c-3 organization, is one of the foremost computer and technology user groups in the San Francisco Bay Area. In a nutshell, we are “users helping users.”

We offer monthly General Meetings, numerous smaller Special Interest Groups (SIGs) and occasional classes held in our classroom in San Rafael, a monthly newsletter, discounts at various providers of hardware, software and computer services, and a program to refurbish used computers for schools. Our events are open to the public with a $5.00 charge to non-members. This is waived if the person joins the club at the event ($48/yr).

We began in 1981, shortly after the first IBM personal computer came to market. Our members include expert and novice computer users alike. We are retirees, CPAs, engineers, doctors, hobbyists, housewives, secretaries, computer professionals, students, lawyers and business-persons of all ages.

To receive a weekly announcement about upcoming GGCS events, please submit your request to sec@ggcs.org.

About our General Meeting

This is our large monthly meeting normally on the 4th Monday night 7:15 – 9:00 pm at the Drake’s Landing Community Room with planned presentations, often with outside speakers, covering a wide variety of topics on technology. A raffle follows. Check our online calendar for topics and an occasional schedule change.

About our Special Interest Groups

Special Interest Groups, also known as SIGs, normally meet monthly, are typically smaller groups compared to the General Meeting and have a specialized topic (at least in theory sometimes). The groups are listed below, and change over time. They can be part discussion group or planned presentations, depending on the leader. Click here for meeting locations.


Golden Gate Computer Society Membership Application Form

To join the Golden Gate Computer Society, please print, complete and mail the form from the link below, along with your check for $48 for a one-year family membership or $30 for a 6-month trial membership. This entire membership fee is tax deductible under our 501(c)3 non-profit status.

Golden Gate Computer Society Membership Application Form

Send this to:

  • Golden Gate Computer Society
  • P.O.Box 151696
  • San Rafael, CA 94915-1696

To join using PayPal, Send an email to membership@ggcs.org with your name, address, phone number and email address or use the form below.  Then log in to PayPal.com with your personal Paypal account ID and password.  Click on “pay or send money”.  Choose membership@ggcs.org as the account to send money to and pick the amount, e.g. $48. Confirm the payment and choose method of payment, e.g. PayPal balance, credit or bank account. PayPal will send the treasurer a confirmation that money has been sent to our account.  Your contact information will be added to the database and you will receive a welcome letter with your membership card.  Your email address will be added to the list to receive the newsletter notification and for weekly announcements of GGCS classes and events.

Membership Form

Please fill in the information below for our database and submit your payment via PayPal to our account at membership@ggcs.org. PayPal will notify us when your payment is received and we will process your request.

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Please check out our website at www.ggcs.org to find out about our meetings and Special Interest Groups (SIGs).

Find us on FaceBook at www.facebook.com/goldengatecomputersociety.

If you are interested in becoming a GGCS volunteer, please contact us at help@ggcs.org.

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