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  1. Monthly General Meeting

    : This is our large monthly meeting normally on the 4th Monday night 7:15 – 9:00 pm (but check the online calendar) 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 calendar for topics.

  2. Special Interest Groups

    (also known as SIGs): They 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.

  3. School Support Program

    : This group meets each Saturday 10am – 2pm. It receives donated computers and other equipment, which it tests, repairs, and reconfigures. The equipment is then donated to schools.

  4. List of Special Interest Groups


Apple Keynote SIG


Fourth Wednesday of each month, 2:00 PM

San Rafael Public Library, 1100 E Street, San Rafael, CA

The GGCS, in conjunction with the San Rafael Public Library’s TechZone, will present a SIG in which users with iPads will learn to develop Keynote presentations so that they can display whatever they choose: photos, mementos, vacation travel, hobbies or family events.

We will be using the library’s subscription to, an online technology learning tool.  During the session attendees will create professional looking presentations on a TechZone iMac which they can then copy to a flash drive and download to their own iPad. 

SIG leader, Ron Matteri – 415.454.0714

Apple SIG

First Wednesday of the Month, 1:00-3:00 P.M.

New Date Starting September 06, 2017. No meeting July or August.


Former GGCS President Steve Traiger and Apple Certified Consultant Chris Harnish co-lead the Apple SIG to explore and explain everything in the Apple ecosphere. Topics include Mac computers and IOS devices (iPhone/iPad/Watch, etc).

For more information,,. call Steve at 415-453-2525 or Chris at 415-927-2289.


Beginning Seniors SIG


Sadly the Beginning Seniors SIG is canceled due to lack of attendance. We will let you know if this SIG starts anew. Thank you for your support over the past years.


Compu-Class SIG


Compu-Class has been disbanded and no longer meets.

Digital Camera SIG

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3rd Wednesday, 1:30 PM at the GGCS Classroom

This group compares features of digital and other cameras. The group also holds field trips. The group explores PhotoShop and other advanced programs.

For more Info call Mike Hancock 415-381-4772 or Barbara Hansen 415-332 1720



GGCS Meetings

Fourth Monday, 7:15 PM at the Drake’s Landing Community Room (next to Jason’s Restaurant). There is a non-member fee of $5 to attend this meeting (free if you choose to join the club @$48/yr).

Monday, July 24, 2017

This Month’s Subject: Learn to paint digitally

  • MEET JEREMY SUTTON, artist, photographer, painter, author, and Corel Painter master, who will demonstrate live painting with the powerful digital paint program Corel Painter 2017, at the July 24 General Meeting.
  • Photographers will learn how to improve their photos, artists will learn how to make digital art on their computer, and others will just enjoy this lively and educational presentation.
  • His presentation on Monday night will include:
    • A photo painting demo in latest version of Painter 2017, showing clone workflow and some cool brushes, etc.
    • A photo painting demo using Art Rage App on the iPad.
    • A live portrait sketch demo using Procreate on iPad of someone in the audience.
    • A short video demonstration of the Tilt Brush, a new 3D Virtual Reality paint program (see

    The evening will end with a short “Lindy Hop” dance performance.

Click here for Directions to the meeting

Internet and More

Internet and More

Third Wednesday, 7:00 PM at the GGCS Classroom

Contact Karen Stagg, 897-6824 for info.


Introduction to Computing

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Taught by John King

This Class is canceled after >20 years. Thank you, John, for your generous donation of time and energy!

Quicken and Personal Finance SIG

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Second Tuesday 11:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M.

This SIG does NOT meet in July or August

Quicken users of all skill levels exchange questions, answers and
problems, helping one another to become more proficient in using the many
features of this Personal Finance program.  The first hour usually is a
“class” presentation of a specific feature of Quicken; second hour is
open discussion, including various Personal Fiance issues such as on-line
banking, bank rates, etc.

For more information, contact:

Babette Bloch:

Russ Flaum


School Support SIG

School Support SIG

Every Saturday 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

General Information

Some people refer to our Golden Gate Compute Society’s School Support Program as our best kept secret. Actually, this special interest group (SIG) is no secret to many of our members or to many schools in the Bay Area. We just don’t seek as much publicity as we could. This relatively low profile allows us to manage the balance between the three main components of the program: the volume of computers donated, the people and space available to work on them, and the schools asking for computers.

Our focus is on providing computers in classrooms and school labs for student use rather than for administrative use. We work most closely with the local Ross Valley School District, which includes Wade Thomas, Manor, Brookside, and White Hill schools. The school district helps us by providing workspace, and we provide them first pick of the equipment we have available. However, we also support any school which comes to us for help, as long as we have computers available that will meet their needs.


Tablet/Smart Phone SIG

Tablet/Smartphone SIG

Third Friday, 11:00 AM at the Belvedere-Tiburon Library

This SIG does NOT meet in July or August.

The Tablet/Smartphone SIG meets on the third Friday of each month at the Belvedere-Tiburon Library. Techno Reference Librarian, Ivan Silva, will be available to help us with our devices and learn how best to use them as well as how to use library resources with them.

Hope to see you at all things tablet/smartphone!

Contact Babette Bloch, 415-388-3864, or or Barbara Hansen, 415-332 1720

PLEASE RSVP at the link below by Thursday morning, to let us know if you will attend this month.  We need a head count in order to let people on the wait list know if they can attend.

Wayne’s Computer Class

Waynes Computer Class

2nd Monday, 7:00 PM at the GGCS Classroom

Veteran beginner Wayne Johnson leads computing beginners eager to learn.  Of course there will be lots of time for Q & A. Often more experienced club members will drop in to have a refresher and/or assist.  Everyone welcome!  eMail

Attendees are encouraged to ask the most basic of questions, because we know there are others too shy to ask the same questions.



Windows X Interest Group

Windows X Interest Group

Second Thursday 1:30 PM – 3:30 PM

No Meeting July and August 2017

Microsoft Store
Village at Corte Madera
1640 Redwood Hwy, Corte Madera (Behind The Gap)

Co-leaders: John King, Ernie Ganas
RSVP: John King

Microsoft is letting us use their store for our meetings.  They provide at least 10 touchscreen laptops and a 103-inch LCD monitor.  Or, bring your own laptop, if you have one.

This special interest group is for people who have a Windows computer, are thinking about getting one or are just curious about it. We will explore the programs together. The topics to be covered will depend upon the groups interests but will likely cover:

  • The very new and different user interface
  • Difference between desktop and modern interfaces
  • What are programs vs. apps vs. charms
  • To touch or not to touch – do you need a touchscreen?
  • Related services such as Skydrive, Windows Live Essentials
  • What’s new under the hood in terms of startup, security, power, etc.
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