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.
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.
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.
List of Special Interest Groups
KEYNOTE FOR iPAD INTEREST GROUP
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 Lynda.com, 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
GOLDEN GATE COMPUTER SOCIETY APPLE SIG
Third Thursday of the Month, 1:00-3:00 P.M.
AT GGCS CLASSROOM, FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, 5TH AND E STREET, SAN RAFAEL.
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,
For more information, Email:firstname.lastname@example.org,. call Steve at 415-453-2525 or Chris at 415-927-2289.
BEGINNING SENIORS SIG
4th Wednesday, 1:30 PM at the GGCS Classroom
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.
Leader: Al Springstead 415-250-3808
Compu-Class has been disbanded and no longer meets.
DIGITAL CAMERA SIG,
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
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, March 27, 2017
This Month’s Subject:
Social media: What you have to gain
MANY OF US HAVE BEEN BOMBARDED with different types of social media, directly or through the traditional news outlets: Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, and e-mails, etc.
For the March 27 GGCS General Meeting, Philip King will explain and demonstrate the different types and purposes of social media in this new world of cell phones, tablets, and e-mail hackers. Topics will include:
- Using your cell phone to take, edit, and share your photos on social media.
- Parental controls and social media.
Philip King, email@example.com, is a 21-year-old tech wizard who has been helping seniors, family members, teachers, and strangers learn how to use technology to improve their lives since he was 13 years old. He has extensive experience using many different types of social media and works for a social media startup in Sausalito.
Philip has presented iOS tech classes for the Belvidere Tiburon Library since 2014, serves as iOS tech support for the GGCS Tablet/smartphone SIG, and continues to be a private consultant for in-home tech tutoring and support.
We are delighted to have him come back to the GGCS General Meeting and help us out with this new digital world.
GGCS Welcomes Philip King, social media guru
Watch this space for updated information as it becomes available.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Russ Flaum email@example.com
School Support SIG
Every Saturday 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
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.
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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
Second Thursday (July and August only) 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Village at Corte Madera
1640 Redwood Hwy, Corte Madera (Behind The Gap)
Co-leaders: John King, Ernie Ganas
RSVP: John King email@example.com
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.