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President's Report 2019

At The Annual General Meeting on 28th August 2019, the President, Pamela Samuels,delivered her Annual Report as follows:

Brenda Eggleton is our returning officer this afternoon and I would like to take this opportunity to thank Brenda and to say how much we appreciate her continued support and interest in the club.

I would also like to thank Georges River Council for their continued support and interest in our group. We are very grateful to the Council for providing us with the free use of the seniors centre where we have our meetings and lessons. The support we have received from Council has certainly played a big part in the success of our computer club.

I would also like to thank ASCCA for their support over the years and also OWEN HODGE who have been printing our newsletter for a number of years.

It is wonderful to have new members joining, and to have our faithful members renewing their membership, year by year. I would like to thank Geoff Turton for his hard work and commitment to looking after our membership. At the time of writing we have 166 paid up members currently financial to June 2020. We have 55 members not yet renewed and our current waiting list is 8.

Our meetings have been well attended and our activities have followed the pattern of previous years. Our speakers were:

At our September meeting, Marilyn Richardson shared some good advice on improving a computer's performance by freeing up space on the hard drive and uninstalling programs that are no longer required. Marilyn also suggested important things to consider before purchasing a new computer.

The guest speaker at our October meeting was Amber Dornbusch, Head of NBN. Amber gave us a most comprehensive and informative presentation on the roll out of the NBN and the various options available for connecting to it.

At our January meeting, an overview of the excellent FastStone Image Viewer photo management and editing program was presented. Geoff Turton described the program's image viewing features and hidden menu options. Marilyn Richardson demonstrated how to use some of the available image editing features including straightening, cropping, colour and lighting adjustments and red eye removal.

In February Allan Murrin from Joy Murrin Family Search Services gave us a valuable insight into the range of family history information available on the internet along with some general family research tips.

At our March meeting, Geoff Turton covered a selection of short topics including a quiz by Google to demonstrate phishing scams, a geo coding system for communication of locations called “what 3 words” and You Tube an excellent source of music videos.

At our April meeting, Jonathon James from NBN did a follow up report about the network rollout and how to connect to it.

At our May meeting, Mark Young from ASCCA talked to us about the delivery of multimedia content by streaming services over the internet

At our June meeting Renee McElroy, from Service NSW gave a very informative presentation entitled “Cost of Living”. Renee told us about the rebates and savings available for NSW Government Services.

At our July meeting, Anne Buhagiar from Creative Vision Industries told us about “Be Connected”, an Australian Government initiative to help seniors develop their skills and confidence in the digital world.

SENIORS FESTIVAL HURSTVILLE. In February this year Georges River Council organised a varied program of activities for the Active Seniors Festival and several of our tutors were on hand to assist seniors in “Learning about hand-held devices”. A big thank you to those who helped out.

ST. GEORGE COMMUNITY AWARD. Congratulations to John Shortland for the St George Community award he recently received from the Premier, Gladys Berejiklian, and the Member for Oatley, Mark Coure, in recognition of his community service through the Hurstville Seniors Computer Club. John is a dedicated participant in Club activities with the Technical Group on Mondays, Committee Member, Tutor and Group Leader.Thank you John for your contributions.

BANKS VOLUNTEER AWARDS Elsie Elliott, a Hurstville Seniors Computer Club foundation member, who received a volunteer achievement award from David Coleman, Federal Minister for Immigration, Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs and Member for Banks, and Ken Wyatt AM, Federal Minister for Aged Care and Indigenous Health. Elsie has been a dedicated participant in Club activities with the Technical Group on Mondays and the Maintenance Team on Tuesdays. Congratulations Elsie and thank you for your valuable contributions to the Club for over 22 years.

GRANTS: Ted Crichton again submitted another successful application for a Georges River Community Grant. We received an amount of $2,058.00. The submission was for funds to purchase a laptop, printer and software. Thanks Ted.

WEBPAGE: Our webmaster, Fred Scott, has adapted the responsive web design features implemented by fellow club member John Lucke. Responsive web design optimises how a website is displayed on a wide range of conventional and smart portable computing devices. Thank yo to Fred and John for implementing changes to our website.

TECHNICAL: Special thanks to Ted Crichton and the Monday technical team at the Annexe and also to the Tuesday Group, Elsie, Rose, Irene, Marilyn and Geoff for dedicating their time in ensuring that all our computers are in good running order. We really appreciate the extraordinary amount of personal time and effort which is given to carrying out this work.

May I also thank Vince Blayney, who as you know is available by appointment on Monday afternoons in the Annexe to assist members who are having trouble with their computer settings, secrity or maintenance. Thank you Vince.

NEWSLETTER: Again, thank you to Geoff Turton and the Newsletter Team for the time consuming work involved in getting the monthly Newsletter out and always on time. Thank you for all the research you do to provide content for the newsletter enabling our monthly newsletter to be so informative.

GROUP LEADERS: Our special interest group leaders, Ted Barnett, Video Editing, John Shortland, Genealogy, Geoff Turton, Digital Imaging and Fred Scott, Web Design. A big thank you to you all for your involvement in these classes. These classes have been running for some considerable time and continue to have very enthusiastic and keen followers. Thank you.

TUTORS: A big thank you to Marilyn and the tutors who give up their valuable time to help members. Thank you so much for all you do. You are always willing to be there for us whenever we need you. Great job! You have proven that your time and talents are priceless. Thank you so much for volunteering.

Irene Ramsay, foundation member, tutor and technical person as well as keeping our office admin up to date. We really appreciate your involvement and what you do. Thank you.

Thank you to those who help and are responsible for setting up the hall for meetings. We are very grateful and appreciate all that you do.

I would like to thank all our wonderful members for your support and enthussiasm over the years. I anticipate at least one new member for the Committee in the year ahead, and look forward to the possibility of new contributions to refresh our vision and what we can offer to our members. Finally, my thanks to each member of our committee who work so tirelessly for the Society, and to all who assist when their help is needed. The goodwill and friendship we experience in the Hurstville Seniors Computer Club is exceptional.

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