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Published by the GVR Computer Club
921 W Via Rio Fuerte Green Valley, AZ 85614
GVR Computer Club Hours
Monday-Friday: 8:00 am to 4:00 pm
Saturday: 8:00 am to 12:00 pm
The Club will be closed Dec 24-26 and 31 for the holidays.
The Board of Directors meeting on Wednesday, November 2, was called to order by Vice-President Mike Kearns.
The Secretary's Report was accepted.
Jerry Ferris's treasurer's report was accepted.
There was no President's report or Vice-President's report.
Jerry discussed the possibility of using the services of Paypal to enable members to pay dues with a credit card. He will look into this.
Membership: October attendance was 724. There are 1,583 members.
The website is doing fine with new classes posted as needed by instructors.
Both Mac and PC libraries are doing fine. A Mac librarian is still needed. If you can help please contact Claire Amato.
Digital Photo: John Munier will teach bulk slide scanning. Dorothy Fitch will teach Paint.Net.
Jay Melnick is in charge of the monthly membership meetings. He said all slots are filled for 2016-2017 season. The next General Meeting will be November 15, 2016. Lou Sampson will talk about the Scam Squad.
The Club has recently lost several active members.
Eleanor Blumenschein, who quietly worked behind the scenes at the Club for many years, passed away on November 8, 2016. Click to read her obituary.
Mike Kearns remembers her fondly, saying.
"Eleanor was dedicated to doing a professional job on the website. She redesigned the webpage to make it very easy for the Computer Club members to find the information they needed. Eleanor always volunteered to assist or help in any way she could at the club. In addition, Eleanor spent a lot of time locating a company to design the new GVR logo on the front wall as you enter the club, and purchasing new furniture for the club. Eleanor was a person you could always count on to get the job done and she will be greatly missed by anyone who knew her."
Claire Amato worked with her on the Club website and says:
"She was just a great person to work with and always got the job done. Eleanor did a lot of work for the club from editor of Green Bytes, to being on the Computer Club Board, to helping redecorate the club several years ago. I thoroughly enjoyed working with her. She will be missed."
Dorothy Fitch, who recently took over as Green Bytes editor says:
"Eleanor edited Green Bytes newsletter for many years and was my mentor. I responded when she asked for a proofreader, and we started working on the newsletter together, first as co-editors, and then she asked me to be editor. She was alway friendly and patient, with an amazing eagle eye for detail."
Elizabeth "Liz" Beetschen passed away suddenly at her home on Sunday, November 20, 2016. She was a Thursday morning Monitor at the Club.
As Mike Kearns said, "This is very sad news indeed to lose these two wonderful ladies and they will be greatly missed by those who knew them."
We also remember these Club members:
Millie McManus, who partnered with Kathy Frey for a few years in the Beginning Q&A sessions, died on September 17, 2016.
Bill Laughlin, the club's music expert and "go-to" guy, died on September 29, 2016.
Another new book has been purchased for the Mac library. The number after the book will help you find it in the library, as books are organized numerically. You can borrow a book for 14 days. To check out a book, just take it to the front desk. Drop it off there to return it.
At the November General Meeting, Lou Sampson and a colleague, both members of the Sheriff's Auxiliary Volunteers, gave a very informative talk about how Green Valley residents can identify and deal with potential scams. These scams can come by phone, mail, or email. Green Valley, as a community of senior citizens, is especially targeted by scammers, so you need to be aware of scam artists, who can be extremely clever and seem to already know a lot about you.
The main points to remember are:
Don't Answer--Hang up!
When the telephone rings and you do not know who is calling, remember you are in control. DO NOT give out any information to a stranger.
Protect your identity! Delete any suspicious or known e-mails. DO NOT open them.
Shred all mail and statements with your name on them. DO NOT just throw them in the trash.
The SAV volunteers wanted to share their information with our newsletter readers, so here are the handouts from the talk. Please read them carefully, to ensure your safety and finances. Share them with friends, family and neighbors!
Before you download an application to your Windows computer, visit Ninite.com! There is a link to to this handy website on the Utilities page of the Club website. This site offers safe, worry-free downloads for many popular Windows applications and utilities. What makes it a good idea to download from Ninite?
As they say, Ninite will:
start working as soon as you run it
not bother you with any choices or options
install apps in their default location
say no to toolbars or extra junk
install 64-bit apps on 64-bit machines
install apps in your PC's language or one you choose
do all its work in the background
install the latest stable version of an app
skip up-to-date apps
skip any reboot requests from installers
use your proxy settings from Internet Explorer
download apps from each publisher's official site
verify digital signatures or hashes before running anything
work best if you turn off any web filters or firewalls
save you a lot of time!
All the applications at Ninite are free, although enhanced versions of some are available for a fee.
Some of my favorite applications that are available for download from Ninite are:
Greenshot, a powerful screenshot program
Malwarebytes, the basic, free version
CutePDF, a PDF creator that you use as a printer through the Print menu
Paint.NET, an easy-to-use yet powerful paint program
WinAmp, for playing and streaming music and videos
There are also several Web browsers and dozens more utilities. Give Ninite a try!
A Single Membership renewal costs $25, and a Family Membership costs $35.
If you have a Single Membership and wish to add a resident of your household and become a Family Membership, bring the resident with you to the club with their GVR card and proof (such as a driver's license) that they live in your household.
Green Bytes is published once a month from September through April by and for members of the GVR Computer Club, Art Rotman, President. Annual Club dues are $25/individual or $35/family, payable before January 1. Tenant memberships are available.
Send submissions (articles, announcements or letters to the editor) to 921 West Via Rio Fuerte, Green Valley, AZ 85614, or to Newsletter Editor Dorothy Fitch at email@example.com. Submission by email preferred, or on CD, using any common PC word-processing program, or in RTF format. The deadline is the 20th of the prior month.
Green Bytes is an independent publication of the GVR Computer Club and is not affiliated, sponsored, sanctioned or associated with any commercial interest. Opinions, statements, positions and views stated herein are those of the authors only.
The GVR Computer Club is a member group of APCUG, Association of Personal Computer User Groups, a worldwide organization that helps groups devoted to the world of technology including computers, tablets, smartphones, digital photography, genealogy, etc. by facilitating communications between member groups and industry vendors.