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Stories about members of ParraPals.

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Vale Michael Myers

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In mid-May 2016, members were shocked to hear that trainer and Committee member Michael Myers collapsed and died at the home he shared with his wife, Noelene.

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Most of you will have had some contact with Michael. He was a long term member of Parramatta Computer Pals, and contributed in many ways. He was a dedicated and hard-working trainer, he was on the Committee, a past Training Coordinator, took responsibility for printing course manuals, and built shelving and storage cabinets for us. He was generous with his time and skills. As our president Deborah said, “I find it hard to believe he is no longer with us”.

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Changes to our Management Committee

At our recent AGM, the positions of vice president, secretary and two ordinary members became vacant. Members step down after two years on the Committee, but are entitled to reapply for any position. This year, Margaret Tucker Moxon retired from the Committee after six years, mostly holding the position of secretary.

There was only one nomination for secretary – Silvia Vega – so a vote was not required. However, there was competition for the other positions.

Hazel Labka was voted vice president; Judith Joyce and Michael Myers as “ordinary members”.

At the November meeting of the new committee, John Hain and Kathryn Akhurst were co-opted to the committee. Both stood for election, and both have excellent skills to add value to our club. Welcome Kathryn; John had been co-opted the previous year.

For a full list of committee members and positions, see the management committee page.

According to our constitution, the committee may co-opt up to two additional members until the next annual general meeting.

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How I got involved with Parramatta Computer Pals for Seniors

John and members at a members’ monthly meeting

A few years back, in Seniors Week I think, I saw a stall that was promoting the formation of a computerpals club in Parramatta, so I completed forms and eventually went to the formation meeting of Parramatta ComputerPals for Seniors and joined on the day.

When Margaret learned that I was already into video and photo editing, she wanted me to be a trainer, but I said no, I’m too involved with the credit union movement but I’ll help you and John in any other way.

Over the past two years I’ve done a number of courses. Courses that I really enjoyed were photo story by John Moxon and digital photo management by Jon Bayley, both are very computer literate and excellent trainers.

Next thing I was involved in helping John and Margaret move 6 or more computers from their home to our club rooms and , with the help of my son Graham, erect the projector screen. So I was involved!

Since then I have become a Buddy to Jon Bayley and I find this very satisfying, helping members learn the finer points of digital photo management and the great benefits of installing and using Picasa.

I really enjoy the friendships I have made in the club, and also enjoy the social times…monthly meetings with a guest speaker and morning tea ably supplied by the two Granville sisters (and others), as well as the school holiday club lunch at Parramatta Leagues Club that I attend with my wife Josie and grand-daughter Samara.

It was at a monthly club meeting that I first heard about Photobooks. At the time I was planning a slideshow of my wedding and honeymoon for our 50th Anniversary party – when I heard Linda Falgiatori from Creative Memories talk and show her Photobook I saw what I wanted – not a slideshow but a Photobook. I joined her class and made a wonderful photobook that I presented as a surprise to Josie at our 50th. Since then I have made about 10 photobooks, they are a great way to preserve family history in a way that will survive for many generations.

I thank Margaret, our Secretary and John, our President for helping to bring ComputerPals for Seniors to Parramatta……….

John Lee