Category Archives: Club publicity

Activities undertaken to publicize ParraPals.


Open Day a great success

Dawne and Elizabeth at the welcome deskForty seniors took advantage of our club Open Day this week, and 17 new members signed up. Lots of new course bookings too.

President Deborah signing up a queue of newcomersOur Windows 8, iPad and Android tablet courses are most popular with newcomers this year. We expected that, so scheduled more courses.

Our more seasoned members are interested in tablets too – they love their tablets even more than their laptops or PCs. Popular classes for more experienced members are Managing Digital Photos and Excel.
Deborah presenting on iPad accessibilitySix presentations, each half an hour were conducted on different topics by experienced trainers:

  • 10:00 Accessibility options for iPads
  • 10:45 Android tablets
  • 11:30 Excel
  • 12:15 Windows 8
  • 01:00 Editing home videos with Movie Maker
  • 01:45 Dolphin Guide – easy computer use for people with vision impairment

A great start to the new financial year

It’s great to see that already, 40 members have renewed their membership for the 2010-11 financial year and we expect many more to do so on Friday at our members meeting.

As you know, we (Margaret and John) have recently moved into a popular retirement village at Constitution Hill in Northmead, and we are still getting used to it.  It has certainly made a difference to me, with less work to do around the place, but we do miss our back yard at Winston Hills.  But we are gradually meeting more people, and what a nice bunch they are.  Very friendly.

Yesterday we letterboxed 409 residents – every household except those whose letterbox said “No junk mail”.  Now we obviously don’t think we are “junk mail” but we need to be unbiased sometimes, and respectful.

There are a number of our members who live at Constitution Hill, and other residents are, or have been, members of Castle Hill, Holroyd or Epping computer pals.  We are not trying to poach their members – they are good friends of ours.  And each club is different, running different courses with a different timetable.
For instance Holroyd teaches Publisher, which we haven’t attempted yet.  And Castle Hill  (The Hills) teaches Corel Draw, which we shall probably never teach.  At the moment, we teach open source graphics software – Google’s Picasa 3.6, Microsoft’s Movie Maker, and GIMP (open source software similar to Adobe’s PhotoShop).  We don’t teach PhotoShop simply because it is so expensive, and we are well aware of our members’ limited income.

Our Digital Photography Special Interest Group is about to have its second field trip – tomorrow by ferry to Vivid Sydney.  Being winter, we don’t expect it to be as popular as our March trip to Circular Quay, but we couldn’t miss the opportunity afforded by this festival of light and sound.  We’ll let you know how it goes.

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

Have another look at our website – plenty of changes

Have you looked at the ParraPals website lately?  Quite a number of pages have been updated in the past week – especially the Courses page.  The full timetable for Term 2, commencing in the week commencing 19th April is shown,  With some important exceptions – mostly Monday courses – courses start in Week 2, just after Anzac Day.  The first week has been set aside for some two hour refresher courses.  These are proving very popular but there are still some vacancies in the Email Refresher course.

The other web page which has been updated is the Links page. The genealogy links have been checked and updated, and there are some useful links under the Seniors section.  Let me know if you have a suggestion about links on the four topics displayed.

Are you a member of Facebook?  If so, I do hope you will join the group Parramatta Computer Pals for Seniors

Surprises in store at Friday’s members’ meeting

It seems that the Digital Photo Story class – see the photo – has some surprises in store for us on Friday at the members’ meeting.  What they are I do not know – your president and Photo Story trainer John doesn’t share all his secrets with me!

I do know they are putting a project together.  So either they are going to show us something, or maybe make us stars.  Who knows?  So you’d better come along and find out. The meeting starts at 9.30am and finishes at 11.30, and a good morning tea can be expected since our caterer Hazel is blooming with health once again.

We are collecting Gmail accounts, since we want to set up a Club Calendar with all our events and meetings listed.  So if you have one, let us know at margaret.tucker2153 at .