MacChUG

The Chico Apple User Group

Board of Directors

President
Ron Brooks

Vice President
Myron Flindt

Treasurer 
Bida Bock

Secretary 
Sharron Mathans

Program Director
Ron Brooks

Novice Instructor
Ron Steinke

Tech Support
Bill Peart

Membership
Londa Coy

Librarian
Londa Coy

Newsletter Editor
Betty Bilbo

Greeter
Hugh McGuigan

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Meeting Thursday January 15th

Parallels Software Presentation

The Chico Apple Users Group (MacChUG) will convene on Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015 at 7:30 PM, at Manzanita Place (the Chico Elks Lodge), 1705 Manzanita Ave. for their monthly general meeting. Experienced members will host Special Interest group discussions at 6:30 PM for iOS, as well as iPad and iPhone use. If you’d like to learn more about your Mac, iPhone or iPad, plan to come early.

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Kurt Schmucker, from Parallels will be the featured speaker. Parallels software allows Mac computers to seamlessly run Microsoft Windows Operating Systems and related software. Over the past 8 years, it has become the easiest, most powerful solution for running Windows on a Mac, without rebooting and is fully optimized and enhanced for OS X Yosemite. For more details on the benefits of Parallels, be sure to check out their website at www.parallels.com

Visitors are always welcome and annual membership dues are only $25.00.

Monthly Meeting Thursday December 18th

Ron Steinke will present a close look at Apple Mail. Setting preferences, establishing rules to trash or remove unwanted spam and other features.

Kathy Brooks will bring some interesting features of our beloved iPhones and Ron Brooks will  talk about Microsoft’s decision to give us Word, Excel and Powerpoint for iOS without the need for a subscription.

So come early if you can. Special Interest Groups meet at 6:30 and our general meeting starts at 7:30.

Guest Speaker to present Greeting Card Program

We will have a guest speaker to present a Greeting Card Program on Thursday, November 19th,  at Manzanita Place (the Chico Elks Lodge), 1705 Manzanita Ave.

At 6:30PM  experienced members will host Special Interest group discussions  for iOS, as well as iPad and iPhone use. If you’d like to learn more about your Mac, iPhone or iPad, plan to come early. Visitors are always welcome and annual membership dues are only $25.00.

Kathleen Brooks will present Hallmark Card Studio for Mac. This software will allow you to create your own one-of-a-kind Hallmark cards for friends and family. It’s the fast, easy and fun way to create customizable Hallmark cards for any occasion – from birthdays and anniversaries to Christmas and Valentine’s Day!

Hallmark Card Studio for Mac also helps you capture life’s special moments with scrapbook pages, photo frames, stationery, personalized invitations, stickers and certificates. Included are personal calendars for monthly and yearly use.

 

 

Monthly Meeting Thursday Oct 16th

Due to some glitches with the sound system Ron Steinke, our Program Director, will present the program that we didn’t get to see last month. It’s  a series of short videos authored macmost website by MacMost.com on a variety of Mac topics including Menu bar basics & tricks, Private browsing, and Cleaning your Contact list. Meetings are held at Manzanita Place AKA The Elks Lodge starting at 6:30 for the Novice Meeting and 7:30 for the general meeting.

If you have questions about navigating the Macintosh computer, web browsing or iPad/iPhone issues, this will be the time to have them answered.

Meetings Resume September 18th

This month Ron Steinke, our Program Director, will present a series of short videos authored macmost website by MacMost.com on a variety of Mac topics including Menu bar basics & tricks, Private browsing, and Cleaning your Contact list. Meetings are held at Manzanita Place AKA The Elks Lodge starting at 6:30 for the Novice Meeting and 7:30 for the general meeting.

If you have questions about navigating the Macintosh computer, web browsing or iPad/iPhone issues, this will be the time to have them answered.

We’ve added some resources to our library pertaining to the new Mac operating system, Yosemite and iOS 8 coming to your devices soon.

Also, if you’ve moved or changed your email address, be sure to let us or one of the greeters know so we can update our records and stay in touch.

Annual Big Ole Raffle

Our Annual Big Ole Raffle coming to our next meeting on June 19th!

6:30 pm to 7:15 pm – Guest Speaker Allie Rumpanos will do a presentation about the Fujitsu/ScanSnap.
7:30 pm to 9:00 pm – General meeting and The Big Ol’ Raffle.

Our major fundraiser for the year has thousands of dollars worth of Macintosh software and hardware, along with other great prizes to be raffled away!  Come early to buy tickets to help keep our club strong and alive.

Raffle tickets are: 1 ticket for $5 –  7 tickets for $25 – 15 tickets for $50

Participants must be members in good standing of MacChug and dues must be current to be eligible for prizes. For participants that are new members dues are $25.00 for 2014.”

Grand Prize The New MacBook Air!

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Author – T. E. Watson

Monthly meeting May 15th at the Elks Lodge. Join the Novice Group at 6:30 to learn all about the Mac operating system. Our guest speaker at 7:30 for our main presentation with Award winning children’s author T.E.Watson about some great eBook authoring apps. Our June Big Ole Raffle tickets on sale! Grand Prize is a Macbook Air. Stayed tuned to hear about the other prizes. More than 50 prizes.

 

“To spark the imaginations of children is to help them begin a magical journey that will benefit them their entire lifetime!” T.E.Watson

photo from T.E. Watson website

Mr. Derrick Story Photographer, Photojournalist, Podcaster “The Digital Story.”

image of Derrick Story

Photograph of Derrick on the Sonoma Coast in Northern CA by Scott Loftesness.

Our next meeting on Thursday April 17th at the Elks Lodge at 6:30 will be a Novice meeting with Ron Steinke to answer questions, then at  7:30pm, we will have Derrick Story present:
The Nimble Photographer
Technology has allowed us to travel lighter without giving up capability. But how do you put the pieces together?
In this talk, Derrick Story will show you his tips for traveling light, whether you’re on vacation or just out for the day. He’ll talk about technologies for the iPhone, the iPad, and the latest in camera gear.
So pack your iOS device, and join Derrick for an evening of Nimbleosity.

Derrick Story is a writer, photographer, and teacher. He publishes weekly photography podcasts at TheDigitalStory.com, and maintains a journal of nimbleosity at TheNimblePhotographer.com.

Derrick is a senior contributor for Macworld Magazine, online journalist for a Photography Magazine, and photography evangelist for Lowepro. He has more than 21 titles at lynda.com.

He has authored several books, including his latest, iPad for Digital Photographers, published by Wiley and Sons.

image of book iPad for Digital Photographers

 

Description
Discover innovative ways to strengthen your photography business with your iPad

Many photographers are turning to the flexible, easy-to-use tools of the iPad and relying on them to wear a variety of hats in their photography business. Whether portable portfolio, editing tool, payment-tracking system, or appointment calendar, the iPad melds together the best attributes of the cell phone and a laptop computer and this unique book highlights them all. With this helpful resource, you’ll learn how to get the most out of your iPad to not only improve your business but also enhance your photography.

Mr. Kyle Wiens Founder, iFixit.com

Thursday March 20th, Kyle Wiens, Founder of iFixit.com will be our guest speaker. iFixit is a global community of people helping each other repair things. Let’s fix the world, one device at a time. He started iFixit, the free repair manual. He writes regularly on technology issues. iFixit’s electronics teardowns, repairability reports, and photography are regularly published by the Times, Wall Street Journal, Reuters, LA Times, and others.
kyle wiens founder of ifixit.com

Article from the local Newspaper

CHICO — The Macintosh Chico Users Group isn’t just for Mac geeks or even just for Macs.

By KYRA GOTTESMAN-Correspondent

“It’s for anyone who wants to learn and have a good time enjoying everything Apple. That’s what we’re all about, learning and fun. We’re just a group of regular folks who want to learn to get the most out of our Apple products” said Ron Brooks, the group’s librarian.

Booting up in ’85

In 1985, a year after the first Macintosh were released, a local personal computer retail store created a Mac users classroom with 10 tables and five computers. The store hosted free weekly tech-support classes. Brooks was one of the first customers to attend.
“I bought my first Mac and printer in 1985 for $3,500. Other than the basics, I didn’t know anything so the class was great,” he said.

As Macintosh gained personal computer market share, the class continued to grow to overflowing. By 1990, the user group changed locations and began meeting at Chico Community Hospital. In the mid- to-late ’90s, with more than 125 members, the group moved again to Enloe Conference Center. In 2013 MacChUG, as the group calls itself, moved its now monthly meetings to the Elks Lodge.
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