Our Club members are not the usual type of person that is found in a Computer Club.
The majority of members have retired and many have not had any experience
with computers during their working life.
They have purchased a computer or been given a hand-me-down by their
children who have upgraded their computer for the use of the grandchildren
for school projects etc.
They have joined the Club to learn how to use a computer.
The fact that most members are retired contributes to the other feature
of our group in that we hold three meetings a month. Two of these meetings
are daytime meetings, because retired people are available during the day
to attend meetings. The other meeting is an evening meeting, which is the
traditional time for group meetings.
Our members use their computers for simple spreadsheets to control their
investments, word processing, letter writing, databases and a multitude
of hobby based applications (music ,photography,cross stitching
etc);most are connected to the Internet.
We do not have many technical discussions as most members are only
interested in mastering the software, not in learning how the hardware
However some of our retired and some as yet not retired members have
developed an expertise in the technical aspects of a computer and have
become quite proficient at dismantling and reassembling computers.
They also have a good understanding of software and the shortcuts and
tricks needed to make it work. These members are kept very busy at our
meeting answering and solving members problems.
It is interesting to note that our membership had been approximately thirty,
in each of the first three years we have been operating as a Club.
1999 - Major changes to date:-
The majority of our members where previously male, now we have over forty
There were only two members on the Internet, now there are over sixty.
Most of our members lived in the Sussex Inlet and Berrara district, now
many members travel from St Georges Basin, Jervis Bay, Ulladulla and Mollymook.
We now have Special Interest Groups operating covering the Internet and
Genealogy and also beginner classes. Total membership is now over one hundred persons.
2001 - Changes over the Years:-
Membership has been over one hundred persons for the last two years. St. Georges Basin have started a Computer Club.
A Special General Meeting of the Sussex Inlet P.C. Users Group was held
on Monday 8th October 2001 to approve incorporation of the group and a
name change to Sussex Inlet P.C. Users Group Inc. to adopt the new rules
for the club and to appoint a Public Officer.
The 29 members present endorsed
the above recommendations and appointed Secretary Ron Neeves as Public
Membership numbers remained at just over one hundred, most of whom are now
on the net.
The Club produced it's first Club CD for members.
Membership continues to stand at over the hundred with new members
replacing those that have left the area.
Membership continues at over the hundred
with attendance numbers between 35 - 50 at most meetings
The second Club CD for members was produced with an auto-run facility
Membership numbers remain static but the number of new members increased,
off setting those that have moved on.
2005 also saw the latest addition to our equipment
list...a wireless microphone, which connects directly into the R.S.L sound
Ever conscious of safety, we now have reduced the number of cables
connected to our computer to a minimum,without compromising our
Membership numbers continue to grow - now at 128. (March 2006).
Our third CD was produced late in the year with a collection of "old" and "new " favourites.
Membership now 134 .
Our project this year is to provide better viewing for members.
Sussex Inlet RSL Club has assisted in this endeavour and a new screen
has now been installed with dimmers on lighting to reduce reflection on
Our thanks to the Sussex Inlet RSL Club - one of our major sponsors.
Meeting will now be held at 10.00am for 10.15 am on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th Tuesdays of each Month.
Our thanks to the Sussex Inlet RSL Club once again - they have provided us
with access to their broadband connection making connection to the
Internet, when required, so much quicker and easier.
The "Club" has
now purchased a new lap top with a "Vista" operating system. A control
box will allow us to switch between computers, at will, to answer questions on XP or Vista.
Now we can all learn and appreciate "Vista".
Club continues to meet 2nd, 3rd and 4th Tuesdays of each month.
Our club monthly newsletter is now produced in PDF format and emailed to
We await the arrival and assessment of Windows 7
Later this year Widows 7 was loaded onto our "Vista" laptop.
For demonstration purposes, programs will be loaded gradually as required.
Many members acquired iPhones, iPads, Tablets plus the usual hand-me-down laptops from their children and grand-children.
New terms began appearing in our discussions such as "Smart phones", "Apps", "Linux", "Ubuntu", Cloud and Streaming.
In late 2013 we purchased a new laptop, 8gb ram, 3GHz processor running Windows 8.1. We continue to learn this new Windows desktop.