Special Interest Groups (otherwise known as User Groups)

General information about each group is shown below. Remember, always check the calendar for changes or cancellations. All of the groups are led by volunteers. Some groups do not meet during the summer at all, and occasionally a SIG leader is ill or has an emergency at the last minute. If you enjoy coming to any of these groups, do get on the SIG leader’s mailing list to get up to the minute information or changes.

EZ-Stock Trading

Led by Sue Tallmadge Meets the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 10am. If you are a serious investor, this is the place to hang out. Lots of strategies and resources: i.e. finding and using screeners, equity positions (buying, holding, selling, technicals, and alerts), options, and much, much more. Please bring your own stocks for sharing during Portfolio Selection.

Free and Open Source Software (FOSS)

Led by Stew Bottorf Meets the last Thursday of the month at 1pm. The FOSS SIG encourages the use of Free and Open Source Software in place of expensive closed-source operating systems and applications. This includes Linux, the Foxfire browser and the OpenOffice suite plus much more. Now that we have started a separate Linux SIG, the FOSS SIG will now concentrate on Windows applications. See our SIG Website for an updated FOSS Finder, past SIG archives, and the next current meeting agenda.

Genealogy I & II

Led by Pete Summers Meets the 1st Wednesday of the month at 1pm The Genealogy SIGs cover what to do in order to find your family’s vital records.  If you have an interest in your family’s history, we invite you to “come and find those elusive horse thieves and other famous (or infamous) ancestors”.

iPad / iPhone

Led by Tom Dixon Meets the 2nd Wednesday of the month at 1pm.

Linux

Led by Stew Bottorf This group meets the 3rd Monday of the month at 7pm. The Linux SIG encourages using the free Linux or BSD operating systems for desktops, laptops or servers in place of expensive proprietary closed-source operating systems. Linux / FOSS compromises no quality and allows you to put the extra money into hardware. Find the Linux monthly agenda and more on our SIG Website.

Maker Space

Microsoft Access

Led by Howard Gray Meets the last Tuesday of the month at 7pm. Microsoft Access is the relational database component of Microsoft Office.

MS Office

Led by Peter Summers Meets the 1st Saturday of the month at 1pm. This SIG explores the many uses of the Microsoft Office suite of products that include Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher, Outlook, and One Note. (Microsoft Access will not be included since it has its own SIG). These products have uses in both personal and business settings that will be explored. The depth we go will range from basic to more advanced, and is guided by the questions brought to the session by the attendees. The SIG is meant to introduce you to the software if you are a new user, and increase your skill if you are already familiar with it. The 2016 version of the software will be used. If you have an earlier version, there will still be value in the SIG as most of the functionality is the same.

Photoshop Elements Novice

Led by Peter Summers Meets the 2nd Thursday of the month at 1pm. This is a daytime beginners forum for the Photoshop Elements product from Adobe. The program has many of the capabilities of the full Photoshop program, and is ideal for those who want some advanced photo editing tools but do not need the professional level version. The session will be question-and-answer driven, but each meeting the leader will select a topic for the group to explore.

Software Developers

Led by Tom Kiehl This group meets the 1st Tuesday of the month at 7pm. The VB SIG welcomes all members interested in programming in VB as well as other languages. All are invited to bring your coding triumphs and tribulations and share them with the group. Topics covered are often impromptu discussions that may apply to Visual Basic, PHP, MysQL, C#, SQL Server and other platforms. One thing is for certain though, you’ll learn something new at every meeting of Tom Kiehl’s popular SIG.

The Thinkers’ Salon (formerly Doc’s Café)

Led by Dave Dockery Meets the 4th Wednesday of the month at 7pm. Doc shows provocative videos designed to highlight a wide variety of issues and suggested solutions about our world and followed by the opportunity for attendees to discuss. The salon takes place on the 4th Wednesday of every month at 7-9pm. After 9pm we move the discussion across the street to Capogna’s Dugout where we can eat and have adult beverages.

Web Entrepreneurs

Led by Tom Kiehl This group meets the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 7pm. Tom teaches intermediate level subjects. He has an awesome grasp of computer and Internet technologies. He’s our in-house Visual Basic, HTML, WordPress, C#, and CMS specialist.

Windows

Led by Howard Gray Meets the 2nd and 4th Fridays of the month at 1pm. Windows Tips & Tricks- followed by a Q&A session (all questions are fair game).

Windows by Bill

Led by Bill De Lucia This group meets each Tuesday at 1pm. We welcome all of the folks just starting into the world of computing. We meet every Tuesday afternoon at the Resource Center. Our emphasis is on word processing, greeting cards, and Internet & e-mail basics. Our additional purpose is to help the novice become computer literate and suggest ways to keep out of trouble. All questions will be answered and treated with respect.