Special Interest Groups

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Special Interest Groups
(User Groups)

General information about each group is shown below. Remember, always check the calendar for changes for 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.

Adobe Photoshop Elements and Adobe Premiere Elements
Digital Audio / Music
Digital SLR Photography
Doc’s Cafe
Excel
EZ-Stock Trading
Free and Open Source Software
Genealogy I & II
iPad / iPhone
Intermediate Computing
Internet Media (IMUG)
Linux
Microsoft Access
Novice
Photoshop Elements Novice
Power Point
Visual Basic and General Programming SIG
Web Entrepreneurs
Web Discussions
WordPress

Adobe Photoshop Elements and Adobe Premiere Elements

Led by Charlie Oestreich
Meets the 1st Monday of the month at 7pm and encompasses Adobe Photoshop Elements and Adobe Premiere Elements.
Adobe Photoshop Elements 9 is used to organize photos and delivers image-editing tools to produce good looking pictures and sophisticated graphics for the web. Adobe Premiere Elements 9 includes all the tools necessary to acquire footage from any video device and produce videos with different formats.

Digital Audio / Music

Led by Charlie Parks
Meets the 1st Thursday of the month at 7pm.
Our meetings are fun and informative and we welcome both musicians and non-musicians, novice and experts. Bring your own music and we’ll show you how to make professional quality CD’s and MP3′s or get is ready for broadcast. Bring your audio hardware and software questions.

Digital SLR Photography

4th Thursday of each month at 7pm
Led by Dennis Hughes, Hank Lisheid, Steve Greenfield and Dick Bernard
This SIG is about taking pictures with an interchangeable lens camera. Canon, Nikon, Sony, etc. are examples of single lens reflex (SLR) cameras. Topics will cover the gamut of photography, including, setting up your camera, formatting your memory card, close ups, portraits, telephoto, people, architectural, air shows, depth of field, airshows, polarizing filters, neutral density filters, and a number of other subjects on photography. The meetings will be mostly in the classroom, but with occasional field trips.

Doc’s Cafe

Led by Dave Dockery
Meets the 4th Wednesday of the month at 7pm.

Excel

Led by Peter Summers
Meets the 1st Saturday of the month at 3pm.
This SIG explores the many uses of the Microsoft Excel spreadsheet program. It has many applications for users in both their work lives and personal lives ranging from a simple list keeper to a mathematically and organizationally complex spreadsheet. The topics range from basic to more advanced and are 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.

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 Hope Hollister and Pete Summers
Meets the 1st Wednesday of the month at 2pm
The Genealogy SIG’s cover what to do in order to find your family’s vital records.  If you have an interest in your family’s history, we invites you to “come and find those elusive horse thieves and other famous (or infamous) ancestors”.

iPad / iPhone

Led by Tom Dixon
Meets the 2nd Friday of the month at 12pm.

Intermediate Computing

Led by Rudy Crawford
Meets the 1st and 3rd Friday of the month at 1pm.
Tips – followed by a Q&A session (all questions are fair game).

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 allow you to put the extra money into hardware. Find the Linux monthly agenda and more on our SIG Website.

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.

Novice

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.

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.

Power Point

Led by Peter Summers
Meets the 1st Saturday of the month at 1pm.
This SIG explores the many uses of PowerPoint, a software component of Micro Soft Office. It has uses in both personal and business settings that will be explored. You can use it to make a photo album complete with animation and sound, and then put it on a disk that can be used anywhere whether or not the software is loaded on that particular computer (great for gifts or just sharing family events). In your business life you can use the program to create presentations consisting of slides, graphics and animation that will make any meeting more effective and enjoyable (and impress the boss). It will also produce outlines and handouts that support the presentation. 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.

Visual Basic and General Programming SIG

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.

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.

Web Discussions

Led by Jim Cook
This group meets the 2nd Thursday of the month at 7pm.
This SIG focuses on the more advanced topics of web site design, and is for those wishing to learn to design Web sites.

Windows 7 & 8 User

Led by Rudy Crawford
Meets the 2nd & 4th Friday of the month at 1pm.

WordPress

Led by Sam Richardson
Meets the 4th Wednesday of the month at 7pm.
For all WordPress users of all levels of expertise. Each meeting will be comprised of a lecture / teaching portion and a troubleshooting / discussion portion, and each meeting will include some basic and some advanced subjects. Meeting topics will include themes, plugins, security, contact forms, graphics, media, post and page tweaks, incorporating social media accounts, maintenance and anything else that comes along. The goal is to delve deeper into using WordPress and find new ways of getting more out of WordPress. Sign up for the newsletter to get updates.

For all WordPress users of all levels of expertise. Each meeting will be comprised of a lecture / teaching portion and a troubleshooting / discussion portion, and each meeting will include some basic and some advanced subjects. Meeting topics will include themes, plugins, security, contact forms, graphics, media, post and page tweaks, incorporating social media accounts, maintenance and anything else that comes along. The goal is to delve deeper into using WordPress and find new ways of getting more out of WordPress. Sign up for the newsletter to get updates.