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Meeting Agenda For April 2014

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April 1 - Personal Cards

CardampleMany of us have software that allows us to create greeting cards far more personal than anything we can purchase at the store. But Helaine Cummins goes 'way beyond what most of us do when it comes to "personal." My personal cards include the person's name along with the event, but Helaine puts in the family's faces.

Helaine will be showing us how she goes about this and I guarantee you will be impressed. She says it's easy and I'll let you judge for yourself on that comment. However, whether or not you are interested in creating cards, you need to see what she had learned to do.

April 8 - Macular Degeneration Partnership

Discovery Eye FoundationFor this meeting we will greet Judith Delgado, Executive Director of the Discovery Eye Foundation, where there is help and hope for people with age-related macular degeneration. Computers can be one of the most valuable tools for people with low vision to perform their work, shop, bank, and communicate with their friends.

eyeAs you probably know, age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a progressive eye condition affecting as many as 15 million Americans, with 200,000 new cases each year. AMD causes severe vision loss because it attacks the macula of the eye, where our sharpest central vision occurs. It gets in the way of reading, driving, identifying faces, watching television, safely navigating stairs and performing other daily tasks. AMD never causes complete blindness, but it robs the individual of all but the outermost, peripheral vision, leaving only dim images or holes at the center of vision.

Judy's organization is dedicated to making sure that you and your family members have the best information available and all the tools needed to live well with AMD. Millions of people have macular degeneration and millions of them continue to do everything they always did. AMD does not cause blindness; there is always sight available. The peripheral vision retained can be used very effectively. Reading becomes difficult, but there are solutions for every problem.

For those who have macular degeneration, or know someone who does, there is hope and help. Whether the diagnosis was just made or someone has had AMD a long time, the information, resources and support they need is available. In addition to the online information, the AMD Toolkit can be requested. It's a packet of large print information, booklets and resources. There is also an e-newsletter to receive a monthly AMD Update about research and treatment.

We all need to know how to control our risk factors and make changes to our lifestyles. Things we do every day may help to slow AMD. You'll learn all about this and more when Judi is here.

April 15 - Swap Meet and Bingo

Computer SwapWith five Tuesdays this month, it is a good time for us to again enjoy playing Bingo as well as a Swap Meet. So bring in those electronic items we are no longer using. You know they say one person's trash is another person's treasure? The same is true as we move on to new versions of hardware and software, it might be just what another person can use. So bring in what you can carry - there will be tables set up for you. Isn't this a perfect fit Bingowith spring cleaning in the air?


Our last Bingo evening was considered a success and many have asked that we schedule it again. So here it is! It is set up so everyone, experienced or novice, can enjoy it.


April 22 - Facebook

FACEBOOKDid you know that TUGNET has a Facebook page? It is a public page and we hope that not only our TUGNET members take advantage of it but others as well. If we can make it interesting, it may persuade some visitors to check us out and then maybe become new members.

Our own Paul Burton and Helaine Cummins will be our presenters. They will show you how to reach the page, if you haven't done so yet. We want you to leave comments whether you are a Facebook member or not. They will also show you how to go about setting up a page and make it private or public.

You hear and read about Social Networking every day so come learn more about it. While we mostly hear about problems, you will find out how to be smart about the page and avoid the pitfalls. Everyone can do it so don't hold back.

April 29 - Hands on with Windows, Session Two

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This will be our second meeting where everyone is invited to bring in their computer, although it is particularly geared to accommodate laptops. The session will concentrate on getting better acquainted with the operating system, particularly Windows 8.1 and Windows 7. In fact, the upgrade to Windows 8.1 will have been released for download so we'll see what everyone thinks about it. If you still have Windows 8, it would be best if you download the updates prior to arriving.

There are many valuable aspects of these latest version of Windows and we find many people are not taking advantage of them. At our previous hands-on meeting, we all learned shortcuts that are handy every day. Jay Ross will have his computer on the screen again for this meeting and will guide us to the important features. As usual, questions will be answered as well.

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