The President's Message

July 2001

George Lakes

Last month, I wrote what I believed was my 24th column, which was incorrect. This will be my last one, as our newly elected president, Andy Toth, will take office at the July meeting. Also, our past president, Toby Scott, wrote one for the July issue two years ago as a favor to me. Toby has been a great help to me, for which I am eternally grateful. I am confident you will enjoy having Andy as your new president. He has been doing SIGs (the most recent one on cleaning up your System Tray had 30 people), and he is the one who has been sending out the reminders to those who have requested them. I hope you will support him by volunteering for whatever is needed to keep things running smoothly. It makes the president’s job so much easier. I am sure he will appreciate hearing from you whenever the need arises. Also, you can help him by offering your suggestions as to what you would like to see offered in programs, etc. Andy will have an excellent board and committee people to work with. They give of their time so generously and are very sincere in their efforts to respond to what you want the club to offer whenever possible.

Voting on our Web page was a success. I hope some of you have checked out some of the many interesting sites and friendly links while there. You can learn a lot about the club by visiting . Helen Long does a splendid job. The site has a fresh new look and is very easy to read. On June 8, she updated the club members' home pages of which there are 29 on a variety of different subjects. Your new president has one entitled "Country Lovers." Helen recently made three other updates in June already. You can also check out what the door prizes are for next month, scheduled SIGs and visit many "Friendly Links," including the Ventura Star as well as many others.

Now here I go begging again one last time! We do have several problems that must be solved immediately. Not too long after Arline and I joined the club years ago, I volunteered to make the coffee, which I continued to do for 2½ years. I found it difficult to get much out of the meetings and was glad to give it up. It was worthwhile worthwhile to pay someone who was not a club member and not interested in computers to do the job. We have had the wives of two of our members, Dixie Jensen and Dorothy Creasap (who are sisters), take care of the refreshments, and they have done an excellent job. They will no longer be able to do so. If you know of someone who is interested, please let us know.

Art Jensen has been our librarian and he no longer can continue, so please consider volunteering. You do not have to lift and lug. The equipment haulers do that part. We will not have the library at the July meeting because of the Garage Sale, but we will need someone to take over starting at the August meeting. I just mentioned "Equipment Haulers," and, guess what, we need volunteers for that, too. Art Jensen also did that along with Barry Creasap and Dick Otterson. We desperately need volunteers with a truck or van. More volunteers with vehicles would be appreciated so that the same people don't have to do it every month. Equipment and supplies are stored in a rented storage facility in Camarillo. The more people involved, the less work for all of them. If no one volunteers, we will not have a library or a sound system or refreshments. Please let us know how you can help.

Roland Fleig has replaced Paddy Ruzella as the computer show chairman. He has a list of volunteers, but would like to add to that list. You don't have to answer a lot of technical questions, just be there for two hours to let people know about the club, what we do and what the benefits are in joining. You will be rewarded by free admission to the computer show and appreciation from the club for recruiting new members.

Last, but not least, I want to thank my wife, Arline, who has done every bit of the typing that has been necessary and given me her support in every way she could. I wanted to bring this to your attention because I forgot to thank her last month when I thanked everyone else.