In case you missed a recent email notification from our secretary, Mike Carr, here is the latest!
Change is coming to The Villages Apple User Group. Change doesn’t happen too often around here.
Normally we leave change to Apple which is very good at changing things. But we think our change is one that will benefit you members.
If you attended our Tuesday mid-day meeting you got a preview of one aspect of the change, although you didn’t know it when you first walked in the door. President Dex filled you in on the change so you wouldn’t be too shocked
At this meeting all attending were encouraged to bring their iPads or iPhone and follow along with the meeting leaders. There was a single topic and it was explored in detail. It was a small group, only about half the room, so there was time for personal help from roving volunteers.
This is a Special Interest Group, or SIG. SIGs have been a part of computer groups for more than 50 years and we have dabbled in SIGs occasionally, but not in regular meeting times. Now the meeting at 12:30 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month will be a Apple SIG meeting.
It will be up to the members—not just board members, but any member—to suggest topics for the SIG meeting. And if it’s a topic you’re experienced in, we encourage you to consider leading the meeting. You will have help.
Be aware: if there is no topic there will be no SIG meeting.
The next big change will be previewed next week at our 4th Wednesday meeting. Formerly called Apple Plus, this meeting will now be Apple Q&A. We have had this type of meeting once or twice in the past and both questioners and answerers were excited about the format.
A panel of our most familiar helpers will be on hand to come up with answers to questions from the members. Because there is a panel and the panelists can discuss the problem before coming up with an answer, there is a greater chance that we can come up with help for the questioner.
The panel will accept questions from the floor or submitted in writing in advance. They would like the questions in writing, but this may not always prove practical.
There will be no change in our Apple Help meeting on the fourth Monday of each month. We will continue to offer face-to-face help for members.
The biggest change in the second Monday in the month will be tipped off by the change in name. Formerly called the Apple iClub, this meeting will now be Apple Presentations. The presentation may concern the iPad, iPhone or Apple Watch as in the past, but it may also focus on iMac or MacBook or AppleTV or anything the program committee considers to be of interest to our membership.
All the meetings have one thing in common. They are formats we think will be of the most help to you.
Try them out. They may be even better than you think.
Click here for the listing of our upcoming meetings…