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November 1, 2015 

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Announcements & Appointments
President's Corner
Presentations Planned for November 2 Project Day
“Intro to Video Editing for PC” Class to Begin on November 11
Corel Forum to Discuss Use of Filters on November 3
Next iMovie Workshop Is This Friday
Paul Ortiz to Discuss Channel 6 at November 19 General Meeting
2016 Officers to Be Elected at November 19 General Meeting
Annual Short Video Contest Entries Due January 8
Awards Banquet Set for Saturday, January 23, 2016, in Clubhouse 6
Video Club Toured Chapman Film School October 30
“Never Too Late to Know Your Mate” Seeks Couples for New TV Show
View Chuck Hale's New Travel Videos on YouTube
Sunshine Performance Clubs Ask for Video Assistance
With the Tech Clubs 




Have fun, help others, and make new friends!
The following Video Club leadership positions are currently available:

  • Program Director (Steve Carman, acting – plan General Meetings for the club)
  • Video Studio Manager (Tom Nash, acting – training can be provided – coordinate Studio use)
  • Project Day Coordinator (Steve Carman, acting – help fellow members showcase their work)
  • WebMaster (Lucy Parker, acting – training can be provided – keep the world informed about us)
  • YouTube Channel Administrator (open – do YOU know YouTube?)
  • Video Lab Supervisors (Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays – enjoyable work and much appreciated – some Supervisors find the job so satisfying that they have served for years)
For more information on the positions listed, please contact Steve Carman,, 424-254-6583. For more info or to volunteer as a Video Lab Supervisor, please contact Video Lab Manager Charles Higginson,, 480-213-7290.
Video Club membership has passed 250 persons! Congratulations to Membership Director Evelyn Chang. If you'd like to join, download a Membership Application from our club website.
The Videogram Archive is online at our club website, providing links to all past Videograms.


Coming Soon: Now that we have grown to over 250 members, we are putting the finishing touches on a new Video Club Member Survey that is intended to give us a fresh view of your learning interests, your video equipment and computers, and your availability for various opportunities to serve. From this information we can plan the classes to offer, ensure we have proper equipment and software available for use in training, and hopefully identify members willing to help.
The survey will also solicit new ideas from members, and provide space for comments and suggestions on how we might serve you better. You will receive an email introducing the survey and providing a link to the survey. We will report the survey results periodically. If your situation changes and your survey needs updating, you will be able provide updates to keep your survey current.
November Highlights: Don’t miss the November Video Club Monthly Meeting on Thursday, November 19 at 6:30 pm, social time, 7:00 pm for meeting start. Channel 6 General Manager Paul Ortiz will be our guest speaker to tell us about the exciting future of TV6 and how the Video Club is involved!
We will also elect the 2016 officers at the monthly meeting. Be there!
And have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Steve Carman, Video Club President



Presentations Planned for November 2 Project Day

A look at the Village's newest sport and a peek into some "warped" video humor will be combined with two "how-to" presentations to make up the next Project Day on Monday, November 2, 2015, from 1-3 pm in the Video Lab. The public is invited to attend these free monthly sessions, when club members share new work and work-in-progress. Be there to learn and share!

As the result of some three years of tough campaigning, archery is finally being added to the list of Village athletic activities. One of the key figures behind this progress was Video Club member Gordon Richiusa, who will present his video, "The Archery Club," about the Village's new archery program.

Longtime member and resident Pinnacle and YouTube instructor Chuck Hale will show some of his funniest short videos in a program titled "The Warped Sense of Humor of Chuck Hale." Laugh along with Chuck!

Audio problems can often prevent an otherwise good video from succeeding. Vice President Tom Nash, who heads our Learning Opportunities Committee, will address these situations in a his presentation, "Fixing Sound Problems."

Member Peggy Edwards faced even more serious problems with back-lit, silhouetted video clips of eight speakers taken during a recent program sponsored by the Village Publishing Club, which she founded and heads. Because the speakers had been promised a video of their performances, Peggy worked for several weeks with Thursday Lab Supervisor Lucy Parker to edit what originally appeared to be unusable footage. Their presentation, "What to Do When Your Video Footage Is A Disaster," will tell the tale.

For more information about Project Day, or to be scheduled as a presenter, contact Steve Carman,, 424-254-6583. And, BTW, Steve is looking for a Project Day Coordinator. Give Steve a call to find out more about this important position!



'Intro to Video Editing for PC' Class to Begin on November 11

Editing is often the key to producing successful home videos! Learn to use the basic tools needed to turn your travel, birthday, and other video clips and photos into finished videos that family and friends will really enjoy – with titles, music, and narration.

The Video Club is repeating our four-week "Introduction to Video Editing for the PC" class starting Wednesday, November 11, from 10 am to noon in the Video Lab, taught by Dr. Tom Nash and using Corel Video Studio. Cost will be $15 for members, $25 for non-members (includes 2015 and 2016 club membership). Open to all residents. Contact Nash at, 714-381-0781. .Click here for flier. 


Corel Forum to Discuss Use of Filters on November 3

The Corel Forum will meet Tuesday, November 3, from 10 am-noon, in the Video Lab, when Wolfgang Kutter will discuss the use of filters. These free sessions, for members and residents learning to edit video on the PC, are held on first and third Tuesdays, using Corel VideoStudio. Serving as session leader on Tuesday, November 17, Ralph Vanderlinde expects to complete his overview of the Corel process – from file creation to rendering. Bring your laptop if you have VideoStudio on it, and please arrive on time! For more info, contact Wolfgang,, 949-457-1259. Click here for flier.




Next iMovie Workshop Is This Friday

The next meeting of the iMovie Workshop will be on Friday, November 6. Open without charge to all members and residents who want to learn video editing on Mac or iPad, the Workshop meets on the first and third Fridays from 10 am to noon in the Video Lab, led by Steve Carman. (Due to Steve's schedule, there will be no meeting on the third Friday this month, November 20.) Meetings are structured in two parts –  starting with a lesson on iMovie and related apps. The remaining time is used to coach participants on individual iMovie issues. Bring your tablet or laptop, if you have one! If you have questions or want to schedule a separate coaching session, contact Steve at or 424-254-6583. Click here for flier.



Paul Ortiz to Discuss Channel 6 at November 19 General Meeting

Our November 19 General Meeting speaker will be Paul Oritz, General Manager of Channel 6, discussing “Channel 6: Past, Present, and Future.” Channel 6 has been part of the Village community for over 40 years. In addition, at this meeting we'll elect our 2016 club officers (see related story). Come to the Video Lab at 6:30 pm for refreshments and socializing, followed by the program at 7. Open to all without charge.
A longtime Village executive, Paul oversees our cable TV services and the TV-6 production studio (above), as well as Media Services 55 – all located on the third floor of the Laguna Woods Village Community Center. Created exclusively for Village residents,TV-6 programming consists of community news, highlights of community events, feature stories, entertainment programs, the Trading Post (resident items for sale), the Message Board (event announcements), and live broadcast of monthly and special Board meetings as they occur. Helping to finance Village TV programming, Media Services 55 offers focused advertising at affordable rates, and a comprehensive list of client services, including quality commercial production. For more information, contact Steve Carman,, 424-254-6583.

FUTURE GENERAL MEETINGS: No General Meetings will be held in December. In January, our Annual “Academy” Awards Banquet and Short Video Contest will be held (on Saturday, January 23, in Clubhouse 6). Our next General Meeting will be Thursday, February 18, 2016.



2016 Officers to Be Elected at November 19 General Meeting

Three of our four elected officers for 2015 have agreed to serve again, leaving a strong leadership team in place. Many thanks to outgoing Secretary Lisa Kirsoff, who has held that position for three years and decided to take a rest!

At the October 15 General Meeting, our 2016 Nominating Committee, consisting of Past-Presidents Norma Benner and Charles Higginson, presented the following slate of officers: President, Steve Carman; Vice President, Tom Nash; Secretary, Joan Carman; and Treasurer, Bob Kulpa. Election of officers will take place at the upcoming General Meeting, November 19, at which time nominations may also be made from the floor. New officers will assume office following the Annual “Academy” Awards Banquet, January 23.


Annual Short Video Contest Entries Due January 8

The deadline for members to submit entries in the Video Club's Annual Short Video Contest will be Friday, January 8, at 4 pm in the Video Lab.

  • Member-Produced (submitter's identification in video OK)
  • 4 minutes or less
  • Submitted by deadline (4 pm, January 8, 2016, in Video Lab)
  • One entry per member
  • On DVD (Blu-Ray OK)
Entries will be shown at our Annual "Academy" Awards Banquet on Saturday, January 23, in Clubhouse 6, where attendees will select the contest winners.


Awards Banquet Set for Saturday, January 23, 2016, in Clubhouse 6

“A check for $50 will get you two club memberships
(through 2016) and two dinners at the party!
What a deal!” – Norma Benner

Past-President and Historian Norma Benner is heading the committee for the Video Club's Sixth Annual “Academy” Awards Banquet, to be held Saturday, January 23, 2016, in Clubhouse 6 (a change of venue that we didn't request, but may really enjoy). Photo portraits and socializing start at 5:30 pm, with buffet dinner at 6 pm and program at 7:15 pm. Tickets will remain at only $20 per person again this year, with our buffet menu featuring fresh fruit salad, Caesar salad, beef brisket, roasted chicken, fresh asparagus, maple-glazed carrots, and chocolate mousse!

The annual event includes red-carpet treatment, a dress-up opportunity, special dinner music, movie-themed décor, club-provided beverages, your photo portrait, and voting for trophy winners!

Says Norma: “Now is the time to take advantage of a real bargain: You'll get two memberships for $10 at the same address through 2016 for membership renewals. After that it will cost $15 for two at the same address and $10 for single memberships.” For information or to volunteer to help, contact Norma at, 949-306-7650. Click here for flier and form to make your reservation..



Video Club Toured Chapman Film School October 30

Photos by Misako Katayama & Lucy Parker
At right, the group hears from Eric N. Young, head of the film program, in the lobby of the Digital Media Arts Center.

Nineteen Video Club members were joined by 11 other Village residents for the club's first field trip in many years, visiting Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Media Arts in Orange on Friday, October 30. Past-President Tom Martin, who was on the trip, recalled that a previous field trip also visited Chapman's film school – but this time it was greatly changed. Dodge College now ranks among the top 10 film schools in the nation with an enrollment of nearly 1,500, a third of them graduate students, and state-of-the art facilities in several buildings.




At left, part the film school's large poster collection which includes many rare original posters from early films as well as animation posters such as this one, signed by the original animators when they visit the school to meet with students.

Eric N. Youn
g, who heads Chapman's film program, guided the visitors, his commentary drawing on years of Hollywood experience. (Above left, he explains use of a teleprompter on one of two large sound stages.) As a Walt Disney Studios executive, Young was involved in such productions as Toy Story II, Home Improvement, Nightmare Before Christmas, and many more. Later, as head of,a prominent production company, he helped create of award-winning content for hundreds of titles, including An inconvenient Truth, 24, Iron Man, Family Guy, and Braveheart.

Other highlights of the six-hour bus tour were a gourmet lunch with the students in Chapman's Randall Dining Hall (whose head chef, Jim Douglas, was formerly a sous chef for Wolfgang Puck), followed by a visit to the Huell Howser Archives in Chapman's Leatherby Libraries.



David Moore, Chapman's Director of Legacy Planning and our host throughout our October 30 Chapman tour, invites Video Club members to attend Lunch at the Forum, presented by Chapman University Town & Gown, on Thursday, November 5, 11:30 am -1:20 pm, when Sally Rubin of the film school faculty will discuss “How to Make A Documentary Film: From Concept to Distribution,” utilizing student documentaries as examples. Tickets are $40. The event is in Bush Conference Center, Beckman Hall, Room 404, on the Orange campus. For information, contact Andi Doddridge, 714-744-7679.



'Never Too Late to Know Your Mate' Seeks Couples for New TV Show

The producers of “Never Too Late to Date,” the popular senior dating game TV show produced by the Video Club last year and based on “The Dating Game” 1906s TV show, are now launching a new feature called “Never Too Late to Know Your Mate.” This will be a senior version of “The Newlywed Game,” where couples compete to see who knows their mate best. According to club member Phil Doran, the show's producer, "These two games, along with a variety of comic segments will form a new TV show called 'Never Too Late to be Great,' which truly illustrates that age does not define our possibilities."

The team is looking for "lively, outgoing couples married for 25 years or longer, who are residents of Laguna Woods Village." If that describes you, or a couple you know, please contact the following: Says Phil, "The sooner you contact us, the sooner we'll be able to meet you and discuss your appearance on a TV show that will air on Channel 6." Click here for flier.


View Chuck Hale's New Travel Videos on YouTube

Longtime club member Chuck Hale recently sent us this message:

“Since the end of May, I have just finished producing 18 separate videos, by port or by location, and posted them on YouTube (ranging from) 15 minutes to 5 minutes in length. Now I realize not everyone is interested in 'Travels with Chuck and Dorothea,' but I have set it up (so) that you can pick and choose what might be of interest to you (including) zip-lining in Roatan (Honduras), floating on inner-tubes through a cave in Belize, hot air balloon ride over the Turkish countryside, and the hidden underground cities of Cappadocia...."
1. Go to YouTube
2. On the search bar, type in classic2travel1 (all one word) and you will see all 18 travel videos.
“To see a short preview which might give you an idea what you might want to watch, just double click on the following URL: or copy and paste the URL into YouTube.” 

Thanks, Chuck. We'll check 'em out!


Sunshine Performance Clubs Ask for Video Assistance

Sunshine Lutey of Sunshine Performance Clubs, a group well known to the Village for their popular variety shows benefiting worthy causes, is seeking volunteers to help record video of the annual Sunshine Holiday Show to benefit Alzheimer's treatment on Saturday evening, December 5. If you can help, please contact Sunshine Lutey, sunshinelutey@gmail.com949-278-6454.
On-camera sound will be acceptable, and no editing will be required. However, Sunshine would like the videographer to zoom in on soloists as appropriate – providing more than just a stationary, full-stage view. All you'll need is a camera and tripod. Just give Sunshine the raw files. Actually, however, a shotgun mic at your camera would be a big plus, and you can borrow one without charge from the Video Lab. You can also borrow a camcorder with a mic input in case your camcorder doesn't have one.

Shooting this show could be a valuable learning experience and a much-appreciated service to the Village.



PC Club

The PC Club General Meeting on Tuesday, November 10, at 7 pm in Clubhouse 7 is open to all without charge, featuring Abby Stokes, award-winning author of Is This Thing On? Abby's landmark book “for digital immigrants” was first published in 2008. She has just released a third revision and will talk about its contents: the challenges, rewards, and fun of being among the millions of PC users who weren't born with a mouse and keyboard in their cribs! She will also share thoughts and advice for the growing number in our generation who are starting to use Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Free door prize drawing for PC Club members. Join or renew for 2016 at the meeting, still only $10. For additional PC Club news, see the club website.


Mac Club

Classes offered include Beginning iPhone, Beginning iPad, Beginning iPad Fundamentals, Level 2 iPad, and Beginning iMac and Laptop. Classes are held in the Anne and Charles Clark Mac Learning Center on the third floor of the Community Center. No registration is required, $2 donation. Apple computer, iPad, and iPhone help is available there Monday-Friday, 9 am-3 pm. For details, see the club website.


Camera Club

Village resident and photographer David Dearing will present a two-session class Monday and Tuesday, November 9 and 10, from 1:30 to 3:30 pm in the Clubhouse 4 Photography Classroom. Bring your camera and manual for this hands-on experience, covering knowing your camera, composing the shot, the importance of lighting and camera settings, keeping and sharing your photos, and improving your photos using software. Cost is $5 for members, $10 for non-members. To register, email with subject line “Bakers Half-Dozen Tips.” Include your name, address, phone number, and whether you are already a club member. Your acceptance will be confirmed by email reply.


The Camera Club Holiday Dinner will be held Tuesday, December 8, starting at 5:30 pm in Clubhouse 7. Featured will be music by Mick and Diane Barton, displays of members' print and digital photography, and presentation of year-end awards. Cost is $20 per person. Please reserve no later than December 2. For more information and other club news, visit the club website.  

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Videogram writing and editing by Lucy Parker, production by Misako Katayama.
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