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December, 2016



President’s Corner Video Club Leaders Elected for 2017 -- At the November 17 Video Club General Meeting, the members present unanimously affirmed the (read more)

Video Contest Deadline is Friday, January 27, Awards Banquet Set for Sunday, February 19 -- Entries are coming in for our Annual Short Video Contest. Contest chair Roland Harrison has set up a (read more)

Winter-Spring Class Schedule in the Planning Stage -- The Video Club's full Winter-Spring Class Schedule will be published in the (read more)

SPECIAL INTEREST GROUP REPORTS: N2L Game Shows to Air in January, Video One Shoots Episode – Plans call for a one-hour show to air in January on Channel 6, featuring (read more)

Video Club Welcomed Lori Moss at November 17 General Meeting – Community Manager Lori Moss of Village Management Services shared preliminary plans for (read more)

Shows on Channel 6 in December: CH2 Remodeling Video, Thrive Show, Laguna Woods Show – A half-hour version of Chuck Hale and Betsy Martin's Clubhouse 2 (read more)


OTHER TECH CLUBS (read more)



Holiday Hours in December. The Video Lab will be closed Friday, December 2, when club volunteers will be attending the annual GRF Volunteers Luncheon in Clubhouse 5, honoring volunteers throughout our community. The Video Lab and Studio will be closed for the holidays from Saturday, December 24, 2016, until Tuesday, January 3, 2017. No General Meeting this month.


Our next Project Day is Monday, January 9, 2017, from 1-3 pm in the Video Lab. This special opportunity for members to share recent work and work-in-progress for discussion and critique is now being held three times a year, in January, April, and October. Open free to all residents and their guests. Projects Days are traditionally held on first-Monday afternoons. If you would like to present at an upcoming Project Day, please contact Project Day Coordinator Betsy Martin at, 707-540-1955.


Renew Your Membership Now: Membership Chair Evelyn Chang is accepting 2017 membership renewals. This year, the Board authorized a dues increase, the first in modern memory. Cost is now $15 a year for one person, $20 for two at the same address for residents. Non-residents are $20 for one person, $30 for two at the same address. For more information or to check your membership status, contact Evelyn at, 951-809-6434. Click here for a membership form to complete and mail with your renewal check.


Individual Video Editing Assistance: If you have a problem editing video or would simply like to improve your skills, one-on-one coaching is available for both PC and Mac users.

Chuck suggests a $10-an-hour donation to the Video Club for his services and, of course, donations are always welcome.


New Video Club Fact Sheet Available, Open House Was A Hit: An updated Video Club Fact Sheet was produced for our successful “tag-along” Open House, held on November 4 during the Grand Reopening of Clubhouse 2. Click here for a copy. It's an easy way to let interested friends know what we're all about. During the Open House, some 50 visitors stopped by the Video Lab and Studio, and we signed up several new members. An "exhibit" in the Video Studio was a big hit! Tom Nash had loaded the switcher with a graphic representing an elegant TV newsroom and set up three cameras which showed guests in our new green screen set, sitting behind a non-existent "desk" as newscasters. Fun for all!

A Surprising Use of Video: As the Video Club's introductory video on our website and YouTube channel proclaims, “Video is everywhere!” One of the most unusual uses of video you're likely to see is a 107-foot-long LED wall of video in an office lobby, featured in this video. Sorry about the loud introductory ad, but the video's worth it.


President’s Corner

Video Club Leaders Elected for 2017

At the November 17 Video Club General Meeting, the members present unanimously affirmed the election of the four officers nominated: Steve Carman, President; Tom Nash, Vice President; Bob Kulpa, Treasurer; and Stephanie Brasher, Secretary. (Stephanie is pictured below, left.) These leaders will take the reins on January 1, 2017. This date was approved by members as a modification to the By-Laws in the November meeting, replacing the Academy Awards date. Congratulations to the new elected officers.

Joining them will be the appointed board members: Lucy Parker, Publicity Director; Evelyn Chang, Membership Director; Betsy Martin, Project Day Coordinator; Chuck Hale, YouTube Administrator. Tom Nash will continue as acting Studio Manager and Steve Carman will continue as acting Program Director.

Supervisors to continue to provide help to our members in the Video Lab from 1 to 4 pm, Tuesday through Friday: Bob Kulpa and Lillian Winkler (Tuesday), Betsy Martin and Andy Cullinane (Wednesday) Lucy Parker and Jim Rohrs (Thursday), and Wolfgang Kutter and Ralph Vanderlinde (Friday). Charles Higginson continues to assist this group, which now holds quarterly Round Tables for training and planning, led by Wolfgang Kutter. More Supervisors are needed, and training is provided. To volunteer, please contact Wolfgang at, 949-457-1259. Welcome to new Supervisor Jim Rohrs (below, center) and returning Supervisor Lillian Winkler (below, right -- whose improved health, we're happy to say, is letting her volunteer once more)!

There Goes the Neighborhood…

At the November 17 Video Club General Meeting Community Manager Lori Moss presented the preliminary plan for replacing the shuffleboard courts adjacent to the Video Club facilities with a small park and picnic tables. Funding for this improvement has been approved and will create a very attractive space.

Soon we should be discussing the proposed improvements to the Clubhouse 2 Annex buildings where we reside. We have applied for increasing our space by incorporating adjacent rooms to 1) the Video Studio (add the Card Room for a combination Studio control room and green room), and 2) the Video Lab (add the storage room to expand the area devoted to vintage video, photo, and audio transfer equipment, the Marvin Green Memorial Capture Center, dedicated in 2014 during the club's 25th anniversary celebration). We are also talking about using translucent awning to span the space between the two buildings; this would create a usable meeting and shooting area complete with new furniture as with the remodeled Clubhouse 2.

A new park with picnic tables (and a GREAT VIEW!) is proposed for the space now occupied by the shuffleboard court. At left above is the entrance to the area;beneath it is a rendering of the new park with the Video Lab behind it

Coming Attractions

December is a holiday month without a General Meeting, but January 19 will be our next General Meeting and will feature our CEO/General Manager Brad Hudson speaking on his vision for the future of Village TV (VTV). Brad's proposal has been a topic of interest to the GRF Media and Communications Committee, on which I serve as an adviser, and has also been studied by that committee's Channel 6 Programming Task Force, on which I serve along with Video Club members Tom Nash and Lucy Parker. The proposal, with feedback modifications, will be presented to the Video Club in January and to the entire Village community at an upcoming Town Hall, expected early next year.

Happy Holidays!

Steve Carman, Video Club President

Contact Steve at, 424-254-6583.


Video Contest Deadline Is Friday, January 27, Awards Banquet to Be Held Sunday, February 19

Entries are coming in for our Annual Short Video Contest. Contest chair Roland Harrison (below) has set up a box for DVDs near the Video Lab entry, along with a sign-in sheet for contestants. The 2016 contest deadline is 4 pm Friday, January 27, in the Video Lab. Mark your calendar and plan to enter this year! Entries must be member-produced, in DVD format (Blu-Ray is OK), and no more than 4 minutes long. The Contest Committee will select the top 10 entries to be shown at our 7th Annual "Academy Awards" Banquet on Sunday, February 19, in Clubhouse 3, Dining Room 1, when attendees will vote to select the top three winners. For more contest details, contact Roland at, 949-830-6803, Click here for a contest info sheet.

This year's Banquet Chair, Barbel Dagostino (left), is planning an elegant, fun, dress-up and sit-down event (no buffet) with a new caterer – the Village's beloved Jolanda – serving a gourmet meal, your choice of a chicken, salmon, or vegetarian. The Banquet was moved from January this year to put it nearer to the actual 89th Academy Awards (to be held Sunday, February 26, in Hollywood and broadcast on ABC). For more Banquet info or to volunteer to help, contact Barbel at, 858-232-2427. For a Banquet invitation and reservation form, click here.



Winter-Spring Class Schedule in the Planning Stage

The Video Club's full Winter-Spring Class Schedule will be published in the January, 2017, Videogram, but this month the Learning Opportunities Committee is presenting an overview of classes under consideration to help you plan – and to help THEM plan. Several of these classes will be offered only if interest warrants (see below). For general comments or requests for other classes, please contact Vice President and Committee Chair Tom Nash,, 714 381-0781. Through our classes, more members are becoming qualified to operate our Video Lab switcher (above), an essential element of multi-camera video production.

  • Basic Video Editing with Corel VideoStudio” (PC), four sessions, Tom Nash
  • Multi-Camera Editing with Corel VideoStudio” (PC), one session, Tom Nash
  • Introduction to iMovie” (Mac, iPad, iPhone), three or four sessions TBA, Steve Carman (and/or others)
  • iMovie Video Editing for iPad and iPhone” (shoot and edit a video on your tablet or phone in this three-hour intensive class for Apple users), one session, Al Koch
  • Introduction to YouTube,” one session, Chuck Hale
  • Introduction to Multi-Camera Studio Production” (gain camera, lighting, audio, and switcher skills needed to make videos in the Video Studio), three sessions, Tom Nash
  • Advanced Multi-Camera Studio Production,” three sessions, Tom Nash
  • NEW CLASS: “Broadcast Performance” (topics include interviewing, reporting, announcing, hosting, humor), three sessions, Tom Nash
  • NEW CLASS: “Producing Video Programs,” # of sessions TBA, Tom Nash (may team with Phil Doran)
  • Introduction to Video Production” (a repeat of Tom's popular video basics class, covering cameras, lighting, and audio – editing now to be covered in Corel VideoStudio class), three sessions, Tom Nash
  • Shooting Video That Doesn't Suck” (covers basic principles of shooting video with any camera – includes video tutorials, handouts, demos, shooting sessions, and class critiques), four sessions, Betsy Martin and Lucy Parker. To be offered only with a minimum enrollment of six. If interested, please contact Betsy at, 707-540-1955, or Lucy at, 949-456-4657.
  • NEW CLASS: “Making Videos for the Thrive Show Using A Smartphone,” # of sessions TBA, Scott Marvel. A longtime professional videographer, Scott will share his story-telling and technical skills. More info to come. If interested, please contact him at, 626-826-8818.
  • NEW CLASS: “How to Be Interviewed” (looking good and getting your points across with broadcast media), # of sessions TBA, Tom Nash and Cyndee Whitney
  • NEW CLASS: “Simple Video Animation” # of sessions TBA, Tom Nash. To be offered if interest warrants, Please contact Tom Nash,, 714 381-0781.



N2L2D and N2L2KYM Game Shows to Air in January

Plans call for a one-hour show to air in January on Channel 6, featuring an episode of the Village's senior comedy game show “Never too Late to Date” and the premiere of “Never Too Late to Know Your Mate” (a send-up of “The Newlywed Game”), plus various other funny featurettes about life in The Village. – from Phil Doran
Above, David Dearing hosts an N2L rehearsal in the Channel 6 studio, while Phil Doran directs at left.


Video One Shoots First “Village Stories” Episode, Considers High School Interns and Comedy Vignettes

Operating cameras, audio, and switcher during their November 18 meeting, the Video One team shot the first episode of Tom Nash's new “Laguna Woods Village Stories” series – an interview by Tom of Village resident Ingrid Papich, who chronicled her harrowing experiences as a Jewish girl growing up in Nazi Germany and surviving the post-war era.

At a meeting preceding the interview, Video One members discussed policy issues and made plans to research an Intern Program, seeking high school interns to work with club members in the Video Studio.

According to a report by Video One Co-Facilitator Phil Doran, the group also “tried to define what sort of regularly-seen show we could create to help Channel 6 get more viewers. One suggestion was a Home Movie Film Festival, featuring the best short films done by members and regular residents.
There was a suggestion that our best shot to make something our residents would talk about – so it would become “Must-See TV” – is a comedy about life in the Village. The initial pitch would be a series of short comedy vignettes filmed in the Village using production people from the VC and actors from The Old Pros and The Theater Guild.”

Most Video One members have completed Tom Nash's “Multi-Camera Studio Production” training, qualifying them to operate Video Studio cameras, lights, audio, and switcher.

  • NOTE: Video Club members may also qualify to receive CERTIFICATES in camera operation and other Studio technologies. If interested, contact Tom Nash at, 714 381-0781.

For more information on Video One, contact Co-Facilitators Phil Doran at, 949-421-9788. or Lucy Parker at, 949-456-4657.


Video Club Welcomed Lori Moss at November 17 General Meeting

Community Manager Lori Moss of Village Management Services had a full house at the November 17 General Meeting (left), where she shared preliminary plans for the renovation of our facilities and handed out new Village literature developed by our marketing consultants. (See President Steve Carman's column for more details about Lori's presentation.) Photos by Barbel Dagostino and Lucy Parker. Below left, Barbel distributes some of the newly-designed fliers and other Village informational materials which Lori (below, right) discussed at the meeting.



Catch These Shows on Channel 6 in December: CH2 Remodeling Video, Thrive Show, Laguna Woods Show
A half-hour version of Chuck Hale and Betsy Martin's Clubhouse 2 renovation progress video – now including footage of the November 4 Grant re-Opening – will be shown four times in December on Channel 6. Above, the new loggia (covered patio area) under construction. Don't miss this great job of shooting and editing by Chuck! Many hours of work, but well worth it!

Wednesday, December 7, 2 pm

Wednesday, December 14, 2 pm

Thursday, December 22, 6 pm

Tuesday, December 27, 6 pm

The Thrive Show, spearheaded by Scott Marvel (see info about his upcoming Thrive Smartphone Video class) continues on Channel 6, highlighting the thriving lives of our residents. Catch this show every Wednesday morning at 9:30 am in December – or set your recorder if you can't be home.

Wednesday, December 7, 9:30 am

Wednesday, December 14, 9:30 am

Wednesday, December 21, 9:30 am

Wednesday, December 28, 9:30am

This month Video Club member Esther Grossfield interviews VMS's new Recreation and Special Events Director, Brian Gruner, for her Laguna Woods Show. Meet Brian and learn what he has in mind for our Village recreational activities. Five airings are scheduled.

Friday, December 9, 9:30 am

Monday, December 12, 12:00 pm

Wednesday, December 14, 10:00 am

Thursday, December 22, 12:00 pm

Thursday, December 29, 12:00 pm




PC Club

2017 membership is now open. Go to the club website to sign up or stop by the PC Workshop on the third floor of the Community Center for assistance. The Workshop needs Supervisors for three-hour shifts Monday through Friday and Saturday mornings. Knowledge of basic computer use is needed, but it's not necessary to be an expert. What's more important is an attitude of kindness and patience. The club also has openings for Greeters to sign people in at the door. Please contact John at or stop by the Workshop to talk with a Supervisor or Greeter about the positions.

The PC Workshop provids PCs for all residents to use (some equipped with video editing software) and is open from 10 am to 4 pm Monday-Friday and 10 am to 1 pm Saturday. All residents are welcome to use this facility. If you're interested in either the Genealogy & Family History Research Group or the Skype Special Interest Group, you can register online by going to the club website and selecting “Online Registration” on the left.


Mac Club

An “Intermediate iPad” class with Ron Plan will be held Thursday, December 1, at 1 pm in the Anne and Charles Clark Mac Learning Center on the third floor of the Community Center. The class will cover cleaning up your iPad and getting memory back. The Mac Club offers classes and personal assistance in using Macintosh computers, iPads, and iPhones in the Center, which is open 9 am-3 pm Monday-Friday. More information on the club website.


Camera Club

The Camera Club is celebrating its 50th year. The club will hold its annual Holiday and Awards Dinner on Sunday, December 11, at 5 pm in CH5. A flier with details and reservation form is available on the club website. The club's Digital Photo Lab at Clubhouse 4 is open Monday-Friday from 9 am-noon and 1-4 pm and on Saturday from 9 am-noon. Supervisors are present to monitor equipment and activity, but are not expected to have knowledge of all equipment and software programs. You can reserve slots of time on any computer by signing up in advance on the reservation schedule. For other Camera Club news, visit the club website.


Have News for The Videogram?

The Videogram is written and edited by Lucy Parker. Production by Misako Katayama.

If you have information you would like to submit to The Videogram, please send it to Lucy Parker, Publicity Director,, 949-456-4657.

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