February 10, 2020
Catching you up on the latest Video Club news...
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Now is the time to renew your Video Club membership for 2020. Please download the 2020 Membership Form, complete it, and mail it with your check to Membership Director Marsha Berman.
Have You Renewed Your Membership?
As of January 31, 2020, 104 members were signed up for 2020, including 6 non-residents. Of this total, 89 were renewals and 15 were new members. Hey! Welcome aboard! Computer preferences in this group were 67% PC and 33% Mac. Our membership in late 2019 totaled 212.
Do You Post Your Videos on YouTube?
Do You Make Videos on Your Android Phone?
If your answer is "Yes" to either of these questions, you may be one of the new instructors our Learning Opportunities Committee is looking for!
Instructors are needed to teach "Introduction to YouTube" and "Android Smartphone Video-Making" classes. Teaching for the Video Club is rewarding and fun. There's no pay (alas!) -- but lots of appreciation from students who have new video adventures opened up for them.
If you'd like to learn what's involved in teaching for us, please contact Dr. Tom Nash, club Vice President and Director of Learning Opportunities, at email@example.com, 714 381-0781.
GRF Funds Provide New Lab and Studio Equipment
New Camcorders: A grant from the Golden Rain Foundation for 2020 provided some much-needed Studio and Lab equipment. See related post about our two new Canon G21 camcorders to be used by members of Video One Productions for remote shoots.
Our First iPads: Three new iPads have been purchased with GRF funds for instructional use in the Video Lab. Here, Stephanie Brasher, who teaches several iPad/iPhone classes for the Video Club, shows off the new tablets, which she will be setting up.
Loaner iPad Is A Possibility: One of these iPads may also be made available to members and residents to borrow free of charge (deposit required) for up to a week as part of our Consumer Camcorder Loan Program. Stay tuned for details.
New PC Computers: Equipment Manager Jim Rohrs reports that two new PC computers, which were included in the GRF 2020 grant, have solved a serious problem in the Video Lab. The old computers at Stations 6 and 7, both used for printing DVD labels, as well as for class instruction, were failing, he said, making DVD printing impossible. Jim reconfigured the new PCs with the necessary software, and our DVD printing is back in business. Use of these DVD printing stations is free, except for the cost of materials. Come in and give them a try during open Lab hours, Tuesday-Friday, 1-4 pm. Your DVDs will be really impressive!
A big "THANK YOU!" to GRF for helping us carry out our mission! Did you know that the name "Goldies," which was appended last year to awards in our annual short video contest, honors our benefactor, the Golden Raid Foundation -- as well as honoring ourselves, "golden oldies" that we all are.
Upcoming General Meetings
Chuck Holland, Director of Information and Resident Services for Village Management Services (VMS), will be our General Meeting speaker on Thursday, April 16, at 6:30 pm in the Video Lab. His topic will be "The Future of Cable TV" and Internet services.
New club member Dennis Sylvester will be our General Meeting speaker on Thursday, May 21, at 6:30 pm in the Video Lab, speaking about Hollywood on "How the Magic Is Made."
President Steve Carman is in charge of program planning. There will be no General Meetings in June, July, or August, but if you would like to suggest a fall speaker on a video-related topic of general interest, please contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org, 424-254-6583.