On behalf of the Committee, I take this opportunity to wish all of our members a happy and safe festive season.
2013 has been a good year for our Club and I commend those members who have assisted in various ways to make all of our meetings interesting, worthwhile and successful.
Alex Zaharov-Reutt’s personal contribution at the Main Meetings is highly valued by members and he has continued to find the time in his many and varied activities to locate the interesting speakers who have kept us informed about the changing face of computing. Some have shown us products prior to their launch in the market and many have provided valuable prizes for the raffles.
Robert Israel’s skill as the moderator of the Main Meetings has been acknowledged in the past but this year he has re-arranged the format of the Main Meetings and given us some valuable tutorials. His contribution is greatly appreciated.
The leaders of the Special Interest Groups have put in much time and effort to develop the material they have presented to members each month. I could name and praise each and every one of them all but I will leave that for another day. However, I do wish to acknowledge the contributions of Robert Hume and Graham Grant who passed their leader’s baton to others during the year. Terry Eakin, the leader of the Genealogy SIG, was honoured with a fellowship award granted by the Irish Genealogical Research Society in May. Well done, Terry.
We would be a poorer club without the lively involvement of all of the members who attend our meetings. The culture of mutual assistance has always been a feature of our meetings and we learn much from the issues that are raised in discussion.
The face of computing continues to change and staying on top of developments is a prime focus of our club. The big event of note this year was the coming of age of 3-D printing and its move towards retail affordability. All kinds of materials can be processed and printed into 3D objects including plastics, paper and metal. Some members who attended this year’s ASCCA’s conference heard Angus Deveson talk about how a Sydney start-up company called uFactory was developing 3D printing in Australia.
During the year there was a notable increase in the number of members attending meetings with tablets and smartphones connected to the Internet. While this practice can be distracting at times, the challenge in the year ahead will be to harness this equipment as a learning aid.
We hope to continue the Club’s proud tradition of developing members’ computer skills and knowledge during 2014.
But, it is now time for us to enjoy the company of our family and friends.
All the best for Christmas and the New Year festive season and I look forward to our sharing our computing experiences throughout 2014.