Adult Learning Center
|Minutes of the Roswell Senior Learning Center Volunteers Meeting|
Roswell Senior Learning Center
Date: January 6, 2011 Time: 10:00 am
Place: Roswell Senior center Event: Volunteer/Executive Winter Meeting
1. Greeting and Call to Order Frank Padula
2. Approval of Minutes Helen Reese
3. Introduction of new President Frank Padula
4. Presidents Report Tony Cobourn
a. Jerry Moore update
b. New Manuals- RSLC, Windows 7
c. Spring and summer schedules
d. New Volunteers
e. Volunteer needs
5. Treasurer Report Brian Perry
6. Tech Webmaster Report Don Hogan
a. Server update
b. Windows 7
7. Manuals Report George Fuller
8. Staffing Report Jack Thompson
9. Publicity report Frank Padula
1) Excel Jack Thompson
2) Internet & Email Bill Buttrick
3) Fundamentals, Office for Beginners, Security Strategies, Keyboarding Anne Tilly
4) Computers for the Terrified Bill Startt
5) Windows 7 John Rittenburg
6) Word 2007 Frank Padula
7) Photoshop Elements/Picasa David Glodowski
8) Ebay, TreeMaker, Facebook Don Hogan
9) PowerPoint Brian Perry
10) How to Write a Memoire Tony Cobourn
11) Digital Camera
12) Open Lab Sessions
Greeting and Call to Order:
President Frank Padula opened the meeting promptly at 10:00 am. In the absence of Helen Reese, (the outgoing secretary), a motion made by John Rittenburg to approve the minutes of the last meeting was seconded by Don Hogan and followed by an affirmative vote of the attendees. Marilyn Blatt was kind enough to start taking today’s minutes due to the belated arrival of the new secretary of the Roswell Senior Learning Center.
Frank Padula announced his end of term as President and introduced Tony Cobourn as the new incoming President of the Roswell Senior Learning Center. Tony began his tenure by covering an update of the medical condition of Jerry Moore who is currently hospitalized in Texas in critical condition and is not envisioned to be able to resume his teaching of the Digital Camera Course in the near future. Tony further addressed the volunteer shortfalls in light of the recent passing of Bob Nelson, the illness of Jerry Moore and the retirement of Julie Fogel. Frank Padula will serve as Vice President this year. The Secretary for the New Year is Howard Goldmacher. The Lab session coordinator will be temporarily filled by Miriam DePriest, while the search for a long term Lab Sessions manager continues to be a pressing need. The Digital Camera Class normally taught by Jerry Moore is currently without an instructor with four, (4), students enrolled for the January 13 class.
Otto Moehrbach has volunteered to make student badges and flash drives as necessary for students, using the office student registration book as a resource, although individual course instructors need to provide the files necessary to be copied to flash drives.
Tenth Anniversary of the Start of the Roswell SeniorNet Learning Center.
Discussion centered on what sort of celebration, if any, might be appropriate in honor of the tenth anniversary of the Senior Learning Center. The center started humbly with a few computers and a few dedicated volunteers and has grown steadily into an organization which provides a valued service to Roswell and neighboring communities. An interactive discussion with the city of Roswell Management needs to be initiated to determine the extent to which the City might be interested in promoting/sponsoring an event, such as an open house, held at the Adult Recreation center wherein the event could serve to publicize the accomplishments of the Learning Center, create greater community awareness of the very affordable course offerings of the Learning Center, the benefits which accrue to Learning Center Volunteers as well as gaining feedback from the community at large as to what needs they might have regarding the courses they would like to see offered.
The initial action with Roswell city representatives will be taken by Tony Cobourn and Don Hogan will contact Bert Emma and Julie Fogel on background of the Learning Center’s early days as source data for an article for publication in local print media.
Tony introduced five, (5), new volunteers at the Learning Center. Their names are:
Tom Frazee, Bob Haskins, Joan Rush, Susan Ryan and Stuart Hauzer. We wish to welcome these new volunteers and look forward to their energetic participation in the Roswell Senior Learning Center programs. Tom and Bob are IBM retirees which will be extremely helpful in applying for the IBM Equipment Grant program, which requires a minimum of three retired IBM employees to be members of the applying organization. We currently have four IBM retirees as Learning Center members.
Volunteer Wall of Fame:
It has been suggested that pictures aligning the Computer Lab need to be updated, along with pictures of new volunteers. Action: Emory Reese will be contacted to see whether he might participate in the updating process.
Treasurers Report: Brian Perry
Brian reported the financial condition of the Learning Center as of January 6, 2011, which is included as an addendum to these minutes.
The winter session enrollment currently stands at 61 although there are six, (6) courses with fewer than three students each currently enrolled. This compares with a fall registration of 58 where there were five, (5) courses with less than three students enrolled.
Our expenses exceeded income for the Fall quarter by approximately $195. Currently, our checking account stands at $15,144.66 and our Money Market balance is $10,944.98 yielding a total cash position of $26,089.64.
Volunteer Expense Reimbursement:
Brian requested that individuals needing reimbursement for Learning Center expenditures should please notify Brian by email, (firstname.lastname@example.org), along with the appropriate documentation. He will then cut the necessary checks which will await the recipient in the Treasurers blue binder in the SeniorLC box.
Learning Center Affiliation with SeniorNet National:
SeniorNet National has changed their business model in ways which have caused the Roswell Learning Center to reevaluate the relationship. National no longer provides updated or new course manuals, leaving that considerable task and cost to the individual learning centers and levies a fee for the use of the SeniorNet trademark which appears largely disproportional to the benefits they provide. The number of SeniorNet affiliated member centers nationally has plummeted from hundreds to less than 40 most recently due in part to National competing directly with affiliates for courses available through their on-line programs. The Roswell Senior Learning Center is formulating their position with regard to this matter and will enter discussions with the City of Rowell before further defining their position. Action: Tony Cobourn and Board.
Webmaster/Technical Support: Don Hogan
All computer lab machines have Windows 7 as their operating system. Machines in the alcove do not but will be upgraded in the near future.
The Server is not currently functional but is not required for operation of the computer lab. Repair or replacement is being evaluated.
The web page, roswellslc.org is up to date. Manuals for the winter session course work are available, although not in the cabinets as yet. Our relatively new overhead projector which is still under warranty needs to be packaged and shipped to California for repair. The old projector of somewhat poorer image quality is available for use until the repaired unit is returned. The webmaster will be away and unavailable during the month of February. One of the primary benefits for volunteers is access to updated software for their home use. The tech support team was authorized by vote of the attendees to purchase from Microsoft during their once yearly buying opportunity, (under the auspices of our 501-3C non-profit educational corporation), 40 copies of Office 2010 at ~$45/copy for the use of the RSLC.
Staffing: Jack Thompson
Staffing of courses with coaches continues to be a problem.
Most requests for support go unanswered.
It would be most helpful if the staffing coordinator
could access a list of volunteers by skill set which would
allow a better matching of coaching skills and course
requirements. John Rittenburg indicated that he might just
have the raw data to generate that kind of volunteer list.
Publicity: Frank Padula
With the City of Roswell cutbacks on the production and mailed distribution of the brochures of Seasonal programs and learning center course offerings within the Roswell Parks and Recreation Centers, we have lost one of the best generators of prospective Learning Center students. Efforts in the form of tri-fold brochures left at the Roswell Library have not been able to generate sufficient interest thus far. Effort is being made via emails to current and past Learning Center students as well as the Ramblers membership.
There were no significant course issues other than needing an instructor for the digital camera course. The enclosed financial statement shows the number of registrants for each of the courses as of January 6th with one week before courses begin. Those courses with enrollees of less than three will need to make a decision on whether the course will be withdrawn for lack of interest
Respectfully submitted for Review by:
Howard K. Goldmacher
Secretary, Roswell Senior Learning Center