This will be my last “From the Chair” as my ChairPersonship will end at the AGM later this month. An amendment to our Constitution in 2012 restricts the term of every ChairPerson to a maximum of two consecutive years. As Immediate Past ChairPerson I am automatically a member of the incoming Committee and I will be there to assist the new ChairPerson in every way I can.
I have enjoyed my time as ChairPerson despite earning the label of “COVID-19 Chair”. At times, things have been complicated and challenging but throughout my time at the helm, I’ve been supported by an amazing group of people on the Committee. Each one of them has accepted the roles I have asked them to fulfil and they have all undertaken those roles in the best interests of SeniorNet Kapiti – our organisation is the better for their efforts and I publicly thank each and every Committee member for their support in the past 2 years.
We’ve started Term 2 with a hiss and a roar! Most classes are full or close to it which is always pleasing to the Committee and our Tutors. It’s great for us to see that our members are finding something in our programme that they can learn and it’s our pleasure to be able to offer the number of classes and workshops that we do. SeniorNet Kapiti is in good heart as we head into the cooler months of winter – and our new aircon is working VERY well indeed!
Peter Jones and I attended the recent SeniorNet Federation AGM and Symposium in Dunedin. It was a well run affair with lots of interesting topics to discuss and lots of guest speakers to update us on everything from the technology inside Suzuki’s cars to the ethical issues surrounding AI (artificial intelligence). Peter J was our voting participant and has written a summary of proceedings below.
Term 1 is fast drawing to a close and I must say, it’s been a busy one at SeniorNet Kapiti. Most of our classes and workshops have been full or close to it and for me that’s a sign of a healthy organisation. It’s obvious members are still seeking out our training and assistance and of course that’s what SeniorNet is all about. Thank you for your continued support.
By now, most members will have received their annual membership renewal. To those who have already renewed, we appreciate your quick payment. If you haven’t done so, remember there’s a $5 discount if you pay by the end of April. If you are an AMI Insurance customer and you’ve already advised us, you won’t have received a renewal notice. AMI is paying your membership for 2021-22 and we’ve already flagged you as “paid”!
As I sit down to write to you, my hands are still shaking after watching another “come from behind” win by Team New Zealand in the Americas Cup. Whether you’re passionately following the racing or just watching it out the corner of your eye, you won’t be able to miss the astounding technology being used by the broadcast organisation. How they manage to map the course onto the moving pictures shot from moving helicopters and boats as well as merge all that technical information from multiple boats onto the screen I’ll never quite comprehend. We certainly couldn’t have managed anything like it in my working days – technology have come a long way in a very short time!
It’s only been a couple of weeks since I last wrote to you from the Chair but a lot has happened at SeniorNet Kapiti since then…
Our Open Days were a huge success with plenty of interest from passers by at Coastlands and a steady stream of new members visiting the Learning Centre on the Saturday. Our thanks go to Westpac, one of our national sponsors, for allowing us to sit outside their premises all day – it’s a great people-watching spot as well as an excellent location to draw people’s attention to all the ways SeniorNet might help them on their digital learning journey.
My thanks also to the Committee Members and Tutors who sat on the desk at Coastlands fielding all sorts of questions and queries about SeniorNet as well as signing people up to join. The good news for us is that our classes are filling fast for Term 1 but the bad news for you is that if you want to attend a Course or Workshop, you need to contact Elaine soon to avoid missing out.