Newsletter February 2021

From the Chair

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.

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2019-20 Annual Report

At our recent Annual General meeting, our Chairperson presented the following Annual report.

SeniorNet Kapiti Inc

2019-2020 Annual Report

Our membership at the end of the Financial Year (31 March 2020) was 333 including 9 Honorary Members.  Unlike many SeniorNets around New Zealand, our membership numbers are holding steady year on year despite around 90 resignations annually. Our recruitment efforts are clearly reaping rewards in new membership and I believe it is a testament to the quality and relevance of the courses and workshops we offer our members. Continue reading

Newsletter May 2020

From the Chair

I hope you’re all enjoying your new-found freedom under COVID-19 Level 2 and that you’ve been able to hook-up with family and friends again. It certainly reminds me how important daily routines and interactions with other people are to us all.

Things have been busier than ever at SeniorNet with a whole raft of online Workshops being run during (and beyond) Lockdown. Without exception, they’ve proven popular with our members and I suspect a welcome distraction from one’s own company! Over 300 people have taken part in Zoom Meetings since we started back in late March.

Our Committee met last Thursday and it’s been agreed that The Learning Centre will remain closed for the next few weeks. Taking into account all the complex factors, we’ve scheduled to reopen for onsite Courses and Workshops in Term 3 and planning is already underway to ensure a safe environment for everyone attending.

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Newsletter April 2020

From the Chair

Gosh, I don’t recall a Global Pandemic and nationwide Lockdown being included in the SeniorNet ChairPerson’s Job Description! What a month it’s been so far – thankfully New Zealand, unlike many other countries appears to have taken decisive action early enough to make a difference. Please stay safe, stay at home and we can save lives.

SeniorNet Kapiti Inc, thanks to the ongoing support of our members, is in a strong position to ride out the current crisis. Continue reading

Things to do before calling your IT GEEK in a panic!

We all have problems on our computer from time to time – yes, even the “experts” get screen lock-ups occasionally. Those of us who’ve been working with computers for a long time have a mental list of things we try first.

Thanks to the foresight of Bill Gates (Ctrl/Alt/Delete & the “5 second reboot key”) and Microsoft (Windows’ self repairing technology in Windows 10), if nothing significant has changed recently on your PC, one of these “actions” could well dig you out of the proverbial. 

So, next time something untoward happens on your PC, before hitting the PANIC button and calling your favourite IT “Geek” for help, you should try these suggestions (in order) first… Continue reading