It’s with great pleasure that we introduce our new ChairPerson, Sue Connor.
Congratulations Sue on your appointment and we wish you every success running our organisation.
From the Chair
This will be my first “From the Chair” as it’s my first Chairpersonship, confirmed at the AGM last month. I am very grateful to the Committee who have ‘re-signed up’ for this year and of course to the Immediate Past Chairperson Peter Bunkall, who is member of the incoming Committee. I am truly humbled by the help and assistance that this very experienced team can offer not only me but all of our members too.
I am looking forward to my time as Chairperson – with the current status of COVID-19, I believe we have the policies in place to act accordingly in everyone’s best interest and our members health is ‘front and centre’ for each of us. At times, things will be complicated and challenging but the team I have around me, supporting the ‘Chair’ are an amazing group of people.
I genuinely would like to thank the Committee for what we are about to do together and what we have achieved in the past.
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.
Well, just when we all thought we could relax a little, COVID-19 snuck up and bit us in the derriere! Our Committee has been hard at work developing a set of guidelines for us to use while we remain in Level 2 – “allowed to do things while being extra vigilant”. You can read the full guidelines on our website here but here’s a summary of the key points as they affect courses and workshops at SeniorNet.
The Learning Centre remains open but with restrictions on social distancing
Maximum of 7 people in a class with 3 tutors
We’ll still have our mid-class break but there will be no morning or afternoon tea served – students are welcome to help themselves to water
Tutors will not handle student’s devices and they will wear masks during exercises
Students are encouraged to wear face coverings
All attendees at The Learning Centre are strongly encouraged to use the official COVID-19 Tracer App and we’ll be happy to assist anyone to get it installed on their smartphone or iPhone (indications are that the latest version works well on both Apple and Android devices). You can also access it yourself here or by going directly to the Apple Store or Google Play Store on your device
Key surfaces will be cleaned down after every class (desks, keyboards, kitchen surfaces etc). Hand sanitiser will be provided for everyone to use
Regular Workshops (iOS, Android and Q&A) will move to online Zoom Sessions
Students attending current (and future) courses under Level 2 will be contacted by the Lead Tutor. If you are uncomfortable about attending a face-to-face course, you are welcome to withdraw and we will give you priority access to the same course when it is next scheduled under Level 1
The COVID-19 Helpdesk will be reinstated for members to gain access to technical assistance while we are in Level 2 (see details below)
Our AGM was held on Wednesday 24 June and the attendance was amazing! I don’t think I’ve ever seen so many people at an AGM before and it was wonderful to catch up with everyone after our months of enforced separation. It’s clear to me that our Learning Centre is in good heart and everyone is eagerly awaiting the recommencement of formal Courses and Workshops at the end of this month. We have a full programme and I’m reliably informed that several offerings are already fully booked. My special thanks to ElaineContinue reading →