It's great to see that already, 40 members have renewed their membership for the 2010-11 financial year and we expect many more to do so on Friday at our members meeting.
As you know, we (Margaret and John) have recently moved into a popular retirement village at Constitution Hill in Northmead, and we are still getting used to it. It has certainly made a difference to me, with less work to do around the place, but we do miss our back yard at Winston Hills. But we are gradually meeting more people, and what a nice bunch they are. Very friendly.
Yesterday we letterboxed 409 residents - every household except those whose letterbox said "No junk mail". Now we obviously don't think we are "junk mail" but we need to be unbiased sometimes, and respectful.
There are a number of our members who live at Constitution Hill, and other residents are, or have been, members of Castle Hill, Holroyd or Epping computer pals. We are not trying to poach their members - they are good friends of ours. And each club is different, running different courses with a different timetable.
For instance Holroyd teaches Publisher, which we haven't attempted yet. And Castle Hill (The Hills) teaches Corel Draw, which we shall probably never teach. At the moment, we teach open source graphics software - Google's Picasa 3.6, Microsoft's Movie Maker, and GIMP (open source software similar to Adobe's PhotoShop). We don't teach PhotoShop simply because it is so expensive, and we are well aware of our members' limited income.
Our Digital Photography Special Interest Group is about to have its second field trip - tomorrow by ferry to Vivid Sydney. Being winter, we don't expect it to be as popular as our March trip to Circular Quay, but we couldn't miss the opportunity afforded by this festival of light and sound. We'll let you know how it goes.