Program Info

GENERAL MEETING: August 20, 2017

For this month’s meeting, the topic will be: “Microsoft Deserves a Turn”.

At the last Fifth Friday, we heard a presentation on many of the free on-line services that the Google Company provides for it’s account users (and some even for those that don’t have an account).  Well, Microsoft also has some free services for it’s account users and deserves a chance to “showcase what they have”.  At our August meeting we’ll look at just what some of those services are, what might be of interest to us, and how to make use of them.  Join Free-John and learn about some more free web-based programs that you can use. This program will be available via Zoom for those unable to attend or away from town.

Raffle winners from the July 16 Annual Picnic were: Bill Anderson, tablet; Al Barol, 128 GB thumb drive; and Jacque Morgan, 64 GB thumb drive.  Our next raffle will be in September.  Watch for details.

Questions? Call Mary Frances Rauch, V-President in charge of programs.

Join us at 2:00 for our “gathering time” and that will be followed by the short business meeting at 2:30.  The program will start after that.  If the presentation is run on a computer, we will try and share it live over Zoom for those unable to attend in person.  Watch your e-mails for more information and the link to attend.



Fifth Friday – Focus and Fun “September”

“Windows 10, they changed it AGAIN?”, and again, and again, and again, ……

Microsoft told us that this would be the last version of Windows that we’d buy and that it would forever be evolving. And they have been true to their word. Little changes take place all the time and major changes take place periodically. Things get added, modified, and removed. Some things are of great importance to the average user, and some things are only important to specific users.

Join us on the 29th as we take a look at the current version of Windows 10 – Creator’s Update and see what has changed, hear what might be coming with the next big version (Creator’s Fall Update), and id time, check out some features that we may not have talked about in the past. If you have a laptop and want to “follow along for a real hands-on experience”, feel free to bring it (just make sure you have your battery charged for over two hours or bring your power cable).  Those without laptops may use one of the classroom computers if desired.


ECOTUC has started a new feature/activity for it’s members called Fifth Friday – Focus & Fun. With every few months having an extra Friday that’s not being used by the Windows Help Desk or the Linux Help Desk, we decided to see about having a topic that we can explore on a Friday afternoon and spend a little more time learning about it. Our FF-F&F begins at 1:00 p.m. and concludes around 3:30 p.m. or so. This will give some extra time for presentation, discussion, and questions vs. what time we have at our regular Monthly Meeting’s Programs. The topics will vary and depend on who volunteers to present on those Fridays and what they want to present.

For the “kick-off” FF in July 2016, we had a presentation on the new Windows 10-Anniversary Update; and in September we had a great turn-out for a panel presentation on “Backing up your data files”.

For our December 2016 FF, our theme was “Look, Up in the Sky.  Is it a plane?  Is it a bird? Is it Superman?  No it’s “the cloud“.  

For our March FF, our theme was “Picture This”.

For our June FF, our theme was “Googled It?  There’s more to it!” 

We can also tell you that the December FF (scheduled for December 15th) will be focusing on photo editing with Jacque Morgan.

These programs are basically for members as it’s one of the benefits of membership. But if you have a friend or family member that isn’t a member, bring they and have them get signed up as a member before the program. The $24 they spend on attending just one of our Focus and Fun Friday’s. will be money well spent. And along with just one program, they would also have access to future Fifth Friday programs, and all our other member benefits that make our membership dues come out to just about 6 ½ cents a day for all that we offer.


Coming Next Month in September: September 16 is “Software Freedom Day”.  At our meeting on the 17th, we will be reviewing the free LibreOffice suite, along with other top rated free software. 


Looking Ahead: October (our last program of the year) is “National Cyber Security Awareness Month” and for our program Bob Gostischa will present, via Zoom, Staying Safe Online, Preventing Ransomware, and Identity Theft.


Remember, bring food donations for the Food Bank and bring any empty ink or toner cartridges for our recycling program.


The program for the July meeting was titled  “Annual ECOTUC/LCCS  Summer Picnic”.

The program for the June meeting was canceled at the last minute due to illness of the presenter.

The program for the May meeting was titled Crypto-viruses“.

The program for the April meeting was titled “Your Cellphone Is Your Friend”.

The program for the March meeting was titled “Feel Safe Again As We Go Back To The Future”.

The program for the February meeting was titled “Ken, Sue and Stacie’s Vacation to Oregon & Washington-Tips for Capturing Memories”.

The program for the January meeting was titled “Click it; Sort it; Transfer it; Save it; Access it Immediately“.

The program for the combined November/December meeting was actually our Social Time at the annual potluck and elections of officers.

The program for the October meeting was titled “On-Line Shopping“.

The program for the September meeting was titled “Happy Anniversary Windows 10: What’s New With You?“.

The program for the August meeting was titled GPS Navigation for you and your car”, and “Home Security Cameras that connect to your tablet or phone”.

The program for the July meeting was titled Had a Great Time at the Picnic, sorry you weren’t there.

The program for the June meeting was titled Technology From A Different Perspective.

The program for the May meeting was titled “Being Smarter with Android Smartphones”.

The program for the April meeting was titled “Being Smart with Android Smartphones”.

The program for the March meeting was titled “Selling Items on the Internet, with focus on Craig’s List”.

The program for the February meeting was titled “Amateur Radio and the 21st Century”.

The program for the January meeting was titled “Accessing and Using Governmental Websites”.

The program for November/December was our annual Holiday Potluck and election of officers.  Everyone had a good time and the food was also good.

The program for our October meeting was titled “Tying Up Loose Ends”.

The program for our September meeting was titled “Windows 10: Taking It For A Test Drive”.

The program for our August meeting was titled “Windows 10: What’s all the hype, what’s the rush, what’s the buzz – tell me what’s a happening”.


Any of these programs can be view on our YouTube website.  See our “Meetings” page for details.

Contact us:  ecotu.club@gmail.com