NWA-PCUG Newsletter Article, June 2002
The President's Column
by Dale Oliver, President
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We had a good turnout at the May meeting, with good reason. If you were unable to attend, you missed an enlightening presentation by our own Don Boudeman. Don did a nice job discussing some personal struggles he has had with Windows, and discussed how he was able to "dig himself out of the hole." Audience interaction helped everyone learn something new. Don's follow-up article appears in this month's newsletter, so be sure to check it out.

You're too serious if you can't laugh at yourself, so I'll tell a story on myself. You would think that as the club president I would remember to renew my club membership. We have a wonderful organization, and I'm sure all of you will agree that it is worth far more that the paltry twenty dollars per year to be a member. I couldn't agree more, yet somehow I managed to forget to pay my dues for a month or two after they were due. Don finally threatened me with bodily harm (okay, I made that part up...) and I finally paid my dues.

To make a long story short, I realized how easy it is to forget to renew your club membership. We value each of your membership and support of the club, so we are going to try something new. The month you membership expires, the words "PAST DUE" will be stamped in red ink on the cover of your newsletter. Then, if you still manage to forget, we will send another "PAST DUE" newsletter to you the month after your membership expires. Additionally, John Clark or one of the other club officers will give you a courtesy telephone call to remind you. If you forget beyond that point, you're on your own!

In other club news, Charles Blanchard has requested to stop chairing the investment round table discussion group after the meetings. The recent lackluster stock market performance has caused a waning in interest in the group, and Charles has decided that it is more effort than it is worth at the present time. Please be sure to thank Charles for his contributions to the club when you see him.

We've got some interesting presentations in store for you in the coming months. This month's presentation will be a general Q & A session, so be sure to bring any questions you have to present to the collective wisdom of our club members. The Q & A session is always a fun and interesting meeting. Beyond that, we will have a presentation on digital cameras, as well as presentations and software demonstrations on how to use two popular image and photo manipulation programs.

That's all I have for now. I'll be looking forward to seeing you at the June Q & A session!

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