Sterling Heights Computer Club
Don Van Syckel, President
Are you still locked down? Well, we are in Michigan, one of the most severely affected pandemic states in the country. Are you feeling lonely? Feeling isolated? Possibly one computer club meeting a month isn’t enough. Sterling Heights Computer Club (SHCC) has been hosting a Gab Fest two week after our main online meeting; this is approximately halfway between our main meetings.
SHCC uses Zoom for the Gab Fest. Club members talk about anything they want, mostly computer and tech talk, but other topics do come up. After a few months of lockdown, it just seemed like the thing to do. The Gab Fest lasts two hours. We have quite a few club members Zoom in, and we all have a good time.
The Gab Fest idea once a month comes from our Summer Gab Fest. SHCC has ten main meetings a year, September through June, and we take July and August off because of so many other activities. A few years ago, we started having a Gab Fest in the Summer at my house, so the grill and bathroom were handy. Simple hot dogs and brats on the grill on a Saturday. People really enjoy getting outside and socializing with their fellow club members. There also were a couple of tables with network connections, and people were encouraged to bring a show and tell, a laptop with issues, or to have Linux installed.
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The church has approved in-person meetings for the club, and we will discuss this at the meeting. We plan to continue using Zoom for those who prefer. Join the discussion at our next meeting while we decide how and when to get back to normal.
Google Home Mini: The club will raffle this at the May meeting. Members will receive one “ticket” for each meeting they attended from January through May. Names and “tickets” will be entered on a spreadsheet and a random number generator will choose the winning number.