March 12th, 2024

I. The meeting was called to order by John Walker at 6:12 pm on 3/12/24.

II. Present

Board members:

John Walker, Warren King, John Schmotzer, Donna Pikl, Richard Milewski, Ty Davison, Donita Zwolak
A quorum was present.

Total at meeting:

1. Present: 10
2. Zoom: 0

III. Minutes review:

A motion to accept the amended minutes of the February 13, 2023 meeting was made, seconded and the motion carried.

IV. Treasurer’s report:

Donna reported that the account balance as of Feb. 30 was $ 751.84. Thirty dollars in dues not deposited yet.

1. A motion to accept the Treasurer’s Report was made, seconded and the motion carried.
2. $120 check was given to Center 50+ for meeting room rent.

V. Old Business:

1. Review Future presentations

a) March – Firefox update
b) April – Apple Vision and New iPads if updated
c) May – Henry short takes (open for requests)
d) June – World Wide Developers Conference
e) July – iPhone photos?

2. In our January meeting, Henry brought up adding a description of the meetings to Facebook page.

a) Q and A – Record question and answer in a line or two, send to Henry
b) This hasn’t happened yet. The idea seems to be that each of us send Henry our thoughts on the meeting. Then he will create a summary for posting on facebook. It is hoped that this will help people checking on the page to see what we do.

B. New Business:

1. We helped Donna clean up the SMUG members list.

VI. Standing items:

A. Donna – Zelle is only for individuals not groups

VII. Tabled items:

A. Mentoring Program:

VIII. Action items:

A. None

IX. Adjournment:

A. The meeting was adjourned @ 6:51pm.

By: John Schmotzer, Secretary

January 9th, 2024

I. The meeting was called to order at 6:16 pm.

II. Present

1. Board members:

a) John Walker, Warren King, John Schmotzer, Donna Pikl, Richard Milewski

2. At large board members:

a) Henry Neugass, , Ty Davison, , Donita Zwolak

3. A quorum was present.

B. Total at meeting:

1. Present: 11

2. Via Zoom: 0

III. Minutes review:

A. A motion to accept the minutes of the December 12, 2023 meeting was made,
seconded and the motion carried.

IV. Treasurer’s report:

A. Donna reported that the account balance as of Dec. 31 was $ 751.84.

1. A motion to accept the Treasurer’s Report was made, seconded and the motion carried.

2. It was decided to wait to pay the rent until notified.

V. Old Business:

1. Review Future presentations

a) Tonight: Jan – Members demo apps or websites

b) Feb – Decluttering your computer

c) March – Firefox update

d) April – Apple Vision and New IPads if updated

VI. New Business:

1. Henry brought up adding a description of the meetings to Facebook page.

a) Q and A – Record question and answer in a line or two, send to Henry

2. Meet Up – as a possibility for increasing membership was discussed.

a) Costs prohibitive regardless of effectiveness.

3. May presentation – Henry short takes?

VII. Standing items:

A. None

VIII. Tabled items:

A. Mentoring Program:

IX. Action items:

A. None

IX. Adjournment:

A. The meeting was adjourned @ 6:52 pm.

By: John Schmotzer, Secretary

November 14th, 2023

I. The meeting was called to order by John Walker at 6:09 pm.

II. Present
A. Board members:

John Walker, Ty Davison, Warren King, Richard Milewski, Donna Pikl, Henry
Neugass, Donita Zwolak, Marcia Minton. A quorum was present.

B. Total at meeting:

 Present: 11
Via Zoom: 1

Minutes review:

 A motion to accept the minutes of the October 10, 2023 meeting was made,
seconded and carried.

Treasurer’s report:

Donna reported that the account balance as of the end of Oct. 31 was $ 741.84.

It appears that there will be enough money to pay for the meeting room through
the end of the year.

Old Business:
Slate of officers for next month’s election:
  1. President: John Walker
  2. Vice President: Warren King
  3. Secretary: John Schmotzer
  4. Treasurer: Donna Pikl
  5. Webmaster: Richard Milewski
  6. At large board members: Henry Neugass, Donna Pikl, Donita Zwolak
Membership:
  • Creating a YouTube video explaining what we are? Idea should be explored.
  • Terry Ellen – help with the Facebook page
VI. New Business:
Future presentations

1. Jan – Members demo apps or websites
2. Feb – Decluttering your computer
3. March – Firefox update
4. April – ?

Standing items:

 None

Tabled items:

Mentoring Program:

Action items:

None

Adjournment:

The meeting was adjourned @ 6:32 pm.

By: John Schmotzer, Secretary

October 10, 2023

The meeting was called to order at 6:18 PM by John Walker, President.

Board Members Present: Warren King, Richard Milewski, Henry Neugass, Donna Pikl, Donita Zwolak, and John Walker.
Visitors: John Schmotzer

It was moved and seconded that the minutes of the September meeting be accepted as emailed. The motion passed unanimously.

Treasurer’s Report: The club has a balance of $661.84 with a $120.00 check outstanding.

Tonight Presentation will be given by Henry Neugass about SENSE, which is an electrical monitoring system.

The November meeting will be about the new Apple Operating System and the presentation of officers to be voted on in the December meeting.
The December meeting will be the membership voting on the slate of officers, our Christmas social with goodies.

John Walker received an email from Ron Dixon letting him know that he was not renewing his membership, and therefore resigning as Club Secretary.

The Board wants to express the appreciation and thanks to Ron for his faithful and high quality service for the membership as secretary. His fellowship and contributions will be missed.

Warren King moved that John Schmotzer be appointed to complete Ron Dixon’s term of office for the months of November and December.

The meeting was adjourned at 6:48 PM.

Respectfully submitted by,
John Walker, President for Ron Dixon

September 12, 2023

The meeting was called to order by John Walker at 6:10 pm.

Board members present:

John Walker, Warren King, Richard Milewski, Donna Pikl, Ron Dixon, Henry Neugass, Donita Zwolak. A quorum was present.

Minutes review:

A motion to accept the minutes of the July 11, 2023 meeting was made, seconded and carried.

Treasurer’s report:

Donna reported that the account balance as of the end of August was $ 661.84. The Center is owed $120
for the months of June, July and September. Donna will pay that amount.

Old Business:
Membership:

The discussion on recruiting new members continued from last meeting. Richard reported
that there had only been 2 visits to the new Facebook page. The consensus is that today’s younger
computer users use YouTube to gain information rather than club memberships such as SMUG. It was
suggested that we appoint or recruit someone with a marketing background to lead the effort to expand
membership. It was also suggested that we focus our efforts on elderly housing units since there seems
to be a need to help that population. No actions were taken.

By-laws:

The proposed revised by-laws were discussed and the Board voted to send them to the
membership for a vote to adopt at the October meeting. Ron will ask those that will not attend in person to
submit an electronic vote via email to him.

Zelle:

It was pointed out that dues for the coming year are due at the October meeting. It would be an
opportune time to have the ability to use Zelle to pay them. John will follow up.

Standing items:
Program:

It was suggested that we target shorter presentations in the future and expand the Q & A
session as part of the program to attract new members. It was also suggested that we look closely at the
subject of the presentations to ensure that they are of interest to a majority of the membership. The
programs thru February were set at the July meeting.

Tabled items:
Mentoring Program:

Tabled indefinitely.

New Business:

None.

Action items:

Establishment of Zelle capability – John Walker

Adjournment:

The meeting was adjourned @ 7:12 pm.
By: Ron Dixon, Secretary

June 13, 2023

The meeting was called to order by Warren King at 6:05 pm.


Board members present: Warren King, Donna Pikl, Richard Milewski, Ron Dixon, Henry Neugass, Donita
Zwolak. A quorum was present.


Minutes review:

A motion to accept the minutes of the May 9, 2023 meeting was made, seconded and carried.


Treasurer’s report:

Current total balance is $ 661.84. A payment of $190 was made to Center 50+ to cover the meeting room
rental thru June. A motion was made, seconded and carried that authorized Donna to pay the bill for the
next period


Old Business:

The discussion on attracting new members continued from last month. Since the rental of the facility is
$40 per month, we need about 15 members to maintain financial stability.
Richard mentioned that he had installed an electronic sign driven by an old Mac (donated by Ty) at Spark Studio. It contains a slide promoting SMUG. He suggested that we could perhaps do more locations as more old Macs are donated.

Other methods of advertising were discussed and as a result a motion was made, seconded and carried
to establish a FaceBook page & group (although there were some concern that today’s “younger crowd”
no longer uses Facebook). Henry volunteered to take on the task.


Standing items:

Program
The July presentation will be on Apple One. The program for September will be short
presentations by members of their favorite apps or web sites.
There is no meeting in August. There was adiscussion on whether our program presentations were meeting the needs of the members and might be
a factor in attendance and membership. Ron will send a email to members asking for their suggestions for future presentations.
Tabled items:
  • Spark Studio – Nothing new to report.
  • Mentoring Program – Tabled indefinitely.
New Business:

There was a discussion about our difficulties with providing Zoom access to the members and Ron was
asked to sent an apology to the membership.

Action items:

Dues collection via website – No report.
By-laws – No report.
Adjournment:

The meeting was adjourned @ 7:07 pm.


By: Ron Dixon, Secretary

May 9th, 2023

John Walker opened the meeting at 6:19 pm.

Board Members Present: Ty Davison, Donna Pikl, Donita Zwolak, Warren King, & John
Walker. – Warren King has Richard Milewski’s proxy.

Board Members Absent: Richard Milewski., Ron Dixon, Henry Neugass

Ty Davison moved that the minutes of the last meeting be approved with one
correction. Warren King seconded the motion. The motion was approved unanimously.

Treasurer’s Report; $851.84 and Donna is still looking for checks. We owe $190.00
for room rent.

Now that we know what we owe, Warren moved that the pay the bill. Ty seconded
the motion. The motion was approved unanimously.

The Board discussed the topic, “How can we attract new people to the meetings?”

  • Are our subjects or topics too far above the level of the membership?
  • Can we put up notices in Center 50+?

The meeting was adjourned at 6:45 pm for the Q & A session.

Meeting in Person attendance: 6
Meeting Zoom Attendance: 0

Respectfully submitted by:
John Walker, substitute secretary.

April 11th, 2023

The meeting was called to order by John Walker at 6:09 pm.


Board Members present:

John Walker, Warren King, Ty Davison, Richard Milewski, Henry
Negass, Donita Zwolak, and Donna Pikl.

Ron Dixon was absent.


Minutes review:

Ty Davison moved to accept the minutes as emailed. Donna Pikl seconded the motion. The
motion was passed unanimously.


Treasurer’s Report:

Current total balance is $821.84.


Old Business:

  • Called Alvin from Center 50+ and received no response our contract and our outstanding
    balance with the Center.
  • Richard made some website changes and has posted a copy of the bylaws on the website.


Standing Items:

Attendance at the April meeting was 8 in-person and 0 on Zoom.

Program
  • May – Henry’s Mac Short-Takes (brief descriptions of methods and techniques
    for Apple Mac users) presented by Henry Neugass.
  • June – Security, July – Apple One Bundle
  • August – Summer Break – No meeting.


Tabled Items:

  • Spark Studio – Nothing new to report.
  • Mentoring Program – Tabled indefinitely.
  • Dues collection via website – John and Donna will work at implementing Zelle as an alternative.


New Business:

The Board members began a collaborative effort of reviewing and updating the bylaws.
Suggestions were made and preliminary changes were made to the working copy.

Action Items:
  1. Facilities contract – John
  2. Clarify number of remaining pre-paid facility fees – John
  3. Website changes. – Richard
  4. Bylaws update – Ty & Richard

Adjournment:

John Adjourned the Board Meeting at 6:59 pm.

By: John Walker, President

March 14th, 2023

The meeting was called to order by John Walker at 6:07 pm.

Board members present: 

John Walker, Warren King, Donna Pikl (via Zoom), Richard Milewski, Ron
Dixon, Henry Neugass, Ty Davison, Donita Zwolak (via Zoom). A quorum was present.

Minutes review:

A motion to accept the minutes of the February 14, 2023 meeting was made, seconded and carried.

Treasurer’s report:

Current total balance is $ 791.84. Ron asked Donna to provide a list of paid members. Donna will e-mail it
to him.

Old Business:

Action items:


John reported that the facilities contract was delayed by other activities being performed by Center 50+
personnel (Alvin). Alvin indicated that he would be working on our contract shortly.

Richard reported on the SMUG website. He again reminded Board members that he needs a short bio of
each of the officers for the web site. Richard has posted a copy of the bylaws on the web site and noted
that they were in need of major revision. He has also posted a working copy on the web site for use in the
revision effort. A discussion was held about the best way to update the bylaws. Ty volunteered to lead the
effort.

Standing items:

Attendance at the February meeting was 5 in-person and 3 on Zoom.
Program – The March presentation will be Apple HomeKit with a short update on ChatGPT, if time allows.
The April presentation will be on the Ventura operating system for Macs and Henry’s postponed
presentation on Mac Short-Takes will take place in May. June’s presentation will be on Security and
Privacy. July’s will be Apple One.

Tabled items:
  • Spark Studio – Nothing new to report.
  • Mentoring Program – tabled indefinitely
  • Dues collection via website – John and Donna will work at implementing Zelle as an alternative.

New Business:

The Board members began a collaborative effort of reviewing and updating the bylaws. Suggestions were
made and preliminary changes were made to the working copy.

Ron informed the group that he would miss the next two meetings. John will secure a substitute secretary.

Action items:
  • Facilities contract – John
  • Clarify number of remaining pre-paid facility fees – John
  • Web site changes – Richard
  • Bylaws update – Ty and Richard

Adjournment:

John adjourned the Board Meeting @ 6:50 pm.

By: Ron Dixon, Secretary

February 14th, 2023

The meeting was called to order by John Walker at 6:25 pm.

Board members present: John Walker, Warren King, Donna Pikl (via Zoom), Donita Zwolak (via Zoom), Richard Milewski, Ron Dixon. A quorum was present.

Minutes review:

A motion to accept the minutes of the January 10, 2023 meeting was made, seconded and carried.

Treasurer’s report:

The beginning balance was $731.84. Dues were collected from 2 member totaling $ 60.00. There were no expenditures. Current total balance is $ 791.84. Donna noted that Umpqua Bank is in the final process of purchasing our current bank, Columbia.

Old Business:
Action items:
  • John reported that the facilities contract was being prepared by Center 50+.
  • Richard reported on the SMUG website. Richard reminded Board members that he needs a short bio of each of the officers for the web site. He will be posting the organizational by-laws shortly.
Standing items:
  • Attendance at the November meeting was 6 in-person and 6 on Zoom.
  • Program – The March presentation will be Apple HomeKit and the April presentation will be on the Ventura operating system for Macs. Ideas for May included Henry’s postponed presentation on Mac Short-Takes.
Tabled items:
  • Spark Studio – Nothing new to report.
  • Mentoring Program – tabled indefinitely.
  • Dues collection via website – to be discussed at a future date
New Business:
  • None.
Action items:
  1. Facilities contract – John
  2. Clarify number of remaining pre-paid facility fees – John
  3. Web site changes – Richard

Adjournment:

John adjourned the Board Meeting @ 6:48 pm.

By: Ron Dixon, Secretary