April 2019 Committee Meeting

Main points from the April Committee Meeting

The committee will consider what to do to mark Grant Sidaway’s retirement from the SeniorNet Federation.

Clive has recently followed up with Grant regarding Noel Leeming scanning our SeniorNet membership cards rather
than wrongly applying discount via the Gold card.

We will not be sending 2 committee members to the upcoming SeniorNet AGM and Symposium in Palmerston
North on 8th/9th May due to the dramatic increase in airfare costs.

Proposal to offer associate SeniorNet membership for a younger age group was discussed but decision left to lie
on the table for now. A proposal to offer distance learning via software such as “Zoom” – enabling members to
participate in courses if they are unable to come in the learning centre for one reason or another—briefly discussed
but also left to lie on the table for now.

In term one we offered 24 courses and 29% of our members enrolled in one or more. New interest based courses
were especially popular. We are trialling a new interest group on DNA Genealogy—starting in May and facilitated
by Gail Riddell. It will meet on the first Friday of each month at 9.30.

The website continues to be updated with interest group reports, latest newsletter, and articles of interest.

The membership pages have been updated including a link from the online application form to details of how to pay.

There was a good turnout for the April monthly meeting for the presentation by the Community Constable, Grant
Heaney. He displayed the use of a Taser, and spoke about the requirement, after the Christchurch Mosque attacks,
that police carry Glock pistols.

Note that the loan period for items from our SeniorNet library has been increased from 2 weeks to 3 weeks.

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