Jenny Robinson, was teaching "Introduction to Computing for Seniors" through ACE Byron Shire had been aware for some time that there was a need for a Computer Club for seniors in the Byron Shire. The structure of ACE courses is not necessarily the best learning mode for many older people.

Many other strategies have been tried in the Shire but it was not until the Community Technology Centres were established in Mullumbimby and Brunswick Heads that a viable option began to emerge.

In late 2002, Jenny contacted Derek McEvoy, the Manager of CTC@Mullumbimby/Brunswick Heads to see about the viability of establishing a Seniors Computer Club under the auspices of the CTC. 

Early in 2003 several meetings were held between Derek, Jenny and Di Christie, a volunteer at Mullumbimby CTC to develop a plan to establish a club.

These three used the guidelines established by Australian Seniors Computer Clubs Association (ASCCA) and developed a strategy which lead to the calling of a public meeting to firstly, see if there were enough interested older people in the shire and secondly,  to establish a steering Committee.

This public meeting held on 12th February, was attended by 24 people, with another 20 or so registering interest before and after the meeting.

 

Derek McEvoy addressing the meeting.

Public meeting 12 Febuary 2003

Jenny Robinson addressing the meeting.

A steering committee was established comprising Corrie Dik, Meg Clarke, Henry Clarke, Bill Price, Michael Nugent, Kerry O'Bryan, Jenny Robinson with Derek McEvoy and Di Christie as ex officio.

The steering committee met several times over the next few weeks, establishing draft rules and structures and planning for the Inaugural General Meeting on Friday 28th March 2003.

At the Inaugural General Meeting, 27 people joined the club and the Management Committee of the Club was elected. In the weeks following this meeting, many more people began to join the club.

Computer Workshops commenced the 14th April 2003.

 

 

 
 

Jenny Robinson Winner of the Logo Competition being presented with her prize by treasurer Kitty Trafford at the June meeting 2003.

 

 

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