From the President’s Desk -Dec 2023

Jennifer Willcox

December 2023

As we wrap up 2023, we reflect on a year that has been a testament to the resilience and enthusiasm of our senior community, embracing technology like never before.

Our commitment to empowering seniors through technology remains at the heart of everything we do. The digital divide may be shrinking, but there’s always more ground to cover. And cover it, we will!

At this time of review, our membership list is getting a thorough checkup, ensuring we’re all set for another year of tech adventures. To our member clubs, even if the fees are on pause, let’s make sure those details are refreshed for a seamless 2024.  ASCCA’sTreasurer, Dallas, will soon be in touch with each Club to confirm the status and details.

A round of applause for ASCCA’s Director – Accessibility, Dr. Scott Hollier, now also a member of the Board of Directors at ACCAN – the Australian Communications Consumer Action Network. And a massive congrats to Scott’s team on the triumph at the Australian Access Awards. Digital accessibility matters, and they’re leading the way!

Seeking the Next Competitions Convenor

Just a gentle reminder to everyone for something to consider over the Christmas and New Year break.  As always, our competitions were again a hit this year.  With Susan’s retirement from the position, we’re on the lookout for an individual with a keen sense of organisation and dedication to take on the role of Convenor for the 2024 competitions. Got a knack for this sort of thing?? We want you on our team!  Get in touch for more information!

Thank a Volunteer Day 

As we dive into the festive season, let’s take a moment to celebrate the joy of Christmas and express our gratitude to the unsung heroes – our volunteers.  Here in the West, on the 5th of December, we’ll be joining the Thank a Volunteer Day chorus, acknowledging the incredible folks who make ASCCA the vibrant community it is. Regardless of where you are in Australia, we want to send a huge shoutout to each one of you!  Thank a Volunteer Day is celebrated at different times and days in each State and Territory. 

Club Forums

Throughout the year, our club forums have been more than just gatherings—they’ve been training grounds for our tech-savvy members. Your active participation and shared wisdom are what make these forums shine. Here’s to more learning in the year ahead!

As we embrace the spirit of active ageing, let’s approach the new year with curiosity, a thirst for knowledge, and a dash of tech-inspired joy. If you have a skill that you would like to share at one of our forums, please get in touch so that we can put you into our monthly schedule.

As we wrap up 2023, let’s celebrate the wins, learn from the challenges, and gear up for another year of tech excitement.  As many of us prepare to connect with loved ones over the holidays, let’s not forget the power technology has to bridge the gaps, both physical and digital. From video calls with family afar to diving into the fascinating world of online learning, our adventure with tech continues to unfold throughout 2024.  We will be in touch again in February, enjoy your downtime with family and friends!

Warm regards, 
Jenny

Jennifer Willcox Dip Mgt MICDA
President
Minang / Noongar country, South Coast, Western Australia
Australian Seniors Computer Clubs Association
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