From the President’s Desk

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May 2024 eNews

Happy May Day, 

As we step into the merry month of May, I wish to take a moment to connect with you all through ASCCA’s official newsletter. It’s a time of significant change and ongoing activities within our organisation, and I am keen to share some important updates and acknowledgments. 

Firstly, I would like to express my sincere gratitude to our Directors, Brett Levy and Dr Scott Hollier, for their invaluable contributions to ASCCA. Brett, due to increasing commitments in his business endeavours, will be taking a step back for a time, from his day-to-day roles within ASCCA. We are incredibly grateful for his dedication and service over the years. Scott has reluctantly decided to step down from the Board but will continue to lend his expertise and support, wherever possible, through his role of CEO at the Centre for Accessibility Australia. Both have played pivotal roles in our growth and success, and we look forward to their continued involvement in different capacities. 

April was a busy month with the ID Support session hosted by PrezXPrez. Well done to Ross Howard, President of Forest Computer Pals, and his team for a successful event at Forestville RSL, that witnessed a fantastic turnout. The support from Forestville RSL and the participation from members of Northern Beaches Compals, Manly Compals, and their own team members made the live event memorable for all attendees. Channel 9’s Today program, covered the event and also provided a platform for scam victims to share their stories. We are eager to see this coverage broadcasted and will inform you once it is scheduled to air.  

The image shows an indoor event with an audience of seniors focused on a presentation. Two speakers, a man and a woman, are at the front, seated behind a table with microphones. Behind them is a banner displaying what appears to be a corporate logo. The central focus is a large screen showing a QR code and text, suggesting an interactive segment or digital resource sharing. The setting looks like a seminar or workshop, likely related to technology or digital literacy, consistent with events that cater to enhancing the skills and knowledge of senior community members.

April was a busy month with the ID Support session hosted by PrezXPrez. Well done to Ross Howard, President of Forest Computer Pals, and his team for a successful event at Forestville RSL, that witnessed a fantastic turnout. The support from Forestville RSL and the participation from members of Northern Beaches Compals, Manly Compals, and their own team members made the live event memorable for all attendees. Channel 9’s Today program, covered the event and also provided a platform for scam victims to share their stories. We are eager to see this coverage broadcasted and will inform you once it is scheduled to air.  

It is with a heavy heart that we share the news of the passing of Kathy Caddick from the Berri Seniors Computer Club in SA. Kathy was a staunch supporter of ASCCA for many years and had become a dear friend to Nan and myself. Her contributions and friendship will be sorely missed, and we extend our deepest sympathies to her family and friends. 

On a brighter note, Anushka our UWA Intern / Grants Officer is progressing well into the second phase of her internship. She has applied for two grants that are currently pending, and we are hopeful for positive outcomes that will further our initiatives. 

Additionally, Janice has successfully recruited a volunteer to provide administrative support to the ASCCA Board. We are excited to introduce her to all of you in the coming weeks, once her induction is complete. 

In terms of our ongoing efforts to strengthen our leadership team, I am pleased to update you on our CEO recruitment process. The advertisement for the position closed on 12th April, and we are currently forming the selection panel, with interviews scheduled to take place soon.  We anticipate finding a dynamic individual who will lead ASCCA into the future. 

I recently had the opportunity to speak to the Sutherland Shire Aged Care Interagency meeting on what were ASCCA’s current goals and aims, especially in light of the fact that our operations are mostly digital these days, thanks to Covid, and where our affiliated member clubs could benefit from engaging in a variety of initiatives, including Be Connected. A few past connections were caught up with, and new ones established that is hoped will bode well for future networking and potential partnerships, through the common thread of seniors and technology. 

And finally, speaking of money which we weren’t but we will, ASCCA’s Board has set the affiliated Club member fees at $52 per annum per Club.  This equates to just $1 per week, regardless of the number of registered members each Club has.  This decision was made primarily to simplify the process as it was obvious a number of clubs had difficulties with online forms and calculations.  ASCCA’s Accountant, Michael Ludowici, will render Invoices to all Clubs before the end of June, (and before he heads off on holidays) with the membership being effective for the 2024/25 financial year. 

As we move forward, let us remember the strength of our community and the shared commitment to our mission. Thank you all for your continued support and enthusiasm. 

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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