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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. 

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Clubs Forum May 2024

a promotional advertisement for the ASCCA Clubs Forum. It features the ASCCA logo with the tagline "Every Australian online." The event is scheduled for Friday, 10th May 2024 and is described as a "LIVE INTERACTIVE VIDEO CONFERENCE." It displays the time of the event across different Australian time zones: 11:00 AM AWST for Perth, 12:30 PM ACST for Darwin/Adelaide, and 1:00 PM AEST for Sydney/Melbourne/Brisbane/Hobart/Canberra. The forum is set to occur on the second Friday of each month. This session's topic is "Health and Wellbeing Technology." Contact information for ASCCA is provided along with a URL for a registration or information form. The background is a gradient of blue hues, with an icon symbolizing growth or learning in a circular badge on the right side.

We sincerely apologise to those who attended the April Clubs Forum and have been awaiting the promised list of resources to support the topic of Grant Writing. On behalf of our busy President, we regret the delay and assure you that the material is on its way and will be emailed to you soon. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we work to provide you with the most helpful information. 

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Telstra’s 3G Network Shutdown: What You Need to Know 

 The image captures a telecommunications worker in a cherry picker crane performing maintenance or installation work on a tall tower packed with various antennas and communication devices. The tower is situated in a dense, forested area, indicating a remote location. This type of work is essential for maintaining the connectivity infrastructure that enables mobile and wireless communication. The clear sky suggests fair weather conditions, which is typically preferred for such outdoor operations. The image likely represents efforts to upgrade or maintain the network, which could be related to the telecom advancements like transitioning from 3G to 4G or 5G services. 

As part of the technological shift towards more advanced communication standards, Telstra has announced the closure of its 3G network across Australia by 30 June 2024. This change highlights an urgent need for users of older mobile devices to check their phone’s capability, particularly for emergency calls over the 4G network using Voice over LTE (VoLTE) technology. 

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Mother’s Day 

Celebrating Mothers: The Pillars of Our Communities 

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This Mother’s Day, we take a moment to honour the extraordinary role that mothers and grandmothers play in our lives and communities. More than just a familial bond, the influence of these remarkable women extends through generations, shaping our values, traditions, and the very fabric of society. 

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Intern Introduction

Welcoming Anushka: ASCCA’s New Intern through the McCusker Foundation

We are thrilled to announce that Anushka has joined the Australian Seniors Computer Clubs Association (ASCCA) as an intern for the coming months, an opportunity made possible by the McCusker Foundation program. Anushka brings with her a fresh perspective and an eager mind, ready to contribute to our mission of empowering seniors through technology.

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Clubs Forum April 2024

An informative graphic for ASCCA Clubs Forum, a live interactive video conference. The event is scheduled for Friday, 12th April 2024, with time slots across various Australian time zones: 11:00 AM AWST for Perth, 12:30 PM ACST for Darwin, 1:00 PM AEST for Brisbane, 1:30 PM ACDT for Adelaide, and 2:00 PM AEDT for Sydney, Melbourne, Hobart. It occurs on the second Friday of each month. The topic for this session is Grant Writing. Logos include the Australian Government crest, 'Be Connected' initiative, and ASCCA. Contact details provided are an email, office@ascca.org.au, and a Microsoft Forms link. Symbols of a calendar, a clock, and a topic tag punctuate the information.

Maximise Your Club’s Potential: Dive into Grant Writing at Our Upcoming Clubs Forum!

ASCCA Clubs Forum is a monthly gathering designed to enhance your club’s growth and development. This April, we’re focusing on a crucial skill that can significantly benefit your club: grant writing.

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ASCCA and Indian Ocean Group Training Association

A cheerful group selfie at a 'Be Connected' session on Christmas Island. The photo features a diverse group of seniors seated around a long table, with a facilitator at the forefront smiling widely at the camera. The participants are engaging with each other and the session, with informational leaflets and notes scattered on the table. The room is bright and functional with emergency signage and equipment visible, emphasizing the community and safety aspect of the event.

Empowering Digital Literacy in the Indian Ocean Territories:

As many of our members know, ASCCA has been a Be Connected Network Partner from the very first steps towards the national network it is today, in late 2017.  Since then we believe we have been an integral cog in the wheel for this nationwide initiative to empower ‘older Australians’ when it comes to technology. Since then, we have built on both Nan and Jenny’s impressive networks, spanning the length and breadth of the country to partner with other peak bodies and organisations who engage seniors in some way, shape or form, but not necessarily having the resources within their organisations to focus on digital literacy for their older volunteers, staff or community members.

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Brisbane Seniors Online on the move again

Brisbane Seniors Online (BSOL) is on the move again. Unfortunately, this will be the 5th move since it was founded around February 2000. The current location in Gabba Towers is earmarked for demolition work associated with the reconstruction of the Gabba Cricket Ground that will increase seating capacity from 42,000 to 50,000. Brisbane Seniors Online have been issued with a directive to vacate the premises by 30 June 2024. This work is related to the upcoming Summer Olympics in Brisbane in 2032.

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Embrace the Festive Season with Engaging Holiday Workshops for your Members

A cozy Christmas scene with a beautifully decorated tree covered in snow-like flocking, red ornaments, and pine cones. Next to the tree, a stack of wrapped gifts in brown paper with red ribbons. A rustic wooden fireplace is adorned with evergreen garland, candles, and stockings with red and white stripes hanging in anticipation. A red checkered blanket adds warmth to the scene

As the holiday season approaches, it’s the perfect time for our member clubs to infuse some festive spirit into their activities. Here are some workshop ideas that can add a spark to the lead-up to Christmas:

1. Churches – Live Streaming Christmas Services

In this digital age, bring the joy of Christmas services directly to your members. Host a workshop on live streaming Christmas services from churches around the world. Explore the magic of the Vatican’s grand celebrations or immerse in the serene atmosphere of Canterbury Cathedral. These workshops not only connect members with global holiday traditions but also provide an opportunity to learn and share tips on virtual attendance.

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Christmas Time in the West

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In the lead up to Christmas, parts of Western Australia are aglow with the vibrant hues of our native Christmas Trees—Nuytsia floribunda. Their golden-orange blossoms are painting the landscape in a festive palette, bringing joy and a unique beauty to the region.

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2023 Competitions Results

As another year rapidly draws to a close, we’re thrilled to share the results of our annual competitions as we heard at the conclusion of the Annual General Meeting earlier in October. We’ve seen some cracking entries this year, and it’s been a real treat to witness such talent within our members.

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Get Online Week – November

Get Online Week with ASCCA

Get Online Week: A Cuppa and Connectivity with ASCCA

In our continued mission to bridge the digital divide and empower seniors through technology, ASCCA proudly accepted the offered role of Get Online Week Ambassador for Good Things Foundation and the Be Connected project. It was a week filled with learning, sharing, and, of course, enjoying a cuppa together.

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Welcome new Member Club

WELCOME to our newest members, the Motherboard!  The Motherboard has been established by the Australian Museums and Galleries Association (AMaGA) as a central hub and informal learning environment for their members to explore digital skills, online engagement techniques and digitisation of collections for their members, primarily in regional and remote WA.

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