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2013 Calendar
Previous Presentations and Special Events

December 2nd, 2013 Monday evening, 7-8:30 PM
Location: Butterworth Education Center
at 701 12th AV, Moline, IL
General Meeting Presentation:
Best Buy Presents
"Showroom Tech"

Best Buy Reps will be "showrooming" many of the latest (and coolest) devices.

Join us while they showcase products and services, field questions, and make recommendations for purchases for yourselves or for gift ideas.

All general meetings are free and open to the public as a part of our community service mission.

November 4th, 2013 Monday evening, 7-8:30 PM
Location: Butterworth Education Center
at 701 12th AV, Moline, IL

Chris Vaughan presents
"Chalkboards to Tablets - Campus Technology in Transition"

Chris plans to talk about the "E-environment" on college campuses. He will cover (at a very high level) the history of computing as it affects the major college constituencies: Students, Faculty, Administration. He'll discuss the expanded expectations (internet, wireless, security), some common strategies for addressing expectations as well as ways in which higher education is incorporating technology into the traditional models of teaching and learning.

Vaughan's 27 year career began with a municipality, traversed through the federal government, corporations big and small and finally education - surprisingly the most challenging and rewarding of all these environments. He has been the Chief Information Officer at Augustana College for 16 years.
October 7th, 2013 Monday evening, 7-8:30 PM
Location: Moline Viking Club
1450 41st Street, Moline, IL
No Beginner SIG tonight!

Note the new location this month:
Moline Viking Club
We are anticipating a larger crowd
for this special event!

Above: A collage of photos from Gary's 10/7 seminar, including some with his special guest, Paula Sands.

A One-night Seminar by Gary Stanley! "Great Photos with Any Camera"

What do you have? A Point-and-Shoot? DSLR? Smartphone camera?
No matter what type camera is used, Gary can show you how to improve your photography!

Gary is a professional photographer, with a down-home speaking style that you will enjoy. Gary's a retired jet pilot, and a former radio personality.  He's also an author, teacher, computer consultant, speaker, adventurer and former QCS member before moving to Arizona. He has been one of our most popular guest speakers with his informative and entertaining talks.

"Great Photos with any Camera" covers camera settings, shooting techniques, transferring photos from camera to your computer, editing tips including a live editing session, sharing photos, and back-up procedures.

The world of photography is exploding, with 85% of people taking pictures with their phones! Whether you use a DSLR, a pocket camera, or your cell phone you can learn simple tips and tricks with Gary’s seminar “Great Photos with any Camera!”

Visit Gary's "Stanley Computing" Website

Tune in to KWQC-TV's "Paula Sands Live"
for a live interview with Gary Stanley on Wednesday, October 2nd at 3 PM.

SEPTEMBER - NO GENERAL MEETING because the first Monday falls on Labor Day!
Attend our PICNIC instead!

SECOND TUESDAY, September 10th at 5:30 PM (Dinner at 6:00)
Riverside Park Pavilion 34th ST and 6th AV in Moline.

Join us for our Annual "POTLUCK PICNIC".  These outings have been enjoyable for all....

Great food, conversation and fun!

  • Bring a former or prospective member, a friend, or a relative. "The more the merrier!"
  • QCS provides iced tea, lemonade, ice and table service
  • Or bring your own non-alcoholic beverage
  • Participants should bring a dish to pass (meat dish or casserole, vegetable, salad, or dessert)
  • If you don’t want to cook, bring something from a deli! (A bucket of chicken, sub sandwiches, pizza, bakery items, etc.)

See details & map on this printable PDF invitation.

Photos from our 2013 picnic
are posted
at this link.
Send more if you are willing
to share your shots!

August 5th, 2013 Monday evening at 7-8:30 PM
Location: Butterworth Education Center at 701 12th AV, Moline, IL
Verizon associates present
"Smart Phones and More"

Brock Strang and Brittan Hill, Verizon managers from Rock Island and Bettendorf respectively, will provide information about smart phones and additional services including home phones, internet and money-saving products.

July 1st, 2013 Monday evening at 7-8:30 PM
Location: Butterworth Center LIBRARY at 8th St & 11th Av, Moline Moline, IL

Presenter: Bill Hannan, Artist, Calligrapher, & Bookbinder
"The Computer as a Complete Publishing House"

Ever wanted to write and publish your own book? Bill will show you it's possible to do everything at home using your own computer.

Bill Hannan has been creating, printing, publishing books on the computer for about 12 years. Although his first love is calligraphy (the art of beautiful letters) he has always been looking for a way to print and bind an actual book using some method other than physically lettering, illustrating and binding it by hand and the computer has put this whole process into his hands. His program will outline his methods for creating books on the computer.

Bill Hannan’s career as an artist started when he was in high school with the first sales of his art. He taught at Black Hawk College for some 30 years in the Art Department. He taught most of the courses offered by that department but also in other departments such as Advertising, Merchandise Display and Television Production. When personal computers became available, he began using them himself and introduced their use in the classroom. For 22 years he was involved with the Genesius Guild in Rock Island in many capacities and still designs posters and programs each year. He is an award winning Calligrapher, book binder, illustrator, maker of Christmas cards and designer. He retired from teaching 14 years ago. He now continues his “other” job as full time artist, calligrapher and bookbinder.

June 2nd, 2013
Monday evening at 7-8:30 PM

Butterworth Center Library
at 8th St & 11th Av, Moline, IL

Cheryl Wester, APCUG Board of Advisors

"Stream It, Record It, and Keep It with Applian"

Would you like to capture some of your favorite video
and audio sites so you can save them for future reference?

Check it out at http://www.applian.com. Some of Cheryl's favorite programs are Replay Video Capture, Replay Music, and Replay Media Catcher. She will show how each one of them is different and when to use a particular program.

Cheryl will speak via Skype to the Quad-Cities Computer Society about Applian Technologies Software. Applian was founded in 1997; they develop software for capturing audio, video and music and have various suites for each task. Their motto is "Stream It, Record It, Keep It".

Cheryl Wester is a math and computer teacher in California and also works part time for Mosaic and Microsoft training people on selling Windows Mobile devices. She is on the Board of Advisors for APCUG and a member of several computer clubs. She has given numerous presentations on Windows Mobile devices, Outlook and Google.

May 6th, 2013
Monday evening at 7-8:30 PM

Location: Butterworth Education Center
at 7th St & 12th Av, Moline, IL

Presenter: Officer Tony Stone,
Clinton Iowa Police Department

Topic: "Law Enforcement Technology"

Computer technology has provided new opportunities for criminal activity but it has also increased the power and range of law enforcement. Officer Stone of the Clinton Police Department will give us some firsthand information on this topic. He will explain how the police use the new technology and how it has changed their procedures. He will also answer questions from the audience.

Tony is the son of long-time QCS member Larry Stone and he has been on the Clinton Police Force for many years.

April 1st, 2013
Monday evening at 7-8:30 PM

Location: Butterworth Education Center
at 7th St & 12th Av, Moline, IL

Presenter: Dale Wells,
Owner of Computer Repair Center,
Davenport, Iowa

"Hard Drive 101"

What makes your hard drive “tick” and how can you
keep it working properly?

Hard Drives are the heart of most computers and can cause much frustration when something goes wrong.

Come to the QCS April 1st session and learn the essentials from a pro!

In a live demonstration, Dale Wells will explain the basics of hard drive operation. His maintenance tips will keep it running smoothly and information about the new faster solid-state drives will make you want one. Dale Wells is the owner of Computer Repair Center with many years of experience building and repairing computers.

Dale will guide us to a better understanding of drive geometry, drive problems, and maintenance. He plans to demo the latest evolution of hard disk drive technology and explain how it will impact our computer use.

New Location: 4810 Elmore Ave, Davenport, IA 52807 (563) 359-0042

March 4th, 2013
Monday evening at 7-8:30 PM

Location: Butterworth Education Center
at 7th St & 12th Av, Moline, IL

"Mutual Fund Observer" website

Presenter Dr. David Snowball, a communication studies professor at Augustana College, will introduce us to his free and independent website where worldwide investors come to discuss and learn about Mutual Funds.

Quoting the website: "For a quarter century, David competed in academic debate and coached college debate teams to over 1500 individual victories and 50 tournament championships. When he retired from that research-intensive endeavor, his interest turned to researching fund investing and fund communication strategies.

David served as the closing moderator of Brill’s Mutual Funds Interactive (a Forbes “Best of the Web” site). From 2006-2011, he was the Senior Fund Analyst at FundAlarm and author of over 120 fund profiles. His monthly column was read by around 5000 people. His work has been cited in USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, Barron’s, Business Week and, on the web, at Motley Fool, MSN Money, CBS Marketwatch and elsewhere."

See also:
Q-C Online Dispatch article of 8/20/12:
Augustana Professor Attracts International Attention with Investment Site
The Wall Street Journal article of 2/6/12: Professor's Advice: It's Best to Be Bored

February 4th, 2013
Monday evening at 7-8:30 PM
Location: Butterworth Education Center
at 7th St & 12th Av, Moline, IL

Using the Familysearch.org Website for Genealogy
Presenter: Jeri Steele via SKYPE

FamilySearch is the largest genealogy organization in the world. Millions of people use their records, resources, and services to learn more about their family history. For over 100 years, FamilySearch has been actively gathering, preserving, and sharing genealogical records worldwide. Many people never get beyond basic searching on their site. Jeri will give a tour at FamilySearch.org as well as tips on in-depth searching of their databases that the professionals use.

Jeri Steele has been a professional genealogist for over 20 years. In her ‘other’ life, she is a Sr. Computer Programmer for Fruit of the Loom. She has led Special Interest Groups for two PC Users Groups and the Dallas Genealogical Society. She also is currently serving as President of BGAMUG computer club of Bowling Green, KY and as the Journal editor for SKY Genealogy Society.

Jeri is also Past President, Volunteer of the Year and Award of Merit winner from Dallas Genealogical Society. She also previously served as a staff member of Family History Centers in The Colony and Carrollton, TX as well as on the board of the North TX PC Users Group.

January 7th, 2013
Monday evening at 7-8:30 PM

Location: Butterworth Education Center
at 7th St & 12th Av, Moline, IL

Is Windows 8 in YOUR future?
Presenter: Larry Stone

Windows 8 is the brand new operating system from Microsoft. It has been in development for over 2 years and was finally released to the public in October 2012.

The changes are significant and our own computer "guru", Larry Stone, will give us an in-depth review at our January meeting .

To see Quad-City Computer Society events
from previous years, follow these links:


Here's our location for most SIGs and meetings.

Most of our meetings will take place at the Butterworth Education Center, shown at left.

The facility address is 701-12th Avenue in Moline.

Be sure to check the monthly calendar for new dates, times plus an aerial map from Bing.com.

Meeting locations at Butterworth are handicapped-accessible.

There will be a few exceptions to this location during the coming year, so be sure to double-check the site listed for each event.


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