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Event Calendar ..

 

General Meeting Presentations and Special Events

2015 Calendar
(Coming attractions and most recent past events are listed first)

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General Meeting:
July 6th, 2015 - Monday evening at 7-8:30 PM
in the LIBRARY of the Butterworth Home
At the corner of 8th Street & 11th Avenue, Moline, IL

."The Golden Age of Passenger Rail in the Quad Cities and
the Midwest"

An illustrated presentation by Curtis C. Roseman

By the beginning of the twentieth century, most towns and cities in the Midwest were connected to an extensive railroad network. The Tri-Cities had become a major focal point of that network and was served by three major railroads.

Early in the century, luxury long-distance trains were established and served this area, including the Rock Island Lines’ Golden State Limited and the Milwaukee Road Southwest Limited. In the 1930s diesel-powered streamliners were introduced, including the Rock Island Rockets, replacing trains with older cars pulled by steam engines. After a surge during World War II, passenger traffic declined precipitously during the 1950s and 1960s as automobile and air travel came to dominate in the United States. One by one, passenger trains were discontinued; the last regularly-scheduled passenger train to serve the Quad Cities left Rock Island on December 31, 1978.

Early in the twentieth century several important railroad depots were built in the area. They served large numbers of rail passengers through the first half of the century, then—as ridership declined—most were razed or lost to fire. Today, only three of them remain in the Tri-Cities, two being reused in creative ways and one standing empty, awaiting its fate.

Curtis Roseman is professor emeritus of geography, University of Southern California .

General Meeting:
August 3rd, 2015 - Monday evening, 7-8:30 PM,
at the Viking Club in Moline.
Note the change of location!

YIPEE!! The "Geeks on Tour" experts, Jim and Chris Guld, return to the Q-C to offer more "101" help with digital topics, including how you can benefit from Google's newest release, called "Google Photo". They will also offer some in-depth workshops on other topics for a registration fee while in the area.

There will be one or more free events and possibly one additional hands-on workshops held at the CASI facility in Davenport.

Topics and schedules to be announced soon....

Special September FREE events with Abby Stokes, author of “Is This Thing On?”.

Please note that our normal meeting day falls on Labor Day, so we have moved our monthly event to the following Monday.

Monday, September 14th, 7 PM (Q-C Computer Society General Meeting) at the Butterworth Education Center: "Social Networking: What the Heck are Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn???"

Abby will explain what everyone’s talking about when they bring up Facebook, Twitter, and other social networking sites. She’ll also share how you can enjoy the benefits without risking the loss of your privacy.

Tuesday, September 15th, 10-12 AM at CASI (Center for Active Seniors, Inc.) in Davenport:
"Navigate Our Digital World"

The digital divide widens with the rapid pace of new innovations and gadgets. What is out there and how it might benefit you can be lost in all the tech talk. Should you buy a tablet or a computer? Stick with your PC or move onto an Apple? How do you maximize your searches and why on earth do people want to share on Facebook? Abby helps “digital immigrants” (those baby boomers and beyond not born with a keyboard and mouse in hand) understand what everyone is talking about and how to decide what might work best for them.

Tuesday, September 15th, 7 PM (Q-C Computer Society) at the Viking Club in Moline, IL:
"Make Every Click Count"

With our busy lives no one can spare time to search the computer for a lost photo or letter. Abby helps you organize and simplify computer files as well as show you how to protect your privacy and computer data. Learn how to find volunteer opportunities online and use your voice and your mouse to make a difference in your community and beyond.

All of Abby's presentations are free and open to the public.

New York author, Abby Stokes is planning to return this fall with her newly updated book, "Is This Thing On? A Friendly Guide to Everything Digital for Newbies, Technophobes, and the Kicking & Screaming". We're excited to host her again! Don't miss her terrific presentation. Books will be available for purchase and autographs.

 

Previous Presentations and Special Events
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General Meeting:
June 1st, 2015 - Monday evening at 7-8:30 PM
in the LIBRARY of the Butterworth Home
At the corner of 8th Street & 11th Avenue, Moline, IL

Jim Kopel, Presenter

"Mutual Fund Success in 3 easy steps!! ....
Researching, Acquiring and Tracking Your Purchases"
(Rescheduled from February weather cancellation)

Background information from Jim:

I was a Professor of Accounting and Finance at BHC for 32 years, retiring in 1999. I remained out of the workforce until after my wife died. I took a job with the US Army, Department of Defense, in March of 2009. While working as a Cost/Price Analyst with the Army, I was fortunate to be deployed into the war zones twice. I was assigned a project in Afghanistan from April of 2011 until August of 2011.

I was deployed as a liaison to Kuwait from May of 2012 until May of 2013.

I retired in early September of 2014 from the US Army to enjoy some travels and to help the less fortunate worldwide. My hobby is paying for the education of poor, young people, here and overseas, so they can earn degrees and become successful citizens wherever they may live.

I have two children. My son works for the US Army at the Arsenal. My daughter is a Certified Financial Planner, like her Dad, and works in the Atlanta area. Both have two children, a boy and girl each, and the oldest will begin her education at the University of Iowa in the Fall of 2015.

My other hobby is investing money, and doing presentations on how others can successfully invest, like the program tonight.
General Meeting:
May 4th, 2015 - Monday evening at 5:30 PM
** NOTE TIME CHANGE!!!**
Butterworth Education Center, Corner of 7th Street and 12th Avenue, Moline, IL

Cathie Rochau, Marketing Director Representative of the Q-C International Airport, presents:

"Making Travel Arrangements via your Computer"

The overview will include: How to use the airport website, a review of airline websites and navigation of those sites, what you need to know to explore and book travel to various cities, and travel websites to explore travel, booking travel, setting up your frequent flier account, and look up travel reviews. Additional highlights will include posting reviews to sites as Facebook and TripAdvisor, as one example."

Cathie Rochau (Rock-OW) is a graduate of Western Illinois University, Macomb. She majored in Recreation, Park & Tourism Administration, and minored in Marketing. She put her major to use by working at the Quad Cities Convention & Visitors Bureau, promoting tourism. She later moved on to marketing and advertising at Heart of America Restaurants & Inns, helping promote a variety of brands of restaurants such as the Machine Sheds. She became the marketing director at the Quad City International Airport in 2000, where she still works today. She promotes air travel and the conveniences of using the local, Quad City International Airport. For that, she constantly types descriptions, keeps the airport website up to date, posts Facebook ideas and is now officially 'tweeting" on Twitter.

**Following this presentation, QCS will be holding a Q & A session in place of a regular Beginner SIG! Have a computer question or a problem? Bring it on!
General Meeting: NOTE CHANGE OF DATE AND LOCATION!!

April 7th, 2015 - TUESDAY evening at 7-8:30 PM

Presentation by Bruce Buzbee, nationally-known genealogy expert
and author of "Roots Magic" software

This event will be held at the STEELWORKERS UNION HALL.
located at 880 DEVILS GLEN ROAD, BETTENDORF, IOWA

NO BEGINNER SIG AT THIS EVENT!

Bruce will demonstrate the latest version of his award winning software, RootsMagic7, which was released in November 2014. RootsMagic has long been a favorite with QCS members because it is easy for beginners to get started, but powerful enough for the most advanced user. It makes researching, organizing and sharing family history fun. We also enjoy asking questions of the author himself. Software will be available for purchase at the meeting.
General Meeting:
March 2nd, 2015 - Monday evening at 7-8:30 PM
Butterworth Education Center, Corner of 7th Street and 12th Avenue, Moline, IL

Presenter, Dr. Molly Parker of Parker Audiology, Davenport, IA Website: www.parkeraud.com
"Technological Advancements in Hearing Loss Treatment"

Hearing devices have changed dramatically in our "computer age," making communications more spontaneous. Seamless transitions with MFi (Made for Iphone) and Android Technology provide hearing devices with more flexibility. Even those without hearing loss should find this subject fascinating from its technological viewpoint.

Dr. Molly Parker, Audiologist at Parker Audiology, will provide a general overview about advancing hearing aid technology from ear horns to the latest digital products and equipment. Topics include smart hearing aid technology, rechargeable technology, remote controls, remote programming and more. Additional topics include computer apps for your IPADs and websites that will facilitate your communications in background noise.

Dr. Parker's HANDOUT is available with this link.

Dr. Parker has been an audiologist in the Quad City Area for nearly 18 years. She obtained her M.A. at U of Iowa in 1997. Her Audiology Doctorate was completed at AT Still University, Arizona School of Health Sciences in 2007. She has been a fellow of the American Speech-Hearing Association since 1997. Her expertise includes fitting hearing aids for all ages, abilities and hearing losses. She is passionate about hearing loss and improving lives through better, smarter technology.

**CANCELLED due to weather on Feb 2nd--watch for a possible reschedule**
General Meeting:
February 2nd, 2015 - Weather cancellation!!
This program will be rescheduled later this year.


Monday evening at 7-8:30 PM

Presenter, Jim Kopel

"Mutual Fund Success in 3 easy steps!!
....Researching, Acquiring and Tracking Your Purchases

**CANCELLED due to weather on Jan 4th--watch for a possible reschedule**
January General Meeting:
January 4th, 2015 Monday evening at 7-8:30 PM

Presenter, Cathie Rochau, Marketing Director Representative
for the Q-C International Airport

"Making Travel Arrangements from your Computer"

The overview will include: How to use the airport website, a review of airline websites and navigation of those sites, what you need to know to explore and book travel to various cities, and travel websites to explore travel, booking travel, setting up your frequent flier account, and look up travel reviews. Additional highlights will include posting reviews to sites as facebook and trip advisor, as one example.

Cathie Rochau (Rock-OW) is a graduate of Western Illinois University, Macomb. She majored in Recreation, Park & Tourism Administration, and minored in Marketing. She put her major to use by working at the Quad Cities Convention & Visitors Bureau, promoting tourism. She later moved on to marketing and advertising at Heart of America Restaurants & Inns, helping promote a variety of brands of restaurants such as the Machine Sheds. She became the marketing director at the Quad City International Airport in 2000, where she still works today. She promotes air travel and the conveniences of using the local, Quad City International Airport. For that, she constantly types descriptions, keeps the airport website up to date, posts facebook ideas and is now officially 'tweeting" on twitter.

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

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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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