As I reflect back (this is written the day after Christmas), I remember the many great people who have been involved with appleJAC over the past 29 years and amazing meetings that we have shared (our first newsletter cover is at right). We have had much to dance about and to be grateful for as we have embraced the wonders of incredible technology, the value of exceptional quality products, and the thrill of progressive innovation. Our lives are better for these products, and richer as a result of the knowledge and productivity gained at our monthly gatherings.
2014 is the beginning of my 18th year as President of this most enjoyable (and sometimes exhausting) adventure. I took a few minutes to journey back to our humble beginnings when I came across some memorable words from a charter member Mark Roebuck: "What I DO remember are those first meetings and particularly Tom’s infectious enthusiasm and boundless energy. The group was small, geeky to be sure (a word I don’t recall existing at the time), and a lot of fun." Interestingly, my enthusiasm now is even greater now than in the early days, even though my energy has definite limits. Thanksfully, fun has also been the dependable hallmark of our meetings.
Our last meeting focused on "iOS in the Car" with Dr. Marian Petrides describing the many ways to integrate portable technology into our vehicles. This was followed by the Annual Meeting with treasury reports from Sue Snell and activity reports for the year from me. Elections were held for 2014 officers with the following results:
President Tom Piper
Vice-President Joe Mertzlufft
Secretary Ann Lane
Treasurer Sue Snell
Webmaster Dustin Stark
Members-at-Large: George Kopp
Door prize winners for this last meeting of 2013 were:
Sharon Hanson iPole camera holder
Larry Hoffman Mountain Lion Tips and Tricks (book)
Rick Hanson $10 iTunes card
The next meeting topic is "20 Gadgets in 60 Minutes" (which will also include 3 bonus items. You will also have an opportunity to show off the new technology-related items you got for Christmas. See the agenda below for details of the gadgets (apps, hardware, software, more) to be presented.
You will notice that the new agenda format includes an extra space at the bottom for suggestions for future meeting topics and items for which you have an interest or question. This is where we need your help with things to present for the rest of the year (note that we don't yet have a topic for February). By the way, don't miss the new review articles below this article. Come to our next meeting, and help us kick off the new year . . .