*** Note: Next meeting is TUESDAY, January 13, at 7:00 p.m. *****
Williamsport Area Computer Club
Meeting Minutes / Newsletter - December 1997
Kathy Kolb, President, called the meeting to order, followed by an
introduction of new guests. No revisions to last month's meeting minutes
were made.
Treasurer's Report: 
No report this month.
Club Advertising / Awareness / Public Relations / Membership / Home Page:
Wayne Palmer is designing a prototype for a club business card.  We will be
distributing them to the computer retailers. A draft version was on display
tonight. Comments were noted.
Slight changes were made to our WACC Home Page. The committee page was
dropped. We held a discussion in regards to requests for allowing more then
one link to a particular site. The club decided against it, since we are a
non profit organization providing a social service. 
There are now 76 subscribers to wacc-chat.
Past officers need to meet with the upcoming officers before the next
meeting on Jan 13. Nancy Walton will meet with Willis Beaver (Treasurer) to
review figures.
Computer swap meet:
Kathy issued the first draft of the project proposal for the computer swap
-We got a quote from the Loyalsock Fire Hall of $250.00 with a $50.00 deposit.
-Computer retailers seem receptive to the idea.
Computer Recycling: (Giving old computers new homes)
One of the 3 repaired monitors has already found a needy home. The
recipient donated $20 (our repair cost) to the club in response to his joy.
North Central PA computer networking / Freenet site:
The next Community Net (Market Square) Support Group meeting is planned for
Jan 11, from 2 - 4 p.m. at the James V. Brown Library. People interested in
helping county non-profit organizations build a web presence, contact
Daniel dyoas@jvbrown.edu or Kathy kkolb@kolbweb.com
Help: (offering help to computer users who need it)
Tha WACC MAC FAQ Version 1.0 is now available for local Mac users. They
must request it via an email link from the club web site. This will prevent
email addresses listed on the FAQ from getting even more junk mail.
Local BBS / ISP / Computer Retailer news:
No news reported this month.
Programs: (Chairperson Needed)
"The challenge of increasing computer literacy in Lycoming County" was
presented by David Hughes of "The Fourth R". David presented some
interesting statistics in regards to this issue. Our area is
technologically depressed compared to urban areas. As evidenced by the
courses taught at the Fourth R. The highest in demand being introductory
Operating System courses, with majority being adults. Some of the reasons
for this are our rural setting, aging population, local economy, fear of
technology, lack of local business upgrades, lack of school upgrades and
limited availability of training. Very few Schools offer computer courses
and the facilities are less than adequate with a very limited ratio of PC's
to students, basically due to funding. It is estimated that 79% of students
don't have keyboarding skills. The Internet is improving PC literacy. We
can help too by encouraging new users and helping beginners.
The following Programs have been lined up for 1998:
January	Installation of new officers for 1998 & Beginner's Night- Questions
Welcomed !
February:	Kathy Kolb-from Kolb Networks: HTML-how to build a personal homepage
April:		Beginner's Night
June:		Willis Beaver: Upgrading your computer
July:		Beginner's Night
August:	Summer Break at Benjie's
September:	Beginner's Night
November:	Elections for 1999
Possible Future Programs include:
Jim Wittlich from Oasis Productions demonstrating the Macintosh Computer
Sharon Souter from Disc Express talking about what computer consultants do,
when to call them and how to choose one.
Lucent Technologies
Meeting adjourned.
Next meeting date is Tuesday, January 13 at 7:00 p.m. It will be held at
Lycoming College Academic Center Room B309. 
Williamsport Area Computer Club contact info:
	Home Page: www.sunlink.net/wacc
	Kathy Kolb, President 326-7529, kkolb@kolbweb.com
	IRC Channel:  /join #wacc on Tuesday and Sunday evenings in irc.dal.net
	Wacc-chat mailing list: send a message to wacc-chat-request@sunlink.net 
(with the word subscribe in the subject)