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Ernie C.

Board Member

Rating: 5

This organization was started about twelve years ago, as a break-off from another computer club, here in Grants Pass. Those of us who formed COMPUTERBUGS had a different agenda going and decided to work with seniors in a different manner. Some members still belong to both clubs, with assisting them with computer skills being the main agenda.

We have been a non-profit organization since the beginning, when we formed our organization, wrote up our Bylaws and Constitution and proved to the IRS what we were doing was for the benefit of seniors in and around Grants Pass, Oregon. We had over 350 members, originally, but with the advancement of computers and going into Smartphones, IPads, etc., computers are being used less and less, so our membership stand around 80; thus, our funds are slowly disappearing and it is a little scary to understand that problem. We still have to pay rent and replace the laptop computer, every now and then, so we might have to adjust our membership fee's, which are quite low. Our group has a great newsletter that is put out monthly by our editor, Alan Burt. We are now meeting in a church, which is in the center of town, so that makes it easy for folks to travel to, whether one is a city or a county resident. We only meet twice a month, usually, for a Question & Answer ( Q & A) session and then on the second Wednesday, we have a presentation from someone on computer programs, photography, etc.

Our group is a very friendly and fun group that members respond to, especially when seeking answers about computer problems that they might have come up with. We have adjusted our age requirement from being 55 and above, to any adult, basically. We're always looking for new members, whether they're computer proficient or a neophyte.