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National Peak Body Empowering Australian Seniors Through Technology

NEWSLETTER September 2022
Vol 24  No 08
ISSN 1446-862X Electronic

Inside this Issue

  • Greetings

  • Competitions Update

  • September Training

  • Be Connected News

  • Scott's Accessibility

  • ASCCA Clubs Forum via Zoom

  • Brett's Scam Watch

  • Survey winner

G'day from WA!

Welcome to yet another ASCCA monthly eNews!  We are now distributing a Weekly eNews Update that helps to share the wealth of digital technology information that is abound these days, not just from ASCCA.
ASCCA is gearing up for a very busy period – Board Meeting tomorrow, Special General Meeting on 17th September where we expect those Club delegates present to adopt the proposed amended Constitution.  Please register your expected attendance.  See details of the amendments further in this eNews.
Conference on 10th November - plans are firming up and we hope to present to you soon the Program line up of Guest Speakers.  The day is promising to be jam packed full of information, fun, games, knowledge and lots more………
ASCCA AGM is the last topic of the Conference day on 10th November.  Please join us to listen and learn what a tremendous year it’s been – and our plans going forward.
Competitions are drawing to a close, with judges assessing and reporting on all the entries. 
Nan is joining us at the next Clubs Forum, so don’t forget to register your attendance.  She’ll be sharing her knowledge on how to research and setup a Family Tree.  Nan is a bit of an expert in this topic, so those who are interested in Genealogy will gain much from Nan’s presentation.
Until next time!

Warm regards, 

Jennifer Willcox

Australian Seniors Computer Clubs Association
Main Contact: 0434 857 222
P: 08 9840 1153  |   M: 0400 50 40 95
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ASCCA and SWADE logos and the charitable tick icon
Australian, Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander flags
ASCCA respectfully acknowledges the traditional custodians of Country throughout Australia and recognises Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders’ continuing connection to land and water.   We pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging.

Special General Meeting Reminder 

The Australian Seniors Computer Clubs Association [ASCCA] Board of Directors advises all members that the Special General Meeting with the intention to propose a special resolution in order to adopt the proposed new ASCCA Constitution 2022, previously scheduled for September 2nd will now be held: 

September 17th 2022 via Zoom

Starting at: 10.00am AEST (Sydney Melbourne, Canberra) / 9:30am ACST (Darwin, Adelaide) / 8.00am AWST (Perth) 
We ask all member Clubs to nominate a delegate to attend on the Club's behalf, they are asked to please register via this link.
A link with the meeting details will then be emailed to registrants.
The proposed new Constitution can be found on our Governance page - or by clicking here

For your delegates' information prior to the meeting; 

It was necessary to rewrite the ASCCA constitution because:-

  1. The government made a law stating that all nominees for a Board position had to have a Directors Identification number
  2. To widen the scope for people to nominate for directorships providing they can show competency
  3. Clarified the classes of memberships
  4. Stop Directors from voting at our general meetings
  5. Correction of spelling and grammatical errors
  6. Renumbering 

Survey Winner!

Stamp with Winner in the middle
Thanks to the Clubs who took the time to complete our Member Survey, and Congratulations to Mangrove Mountain Seniors Computer Club in NSW!  

Your response was selected at random as the winner of the $100 Officeworks Voucher - we will be in touch soon to arrange to have it sent to you!
We appreciate the time taken by members to complete this survey - it will help the board better understand what our members want and need from their peak body!

Membership Update

Membership renewal notifications for 2022-23 have now been sent to all member clubs.  If your club hasn’t received notification, please complete this online form.  

The form only asks for some basic information on your club and its officers so ASCCA has up to date contact details.

Only general contact details will be provided on our website, personal details on the officers of the clubs will be kept confidential and are only for ASCCA’s use.

If your club has not yet completed the renewal form, or is not sure of the information you need to complete the form you can get a preview of the questions in this document - please note that this is not the renewal form, just a preview of the questions in the form.  Please submit your renewal using the online form.  

Competitions Update

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Our Creative Writing Competition closed a fortnight ago, thirty one (31) stories were entered by twelve (12) members from five (5) clubs. All the stories are now with the judges!   Evaluations will be sent out in September, so keep an eye on your inbox if you've submitted an entry!

There's only a couple of weeks before our Photography competition opens up! 
Entries are welcome for the Digital Photography competition between September 15th and 30th

Each year ASCCA run a series of competitions to encourage projects to inspire and encourage all of our members’ members to try to use new and emerging technologies in fun, creative and expressive ways! 

Digital Photography Competition 2022 
Entries open 15th September and close at midnight on 30th September 2022.
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Susan Jensen
Secretary and Competitions Co-ordinator

2022 Competitions Details


Calendar icon
Don't forget that we now have an online calendar!  
On our new website you will be able to navigate directly to the Events Tab in the menu to find it! 
The link on the icon here will take you directly to the Calendar - or you can click on the text above to go to the new website!

Training Dates

Jean Martin
Jean is going to be taking a well deserved break over September.  In her absence, Natika will be offering some classes for those who are running your clubs.  The registration process will remain the same, with expressions of interest required to be lodged via the online form, Natika will be using Zoom to deliver her lessons. 
Expressions-of-interest in September's on-line classes, designed for Club management committees. Please click here to complete the online form and submit your requested topic/s. A confirmation of your place and more details about the class/es will be sent nearer the dates. 

You can find all details using the link in the button below.
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ASCCA SWADE logo and the Be Connected Logo
Get Online Week 2022 - 17th to the 23rd October
In exciting news, we have again been successful in applying for two more grants!
We will be holding virtual Get Online Week events - which will be aimed at clubs and other organisations to encourage them to reach out to their members or their wider community to 'Try one thing' - which is this years' GoW Theme.
We have also been successful in our application to again be Capacity Builders for Be Connected. This is the eighth round since Be Connected's inception in 2018 - and will be ASCCA'S eighth capacity building project.
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ASCCA Clubs Forum via Zoom

ASCCA Zoom meeting
Don't miss out on an hour of networking with other clubs and hearing about the latest and greatest tech updates from Alex! 

What's on at the Club's Forum?!


September 9th, 2022
01:00pm Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney
12:30pm Darwin, Adelaide
11:00am Perth


Guest speaker

Nan Bosler speaking about how to get started researching your family tree!
Conference and Competitions update
Raffle to win tickets to the Conference! 
Network with other Clubs 

Monthly on the second Friday of each month 

Don't forget to register online to attend each month.  After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Click here to Register to attend our next Zoom Meeting

Scott's Accessibility Update

Dr Scott Hollier

Rich descriptions in alt text making all the difference for accessibility and equitable access to online resources

This month I wanted to share something with you that is transforming how we make content accessible on the web. The James Webb space telescope has stunned the world with its incredible pictures from far beyond our corner of the universe. However what’s been taking the world by storm in accessibility circles has not only been the images, but that they can be understood by people who are blind.  When images are put online, we include alt text so there’s a description that can be read to people using screen reader tools if they can’t see. However when an image is complex, it can be tricky to try and figure out what is the best concise-yet-descriptive way of making the image accessible. This was the challenge of the people charged with providing alt text for images from the James Webb Space Telescope, and they did an incredible job.  The following is an example of an image taken by the telescope (image © Copyright 2022 NASA)

And here is its photo and be sure to click the read more button to read it's alt text:

The image is divided horizontally by an undulating line between a cloudscape forming a nebula along the bottom portion and a comparatively clear upper portion
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Brett's Scam Watch

Brett Levy

Had an email offering an ROI that sounds too good to be true lately? 

So you have probably seen the adverts or emails about celebrities like Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman promoting Bitcoin investment platforms guaranteeing 1000% profit!

Before I even continue, no one can ever guarantee any form of return especially at these percentages so that alone should be a red flag. But let's assume you clicked on the link...

You will land to what seems to be a legitimate website and asked to register your interest. The next step is to open you account with a deposit. You may even receive a phone call encouraging you to send a small amount of money or crypto to start your account. When this appears in your new account and actually starts to increase in value and you can see this in real-time, you probably don't realise this is actually a sophisticated fake dashboard that you are viewing.

You will now be asked to send more money and this too will start to increase in value and this will continue until you try and withdraw your newly gained earnings!

That is when you will realise that all that you have is fake numbers on a website.

Always be vigilant and remember if it sounds to good to be true; it is!

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Other News

Australians lost a record amount of more than $2 billion to scams in 2021, despite government, law enforcement, and the private sector disrupting more scam activity than ever before, the ACCC’s latest Targeting Scams report reveals.  
Interestingly enough the majority of scams come from phone calls, and the biggest losses were from investment scams.  
ASCCA Clubs play an integral role in keeping the conversations going among their members about scams and how to spot them, avoid them and report them - for more information head to the ACCC ScamWatch website


As part of ASCCA's support to clubs we have invited and encouraged the use of the below logo to all outgoing correspondence.  

This demonstrates your Club's affiliation with ASCCA, the national Peak Body empowering Australian seniors through Technology!
ASCCA Logo and text indicating that a club is an ASCCA member
QR code linked to the 2023 online membership form

Membership of ASCCA is open to all Seniors Computer Clubs, Organisations with a membership including Seniors, and organisations that recognise the value of digital technology for Seniors. 
If your organisation and/or club fits one of these categories and is interested in joining ASCCA please go to our website or email to find out how to start a club; or read some of the advantages of joining ASCCA if you are an existing club. 
A Membership Form for all categories of membership is available on the website, or by scanning the QR code with your smartphone (we've also added a link to the QR code in this email).
ASCCA membership rates from 1 July 2022 are:

Under 50 members—FREE
Over 50 members—$52
Membership numbers as at 30th June
All prices quoted include GST
Corporate and Associate Membership also welcome
Editor: Jenny Willcox
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