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National Peak Body Empowering Australian Seniors Through Technology

NEWSLETTER December 2022
Vol 24  No 11
ISSN 1446-862X Electronic

Inside this Issue

  • Greetings

  • Competitions Results

  • SWADE updates

  • ASCCA Clubs Forum

  • Scott's Accessibility

  • Christmas Scam Watch

  • Other News

  • Clubs Forum

  • Taking Control of your own Hereafter 

Season’s Greetings to you all

No sooner had ASCCA’s Annual Conference been wound up, Annual General Meeting taken place and here we are in December and all that comes with the festive season. 

Cursive script saying Thank you

Firstly, I’d like to make mention of the Conference – thankyou, thankyou, thankyou to absolutely EVERYONE – sponsors, attendees, guest speakers, prize donors, ASCCA personal.  It was so good to see so many old friends’ come together again for ASCCA – not to mention the lady herself, Emeritus President, Nan who officially opened the days’ events.

From my perspective behind the scenes was a very smooth operation most ably controlled by ASCCA’s Media Officer, Natika, supported by Ivan from AUSOM.  The Conference Day was the culmination of many weeks’ work by both Alex and Tik.

The Annual General Meeting

Despite my laptop deciding to freeze right at the point of re-joining Zoom to open the meeting necessitating me to chair the meeting by phone, while all other attendees were duly connected, the meeting managed to run reasonably smooth - and was the shortest AGM I have ever attended.
Annual reports will be on the website to view.  

Farewell Alex and Rene

Unfortunately we say farewell, at least for the time being, to Directors Rene Beeldman and Alex Zaharov-Reutt, who were not in a position to re-nominate at this time. 

ASCCA's Accountant, Michael Ludowici said, "I’d like my appreciation for the efforts of Rene over the last couple of years noted.  He has always been available to ensure our suppliers and employees have been paid on time and his considered approach to the task of approving payments has been of enormous benefit to me and the company generally."

Alex has been an integral driving force for ASCCA's marketing, and especially the Conference Planning over the last few years. 

A Christmas Tree, with baubles and gifts in the ASCCA Green and Purple colours and the words Merry Christmas
We're looking forward to 2023, with lots of planning on the drawing board.  

May we take this opportunity to wish you all a very merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year!

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.

Conference 2022, that's a Wrap!

The ASCCA 24th Annual Technology Conference for Seniors is now live, here!

Time codes for each session are on the website, you can jump to any session just by clicking on them!

We are very grateful to our sponsors NBN Co, HMD Global/Nokia, NortonLifeLock, ACCAN, MindSpot Clinic and YourLink.

Remember to like and subscribe to our YouTube Channel so you don't miss any of our great information!  You can also join your local computer and technology club or start one if none are in your area! 
2022 Conference Review

Competition Winners!

ASCCA Competitions banner

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!

2022 Competition Results


Calendar icon
Don't forget that we have an online calendar!  
On our 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 website!


ASCCA SWADE logo and the Be Connected Logo
A pair of 1960s typewriters sit on an old wooden teachers' desk at the front of a class room in the Bunbury Museum, also on the table is an iPad and a MacBook Pro, with rules for teachers from 1915 and 1872 on signs that look like old chalk boards.  There is a flat screen TV with the Be Connected Digital Mentoring slide and a QR code in the background

Our latest round of face to face Be Connected Digital Mentor training has just finished up at the end of November.  Tik travelled to Bunbury, Kalgoorlie and Geraldton to deliver these three one day-long workshops to members of Museums and Galleries in and around regional, West Australian cities.

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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?!

ASCCA’s December Clubs Forum via Zoom will focus on 

Quantum Reading - Peter Cracknell
Using Canva at your Club
Christmas Project ideas 

Topic: ASCCA December [Zoom Main Meeting]
Time: December 9th, 2022 01:00 PM Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney

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

As the year draws to a close, I thought it was a good time to reflect on some of the great accessibility improvements we’ve seen during 2022. So here are a few of my favourites.  
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'Tis the Season of the Scammer!

A cartoon of a person using their smartphone to purchase Christmas gifts online, while a masked person is greedily taking the money and the gift
The Christmas and New Year Period is an opportunistic scammer's ideal hunting ground, don't be their prey!  Keep talking about some of the potential scams and how to spot them with your members, family and friends!

Common Christmas scams

Fake parcel delivery

Scammers impersonate reputable delivery services and send dodgy messages telling consumers a parcel is on the way.

Buying and selling scams

Cyber crooks also take advantage of the festive season through fake websites selling goods and services at prices that may seem too good to be true.

Charity scams

Scammers do not shy away from taking advantage of Australians’ generosity during the holidays by setting up fake donation websites or posing as door-knocking appeals.

Investment scams

These scams continue to dominate reported cases and trick Australians by offering quick, high cash for minimal effort.

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Other News



There has been a lot of chatter and some confusion over the LifeTimeLine service that we heard about in one of our Club Forums earlier this year, so Jenny has been and checked in with Melissa from Life TimeLine, and is happy to allay the concerns about the paid or free options for this online service.  
We are happy to alert our members that this is an ASCCA member benefit!

Join LifeTimeLine for free. Just mention which ASCCA Member Club you belong to, to receive this service free for life.
The Life Time Line logo is a blue text bubble with square edges and the words underneath it in black text
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Taking Control of your own Hereafter

Jenny has delivered her popular informational talk twice in the last month, both in Member Clubs, Willetton Digital Technology for 50+ and the Walpole Community Resource Centre.

Read more


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

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
Contributions are most welcome. 
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