PCS Elections and Annual Meeting

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The Prescott Computer Society will conduct its annual meeting on March 21, 2020.

PCS members will cast their votes for the Board of Directors election prior to that meeting over the Internet. The Board of Directors is composed of nine officers whose terms are for two years. About half of these seats are up for election each year - four in one year and five in the next. There will be four two-year positions open at this election.

Phil Ball

Phil Ball

Phil Ball was raised in southern Oregon but grew up when Renee married him in 1972. She has continued to tame him in Arizona, where they moved shortly after their wedding. Before they met, they had both served their country in the military. The next few years were devoted to college studies where Phil learned to love creating photographs. Upon receiving a chance job offer from an instructor, they began to work in a photo supply store. This led to a career for the rest of the century when they eventually owned and ran Bradshaw Mountain Photo Company until 1999.

Just before then, Phil had gotten interested in computers and joined the Prescott Computer Society to learn more about them. Shortly after joining, Phil was elected to the Board of Directors and has served our Society ever since. He has been Secretary several times and has made many presentations to the Society in the firm belief that our motto says it all: "Share what you know and learn what you don't." His learning continues today.

Both Phil and Renee do voluntary work for the Prescott VA Medical Facility and Phil enjoys sharing his photography and computer knowledge with our members.

John Carter

John Carter

John Carter has 60+ years of computer hardware engineering and software development experience, which includes more than a decade of customer support and as a technical instructor. John's busy life includes preparing and giving astronomy and computer related presentations as a facilitator for OLLI (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute) at Yavapai College. He is also the president of the Prescott Astronomy Club (PAC, prescottastronomyclub.org) and president of the Prescott Macintosh Users Group (PMUG, pmug.org).

In addition to teaching how to use a computer (Windows, Mac, and Linux), John gives lessons on post processing digital photos using a variety of applications. As a consultant, John installs and sets up complete computer systems (without running wires throughout the house) and even an occasional home entertainment system.

John's hobby is Astrophotography. His roll-off roof observatory contains a 14" telescope permanently mounted on a pier. His digital arsenal includes an iPhone, an iPad, a MacBook Pro, and a Mac mini. The latter two are loaded with Parallels Desktop for Mac with Windows and Linux guest operating systems.

Murray Smolens

Murray Smolens

Murray Smolens was a civilian Logistics Manager for the US Navy for 26 years, planning and coordinating aviation component requirements for the Navy and its international customers. He was a supervisor for 5 of those years.

He has had extensive volunteer experience with a variety of organizations, including the National Park Service as a volunteer tour guide at Independence National Historical Park, chairman of the Chalfont (PA) Historical and Architectural Review Board, Secretary of the Board of Directors of Prescott Meals on Wheels, docent and volunteer archivist at the Sharlot Hall Museum, and assistant coordinator of the Prescott Centennial Committee.

Murray was also employed for 15 months by Centipede Tours of Philadelphia as a guide, leading walking tours of the Old City area of Philadelphia. He has been an on-the-job teacher and classroom instructor during previous tenures at the Social Security Administration and the Navy Inventory Control Point in Philadelphia. He possesses a Bachelor’s and a Master’s Degree in American History from Temple University. He is currently Education Assistant and Volunteer Coordinator at Sharlot Hall Museum in Prescott.

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1/25/2020 - Saturday - 1:00-3:00 PM
Special Topics SIG - Prescott Public Library - Founders Suite A & B

JB Burke will discuss interesting topics related to general computing.
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