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NCMUG member Sid Lipton honored

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  • The Petaluma Argus-Courier reports that NCMUG member Sid Lipton was presented with the 2024 Petaluma Community Awards of Excellence Service to Seniors honor last week, for his 15-plus years of volunteer work toward Petaluma’s elderly Community.

    Sid Lipton

    Please see the full article at the Argus-Courier website

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    NCMUG Christmas Tree

    Nine NCMUG members braved the impending rainstorm to decorate and photograph the NCMUG Christmas Tree at the Charlie Brown Christmas Tree Grove at the Windsor Town Green on Sunday afternoon. There are 210 trees in the Grove and hundreds of people gathered to decorate their trees as well. It was quite a crowd. See photos at the gallery -

    The trees will be lit starting on Sunday night. The holiday celebration program will be on Thursday, Dec 4 from 5-8 pm with music, crafts workshops, train rides, and ending with the holiday tree lighting at 7:45 pm. Photo SIG members will return to photograph the festivities. By the way, photographers may like to know that the sun will set at 4:51 pm on that day. Come early to catch the Golden Hour! It will be full moon that night as well.

    Come and find our tree! It is along McClelland Drive, across from Powell’s Sweet Shoppe. Beware! Parking will be difficult. Be prepared to walk a bit.

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    Rion Gronberg - 2024 Roger Levit Memorial Scholarship Winner

    We have a WINNER! Yes, a winner to the 2024 Roger Levit Memorial Scholarship awarded by NCMUG through the Santa Rosa Junior College! His name is Rion Gronberg, a computer science major. He is passionate about programming and is fascinated with space and physics. He wants to go into a field of computational programming such as spacecraft communication software for NASA. He is very dynamic, friendly, and likable, the best kind of nerd you can have in the computer field! Below is a picture taken of him at the JC Scholarship Celebration event last month with NCMUG Board members Vera Zaro and Grace Cheung-Schulman.

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    Help NCMUG Celebrate 30 years!! Join us for a FREE members only celebration.

    You are Invited to a Special, Free, Members-Only Event.
    (Your snail mail official invite has been sent). You must RSVP for this event by returning the invite.

    Please Join Us in Celebrating 30 Years of Supporting You, our Mac Family.

    The NCMUG board wants YOU!!! to Join us for an evening of friendship, dining, (no host bar), memories, trivia and prizes. This is a celebration for and about our members and thirty years of all things Mac/Apple. Jeff Gamet of The Mac Observer will host this event. (see Jeff’s bio and trivia info at the end of this email)

    When: Tuesday, October 21, 2024

    Socialize with your fellow members – beginning at 5:30 pm. (No Host Bar) Dinner buffet starts at 6:30 pm

    Where: Santa Rosa Golf & Country Club

    333 Country Club Dr, Santa Rosa, CA 95401

    **Dress is business casual. (No tank tops, t-shirts, shorts or flip-flops)**

    Who: YOU!!!

    This event is free and open to members only ***

    Registration requires refundable deposit of $55 per person, by check or credit card, along with a registration slip. (watch your snail mail for the official invite and registration slip) At check-in, your check or credit card slip will be returned.

    ***(remember each membership is technically a family membership so you may bring your significant other or spouse)


    RSVP by October 10, 2024 via US Mail


    Jeff’s Corner:

    Jeff Gamet is the Mac Observer’s Managing Editor, and co-host of the Apple Context Machine and The iOS Show podcasts, hosts The Mac Observer Daily, and is a regular guest on The Big Show. He is the author of “The Designer’s Guide to Mac OS X” from Peachpit Press, and writes for several design-related publications. Jeff has presented at events such as Macworld Expo, the RSA Conference, and the Mac Computer Expo. In all his spare time, he makes guest appearances on several other podcasts, too. Jeff dreams in HD.

    How good are your Apple, Mac, and iPhone trivia skills? Put your knowledge to the test and see just how deep you can go into all things Apple, as well as how you stack up against the competition. With easy and obscure questions, there’s bound to be something you can answer. Even better, there will be plenty of prizes, too.

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    Operation Goals Co-Founder Wins Award!

    NCMUG is proud to support Operation Goals - “Foster Youth with a Future”  Co-Founder Nicholas Justice just received a Santa Rosa Press Decmocrat’s Community Youth Service Award. This is the article:

    COMMUNITY ACTION: Nicolas Justice, Cardinal Newman High School

    Cardinal Newman High School senior and student body president Nicolas Justice said his co-founding of Operation GOALS has made him “become the society changing man That I have devoted my life towards.”

    Operation GOALS is a nonprofit organization that has raised more than $20,000 for educational programs and supplies for foster children. The program has provided books, Kindles for 10 students and scholarships to Santa Rosa Junior College for two students.

    “I will devote my life to being the kind of person that bleeds for the world, and his only regret is that he could not bleed more,” he said.

    Although Cardinal Newman requires a minimum of 24 hours of work for the senior year community service project, Justice estimates he has performed more than 500 hours of work for Operation GOALS.

    “I live knowing my own charisma and determination enable me to incite a community to action, and my work in Operation GOALS is my inspiration for going into business and politics,” he said. “This experience has has helped me carve a path in which I can change every life I touch.”


    The entire article is here:


    NCMUG would like to congratulate Nicolas!!!

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    Ink Sale Donates Recycled Cartridges to NCMUG for Operation Goals

    Ink Sale Donates Recycled Cartridges to NCMUG for Operation Goals

    By: Joan O’Brien

    Ink Sale, with stores located in Petaluma and Sebastopol, generously donated more than six large boxes of used laser toner and ink jet cartridges to NCMUG to forward to Operation Goals. NCMUG has been supporting Operation Goals for more than a year. Ink Sale, when asked, agreed to pass along the cartridges they take in for recycle to NCMUG to pass along to Operation Goals.

    Operation Goals is run by several high school students who have been collecting used cartridges to sell to remanufacturers and using the proceeds to provide educational tools and supplies to students who are in foster care and lose their state support when they turn 18. NCMUG members have been bringing their used toners and ink jet cartridges to meetings for several months.

    Ink Sale sells replacement inks and toners at below name brand retail prices as well as paper and other computer related products. You can order from their web site,, for home or office delivery. It’s nice to support retailers who support NCMUG and its related programs. Thank you Ink Sale

    Ink Sale stores are located at 1364 North McDowell Blvd., Suite B1, Petaluma and 791 Gravenstein Hwy. South, Sebastopol.


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    NCMUG donates $500 to American Red Cross (Designated to Sonoma County)

    It is an honor and a privilege to announce that the North Coast Mac Users Group (in the spirit of local community support) donated $500 to the American Red Cross. This money has been designated to be used exclusively in Sonoma County.

    I would like to give a special shout out to the NCMUG Board of Directors and volunteers for their tireless work and dedicated community efforts.

    Ronnie Roche -VP
    Stephen Henry- Treasurer
    Joan O’Brien- Membership Secretary
    Minerva Haddad -Director/ Recording Secretary
    Ron Deghi- Director/ New Member Ambassador
    Amanda Pearson- Director
    Vera Zaro- Director

    And of course our (non board member) volunteers
    John Nouveaux, Wayne Till, Charles Drews, Grace Cheung-Schulman, Jon Jones

    Signed- Lorene Romero, NCMUG President

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    Our Host School is at the Forefront of Technology

    By Wayne Till:
    Intermediate and Genealogy SIG Leader

    The following is an article about La Tercera Elementary School in Petaluma where we hold our Intermediate SIG meetings. Our school sponsor, Patty Fleming, is one of the proponents of a new focus on technology. Patty has been a kindergarten teacher, but this year is teaching 4th grade. Last summer, in preparation for new technology, the school removed all the computers from the classroom and installed a large screen tv with Apple TV and an iPad for each teacher. They anticipated a federal grant for new computers or iPads, but with the sequestration and budget impasse, no funds have been forthcoming. Patty asked our help in getting some computers for her classroom, and NCMUG members provided 3 laptop and 3 desktop computers. At present, hers is the only classroom at the school with computers.

    A Petaluma school is $10,000 closer to its goal of being one of the only elementary schools in northern California entirely focused on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

    La Tercera Elementary School, which hopes to become a STEM magnet school, received a $10,000 grant Thursday from the Petaluma Educational Foundation–one of 16 Impact Grant Awards the organization gave out over three days last week.

    “How many bake sales would we have to do to raise $10,000?” Principal Julie Hermosillo asked students during an assembly to announce the grant. “We’d have to be baking all day and all night.”

    The grant will purchase materials to allow students to design a roller coaster, grow plants in the school’s greenhouse and design a sneaker. The materials are tailored to various grade levels and can be reused each year.

    Hermosillo said a committee of herself and four teachers have been planning the school’s transition to a STEM-focused campus since the beginning of the last school year.

    “We wanted something that would truly prepare students for the global world they’re going to be adults in,” Hermosillo said, noting the school hopes to write a magnet grant application later this year.

    Fourth-grade teacher Patty Fleming said La Tercera hopes to be a “STEM leader.”

    It’ll be the first STEM elementary school in Sonoma County, the teachers said. They have studied schools in Southern California, Napa, Chico and elsewhere, but found most STEM programs focus on older students, they said. By then, many students have lost interest in science, Hermosillo said.

    “We need to start it young,” she said.







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