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Purchase Kroger gift cards from CKCS and add money to cards at Kroger
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Become a member and volunteer as a worker in the office or as an instructor or special presenter at a Special Interest Group.
The Central Kentucky Computer Society has been demystifying computers and other technology for Central Kentuckians for the past 30 years. We help people learn how to use their PCs, Macs, smart phones, tablets and digital cameras through classes and workshops. The atmosphere is relaxed and friendly. If you want to get the most out of your computer or other devices, CKCS is the place to come.
In 1984 nine people got together for the organization meeting and early on they decided to incorporate. The incorporators were David Reed and Arthur Abshire. Reed was an editor of the Weekender section for the Lexington Herald Leader, he created “Kentucky.com” plus other jobs with the paper, and Abshire was a practicing Lexington attorney. Reed assembled a small group of interested computer users to discuss the idea. Among those in the initial meeting were Reed, Abshire, John Newby, Mike Pugh, Bill Johnson, and Fred Povey. The articles of incorporation were filed with the Kentucky Secretary of State on September 4, 1984, Reed and Abshire were listed as “incorporators‟ of the Central Kentucky Computer Society, Inc. and the rest, including Reed, were listed as “Directors‟. David Reed was elected the first President and Abshire the Treasurer.
Initially, meetings were idea (and problem) sharing meetings. Initially, the society owned no computers – they were just too expensive for the organization. They relied on members to use their own computers for the organization’s benefit. Early meetings were held anywhere CKCS could get free space – the Herald Leader building, the Lexington Community College, the UK Equine auditorium and UK‟s White classroom building to name a few. Special Interest Groups (SIG’s) would meet all around the city. For eight years, CKCS sponsored and worked a major computer trade show in Lexington called CompuLex. The first show was held in 1990 at the Ramada Inn at Newtown Pike.
The first newsletter for the organization was called Computer File. Copies were mailed to all members each month and several hundred copies were delivered to the libraries in Fayette and the surrounding counties. It is now called CKCS Newsletter and is available online to anyone visiting the CKCS website.
In the fall of 1991, the organization rented their first office space at 2891 Richmond Road. The second location of the CKCS Resource Center was at 1300 New Circle Road, a large building that was built for IBM but it had become vacant. This move was made in 1992. The organization’s current location is at 160 Moore Drive. The move there occurred on September 1, 2002. The idea of CKCS teaching classes with volunteer instructors began in 1992.
The entire organization is run by volunteer board, instructors and staff. None of the participants are paid. All funds are used to maintain the facilities, equipment, and class materials.
CKCS has taught over 5000 students in the 22 years that we have been teaching classes. We have over 300 members who take advantage of the variety of meeting and classes we provide, but over half of our participants are non-members.
The Central Kentucky Computer Society has been holding Special Interest Groups (SIG’s) for 30 years. Over the years these SIG’s have included a wide spectrum of topics. The current SIG’s include Windows OS, Mac OS and iPad, Word Processing, Unix/Linux, Word Processing, Microsoft Access, Digital Photography, Camera and Photography, Dr. Fix-it, and Computer Mystery Workshop.
Classes have been taught since 1992. Generally, they are weekly two hour class held for 6 weeks. Class sessions are scheduled 4 times a year. Class size is usually limited to 8 participants to obtain a small teacher/student ratio. The target audience is adults with a predominance of senior citizens.
Classes taught during the last year are Beginning and Intermediate iPad. Window8.1, Learning Camera Basis, Adobe PhotoShop Elements. Beginning/ Advanced/Independent Work with PaintShop Pro, Excel. Beginning iPhone, Computer Basics and Beyond Basics, File Management, Maverick OS for Macs, Creative Graphic Using PrintMaster, and MS Word Processing.
CKCS also provides disk erasing service for the community and Dr. Fix-it sessions for members having trouble with their PC’s.
A continual stream of funds is needed to sustain the Resource Center and equipment. Currently we have 10 classroom PC’s, 6 Classroom Mini Macs, 3 office computers, 2 projectors, one smart TV and chairs and desks. Software and hardware has to be frequently upgraded to keep up with the quickly changing technology.
We want to be state-of-the-art in the classes we teach and the workshops and seminars we hold. We must stay cutting edge in order to help Central Kentucky citizens learn about and utilize the quickly changing technology. It is also important to have comfortable facilities that are conducive to learning. Funds are needed to upgrade the computers, software and furnishings.
The Central Kentucky Computer Society conducts 10-14 computer, digital camera, digital imaging, and creative graphics classes 4 times yearly. 10 Special Interest Groups and a general meeting called Tech Night are held monthly. A Dr. Fix-it session is held monthly to help members who are having problems with their computers. A disk erasing service is available to the general public. Donated computers are provided to a program supplying used computers to Kentucky Refugee Ministries for incoming refugees.
The Central Kentucky Computer Society conducts 10-14 computer, digital camera, digital imaging, and creative graphics classes 4 times yearly for Central Kentuckians. 10 Special Interest Groups and a general meeting called Tech Night are held monthly. A Dr. Fix-it session is held monthly to help members who are having problems with their computers. A disk erasing service is available to the general public. Donated computers are provided to a program supplying used computers to Kentucky Refugee Ministries for incoming refugees.
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