Computer Help and Uplifting talks on Friday

Hi Folks,

There will be a Computer Help session at Gheerulla Hall at 10am this Friday 15th February (the 3rd Friday of each month), followed by Uplifting Talks at 11am (why the common belief that everything is getting worse is mistaken).

Both sessions are free (though I encourage you to make a gold coin donation to Gheerulla Hall for giving us the space for this — donations go to the hall, not to me).

I’ve recently spent a while removing some nasty software from a cheap PendoPad tablet computer I bought at Nambour Post Office. I’ll show you how to remove such things and what to look out for. If you bring along your tablet we can check to see if it has any malware on it, and remove it.

For the uplifting talks I was thinking of showing a short video on how we’ve solved the problem of the population explosion and how cheap robots in space can save our planet… and how they already are.

I’ll bring coffee, tea, cocoa, cup-a-soup, and some light snacks.

You bring whatever you want and whoever you want.

QLD Women’s Day at Gheerulla Hall

Let’s Celebrate Queensland Women’s Day at Gheerulla Hall

This year the theme for Queensland Women’s Day is “Invest in Women, Invest in the Future”. By improving the financial literacy and capability of women, we improve the economic security of them, their families, and the wider community. By understanding financial planning, managing debt, creating a budget, and other money management topics, women are better equipped to make informed decisions.

As part of this year’s Queensland Government Women’s Day initiative, Gheerulla Hall will be hosting a

Forum on Financial Literacy for Women
commencing at 10am, 8th March.

The panel consisting of three people with experience in financial management and financial education will answer questions, discuss issues, listen to stories and advise where possible. We’ve all heard stories about STD (sexually transmitted debt) when a partnership breaks up. The forum will not be boring.

Women working on farms and small businesses while supporting their families should have easy access to financial services. Also, women in retirement often have financial difficulties and need help accessing support. What about the widows with little knowledge of financial management or investments left in very stressful situations as they try to access bank accounts?

We hope the forum will offer all participants a safe place to talk about money issues and find some answers to questions. Let’s see if we can improve women’s knowledge of money matters.

Gheerulla Hall and Recreation Association Inc. acknowledges and appreciates the Queensland Government’s financial support to conduct this Financial Literacy Forum for Women on Queensland Women’s Day.

NOTE: if you want to download a poster of the image above, click on it, then when the larger version is displayed, right-click the image and save it to your computer. That image can be printed up at various sizes.

Computer Help and Uplifting Talks & Videos

Don’t forget that we’re having the Computer Help session at 10am on Friday morning, then after that, at 11am we’ll see some Uplifting Talks and Videos.

These sessions are FREE.
(I encourage an optional gold coin donation to the hall, though)

Computer Help

Do you have some problem with your desktop computer, tablet, or phone?
I’ll attempt to solve it for you.
Do you want to learn how best to use your computer? Did you know you can use high quality free software to do most things on your computer. Do you want to know more about how a computer works? Do you want to find out how to fix a computer when it gives problems?

Uplifting Talks and Videos

Are you worried that the world is getting worse? Does all the depressing news on the TV, radio, and newspaper almost drive you to tears? Do you fear that the world is getting more violent and that terrorists are endangering our society?

Well, I have good news. Things have been getting better for hundreds of years, and though it might not seem like it, we live in the most peaceful time in history, with starvation, disease, and violent crime decreasing worldwide, as people become more moral and more caring of each other. Sounds delusional, doesn’t it? Well, I have the facts to back it up. Come along and see.

This is not a religious pitch and I’m not selling anything. It upsets me that people aren’t told how dramatically things are improving. I think we all need to know. It is getting remarkably better.

New old photos

We’ve just uploaded more photographs to the site’s “Photos” page (see the button above). These are from a celebration in 1975 when the hall looks like it was the centre of a thriving community, and an earlier one from 1959, in which the hall looks a bit sad and neglected.

Click on the “Photos” button (or this link here) and check out the growing collection of pictures. You’ll have to scroll to the bottom of that page for the new pictures.

If you have any photos, old or new, that you’d like to share with the community, let us know and we’ll scan them and add them to the Photos page.

Writing Group reminder

The Writing Group will be meeting, as usual, at the hall on the 1st Wednesday of the month.

11am, Wednesday 1st August, 2018
Free (gold coin donation to the Hall is optional)

I’ll provide tea, coffee, cocoa, cup-a-soup, probably potato crisps, maybe olives or anything healthier I can think of.

Bring yourselves, any stories you might feel like reading out, your thoughts on publishing, and how to make yourself write when you don’t feel like it. Also welcome are any ideas on genres, story formatting, writing tricks and techniques, and anything else you might be interested in that is connected with writing fiction or non-fiction.

What are your thoughts on graphic novels (comicbooks)?
Is it better to plan out your story in advance or launch into an idea and see where it takes you?
What do you think about editing? Edit as you write? Edit weeks or months after you’ve finished? Get someone else to edit for you?

See you there!

Acknowledging the Sunshine Coast Council’s help

We were lucky enough to be the beneficiaries of a grant from the Sunshine Coast Council that enabled us to buy a sorely needed public address system for the hall. Anybody who has been to one of the previous meetings and strained to hear announcements over the sound of traffic will understand our great relief and gratitude.

The grant also let us get some signs so that we can now display information about events, contact details, and so on. These additions to the hall will improve the experience of people attending events, and attract more people to those events.

Thank you Sunshine Coast Council!!!

See the pictures below:

Writing Group reminder

The Writing Group will be meeting, as usual, at the hall on the 1st Wednesday of the month.

11am, Wednesday 7th March, 2018
Free (gold coin donation to the Hall is optional)

I’ll provide tea, coffee, cocoa, cup-a-soup, and probably potato crisps. Bring yourselves, any stories you might feel like reading out, your thoughts on publishing, and how to make yourself write when you don’t feel like it. Also welcome are any ideas on genres, story formatting, writing tricks and techniques, and anything else you might be interested in that is connected with writing fiction or non-fiction.

See you there!