General Meeting

Annual Meeting
Virtual Meeting
Friday, May 14, 2021, 1:30 pm

The SenCom Board invites you to join us for the SenCom Annual Meeting, which by necessity will be an online conference call event using the Free Conference Call application.  This year’s meeting will mostly be limited to the nomination and voting for the Treasurer and Secretary and a presentation by Joe Callison on Chromebooks. There will be no “virtual” lunch this year. Our President, Lou Risley, will have a few announcements and will explain SenCom’s plans for getting us through the next several months until we can return to normal meetings.

The Board hopes you will join us for this very important Annual Meeting. If you would like to practice using Free Conference Call, either contact Bob or Joe to request help (find contact information on SenCom’s website) or join in the Senior Techies meeting on Wednesday, May 12, 2021.

You can join the conference call starting at 1:15 p.m. on May 14th by either using your computer browser (Chrome, Firefox, Edge, or other) or your Android device or Apple iPad/iPhone with the FreeConferenceCall app. Please see the complete instructions in the Revised Virtual Meeting Procedure.

Clicking this link at 1:30 pm on May 14th to take you directly to our Annual Meeting video conference:

If you do not have a computer or device that you wish to use for the video conference, you may use any phone to participate.  Dial (425) 436-6335, Access Code 188916*, long-distance charges may apply.

PLEASE NOTE:  we will be voting to approve the nominees for the Treasurer and Secretary of SenCom for the next two years. The Board’s nominating committee has nominated Mike Hurley, the current Treasurer, to continue as Treasurer, and Carol Cambron, the current Secretary, to continue as Secretary. Each has agreed to serve if elected. However, the SenCom By-Laws require that the organization’s members have the opportunity to nominate any member in good standing that they wish, as long as that person is willing to serve. Therefore, the Board is giving you this opportunity to nominate someone of your choice for either or both positions.

Instructions for making a nomination:  Your nomination should be addressed to Lou Risley at her SenCom mailing address

The nominees will be announced at the online Annual Meeting on May 14th and a vote to elect the Treasurer and Secretary will be taken. The new officers will take office immediately following the Annual Meeting.

Revised Virtual Meeting Procedure:
We miss seeing our members. If you have been having problems joining our virtual meetings using Free Conference Call, please contact a Board Member and one of us will work with you prior to the meeting you are interested in joining. Board Members’ email addresses and phone numbers are under the “About Us” tab of SenCom’s website.


If you have the FreeConferenceCall (FCC) app, please start the app to join our meeting with audio and video. If you do not have the FCC app and do not want to install the FCC app, please click on this link below to enter the virtual meeting and participate with audio only (your picture will not be available to anyone):

You will still need to tell Free Conference Call to use the audio either of your computer or through a separate phone call. If you are using the FCC app on a computer, smartphone, or tablet, turn on your video by clicking on the icon of a video camera so that we can see you. On a phone or tablet, you may need to tap your screen to see the icon.

Here are the complete instructions for our virtual meeting procedure:

We are using a service called Free Conference Call that allows all of us to be on at one time through video/audio conferencing or just audio conferencing. If you have a camera and speakers on your desktop computer or a laptop computer with a camera and speakers, you will find that using your PC or Mac computer along with the FCC app will probably give you the best experience. To use your computer to conference into the meeting, follow the instructions that I have assembled in this PDF:

Using your computer to access the Free Conference Call (PDF)→ (Revised)

Also available on our Free Conference Call page→ (Revised)

When using the Chrome browser to access a video conference, you may see a message that your browser has blocked access to your camera or audio. Look at the icons at the top right area of your browser for an icon with a red X like the following:

Click on the icon and then click on the button to allow access and then click the Done button. If the red X does not disappear after a few seconds you may need to refresh your browser by clicking on the icon near the top left of your browser that looks like the following:

The settings for the site will be saved in your Chrome browser Privacy and security settings so you will not need to do this the next time you access the site.

Although Chrome is the preferred browser, others have used Firefox without any problems.

For those who wish to use their Android devices (either tablet or phone), we are using an app called FreeConferenceCall that you can download from the Google Play Store (note that there are no spaces in the app name). Bob Bowser has assembled a set of instructions that you can print and follow to join the meeting:
Using your Android device to access the FreeConferenceCall (PDF)→

Apple iPad/iPhone users can find the same app (Free Conference Call) on the Apple App Store. Installing and using it should be very similar to the Android instructions above.

Our General Meetings are usually held on the second Friday of each month except for the July and August vacation period. They are usually held at the Johnson County Central Resource Library except for the May Annual Meeting/Lunch which is usually held at Lakeview Village.

Past Presentations:
Note: If recordings don’t work, enable cookies including third-party cookies in your browser, either “globally” or “specifically for” 

Take Control of Your Passwords
by Joe Kissell, 4/9/21, Video Recording→

How Technology Has Changed the Way We Listen to Music
by Ray Baxter, 3/12/21,
Video Recording→

All Things Google
by Bill James, 2/12/2021, Video Recording→

Ergonomics: You, Your Computer, Tablet, and Smartphone
by Judy Taylour, 1/08/2021, Video Recording→
Slideshow of presentation (PDF)→
Perixx Vertical Mouse mentioned by Mike Hurley→

COVID-19 Shopping Tips, Video Recording
by Bob & Marilyn Bowser, 12/11/2020
Outline with video from Today Show (PDF)→

Introduction to Cutting the Cord & Streaming
by Bob Bowser, 11/13/2020, Video Recording→

Staying Safe and Secure
by Bob Gostischa, 10/9/2020, Zoom Recording→

From: bob3160 <>
Date: Fri, Oct 9, 2020, at 3:46 PM
Subject: Presentation Follow Up as promised
To: Bob Bowser <>

Hello Bob,

Thanks for helping to make this afternoon’s presentation a success.

The questions asked during and after the presentation, let me know the presentation was well received and the laughter assured me that I didn’t put anyone to sleep.

Please find instructions to successfully install Avast and other helpful links and tips at


Don’t forget to scroll down to see all (3 pages) of the information.

If you found this presentation helpful, please let your friends in other clubs know that it’s available totally free of charge and without any strings attached.

You’ll find an entry about today’s presentation on my Blog,

If you’re interested, here is a video of this presentation that was recorded on 10/7/2020.(  You may notice some differences since I constantly update the information as new information becomes available. No two presentations are ever exactly alike. (Some days I do a better job than others.)

 There is also an entry about today’s presentation on my Blog –

Warmest regards and I hope we’ll meet again next year,  


Norbert (Bob) Gostischa
(505) 250-1089

Digital Asset Estate Planning; Even After You’ve Died Your Identity Isn’t Safe (PDF)→
by Judy Taylour, 9/11/2020,    Where to Find Stuff When I’m No Longer Here (Word checklist)
Where to Find Stuff When I’m No Longer Here (Excel checklist)

Annual Meeting, Virtual Meeting, 5/14/2020
Video recording of Annual Meeting

Instructions for a Video Conference or Virtual Meeting
by Joe Callison, Revised 9/8/2020 ~ View PDF→ 

Home Automation Introduction, 1/10/2020
By Bill James, VP of Operations, Computer Club of Oklahoma City; APCUG Director, Region 8. Slide Show (PDF)→

Local History & Genealogy Resources on, 10/11/2019
by Amanda Wahlmeier, Local History Librarian of the Jo Co Library.

Protect Yourself Against Scams, 10/12/2018
by Mandi McCoy, Marketing Consultant with Partners in Primary Care.

Let the Internet Help You Read for Fun
by Elizabeth Appelbaum, Ph.D., 1/12/2018 ~ Slide Show (PDF)→

Password Managers, KeePass & LastPass
by Mike Hurley and Jack Pearce, 12/8/2017
KeePass YouTube video:
LastPass YouTube video:

Being Connected and Secure: Lessons for Everyday Computer Use
by Roozmehr Safi, 1/13/2017 ~  Slide Show (PDF)→

Backing Up a Computer
by Joe Callison, 12/9/2016 ~ View PDF

YouTube – More than Entertainment
by Joe Callison, 3/11/2016 ~ View PDF

Free Ways to Protect Your Computer
by Mike Smith, 6/12/2015 View PDF

How To Purchase A Car
by Elizabeth Appelbaum, Ph.D., 3/21/2014 ~ Slide Show (PDF)→

How to Research the Purchase of Electronic Devices
by Joe Callison, 2/14/2014 ~ Use these ~ ~ ~ ~