Message from Guild President Sue Ann Spencer
In compliance with Federal recommendations and in consideration of the safety of our members, we are moving our meetings into cyberspace. We will conduct our March 28 meeting online using Zoom, a video conferencing tool. The members of the board used the application to have a meeting, and as first-time users found it easy to install and navigate without additional instructions. Ronna has been indispensable in exploring the options, communicating with our presenter and being the motivating force behind this effort.
Zoom is a virtual meeting app that can be downloaded to your phone, tablet or computer at no charge. As a guest, it is free for you to attend online meetings.
Our Speaker for March is Suzanne DiCarlo with Quilts of Valor Foundation. She downloaded the software and tested it with Tina and Ronna. She was impressed with how easy it was to successfully connect and manage. Suzanne will be able to do her presentation about Quilts of Valor AND show us pictures of some of her quilts.
Because this is new technology, and we will all, no doubt, have a learning curve, Ronna has generously offered to do test meetings with members to practice using the software. Her email is firstname.lastname@example.org and her phone number is (402) 210-9403. Contact her directly for personal tutoring.
Listed below some brief instructions to get you started with downloading the apps/software.
In your phone’s app store, search for the Zoom app. (On an iPhone it is called ZOOM Cloud Meetings. Not sure of the exact name in Android, but we know it can be downloaded to an Android device as the test audience was able to do so. On your computer go to their website https://zoom.us/ and click on SIGN UP, IT’s FREE button in top right of screen.)
Download the app and set up your free account. Keep your user name and password written in a safe place. If you haven’t downloaded it, then the first time you use Zoom you will be asked to download the app to your computer. This can be accomplished with only a couple of clicks.
You will be able to see and hear the meeting on your computer or phone. However, to be seen and heard you will either need a web cam and microphone on the computer or you will need to use your phone or tablet to attend the virtual meeting.
If using a phone or iPad, Zoom will use your built-in camera to show what is in the camera frame in a video call with others. You will be able to see others, and they will see you. You have the option to not show your video, but we hope you’ll join in the adventure of virtual connection and share your video at the appropriate times.
There will be additional communication as the meeting time nears. Prior to the meeting time, an invitation link will be posted on the Facebook and distributed via email. At the time for the meeting to begin, click on the link and we’ll all be connected.
This is a stressful period in our world, and our connection is more valuable than ever. We hope this platform will nourish our relationship and keep us encouraged as we confront the challenges surrounding us.
Keeping my world together one stitch at a time.