KEGS Special Interest Groups (SIGS) & Board Meetings


  • Click on a day-of-the-month or on a specific SIG in the table below to get further information including how to contact SIG leaders
  • Don't forget to sign-in at every SIG meeting you attend so you get Kegabuck$ credit.  Also, be sure to ask the SIG leader for a "Special, General Meeting, drawing ticket".  (Click on Kegabuck$ or Special for further information on these KEGS programs.
  • Check our Meetings page for directions on how to get to the North Bellevue Community / Senior Center.
  • If you have any general SIG questions or want to start a KEGS SIG contact our SIG coordinator at: sigs@kegs.org
  • Check the Newsletter for Topics and Other Special Events.

Note: This is not a calendar!  To verify when the day-of-the-month (i.e. the first Tuesday) actually occurs and to identify if any meetings have been canceled for any reason please go to our . KEGS Calendar

First Tuesday                                                        Return to top of page

Computer Support SIG - North Bellevue                 Return to top of page

Meets on First Tuesday from 7 PM to 9 PM at the North Bellevue Community / Senior Center, 4063 148th Ave. NE, Bellevue, WA, in the Pool Hall (it's where the Computer Lab used to be and gives us access to monitors & other testing items) (see maps).

This Computer Support SIG goes the extra step to help you set-up and/or repair your personal computer. If you are a beginner and want help installing new hardware in your computer or even if you need help installing new software, just bring your system in and we will help you get your computer up and running.  

While KEGS’ volunteers are willing to help you with any hardware and/or software problems they are limited by the two hour time frame and we have to provide service on a first-come, first-serve basis.  There are a couple of other requirements on your part.  Before you pack your computer into the back of your car and bring it down to the North Bellevue Community /Senior Center you must understand some basics that have to be complied with:

  • We are a PC based organization and don't support MAC computers. 
  • KEGS refuses to support any PC with pirated software.  If you don’t have the original software we can’t help you! 
  • Please bring all your software along.  Many times the software disks will be needed even for simple upgrades to your system.  (i.e. Microsoft won’t let their Office Suite be upgraded without the original CDs.)
  • In most cases the only hardware you’ll have to bring in is your PC unit.  We  have standard monitors, keyboards and mice. 
    • If you have a cordless keyboard and/or mouse you should bring that along.
    • If you need help setting up a printer, scanner or camera you must bring them and their associated software.
  • If you want new hardware or software installed don’t forget to bring it along.
  • If we find that there is defective hardware you will have to purchase the replacement hardware from a local store before we can fix your PC.  (Luckily, there are stores with parts close enough to get to from the center.)

 

Contact Jon Mercer,  endevor@frontier.com

 

 

First Wednesday                                                          Return to top of page

Seattle Internet User Group (SEASIGI)          Return to top of page

Meets on first Wednesday from 7 PM to 9 PM at the North Bellevue Community Center, 4063 148th Ave. NE, Bellevue, WA, in Conference room D (see maps).

The Seattle Internet User Group starts with an informal question and answer session. This is followed by a discussion of one topic or another that relates to the Internet and impacts particularly consumers rather than the content providers. This could include a discussion of SPAM, email, e-commerce or what have you.

Contact  - Gary Skelton, 425-861-7813, gary.skelton@gmail.com

 

 

Second Monday                                                       Return to top of page

 

KEGS General Meeting                                                   Return to top of page

Meets between 7:00 PM and 9:00 PM at the North Bellevue Community Center, 4063 148th Ave. NE, Bellevue, WA, in Conference Room D (see maps)

Our KEGS general meeting format includes general club information, announcements by the SIG leaders, an open question and answer segment, a formal presentation, and a raffle.

Please go to our General Meeting Schedule page for a listing of the scheduled presenters at our KEGS general meetings.

The general meeting is usually followed by an informal food frenzy we call our Pig SIG.  Currently our Pig SIGers are meeting at Applebee's, 13856 Bel Red Rd, Bellevue, WA 98005.   This fun starts around 9:15 PM and continues until the group decides to go home.  Just ask at the general meeting for directions.  Sally Ann Mowrey is currently administering this SIG.  Here's her contact information: , 206-816-9216, SallyAnnMowrey@msn.com

The KEGS program chairman can be contacted at  programs@kegs.org

Those of you who can come in early to our KEGS General meeting (6:00 PM) can also participate in our KEGS Technology Corner.

The KEGS Technology Corner

The KEGS Technology Corner is for all levels of computer savvy. The format is in the context of a conversation. The moderator is a well schooled troubleshooter who entertains all types of questions from the audience on installation, configuration, application and functionality. He encourages the audience to participate if there are attendees familiar with the question. It is a "cooperate to graduate" session with everyone leaving with information they can use in their day to day computer experience.

KEGS Technology Corner contact - Steve Fondren, betacode@hotmail.com

 

 

Second Tuesday                                                        Return to top of page

 

 

 

Second Wednesday                                             Return to top of page

 

 

Computer Use & Optimization SIG                                                                                     Return to top of page

Meets on second Wednesday from 7 PM to 9 PM at the North Bellevue Community Center, 4063 148th Ave. NE, Bellevue, WA, in Conference room D (see maps).

We started out some 32 years ago, around 1983, as the Laptop Users Group. RadioShack sponsored us as we then were just learning how to use the RS Model 100 which was the very first Laptop. At that time, I (Carl Von Papp) was put in charge and have been such ever since. We joined the main Group as the Laptop SIG. Since then we changed our name to the Computer Use and Optimization Special Interest Group. 
 
At this time we cover all aspects of the computer industry from Laptops, Desktops, to Tablets. We cover all operating systems from Windows to Androids and even Apple systems. We encourage all types of computer enthusiasts from the very beginners to the very knowledgeable. At the present time about twenty members attend each meeting. We try to answer members' problems and questions with a Q and A portion of the meeting. At each meeting there is a free give away of computer and noncomputer items. The main presentation at each meeting is of something that might interest the membership. This is a very social group, and we all have a lot of fun in learning.

Contact Carl Von Papp, 425-643-1398, cavp_95@outlook.com   Visit Carl's web site  http://www.CarlTheProf.com

 

 

Third Monday                                                              Return to top of page

 

Third Tuesday                                                              Return to top of page

 

 

 

Third Wednesday                                                        Return to top of page

 

SOHO (Small Office, Home Office) SIG          Return to top of page

Meets on third Wednesday from 7 PM to 9 PM at the North Bellevue Community Center, 4063 148th Ave. NE, Bellevue, WA, in Conference room D (see maps).

What is now called the SOHO (Small Office Home Office) SIG was called the MS Works SIG when I started attending their meetings in about 1993 or 1994.  As I recall, at that time the SIG met in a classroom at Newport High School.  The parent/sponsoring organization for the SIG was the Pacific Northwest PC Users Group.  The MS Works SIG was quite popular in those days as almost all Windows computers that were sold at that time included a “free” copy of MS Works pre-installed by the manufacturer.  The program was a stripped down version of Office and was quite adequate for most home users and even most small businesses.  It included the key components that most folks needed including a very capable version of a word processor and a spreadsheet plus other less-used applications such as a calendar and a database.

The name of the SIG was changed to SOHO SIG a few years ago to better reflect that we primarily focused on subjects that might be of interest to users who were doing “office” related activities.  However, we discuss a broad range of subjects including computer hardware, accessories and many different types of programs and applications.  Members who attend the SIG have a wide range of proficiency levels from beginners to folks who are quite proficient in the field as they currently work in the tech area or have recently.  The meeting normally consists of two sections, one dedicated to questions and answers and the second part that normally consists of a presentation on a subject that is of interest to most of our members.  We are a friendly and welcoming group and hope that you will join us at a future meeting.

 

Contact Ron Cowger, r_cowger@prodigy.net or Carl Von Papp, 425-643-1398, CTheProf_75@hotmail.com

 

 

Fourth Tuesday                                                           Return to top of page

 

Digital Imaging SIG                                                             Return to top of page

Meets on fourth Tuesday from 7 PM to 9 PM at the North Bellevue Community Center, 4063 148th Ave. NE, Bellevue, WA, in Conference room D (see maps).

The Digital Imaging SIG explores the use of computers and technology in producing and manipulating digital photographs and images. Many members want to get out of the darkroom and on to the computer to process their images.  We discuss picture taking, scanning, editing and printing techniques that produce the best digital images. Also, talk about the hardware and software needed to do Digital Imaging.



Contact Sally Ann Mowrey, 206-816-9216, SallyAnnMowrey@msn.com

 

 

Fourth Wednesday                                                   Return to top of page

The KEGS Board of Directors Meeting                Return to top of page

Meets on fourth Wednesday from 7 PM to 9 PM at the North Bellevue Community Center, 4063 148th Ave. NE, Bellevue, WA, in Conference room D (see maps).  Board meetings are public and we welcome the attendance of any of our members.

 



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