Local Computer Users Group Donates To Big Brothers Big Sisters

New Philadelphia, Ohio – March 12, 2016 – The Tuscarawas County Mac Users Group has selected Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Central Ohio for their 2016 annual donation. Kevin Warrene had presented the check for $250 to Heather Campbell, President/CEO of BBBS, on Thursday, March 10th. Warrene, an executive committee member with the group, notes that they had transitioned from having a scholarship based program for a Tuscarawas County school recipient to selecting a non-profit charity to support on an annual basis.

About the Tuscarawas County Mac Users Group
The Tuscarawas County Mac User Group was founded and had their first meeting on April 6, 2002. We were officially a registered and approved MUG by Apple in May of 2003. The TCMUG meets monthly at the East Central Ohio Educational Service Center in New Philadelphia. The group welcomes all those who use and enjoy Apple’s Macintosh computers and related peripherals or who have an interest in learning more about the platform.
Your best local resource for everything Apple. From iPhones, iPads, Watch, Computers, iPods, iOS, Mac OS X, WatchOS – we support, train and are dedicated to helping people get the most out of their Apple products. Our group is for the beginner to the expert and everyone in between. We are an educational and not-for-profit organization supporting Tuscarawas County since 2002! Meetings usually include software demonstrations, question-and-answer sessions and more.

About Big Brothers Big Sisters
For more than 100 years BBBS has operated under the inherent belief that in every child is the ability to achieve success and thrive in life. Rachel Carson, daughter of the famous Dr. Ben Carson, once said “If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, excitement and mystery of the world we live in.” At BBBS our mentors come from all walks of life and span generations. “No matter what your age, and no matter where you come from, everyone can change the world in some way, whether it is being a mentor to someone younger than you or someone who does not have as much experience as you. If you’re passionate enough, you can do whatever you want and definitely change the world.” – Josh Groban. All kids need is a little help, a little hope, and someone who believes in them. Join our team of Mentors, TODAY!

Happy 13th Birthday to Us!!

Proud to say that our Mac Users Group turned 13 this month. Hard to believe in April 2002 we launched this and still going strong today. Thanks to all those involved, the members and those that support the group. Looking forward to more years to come.



April 18th Meeting Notes

Great meeting today. Here are the links to what was covered.

We covered Apple’s Preview application and Quicktime Player.

We did an overview of BusyMac’s applications – BusyCal and BusyContacts.

Our three web sites we visited were: Mac-Help Forums, Randy Singer’s Routine Maintenance web site and OS X Daily.

We had some awesome dialogue on the new Apple Watch and when they do get shipped we can’t wait to see our members with this latest Apple product.

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“Take Control of FileVault” explains how to protect your Mac’s data in the event of theft

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