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Newsletter December 5, 2013 PDF Email
An Open Letter to the OKC SeniorNet Learning Center
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Charlene Francis
Oklahoma City SeniorNet Learning Center
3000 United Founders Boulevard
Oklahoma City, OK 73013

Dear Charlene,

The OKC SeniorNet Learning Center has made a tremendous improvement in year-to-year contribution from 2012 to 2013.

In fact, your contribution as of this date nearly triples your total contribution for 2012.

Clearly, "innovative thinking" made a big difference.

Your management operations, structure, and alignment with the needs of the community are key factors to your successful year.

Kudos to you, the Leadership Team, and each and every one of the volunteers.

We are all very proud of the OKC SeniorNet Learning Center.

Leslie M. Smith

CC: Board of Directors
        HQ Staff
        All SeniorNet Center Leaders
        All SeniorNet Volunteers (2013)
        SeniorNet Friends 
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Newsletter November 22, 2013 PDF Email
SeniorNet Family - Giving
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SeniorNet Family (Members, Volunteers, and Sponsors),
Thank you for your support and dedication for the previous years.
YOU are the reason why SeniorNet has been around since 1985.
Due to your diligence and caring, we have empowered hundreds of thousands of people around the country.
Those empowered are happier, safer, smarter, and leading more fulfilling lives.
This year (2013) alone, we released the following curriculum:
Traditional Courses
  • Windows 8, Introduction to Computers
  • Introduction to Microsoft Publisher
  • Introduction to Microsoft SkyDrive
  • Home Networking
  • Managing Windows 8
  • Disk Management
  • Exploring Microsoft Office Word 2010, Level 3: Advanced
  • Introduction to Computers I: Basic Computer Processes
  • Introduction to Excel 2013
  • Introduction to Computers and Open Office Basic Applications

Gadget & App Courses

  • The iPad Workshops
  • The iPhone Seminars
  • The iPhone Camera
  • iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
  • Skype Workshop
  • Android Smartphone
  • A Beginner's Guide to Facebook

These courses, along with the traditional "introductory computer classes" and "volunteerism" are key reasons why we are recognized as the premiere non-profit for teaching seniors computer skills.


Next year we will have more software and curriculum to distribute.


The large software grants from Microsoft and Adobe along with the hundreds of recently released books provided by Que Publishing dogmatically speak to the respect that these corporations have for us and what we do as an organization.


Your help is needed in order for SeniorNet to continue to fill its mission.


A small donation of $15 to $25 will go a long way towards addressing the rising cost of operations.


Any and all contributions will be greatly appreciated.


Click the Donate button below


Donate today


Or mail your check/money order to:



12801 Worldgate Drive

Suite 500

Herndon, VA 20170


Remember, SeniorNet is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and any donation you make is fully tax-deductible!


As we move to an "online society", we have lots more that we must accomplish. Help us help others.


Thank you again for your loyalty and dedication over the past years. 




Leslie M. Smith

SeniorNet Chairman



12801 Worldgate Drive, Suite 500, Herndon, VA, 20170 · 571.203.7100
Newsletter November 19, 2013 PDF Email
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Thanks to the hard work and diligence of our Curriculum Development Team, the Microsoft Windows 8.1 Manual is right around the corner.

The Headquarters Staff will distribute Windows 8.1 software to coincide with availability of the 8.1 Manual.

Leslie M. Smith

This has been a busy year for the Curriculum Development Committee. With all the demands for Windows 8 courses, Facebook, Cloud computing, iPad, plus shorter courses, we have been very, very busy.


This year, Learning Center Leaders have had access to a number of new SeniorNet courses on LEX (Leadership Exchange) plus courses and workshops submitted by learning centers from around the country.


In January of this year, we announced the introduction of the popular new series of Skill Courses, workshops and specialized hands-on short courses including Disk Management, SkyDrive, Home Networking, Facebook and Managing Windows 8.


We plan on developing additional 'skill courses' for the coming year and on LEX several learning centers have submitted courses and workshops on iPad, iPhone, Android Smart Phone, and Skype.

Earlier this year, we added the third and final MS Word 2010 course, Advanced Word, to round out the Word 2010 series that includes Word Basics and Intermediate Word.


New this fall is the 'Beginners Guide to MS Publisher 2010'. An excellent, highly illustrated step-by -step manual by our newest committee member, Carol Bruce.


Microsoft Publisher Flyer Carol is currently writing an MS Excel 2010 manual. "Excel, the Basics' will be the first of a series of three, four lesson Excel courses, similar in structure to our Word 2010 series. We hope to have 'Excel, The Basics', available on LEX in January.


This past September we posted the new 'Windows 8, Introduction to Computers' manual on LEX and will have both the 'Windows 8, Computer Fundamentals' and 'Windows 8.1, Computer Fundamentals' manuals available late November. Currently I am writing 'Getting Around Windows 8.1' skill course (similar to Managing Windows 8 only with a new title) for release in late December and will follow that up with 'Windows 8.1, Introduction to Computers' by mid February.

Access to LEX is a privilege afforded Center Leaders only; this is where they can download manuals for use by their Learning Centers. Each SeniorNet course is packaged to include the Student manual, Student practice files, a PDF print file, Instructors Notes (as needed) and, most recently, a full color promotional flyer that can be printed as is or revised to meet your local needs. We will continue to provide course flyers as a way of assisting your learning center in promoting new courses.

Folks ...Your curriculum committees of volunteers have given much of their personal time in preparing manuals for your learning center. For the hundreds of hours that go in to preparing each manual we ask nothing in return except that you respect our work and the SeniorNet copyright. Respect them, as our manuals are not to be shared with those who are not part of the SeniorNet family of Learning Centers.


That is all we ask in return....


Hank Clemente
SeniorNet Director of Curriculum Development

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Newsletter November 12, 2013 PDF Email
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This past summer, Microsoft asked us to drive a National Program of workshops that would center around Windows 8.

Last month, we concluded the workshops with "lots of success".

The centers that were involved:
  • Kent Lakes, NY
  • Minneapolis, MN
  • Emmaus, Washington, DC
  • San Jose, CA
  • Huntington, NY
  • Costa Mesa, CA
  • Puget Sound, WA
  • Second Union Baptist, Washington DC

With the support of Que Publishing, our HQ Team created a one-hour presentation that reviewed the highlights of Windows 8 and the Surface Tablet. Microsoft provided classrooms in their stores around the country along with use of demo Surface tablets.


Folks that attended went home hands filled with prizes, books, and other gifts supplied by Microsoft, Que Publishing, and SeniorNet.



A few quotes from the Microsoft Store Leaders:


The SeniorNet Workshops were ran very well and I believe the seniors that attended the workshops enjoyed their time and didn't mind learning a little bit about the Surface and Windows 8. I believe transportation was an issue, but everyone was professional and made everything work.


I wouldn't mind doing something like this again. I can try and arrange seniors groups that I know of.

Andrea B.



Our SeniorNet events were wonderful and we had over 50 guests attend during the two days! Ron, the presenter, was knowledgeable, personable, well-prepared, and overall amazing! We would really like to partner with SeniorNet again locally to host more workshops!


Thank you,

Kelly V.



The SeniorNet workshops went great. We have a large number of senior citizens (older adults) who already hold personal training subscriptions at our store. This was a great opportunity for us to talk to a demographic which clearly has an interest in learning about technology and specifically Windows 8.


Cara was a fantastic instructor and was a pleasure to work with. Her calm and collected demeanor was just right for our busy retail store. overall the attendees were happy and learned a lot and the event was a success.


Thank you!

Rae E.



I wanted to send a follow up e-mail as a thank you to both you and Cara for a great series of SeniorNet workshops! I have attached some pictures for the both of you.


I also wanted to know if you'd like to continue holding events here at our store with SeniorNet, it would be great to have you as one of our Partners of the Month. I have attached some information on the program.


Very best,


Carolyn B.



On behalf of Microsoft Retail stores I would like to thank SeniorNet for a successful events partnership. The curriculum was well-received by workshop participants and the instructor feedback was extremely positive. We look forward to working with SeniorNet again in the future.


Andrea L.

Marketing Manager, Program & Events



A huge kudos for a job well done to the SeniorNet Center Leaders and our Volunteers who made this National Program Series another one for our history book.



Leslie M. Smith



Click here to see pictures and our press release 


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Newsletter November 8, 2013 PDF Email
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New books from Que Publishing 
SeniorNet Family,

Check out the new releases below from Que Publishing.

Get a 40% discount on print books and ebooks by using the discount code SENIORNET.


For more books, click below:





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