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Newsletter January 23 2013 PDF Email

Have you signed up for classes yet?

SeniorNet Learning Centers now have access to the latest versions of some popular software and can simplify your learning: 

  • Adobe Photoshop Elements 11 (for image editing) 
  • Adobe Premiere Elements 11 (for video editing) 

...and new curriculum, too! 

  • Microsoft Word
    • Level 1 (basics)
      • for students with limited knowledge of Word processing programs or is new to Microsoft Word 2010  
    • Level 2 (intermediate)
      • will introduce you to features that impact the design of a document such as styles, themes, templates, graphics   
    • Level 3 (advanced)  
    •  learn how to work with columns, tables, headers, footers, page numbering, and how to print labels and send personalized mailings 
  • Digital Photo Editing for Beginners
    • Edit and add artistry to your photos with Windows Live Photo Gallery 
  • Digital Video Editing for Beginners
    • Learn how to edit your home movies with Windows Live Movie Maker 

Visit your local learning center for more information about classes.


Volunteers Needed for GrandMentor Program

GrandMentor is a volunteer program that uses the internet to connect seniors with disadvantaged children. The seniors act as literacy mentors for children in need, using a computer with internet access and free teleconferencing tools. If you are a SeniorNet member with internet access (either at home or in another location), you can help a child in need. For more information click here 

Newsletter December 2012 PDF Email


SeniorNet Members and Supporters

As SeniorNet reaches the end of our 26th year, we would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your support over the past years. It is only with help from people like you that SeniorNet has been able to fulfill our mission (enhancing the lives of older adults and those with a need of computer training and technology education).

Look at some of what we accomplished in 2012:

  • We opened new centers
    • Quinault Indian Reservation, Learning Center, WA
    • Second Union Baptist Church, Learning Center, Washington D.C.
    • An International Research Center for product and services for those "50 years old and better", Brooklyn, New York.  
  • SeniorNet Social Media was created to extend education and awareness
    • Our blog:  Social Media Scoop for Seniors
    • SeniorNet on Facebook
    • SeniorNet on Twitter
  • We launched new partnerships
    • GrandMentor Program, giving members the opportunity to volunteer by reading to underserved elementary school children via Skype.
    • Vistaprint, providing logo'd marketing collateral to SeniorNet Centers to increase their awareness in their local communities.
  • New Membership benefits/discounts with more new partners  ( Holiday Membership Benefits )
    • Telikin, all-in-one, easy-to-use touchscreen computers designed with seniors in mind offers significant product discounts to our entire membership. The Telikin has been piloted in centers with seniors that are impaired and the feedback has been fantastic.
    • Clarity (division of Plantronics), provided new amplified cellphones designed uniquely for seniors to SeniorNet leaders and is offering holiday discounts to SeniorNet
    • Pearson QUE Publishing, one of the largest computer book publishers in the world, offers special discounts and tutorial reference products to our centers and members.

As you know, the world is becoming increasingly connected through the internet, and it is more important than ever before for seniors to know essential computer skills. To this point – with the support of our strategic partners, we were able to provide the latest Microsoft and Adobe software to our centers, as well as SeniorNet‘s user-friendly curriculum (student instruction) for all ages.

We know you receive many requests for donations, and we know your money is important to you. Please take a moment to consider helping us to make a difference.

Please know that any contribution from you, large or small, will go a long way empowering seniors and those that need new technology skills.

Go to and click on 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!

We have a lot planned for 2013 and hope you will continue supporting SeniorNet‘s mission. Thank you again for your loyalty and dedication over the past years.

Leslie M. Smith
SeniorNet Chairman

October Newsletter 2012 PDF Email
SeniorNet HQ News

Volunteers Needed for Curriculum Development ...

SeniorNet’s Curriculum Development Department is looking for volunteers who would like to join us in developing new curriculum for our SeniorNet Learning Centers.

Our aim is to meet the needs of both our current student membership, incoming ‘boomers’, as well as the challenges of our ever changing technology scene. We are looking for people who understand those needs and would like to share their knowledge with all our SeniorNet Learning Centers.

Be it a single product or several, your knowledge is more important than your writing skills.

If you are interested in developing course manuals and workshops please contact Hank Clemente at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Increase Awareness for your Learning Centers with SeniorNet Branded Print Templates ...

The SeniorNet/Vistaprint portal is for the exclusive use of SeniorNet Learning Centers. Access to the portal is available to all Learning Center Leaders through Leadership Exchange. The print products include Brochures, Flyer, Rack Card and Post Card. To download and view product samples click here: click the download arrow on the far right (Allow a few seconds for the download to complete).

Drive Membership With Two New Course Offerings Now Available ...

SeniorNet’s Curriculum Department has recently completed two new course offerings that will soon be available at your local SeniorNet Learning Center: “Digital Photo Editing for Beginners” and, “Video Editing and Movie Making for Beginners”.

The courses use MS Windows Live Photo Gallery and Windows Live Movie Maker programs which are included in Microsoft’s Windows Live Essentials, a FREE download from Microsoft.

Organize, edit and share.Windows Live Photo Gallery supports many formats so you can import your photos from your camera, mobile phone, or camcorder directly to your computer.

Photo Gallery makes it easy to organize and edit your photos so they look their best, Then, using the video editing features available in Windows Live Movie Maker, we show you how to edit videos and combine them with photos into a single movie (including titles, credits and music) to enjoy and to share with family and friends.

See what you can click the download arrow on the far right. (Allow about a minute for the download to complete then click open)

Microsoft Word 2010 Manual available in December ...

Microsoft Word 2010...The third in our series of three Word 2010 manuals will be available to all SeniorNet Learning Centers in December. This will complete our series of three levels of Word 2010 manuals: Level 1, The Basics; Level 2, Intermediate; and Level 3, Advanced. Each Level contains four lessons and students can select the course level that meets their needs.

Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) - The SOP will be updated and available to Center Leaders on November 15th .

SeniorNet Learning Center News

Council House, SeniorNet - Suitland, MD – Launched May 2011

Tara Maxwell Exemplifies Center Leadership

She has been recognized by federal, state and local government officials for her dedication in support of seniors. She goes above and beyond to help, guide, and support seniors as they engage computer technology.

  One of the things that we appreciate about Tara – is that she always reaches out to support SeniorNet nationally. Starting with ensuring that her center was represented on Capitol Hill last year at our 25th Anniversary Celebration – to her recent willingness to pilot new products.

Tara we salute you for all you do ...

SeniorNet Partnerships Update

GrandMentor Program Kicks off for Fall 2012 ... A Big Thanks from GrandMentor Program to SeniorNet.

Click this link to access the Thank You letter and to learn more about the program.

If you are interested in volunteering your time and are a SeniorNet Member – please contact Cara Frame, SeniorNet’s Office Manager at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Clarity Phones

Thank you to those Centers that participated in our Clarity Phone Program ... It was very successful!

Ten phones were provided to Center Leaders to test and keep !! The feedback provided from the centers was helpful to Clarity and much appreciated.

SeniorNet is grateful for our partnership with Clarity.

Telikin Computers

Telekin Lady

Thank you to those Centers who have adopted and are using the Telikin technology in their centers!

The feedback has been extremely positive and we are so glad to be making a difference is the lives of those who need it.

The SeniorNet – Telikin partnership continues to grow. We are pleased to announce a ‘Holiday Special’ with Telikin that will run through December 31st. See the details below.

Holiday Season Offer for SeniorNet members ...

Telikin, the easy to use, all in one, touch screen computer will now be available to Senior Net members and affiliates at a special discount price during the holiday season! Find out why thousands of seniors love Telikin! Telikin integrates popular features such as video chat with integrated Skype, easy photo sharing with an integrated Facebook application, email, contacts, weather, news, full web browser, word processing, built in video help and more, in a sleek, Linux based, virus free system! With a large monitor, intuitive interface, easy menu of popular features, and extensive customer support, Telikin helps people stay connected to their families, friends and the world. With Telikin VIP Support we help you connect to the internet, setup accounts for email, video chat, Facebook, and more. This special offer is only available through Telikin sales associates. Whether you’re looking for special gift for mom or dad or want to treat yourself, call 1- 800-721-8036 to order your Telikin today!

The Telikin will be of significant value to those who are impaired. If you purchase any of the Telikin models Cara Frame, SeniorNet’s Office Manager - This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ...with your membership number and proof of purchase.

You will receive an additional $25 from SeniorNet HQ in addition to the Telikin discount. We hope the Telikin will help the recipient enjoy the world we see every day via the internet. Click to go to the Telekin website.


Keeping Seniors Safe...


Did you know that older adults and seniors are disproportionately targeted by scam artists? Whether it’s a phone call, an email, an ad, a fax, or a text message, con artists today utilize all of the outlets the 21st century offers to perpetrate fraud against us. And, con artists count on older adults to be uninformed or naïve, making for an easy target. Don’t give them the satisfaction of being right.

Read...Computer Scams, Shams & Spam – How to Safely Enjoy Your Online Time
... by Pam Hogan

To learn what you need to know, to be informed and to remain safe. Click here to get started.
If you are interested in ordering this book please visit the SeniorNet website at

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The Water Hour

Milestone Broadcast and thanks many members of SeniorNet for being part of the International Day of Peace.

Pause for Peace

1. Pause for Peace on International Peace Day was a major success. At 12 noon est we paused in Times Square, NYC and it was broadcast to the world. Peace One Day had a concert with Elton John that evening and on September 23rd we had our Vigil For International Peace 8 hour concert in Central Park. Planning has started for next year’s event when we will do our best for a World Cease Fire. Pause the World for Peace and then Party! Will be the Mantra. Go to to watch all the concerts. Anyone who wants to volunteer please let us know at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , volunteers will start to get the word out, video editing of content, create content and other important outreach.


2. The International Day of Peace ("Peace Day") provides an opportunity for individuals, organizations and nations to create practical acts of peace on a shared date. It was established by a United Nations resolution in 1981 to coincide with the opening of the General Assembly. The first Peace Day was celebrated in September 1982. In 2002 the General Assembly officially declared September 21 as the permanent date for the International Day of Peace.

Thank you!


May 2012 PDF Email

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Good News Planet

SeniorNet and Good News Planet Continue to Grow in 2012

Since January 2012 SeniorNet has:

Grand Mentor Program
Our most recent partnerships are with -- GrandMentor, a program that offers senior volunteers the opportunity to read and discuss high quality children's picture books with underserved elementary school children over Skype. This is a quintessential example of the power and influence that seniors can demonstrate in helping our youth...and a great way to give back. Get involved -- go to to engage.

Enhance your life and make a difference in a child's life. This is a SeniorNet members exclusive program.

TelikinAnd Telikin, a company responsible for bringing a family computer to the marketplace that is simple and easy to use. Visit to learn more about the product. everal of our centers are reviewing the new technology to determine potential use in our centers across the country.
2012 Manual (curriculum) Development Schedule

Exploring Word 2010

Level 1--The Basics


Level 2—Intermediate


Level 3—Advanced


Digital Photo Editing


Using Windows Live Photo Gallery.
(Manual may include Windows Live Movie Maker and Windows Live w/SkyDrive)

Introduction to Computers

(includes Word 2010)


Adobe PSE10

Level 1--Basics


Level 2--Advanced


File Management (Windows 7)


Exploring Word 2007

Level 1—Basics


Level 2—Intermediate


Level 3—Advanced


Thank you Volunteers, Members and Center Leaders -- you are making a difference. Stay tuned for more good news.

Leslie M. Smith
Chairman of Board

For practical, "geek-speak-free" information about social media, visit, follow @SeniorNetOrg onTwitter, and "like" SeniorNet's Facebook Page today!

Good News Planet...


For Immediate Release:
Good News Planet
May 1, 2012. New York. Milestone Broadcast Corporation (MBC) is proud to announce that we have instituted a new revenue generating feature for everyone on our Award Winning Website,

WHAT IT IS: On appropriate stories on our site a donation button for cash and donations of goods and services will be placed. We will also place a button to buy a product or service.

HOW IT WORKS: The GUESTS/PRODUCER for (the organization/company/individual) for the story that we or you post or create on will receive the following: A. 60% of all donated money and goods. B. 20% for any sponsorship and advertising revenues that MBC or you help to make happen. C. GUESTS product and service sales will be negotiated. GUESTS/PRODUCER should promote their content within their community.

WHO WILL BENEFIT: has many subjects; we believe we have covered every subject in the world. With this in mind, all products, services, for profit and nonprofit organizations/corporations, individuals, in English and in foreign language content can be monetized. The revenue received from every story can be given to whomever the content creator decides. We love For-Profit Companies supporting nonprofit stories.

GOOD NEWS JOB$: We have created a separate website for people to create a JOB for themselves. This site allows people to make money by becoming a Good News Reporter. Reporters will share the money with the people/organizations that they report on. This initiative benefits the following groups: OUT OF WORK, NOT MAKING ENOUGH, DISABLED, VETERANS, STUDENTS, NONPROFITS/NGO’S.

QUESTIONS: Please email us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it with the word QUESTIONS in the subject line.

We are excited for more people to benefit from the GOOD THAT THEY DO, and the more GOOD IN THE WORLD THERE WILL BE. Not that it is money that drives the good; it is what can be done with the money!

GOOD NEWS TRIPS: We are in the process of creating Good News Trips to Japan, Taiwan, China, and the Philippines. If interested please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it Senior Net and Good News members will receive a special discount.
“All we are is what we are with each other.” The Good News Family

Paul Sladkus
Good News Planet

PDF Email

SeniorNet New Partnership with
Milestone and Good News Planet Corporation
Feb. 2, 2012
I am very pleased to announce our partnership with Milestone and Good News Planet Corporation.

SeniorNet has had a long and fruitful relationship with Paul Sladkus going back to 1998.

Tuesday, February 7th marks the
Annual Safer Internet Day

An event aimed to bring all generations of Internet users together to learn how to use it safely.

If you are interested in learning how to protect yourself, your computer, your personal information, and your privacy while using the Internet, you are invited to attend a free workshop hosted by the Microsoft Store on February 7th.

Beginning at 11:00 AM and continuing every hour through 8:00 PM, every store will present a 15-minute mini-workshop on computer security, data privacy, and online safety. Not only is this workshop free, but you will also have a chance to win one of 140 $100 Microsoft Store gift cards. These gift cards can be used to buy computers, software, hardware upgrades, or anything else at the Microsoft Store!

Whether you use the Internet for hours every day or just once a month, it is important to know how to protect yourself from whatever may possibly threaten your safety and privacy online. For many years, Microsoft has been a big supporter of SeniorNet and SeniorNet’s mission to provide high-quality computer education to older adults. So don’t miss out on this free opportunity to visit a Microsoft Store to learn about Internet safety and enter for a chance to win a gift card!

To see a list of other Microsoft Store locations: has a positive image within many communities in the United States and abroad. Their interviews range from celebrities like Michael Douglas, Mary J. Blige, The Honorable Kathy Greenlee (Secretary of Aging) Ted Danson, Les Paul to the everyday man and in total 1,000’s of these interviews are circulated around the world. On September 21, 2012 Good News Planet will create an event to celebrate the UN International Day of Peace and to Pause the World.

Our 2012 Quarterly SeniorNet Newsletters will now be published in-conjunction with Milestone and Good News Planet Corporation.

You will receive newsletters that combine our SeniorNet stories and content. has a focus on seniors, technology, health, science, travel and entertainment from the leaders in these industries.

We are very excited about this partnership and know that you will find these stories of interest and value.

Letter from the Founder of
Milestone and Good News Planet Corporation

Paul Sladkus

Milestone and Good News Planet Corporation is very honored to announce a new partnership with SeniorNet.

For the last 14 years I have served on the board of the oldest and largest leading computer educational program in America. My friend, Mr. Leslie Smith, IBM Senior Executive, Chairman of the Board of Senior Net asked me to serve and I have been proud to do so. Created in 1986, SeniorNet has taught more than a million Boomers and Seniors how to use a computer and new technologies at their learning centers all over the country. Many companies have been behind this outreach, including AT&T, Adobe, Microsoft, IBM, Verizon, Department of the Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs and others. One of the latest SeniorNet initiatives is to close the digital divide for the underserved and people that need computer skills.

Our formalized relationship with SeniorNet will allow both organizations to share our content and community with each other worldwide. So please when you receive an email with SeniorNet and/or Good News Planet take a moment to read it. So please share it with those who can benefit. Also, please share it with those who can benefit and remember we all have a boomer or senior in our life and will certainly become a senior or boomer!!!!!!!!!

One of the exciting opportunities with our partnership is that we plan to create a Good News Planet Studio in every SeniorNet Community Center for members of SeniorNet and members of Good News Planet to share their Good News. The community will then post the content onto and onto This is Good News for the World!!!

About Milestone Broadcast and Good News Planet: Milestone Broadcast Corporation was created in 1985 by Paul Sladkus after an Award Winning career with CBS and PBS working on shows like (All in the Family, Carol Burnett, Sonny and Cher and Love of Life and on PBS Nature and Brain Series). In 1998 Milestone created to broadcast to the world, life affirming, thought provoking Good News, Entertainment and Events. Positive Content in English and Foreign Languages. The company is headquartered in New York City.

Thank you,

Leslie M. Smith
Board Chairman


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