At the core, we're a group of people that enjoy playing w/ computers and learning as much as we can about them. We have a website and meet once a month to share experiences and to learn new things. The world of computing has been rapidly changing since it started out w/ beads on a string and we can't wait to see what the future will hold. We have diverse backgrounds and levels of experience and we help each other to solve problems and learn about the machines on which we've grown to depend. We have a Board of Directors elected by the membership.
We record our monthly meetings and make them available to members on our website. And we have a party at the end of the year that's a lot of fun. We have a Member Forum that's a bulletin board for members to ask questions and to discuss any subject in an asychronous way. Unlike email, the discussions on the Forum are available to all members who wish to join in w/o flooding the inboxes of members who aren't interested in a particular topic. And the discussions are preserved so they can be left for a while and picked up again at any later time.
We've recently opened our doors to the world, so we're going through some changes to make that happen. We've found that more is better when it comes to learning from the experiences of others. We haven't found a way, yet, for outlying members to participate in our meetings, but we're looking into it. It is possible, however, to listen to the meeting on our website shortly after it happened. And members can read a summary in the Meeting Notes within a week or so after that.
The history of the PC Club of Costa Rica (and its website) is somewhat mysterious because few records were kept and the founders are no longer with us. Bill V remembers the club starting up soon after RACSA started offering dial-up internet service in the mid 1990's, with Roy Lent being one of the founders. Sam Butler was one of the first to get involved and was President. Frans Lamers was President around 2003-4 and was persuaded to start coming to the club by Bob W.. Chuck Jennings became President shortly thereafter and continued until his death in September, 2016. When Dick S arrived in Costa Rica in 2008, he soon joined the club and became its Webmaster in early 2011. Dick was appointed Acting-President by the Board to fill out Chuck's term until December, 2017. He remained Webmaster on the Board also, but insisted that he would have only one vote in Board decisions.