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Constitution - PDF (previous constitution - PDF)
We are a nonprofit computer club located in
Westchester County, New York. Our goal is to increase the computer
knowledge of our members and our community.
Our activities include monthly general meetings, over a dozen monthly
workshops. One of these workshops is Westchester PC-Renew where our
members refurbish computers & provide them free of charge to the
See the workshop page for information about our workshops.
The general meetings are currently held at Keller-Williams Realty in White Plains. General meetings start at 7:00 pm on the first Thursday of each month. These meeting start with a Q&A session on any topic that attendees may have & our experts reply to these questions. The Q&A session is followed by general announcements of interest & this is then followed by the feuture presentation scheduled for the month.
meetings are open to all - both members and non-members, free of charge.
Workshops are held at either the White
Plains Middle School or the Stepinac High School in White
Plains or One Wartburg Place, Mount Vernon. See the Calendar for the specific location of a scheduled workshop. (Calendar) .
dues are only $50.00 per year which includes all meetings and workshops
(at no additional cost) for all members of a household. Also included
is subscription to The Westchester PC News, reduced rate
magazine subscriptions and computer books, free shipping from PC Connection, and the
opportunity to win free showcased software.
The Westchester PC Users Group
began in early 1981, at the dawn of personal computer age, as an
informal gathering of experienced and novice users eager to keep up
with the rapidly expanding microcomputer industry. Regularly scheduled
monthly meetings began in 1982; the first officers were elected in
1983; and the first newsletter issued in 1984. The Group incorporated
as a not-for-profit educational organization in 1985.
In the beginning, computers were large, costly, systems available only
to the very largest companies who could afford to purchase, maintain,
and operate them. Most applications had to be programmed individually
to meet the needs of each firm. By the late '70's, IBM,
Kaypro, Commodore, and Tandy, were developing the first personal computers
for the consumer market place. Soon, people across the country, who
believed that the PC could improve their productivity and the quality
of their lives, were becoming attracted to this emerging technology.
Westchester County was especially
significant, because it was the location of the T. J. Watson Center,
IBM's premier research facility in Yorktown Heights. And, so it was
that, during the early '80's, a small group of PC enthusiasts, aware of
the potential inherent in this new medium, joined to form the
Westchester PC Users Group. By 1986, the WPCUG had 40 members, and held
monthly meetings at the Scarsdale Public Library.
Several years ago, WPCUG membership
consisted largely of advanced users who met with fellow aficionados,
programmers, and consultants, at monthly meetings where they kept up to
date with advancing technology and exchanged information. Since the
recession, corporate downsizing, and the layoff of large numbers of
mature, experienced, employees, WPCUG's role has changed significantly.
Today, its paid membership is over 700, and the Westchester PC Users
Group is meeting today's needs ...
WPCUG is governed by elected officers and a
board of directors who serve without pay. It has no paid staff;
volunteers handle all operations. Income from membership dues is used
to pay for meeting space, technical equipment, newsletter production
and mailings. A listing of the Board of Directors and Officers
can be found in the Members Section
Are currently held at Keller-Williams Realty in White Plains
White Plains Middle School in White
Stepinac High School in White
One Wartburg Place in Mount Vernon
Over the last decade, computers have become
thoroughly accepted as a fact of life. Today, people know that all vocational
skills will inevitably be intertwined with the computer. In the current
environment, the Westchester PC Users
Group group has become an oasis for increasing numbers of adults
seeking to improve their computer literacy, often from scratch. Even
though every child is now expected to learn these skills early on, many
adults and seniors, are still entering the computer environment,
anxious and confused.
Although they are increasingly
necessary, computers are very complex systems and can be most daunting.
They can be very difficult to learn, operate and maintain. In fact,
it's important to understand that no single person can possibly know
everything about computers. There are hardware specialists, software
specialists, applications specialists, programmers, software engineers,
system architects, and networking specialists -- just to name a few of
the many specialization categories in the personal computer environment.
Enter a typical "Barnes & Nobel"
bookstore and look for the "Computer" section. You'll find that the
assortment of books written to aid in the learning of computer related
subjects consumes upward of 500 linear feet of bookshelf space., a
tenth of a mile in length. A profound resource for the vast technology
resident in today's personal computer.
In brief, WPCUG's mission is to raise
the level of computer literacy in our community. Critical, is the
concept that we learn best when we're among others committed to
learning the same subject. Members help one another. The sharing of
knowledge and insights creates a synergy, reinforcing, and accelerating
the learning process.
Today, the Westchester PC
Users Group holds 12 monthly feature
presentations each year. WPCUG is an exhibitor at numerous computer
shows in Westchester County. WPCUG publishes and distributes an
informative monthly newsletter. WPCUG has its own website. It conducts
"Beginners" courses twice a month for new members and it sponsors 20+ Workshops in a variety of computing
specialties (e.g. Internet, Networking, Windows'98, Desktop Publishing,
Investments, etc.) each month.
WPCUG volunteers have been called upon
to provide help and consulting services to numerous community service
organizations including: The HUDSON VALLEY ASSOCIATION OF
TECHNICAL SOCIETIES, TONY
BROWN'S CYBER LEADERSHIP PROGRAM, and the SAINT
CABRINI NURSING HOME. Activities of the WPCUG have been
reported by the GANNETT WEST/ROCK NEWSGROUP, The NEW YORK TIMES,
and WORLDWIDE MONITOR RADIO.
The PC users' group is an ideal point of entry for one's own computer
education, or "job re-training," program. A solid investment (from a
cost/benefits perspective), most will find the Westchester PC
Users Group to be a good starting place. For some,
WPCUG has been a useful networking point for re-entry into the job
market. A computer is absolutely necessary for initiating an
entrepreneurial effort. Every productive "home office" develops around
specialized software including: money management programs, word
processors, databases, telecom and fax packages. Computing is not
without problems. For the same reasons that every large company has a
Computer Support Center, every entrepreneurial entity or every family
must develop a computer support network. The best asset a PC owner can
have for PC-related information, education, and support, is membership
in the Westchester PC Users Group.
maps shown below are interactive - click Directions & enter your origination
point for directions.
Middle School (MS) - meeting location
128 Grandview Avenue
White Plains, NY 10605
Enter through center door; turn left, look for the stairwell on the right; go up one flight and room 265 is straight ahead.
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School - meeting location
950 Mamaroneck Avenue, room G1
White Plains, NY 10605
The parking lot is behind the building; Once you've parked, the building's entrance
is to your left, near the corner of the building; take stairs one
flight down and then turn right to room G1.
south on Mamaroneck Ave, look for Gedney Way & the tennis courts on the right.
- Then a little more than 1/4 mile from Gedney Way is the
driveway entrance to the school.
- When you see the second school speed
zone sign, prepare to turn right into the Stepinac school driveway.
- Enter driveway on the
north side of the building which takes you to the rear of the school building.
- Do NOT take the entrance at the center of the building - it does not go to the parking lot. See satellite view.
If you prefer to use an elevator, at entrance, take stairs half flight
up & turn left to elevator. Take elevator to 'B' and then turn right
to room G1.
* Please note this door may be locked for security reasons so look for
someone exiting the building to let you in or a printed sjgn on the
door with a phone number to reach someone from the club who can let you
The map shown below is interactive - click 'Directions' & enter your origination point for directions.
Keller-Williams NY Realty - General Meeting location
120 Bloomingdale Road, First Floor
White Plains, NY 10605
Bloomingdale Road going south, access to parking lot is a curved
driveway at the traffic light just south of the building. Here is street view
of the driveway. As you drive up the driveway, #120 is the first
building you will see. If not enough parking space in this lot,
continue up the driveway to the upper lot. Once in the building,
proceed through lobby to the WPCUG check-in table. Please bring a
flashlight or use your phone for use on any outside steps to make up
for lack of illumination on these steps.
One Wartburg Place
Mt. Vernon, NY 10552
Directions to PC Renew at Wartburg - using map below
updated 04/22/19 - gh