Se­nior Net ac­tive

South Waikato News - - NEWS / HE PURONGORONGO - By CAITLIN WAL­LACE

It only took a few do­nated Win­dows 95 com­put­ers to get South Waikato Se­nior Net started.

A com­mit­tee of eight brought the com­puter classes to the district 15 years ago and sev­eral up­grades and hun­dreds of mem­bers later the or­gan­i­sa­tion is still go­ing strong.

Com­mit­tee chair­man War­ren An­der­son said the cur­rent 230 mem­bers not only gain skills but con­fi­dence as well.

‘‘It’s not only a place to learn but to so­calise as well,’’ he said.

An­der­son said their old­est mem­ber at 90 could not even con­trol a mouse when she started.

As the tech­nol­ogy con­tin­ued to up­grade so did her skills, An­der­son said.

Com­mit­tee mem­ber Raewyn Adams started with the club as a stu­dent.

And de­spite the skills she had al­ready ac­quired she still had much to learn.

‘‘I went to col­lege and it wasn’t un­til I came to Se­nior Net when I re­ally knew how to use a com­puter,’’ she said.

Catch­ing up: Chair­man War­ren An­der­son, front, Rose­mary Shaw and Mau­reen John­son started with Se­nior Net to help oth­ers learn about tech­nol­ogy.

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