Technology for Fun and Profit
by Jo Ann Mooney
The following article is from the Secular
Humanist Bulletin, Volume 15, Number 1.
The Capital District Humanist Society (CDHS) in Albany, New York, a member of the Alliance of Secular Humanist Societies,
is not only using computer technology, but also promoting it. The first step was to get
all the board members "connected," via e-mail. "That has made board matters
so much easier to conduct," says Society member Myrna Becker. "We're spread out
in three neighboring cities and many suburban areas. It used to take us forever to get
anything done because we had to use the mails or make phone calls or wait until we could
hold meetings. Now we just send a short e-mail to everyone, and we can take care of
pressing business very quickly, even in between our monthly Executive Council
CDHS's latest technology move is to offer two-hour mini-courses in how the computer
works along with Windows 95 for beginners and word processing and desktop publishing for
those who are a little more advanced. Even nonmembers are welcome to attend. A good
proportion of the students are older members of the group who are eager to "get with
it" by learning how to use computers. So far CDHS has offered three training sessions
and more are planned. The instructor time is donated by Myrna, who is using her experience
as a manager of a state government information systems unit. A nominal fee is charged,
which benefits the group.
The overall objective of this project is for humanists to overcome their geographic
separation, work together more easily on common projects, improve communications, and
above all, build a strong humanist "community."
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