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~ March 2001 ~
  • "The great growling engine of change -- technology."
    ~ Alvin Toffler ~
  • Hoaxes and Urban Legends
  • Keyboard Shortcuts
  • March's Volunteer Department Website

"The great growling engine of change -- technology."
Alvin Toffler

Change indeed! Coin operated pay phones are being pulled from communities because they aren't being used. People ask, "What's your E-mail?" before asking for phone numbers and many retail stores are no longer printing catalogues because all their merchandise in online. Tech Tips helps us keep up with change.

This month we'll discuss the truth and lies of the Internet and look at hoaxes. We'll continue are preview of volunteer program website and learn some PC keyboard shortcuts!

Hoaxes and Urban Legends

How many times have you received a copy of an E-mail messages telling you that Bill Gates is giving money away? Did you get the one about the third grade class experimenting to see how many E-mail messages they can receive from all over the world? Urban legend and hoaxes are alive and well on the Internet. On a more serious note -- what about all those virus warnings?

Check out the authenticity before you pass on any messages. You'll educate yourself and be less annoying!

Keyboard Shortcuts

Mac users have long been accustomed to the luxury of keyboard shortcuts. The PC world has it's own as well. Here are some that are useful:

PrintScreen: Copies the entire Windows display to the Clipboard. It then can be pasted into Paint or another graphics program and printed.
 Alt + PrintScreen: Copies only the currently active window to the Clipboard.
 Alt + Tab: Switches to the application that was the current application before the application you are presently in. Switches back when pressed again.
 Alt + Tab + Tab: Hold down Alt and press Tab. Continue holding Alt and pressing Tab.
Release the Alt key when the icon of the program you want to switch to is highlighted.
 Ctrl+Esc: Opens the Windows Start menu.
 Alt+F4: Quits the open program
Shift+Delete: Deletes an item permanently without it going to the Windows Recycle Bin.
 Shift+Right Click: Displays a shortcut menu containing alternative commands.
  F1: Opens up the Help File in almost all programs.

March's Volunteer Department Website

This month we travel to Illinois for visit with the Naperville Settlement, http://www.napersettlement.org, a 19th century village created by and now, daily brought to life through the efforts of volunteers committed to preserving and presenting Naperville's rich heritage.

A "volunteer" button is prominent at the top of the Settlement's main page. One click takes you to the volunteer page that describes various volunteer opportunities. Diane Ernst is the Volunteer Coordinator and her contact information is found easily throughout the pages.

One nice feature is a profile of two volunteers. This is a great way to recognize volunteers and it brings a "realness" to the folks who volunteer at Naperville Settlement. Farther down the page is a link to an application that can be printed and mailed to Ms. Ernst.

In addition, there is this proud proclamation: Naperville Settlement participates in the 2001 International Year of Volunteers!

Georgean C. Johnson-Coffey

Georgean is a trainer and consultant in the areas of nonprofit management and volunteer involvement. She holds a Master's degree in Education/Staff Training and Development and a Bachelor's degree in Sociology from Indiana University.

Georgean is an Adjunct Faculty member of Ivy Tech State College with the Business and Industry Training Department. Her articles have been published in the Florida Libraries Journal and The Bottom Line: Managing Library Finances.

Georgean conducts national and regional workshops on Train-the-Trainer, Customer Service, Conflict Management, Staff/ Volunteer Relations, Fundamentals of Volunteer Management, Family Volunteering, Trends in Volunteerism, and other aspects of Volunteer Management.

Georgean is immediate Past Chairperson of the National Government Volunteer Coordinator Advisory Committee for the Points of Light Foundation in Washington, DC. She is Past Chairperson and Founding Officer of Northeast Indiana Association of Volunteer Administration, a professional membership organization representing 60 nonprofit/voluntary organizations. She is a member of the Association for Volunteer Administration, the Points of Light Foundation, and the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action.

Prior to starting her training and consulting company she served for several years as the Manager of Volunteer Services in healthcare, library, and social service organizations, leading programs of 500 volunteers.

Georgean C. Johnson-Coffey, M. Ed.
Blue Vision Training
P.O. Box 15118
Fort Wayne, IN 46885-5118
Phone: (219)-485-9081
Fax: (219)-485-5847

E-mail: georgeanjc@aol.com

URL: http://www.bluevisiontraining.com

 Copyright 2001 by Nancy Macduff.

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