Grand Haven Woman’s Club tap into the techno minds of i3 Academy students at monthly meeting.
There was a constant din of techno-talk at the Grand Haven clubhouse on Thursday, Jan. 14. The room was filled with members of the Grand Haven Woman’s Club, all who had iPhones, iPads, and laptops, and lots of questions for the six students from the i3 Academy at Flagler Palm Coast High School.
“We want you to leave knowing more than when you came here, knowing how to use the equipment that you have,” Deborah Williams, director of the Flagler Education Foundation, said.
The club’s education committee came up with the idea of inviting the students, who came after school and earned community volunteer hours toward graduation.
“We have 218 members in the club with diverse backgrounds,” president of the woman’s club, Nancy Carlton said. “We don’t use technology as much as when we were working, and we are getting stale, and the technology is always changing.”
The most popular questions focused on apps, how to transfer photos from phones, and The Cloud.
“Where is The Cloud?” Pat Tomnay asked i3 student Samantha Mumma.
One woman suggested Nevada, another Seattle, Samantha explained how data was stored in The Cloud.
Louise Dycke and her group peppered student Phil Flanery about apps and how to safely store passwords.
“Security, that’s important to me,” Dycke said.
Most people probably don’t use all of the features on their phones. Joanne Urgese said she doesn't, and before she upgraded her phone she wanted to know how to use the features.
“We want to know how to do all of the latest technology,” Urgese said. “It seems to be multiplying faster and faster.”
The coffers of the Take Stock in Children and Stuff the Bus programs also benefited from the afternoon meeting, as the club presented Williams with a check for the two groups.
“Every year we support the Flagler Education Foundation with two scholarships,” Carlton said. “We also give one to a female at Matanzas High School, and another to a female at Flagler Palm Coast.”
As the meeting came to a close the women weren’t ready to give up their personal IT techs. They were having too much fun learning.
“I didn’t realize we had so many questions,” club member Anne Marie Schutz said.