Windows XP End of Life | The end of computing as we’ve known it (for 12 years) – February 13, 2014

The PCCC General Meeting for
Thursday February 13, 2014 is
CANCELLED Due to Adverse Weather

Everyone have a safe week.
Please remember that ELECTIONS will be held at the March 13 meeting. If you wish to run for an elected position or volunteer for a position on the Board, please send your name to Bill Barnes at

Thursday Weather May Impact Meeting
The TV weather is predicting snow until Thursday afternoon.

At time of publication, we expect the Thursday, February 13 meeting to take place as scheduled. On the chance that conditions are difficult Thursday, there will be an announcement at by 4:00 pm Thursday.  Please check the website for a notice in case the meeting must be cancelled.

Our Program for February will be: The End of Computing As We’ve Known It – What to Expect When Microsoft Drops Support for XP and Office 2003. Bill Barnes will lead a panel of knowledgeable club members who will examine this issue, its prevalence and predict the consequences for users like us. This discussion will include the telephone support drop off, software vulnerability, maintenance issues as well as what to do about all this. All in all an extremely timely topic since the support deadline is just around the corner on April 8th.

Bill Barnes, our Election Committee Chair, asked me to remind everyone that those of you who would like to “give back“ to the Club by contributing to its operation should consider taking on an Officer or Chair role this year. Be sure to get in touch with Bill between now and the elections scheduled for the March meeting.

As always: Membership continues to be our #1 priority. Please refer people to our website, And, don’t forget to renew your own membership when the time comes. Most of all bring a guest to our meetings.

Notice of Proposed Dues Increase

At the last Board Meeting, we continued a discussion that has been ongoing for some time. PC Club Treasurer, Richard Kinkel, said that after looking at the Club’s finances, he felt that the $15 yearly dues was insufficient to support our activities in the future. He put forward a motion to raise the dues.

After further discussion, the Board voted for an increase in the dues from $15 for individual members to $25; and an increase from $20 for families to $30.
Article III, Section 3.1 of our bylaws states that “dues and fees are set by a majority [of members in good standing] present and voting at a regular meeting”. As a consequence, we will vote on this issue at a regular meeting in the near future. A discussion and possible vote is planned for our next meeting on February 13th.

Please join us. The Personal Computer Club of Charlotte [PC3] meets the second Thursday of each month (next meeting Thursday, February 13th 2014) in the Main Fellowship Hall at Pritchard Memorial Baptist Church, 1117 South Blvd in Charlotte. The meeting gets under way promptly at 7:00pm. We generally start with a brief review of current PC issues in the news. Following that we have a presentation on a topic of interest to PC or Smart Phone users and wrap up by 9:00pm. Initial attendance at the meeting is free and open to the public.

In addition to our General Meeting at 7:00PM a number of us get together for dinner at 5:45pm. We generally hold our “Eating before the Meeting” at the church. Six or seven folks generally show up, have supper and talk tech until it was time to start the General Meeting. The club will provide iced tea and cookies for desert. Anything else, pizza, burger, sandwich will have to be brought in by the participants. We suggest that everyone interested stop on their way to the meeting to buy themselves diner at the Sandwich Shop, Fuel Pizza, McDonalds, etc. and bring it with them to the church.

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To speak to a person call Jack LaPointe at 704-489-0011.