The SWACKS CLUB HAS A PRIVATE WEBSITE FOR MEMBERS ONLY:
A new member is contacted and given the website address and password. This website is updated after every meeting with information from that meeting and months of info from prior meetings.
MEMBERS RECEIVE A SWACKS NEWSLETTER via email ONCE A MONTH:
South West Florida Apple Computer Knowledge Society, Inc.
A club of Apple Device Users of all levels who get together to share experience and knowledge
It contains brief articles on the new and exciting information about Apple Applications and cutting edge Apple current technology. The newsletter also contains other information about the meeting topics and coming events.
HISTORY OF SWACKS
The Club began in 1982 at the home of Sandy Prickett, with
about 10 members. It revolved around the early Apple
products, Apple II+ and Apple IIs, IIEs, IICs and IIGSs. The
by-laws were set up and the club was registered with Apple.
As the club grew other locations were used to accommodate
the group. These included mostly locations in North Fort
Myers like the Bayshore Elementary School, a computer store
that featured Apples IIs, a Recreation Center and later
McGregor Baptist Church.
When the early Mac was introduced, those with Apple IIs and those with Macs met together but in separate rooms.
The newsletter had been a 24 page bulletin but went to 48 pages to accommodate the Mac group. During this time membership went over 400 in number.
After about a year the Mac group decided to split off on their own and about 4 years later the ones still in the Apple 2 group (about 7-8) asked to come back to SWACKS and no longer met as an Apple 2 group.
When Sandy decided to live in Georgia for 6 months of each year, the club was in danger of folding; Brenda Hess volunteered to reorganized the club, set up a board to help run the club, as Sandy had done everything himself. Then a quest to find affordable meeting places in a more central location. These included The Renaissance building, St Hillary's Church and then Zion Lutheran Church.
The club celebrated its 25th year with a party complete with TV coverage, cake, gift's, etc., at St. Hillary's Church in 2007.
The last 9 years have seen a wide range of new technology with the introduction of the iPhone and the iPad, Apple TV and iWatch. Workshops are now geared to accommodate this and the many new Mac users and switchers to Mac.