Monthly Archives: November 2008

District Convention 2009: The Great Safari

This year’s convention flyer is now available for download. The Great Safari will take place at the Red Lion Hotel, 1401 Arden Way, Sacramento from Wednesday, April 29th, through Sunday, May 3.

Package pricing is per person/double occupancy and ranges from $140 for one day to $410 for four days. Full details can be found on the flyer.

Registration forms will be posted here as well, as soon as they are available. Reservations must be made by March 27th.

Click to download District Convention Flyer

Click to download District Convention Flyer

Sharing Electronic Documents

Emailing out a flyer, or posting an electronic flyer to a web site is a quick and cost effective way to help spread the word about your event or fund raiser. Sometimes we run into problems, however, because not everyone uses the same brand of computer, operating system (Windows, Mac, Linux) or software (MS Word, MS Works, Apple Pages). 

At some point, you have probably experienced the frustration of receiving a document that you can’t open, or that doesn’t open properly. Luckily, a relatively simple solution exists for this problem. We now have the tools to exchange documents in a nearly-universal format called “Portable Document Format”, shorthanded as “PDF.” This format, created by Adobe, distills documents that exist in proprietary formats such as .doc (or .docx) into documents that end with .pdf, that can be read on any computer running Adobe Reader (available for free here). 

Creating a PDF is as easy as printing a document. Using the tools and procedures outlined below for either Mac or PC, simply “print” the final version of your document to a PDF file for electronic distribution by email or web site posting.

On the Macintosh, if running Mac OS X, select >File>Print and from the dialog box that opens next, where you would normally tell the computer how many copies to print, etc., simply select the button labled “PDF” in the lower left corner, then select “Save as PDF”, name the document and select the location where you want it saved. 

On Windows, you may already have software to do the same thing. If not, you can install a free tool called PrimoPDF. Once this tool is installed (or another like it), simply print the document, selecting the PrimoPDF “printer” as the target printer (rather than your HP, Canon, Epson, Lexmark or other printing device), name the file and select it’s location.

You will now have a PDF that will look and behave the way you expect it to on virtually any computer it’s opened on.

[Note: Since you are “printing” the document to a PDF file, you may also use some of the settings that would apply to a printed document for your PDF. For example, if you only want your PDF file to contain one page, or a range of pages, from the source document, simply set those options as you would when printing before clicking the save button.]

If you are experiencing trouble with this process, feel free to email the Tech Group for some feedback. If you do email us, please be sure to include some details about your setup, operating system, software, etc, so that we may give you effective guidance.

Once you have mastered the simple art of creating a PDF document, you should use this in all situations where the recipients of your document do not need to edit it, simply to read it for information. This means you can send word processing documents, spreadsheets, page layout documents, scanned files, images and just about any other type of document as a PDF.

Questions about this topic and other technical support issues can be emailed to lionstechgroup -at- yahoogroups -dot- com. (Why does this email address look so strange?)

San José Holiday Parade

Dear Lions,

Lion Alan and I would like to invite you to participate in the 2008 San José Holiday Parade. Over the past 5 years of our involvement, over 2 Million Bay Area Residents have been exposed to Lions Club International. It is truly a joy to walk in the parade and see the smiling faces of the 100,000 plus attendees having fun AND they hear about Lions Clubs and the volunteer work we do. Last year we tested over 100 folks in the AJ Robinson Van at the Christmas in the Park Celebration that day as well.

Many Clubs in the District have been sponsors of our participation since we started in 2002 and we want our presence even more noticeable this year. Most clubs have been able to donate a minimum of $200.00 each and your continued support will be greatly appreciated by the District as well as any individual who has a chance to have their blood sugar screening performed by one of our volunteer Lions Club nurses like Val Isaacson, Lee Morris and many others.

Please take this information to your Board of Directors. We need your approval and financial support by the 2nd Cabinet Meeting in November and we would like to honor your clubs help by having checks presented to the Governor at that meeting.

Oh, and this is not just about money, we want your bodies too! We need you in the parade but we also need you and your Holiday Spirit to help design and decorate this years Lions Christmas tree in the Park and that happens right after you eat Thanksgiving turkey.

Yours in Lionism,

Lion Peter Herrera, 408-590-0015
Lion Alan Woertink, 408-813-2866
Co-Chairs

Lions 2008 Holiday Parade Sign Up

Lions 2008 Holiday Parade Tree Decorating Sign Up

Lions 2008 Holiday Parade AJ Van Sign Up

San Martin Lions Host Holiday Party and Toy Drive

All Lions and their families are invited to a deluxe prime rib dinner at the Lions Hall in San Martin on Dec. 16 at 7 pm. The cost is $15 per person.  All attendees are asked to bring a new unwrapped toy to benefit the annual toy drive sponsored by Betsy’s Restaurant in Morgan Hill.  Please RSVP to Lion Dirk van Straaten at (408) 205-3457 by Dec. 9th.

An Event to Set Your Sights On Benefit Luncheon

Tom Sullivan, blind since birth, is a best-selling author, actor, singer, entertainer, producer and motivational speaker. He comes to Pebble Beach on February 22, 2009, to headline a benefit luncheon for The Blind and Visually Impaired Center of Monterey County, Inc. The event also honors the 200-year anniversary of the birth of Louis Braille. The luncheon and reception will take place at 11:30 a.m. at the Inn at Spanish Bay, Pebble Beach. Cost is $50 per person. For information, contact Carolyn Craig at 831-373-0150. Sponsorship opportunities are available.

Sight Seminar Flyer

Click to Download Flyer

Protecting email addresses in online posts

In a couple of posts on this website, you may have seen email addresses written like this:

emailname [at] domain [dot] com

When you use that email address, you have to remove the spaces and replace the [at] with @ and the [dot] with a period.

Why make it so strangely complicated? Simply put, it’s to protect that email address from being harvested and spammed.

Automated processes, known variously as spiders, bots, spambots and crawlers, are programmed to literally crawl through every webpage they encounter looking for data that fits the unique format of an email address like emailname@domain.com. They store those addresses they find in databases that are later used to send out spam and phishing scams.

So do yourselves and others a favor, if you plan to post an email address here, protect it by using formatting similar to what you’ve seen. Variations are fine. Just make sure it’s reasonably easy for a human reader to figure out what modifications to make to return the address to machine readable format.

As always, you may direct questions about this topic to lionstechgroup [at] yahoo [dot] com. 🙂

P.S. Other clever ways of confounding the spiders and bots include formatting email to look like any of these examples:

email@NOSPAMdomain.com (email@domain.com)
email@REMOVETHISdomain.com (email@domain.com)
email@REMOVETHISdomain.ANDTHIScom (email@domain.com)