From the President

From Arnold King

Arnold King

We are now almost two years into the COVID-19 pandemic. The origin of the virus remains a mystery, but the effects are real and will probably continue into the future. The good news is we are learning to live with the problem and keep people as safe as possible with vaccines and therapeutic medicine.

Supermarket prices jumped 0.8% in November, pushing the inflation rate for food costs to 6.4% over the past year, the largest increase for a 12-month period since 2008. That’s bad, but at least we are getting a decent cost of living raise this year. Those who live on a set income are going to really suffer if inflation isn’t brought under control.

We are planning a real person to person annual meeting and board meeting on August 1st at Denver. We hope some of you are planning to come and participate. Denver is a great location for the meeting and a convenient time to stretch it into a great vacation. Details will be provided in the near future. Plans for the SWCS annual meeting, which meets concurrently with ARCSE, are available on the SWCS website. The normal plan for our meeting is to have a luncheon and an awards ceremony on Monday. Following that, we have a formal business meeting of the board of directors. One important item on the agenda will be a discussion of future board meetings. For the past two years we have had Zoom meetings with fairly good results. Should we begin having Zoom business meetings or continue having in-person meetings as we have had historically? If you have thoughts or feelings about that, please let us know. After all, we do try to represent your wishes while we serve on the board.

A few weeks ago, I got a call from Roland Willis. I hadn’t talked to him in 25 years. He complimented our organization for our attempts to make ARCSE more appealing to younger employees and retirees. It was a wonderful call that I will always remember, because just a few days later, we received notice that he had passed away. It is very sad, but he’s now in God’s Kingdom along with several others who have passed away this year. I know we all enjoy remembering the good times we had working with our associates. And that is what makes our ARCSE such a great and worthwhile organization worthy of our support.

I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. And finally, we have a dedicated board and support staff, and I want to thank them for their efforts to keep ARCSE sustainable.

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Flickr 101

by Julie McSwain, ARCSE President-Elect

In the summer of 2021, Jordyn Rodriguez, SWCS/ARCSE Intern, developed a Flickr site for ARCSE that can be used for uploading, organizing, and sharing digital media such as photos and videos.

Flickr is a platform for conveniently sharing photos and videos. It’s used by many photography professionals to send images to clients, as well as anyone with photo-sharing needs.

It’s free to make an account on Flickr, which encourages even the most casual users to sign up. And for those who are more serious about storing pictures, there is a Pro feature available for purchase.

In addition to uploading photos, users can peruse the platform to check out other people’s work and can “like” or comment on anything that piques their interest. Let’s learn more about some Flickr features.

1. Profile – Just like you can have a profile on Facebook, you can have a profile on Flickr. This dashboard is a place for both you and others to view and keep track of your media on Flickr.

2. Galleries – Think of galleries as you would “photo albums” on Facebook. A key difference between Facebook albums and Flickr’s galleries is that you can add other users’ media to your gallery. You can only have 50 photos or videos in a gallery, so think about what you want to share in the gallery.

3. Photostream – This is a collection of media that belongs solely to you. If your photos and videos have been set to “public,” then other users can come to your profile and see what you’ve uploaded. If your media is set to “private,” then only you and those you have permitted will be able to view your content.

4. Albums – One great feature of Flickr is the ability to organize photos through albums. This feature is also a great organization tool for the user, as it helps ensure that the media isn’t appearing in random places.

5. Faves – When you use Flickr, it’s possible you’ll come across an image you really want to save for later. When you “star” or favorite a photo on Flickr, it automatically appears in the “Faves” tab on your profile.

The best way to get familiar with Flicker is to sign-up for a free account and play around with the various features. Even if you don’t take pictures and want to see what ARCSE has available on Flickr, simply click on this link: https://www.flickr.com/photos/193466003@N08.

To learn more about what Flickr has to offer, I recommend jumping on the site and creating a free profile for yourself. Playing around with various features is always the best way to learn more about a platform.

If you have any photos to share from a recent Zoom or face-to-face meeting for ARCSE and want your photos shared on our ARCSE Flickr site, please email Julie MacSwain at juliemacswain@gmail.com 

Please reach out if you have any questions. Thank you!