Washington Apple Pi

A Community of Apple iPad, iPhone and Mac Users
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Membership Benefits

TCS Discussion Forums

For decades, the TCS has been the Pi's round-the-clock get-together where the Pi's experts and soon-to-be experts hang out, educate, entertain and inspire each other between meetings.

Bring your questions, answers, discoveries and stories. Or just listen in and mine the wealth of past and present discussions.

Video Podcasts

Missed a meeting, or want a recap? Meeting videos are posted inside connect.wap.org along with their Q&A sessions, plus the occasional special topic or tutorial.

Journals

Every issue of the Journal is packed with tips, tricks, reviews and opinions. Download full-color PDFs of all back issues since 2009. High-resolution scans of earlier years -- thousands of pages spanning decades -- are being added.

Email

Email. We got yer email. You like email? You came to the right place.

Washington Apple Pi operates its own email service. Things it doesn't have: 1) additional costs; 2) ties to your ISP (Internet Service Provider), 3) advertising.

Visit this link and tell 'em Emil sent you.

Tech Support

Throughout the month there are ample opportunities to obtain one-on-one assistance with specific software or hardware issues. Clubhouse Saturday events are specifically dedicated as members helping members sessions, with like opportunities available at our monthly meetings. There is also a list of volunteers available for telephone consultations or iChat sessions using screen sharing.

Tutorial Help

Problems need solutions! The Pi has several means to expand your knowledge about using your Mac. Get your questions answered or get instruction on a wide variety of topics at one of our monthly meetings, at a Clubhouse tech support session or in an exclusive iChat session. Face-to-face interaction is key and we have knowledgeable volunteers willing to help.

Questions and Answers

The Pi has at your disposal several great venues for getting answers to your questions. There are Q&A sessions at the beginning of each monthly meeting, a very active members' discussion forum (TCS Forums), the Clubhouse Saturday events, and other club activities. Whether in a direct verbal reply or in a text message, Pi volunteers strive to provide timely, thorough answers or, at least, to direct you to someone who can.

Email Accounts

With your membership comes with a full service email account. Use it as your primary email address or a secondary one; in either case it will serve you well. The Pi email service is hosted by top-of-the-line commercial software and runs on our up-to-date mail server. As an added benefit, your Pi email account has no limitations on the size of attachments. Additional accounts can be added for a nominal $20 per year.

Monthly Meetings

Informal gatherings are held on the fourth Saturday of every month presently at George Mason University in Fairfax Virginia. The accommodations are comfortable and the presentations timely and informative. Attendees arrive with many questions, but when the meeting is over, they leave with answers and with fresh enthusiasm to use what they just learned.

Informative Journal

The Pi's Publications Committee produces a top-notch magazine replete with informative articles, educational features, and important club information, most written by Pi members. The Washington Apple Pi Journal has received much member praise for its content and colorful, tasteful presentation style. The Journal is provided exclusively to members in an easily downloadable PDF format.

Special Events

To keep things interesting and encourage participation, the Pi occasionally offers bonus opportunities or enhancements to our regular fare of meetings and programs. Three recent activities included a Mac Masters seminar, our recurring photo contest, and a discount promotion of the Mac OS X operating system. Other featured events or special deals are in development, each sure to please and to provide an extra benefit for membership.

Special Interest Topics

Our club affords ample opportunities to learn more about specific aspects of using a Mac or other Apple device. Whether your passion is photos, movies, programming, mobile devices or other topics, you can satisfy it by forming a Special Interest Group. Just a few members who share a particulate interest can easily meet and endlessly explore their topic together. As a bonus, the Pi Clubhouse is waiting to host your group.

Social Networking

One of the basic tenets of our club is that we are a social organization. It follows that we should actively use every available means to keep the group informed and involved. To ensure we are out there, the Pi has active pages on the following websites: Facebook, Twitter and Meet Up. These sites allow members and others to keep up with the most current Pi buzz. You can sign on to our networking sites via the Pi's website.

Volunteer Opportunities

Helping hands are needed and welcomed! A volunteer organization's success and longevity is directly related to the number and quality of its members who come forward to direct and assist. The Pi has many important programs with a need for volunteer effort to ensure that they flourish and endure. Members helping members is our mantra. Will you join the effort?