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Welcome to The Video Club Webpage

"Creating and Preserving Memories"

The Video Club is the technology hub for Laguna Woods Village. The Club has a unique combination of hardware and software that permits bringing any old audio, movie or photo format to the digital age. This stops further deterioration and makes this material easy to access again. For people currently using digital camcorders (including high definition), programs are available for video editing and DVD authoring/creation.

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Phil Doran To Offer N2L2D “Sneak Peek”
at February 20 General Meeting

Our speaker at the next Video Club General Meeting, Friday, February 20, at 6:30 pm in the Video Lab will be retired TV comedy writer Phil Doran, producer of the senior dating TV show currently in production under Video Club sponsorship. Phil will offer “A Sneak Peek of 'Never Too Late to Date.'” The show will air soon over Channel 6. He will also comment on aspects of the production and plans for the future.
In addition, our new President Steve Carman will introduce other club leaders and discuss plans for 2015. Note that this meeting will be on the third Friday instead of the third Thursday, so that Steve can attend, following a long-planned trip to Hawaii. 


Video Club to Show Documentary about Huell Howser on April 26 in CH3 Auditorium

As a fund-raiser for the Video Club, we've reserved the Clubhouse 3 Auditorium on Sunday, April 26, at 2 pm to screen the outstanding feature-length documentary “A Golden State of Mind: The Storytelling Genius of Huell Howser,” produced last year by Jeff Swimmer, Associate Professor in Chapman University's Dodgo College of Film and Media Arts. Prof. Swimmer will be our guest to discuss the making of his film about Southern California's beloved travel videographer.
Tickets will be $10, available soon in the CH3 Box Office, with a supply also going to the Video Club for resale. Plan to sell some to friends and neighbors. Plan a Huell Howser party and enjoy an early dinner after the show! For more information, contact Publicity Director Lucy Parker, , 949-456-4657.  



2015 Leadership Team Introduced at Annual Awards Banquet



Video Club leaders for 2015 pictured at the Banquet are (from left) Tom Nash, Betsy Martin, Lucy Parker, Mike Evans, Pat Burr, Joan Carman, Chuck Hale, Evelyn Chang, Charles Higginson, Norma Benner, Lisa Kirsoff, Allen Fortson, and Bliss Hill.

2015 Video Club Leaders

President                                 Steve Carman
Past President                         Lucy Parker
Vice President                         Tom Nash
Secretary                                 Lisa Kirsoff
Treasurer                                 Bob Kulpa
Purchasing Manager               Bob Kulpa      
Membership Director              Evelyn Chang
Publicity Director                    Lucy Parker
   Videogram Production             Misako Katayama
   Webmaster                              Gayle Gomez
Office Manager                      Barbel Dagostino
Video Lab Manager                Charles Higginson     
   & Lab Supervisor Coordinator       
Video Studio Manager             Mike Ayotte

KEY VOLUNTEERS                                 
Lab Supervisors                      Tue:    Bob Kulpa
                                                            Norma Benner
                                                Wed:   Betsy Martin
                                                            Pat Burr
                                                Thu:    Lucy Parker
                                                Fri:      Wolfgang Kutter
                                                            Al Koch
Hospitality                               Bliss Hill
                                               Joan Carman  
Equipment Controller              _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _
Historian                                 Norma Benner
General Meetings                   Steve Carman
Project Day                             Danny Sciupac
Channel 6 Monthly                  _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _      
  Video Club Show
    Studio Technical Steering Committee
            Steve Carman              Mike Bajc
            Mike Ayotte                   Scott Marvel
            Tom Nash                   
    Education Steering Committee
            Tom Nash                    Lucy Parker
            Betsy Martin                Chuck Hale    
            Steve Carman
    Studio Creative Forum     Allen Fortson 
    Corel Forum                       Wolfgang Kutter



Four Past Presidents Thank Tom Martin 

For His Years of Service to Video Club

Four recent Past Presidents, Lucy Parker, Scott Marvel, Charles Higginson, and Norma Benner, sent a letter to express the Video Club's thanks to Tom Martin as he steps down from his longtime service. Tom has been President, Treasurer, Purchasing Manager, and Newsletter Editor, as well as holding other club assignments.
It is with much regret that we issue this official notice of your release from your assignments as Video Club Board Member, Lab Supervisor, Equipment Curator and Software Manager for the Laguna Woods Video Club. Your many contributions to the Club have been both extraordinary and cover a span of time that is almost equal to the lifetime of the Club. You have set a course for the Club that will carry us long into the future. Your presence, expertise, advice and vast video knowledge cannot be easily replaced and will be greatly missed. . .
There is no way we can express how deep our gratitude runs for the endless hours, over such a long period, that you have devoted to the Video Club. Please know that your service is appreciated. And, as we move forward, it will be our pleasure to pursue the course, as you have defined it, for the Video Club in the coming years.
We wish you all the best in whatever the future holds for you and your family.



Danny Sciupac Facilitates Project Day

Welcome to Danny Sciupac, our new Project Day Coordinator. He replaces Lucille Roberts, who has headed our monthly member showcase events since their inception in Summer 2013. 

Open to the public without charge, Project Day offers an opportunity for members to screen recent work and work-in-progress for feedback and discussion.  Videos are limited to 8 minutes but may be part of a longer video. Presentation is for members only. For more information, contact Danny Sciupac, , 949-768-4807 .

Our next Project Day will be Monday March 2, at 1 p.m. in the Video Lab. – Don't miss it!





The “Never Too Late to Date” Report

 Games B and C of “Never Too Late to Date” were recorded in the Video Studio with a complex multi-camera, multi-mic shoot on January 20, bringing this major undertaking by the Video Club much nearer to completion. The club's teleprompter (seen in Barbel Dagostino's photo below), which hadn't been used for several years, was checked out and added to the tech lineup with Barbel as “telepromptress.”

Game A, as well as the sunset Dinner Date at  the19 Restaurant with contestant Les Wilmot and his date, Sherry Ellis, are already “in the can.” Two more romantic dinners for the January 20 contestants and their dates remain to be recorded, along with “pick ups and re-shoots” for Game A scheduled Wednesday, January 21, at 11 am in the Video Studio (no audience required).
Initial editing is already underway. according to Producer Phil Doran, who explains that the final product will be aired as a one-hour show on Channel 6 early this year. In a note to his high-energy team last month, Phil wrote, “I'm thanking you in advance for the dedication and focus you've brought to this project, relishing how we've all pulled together to create something that reflects well on our community, and looking forward partying our butts off at the wrap party.”
For more information about “Never Too Late to Date,” contact the N2L2D's publicity coordinator Ellen Van Houten, , 949-470-4710 .


 Check Our Online Club Calendar

The Videogram staff is developing a monthly online calendar for the Video Club. Check it out – and please make a link on your phone, tablet, or computer.




The Corel Forum will meet on Tuesday, February 17, at 10 a.m. in the Video Lab. We have Corel VideoStudio X7 on several Lab computers now, and Corel Forum Facilitator Wolfgang Kutter is planning some hands-on practice for Forum participants as an introduction to using video editing software.  For more information, contact or call 949 457-1259. 

Corel Forum meets monthly on the third Tuesday and is open free to members.  Residents are welcome.

Studio Creative Forum resumed in early January and is focused on developing comedic content.  For information about the next meeting, to be held in the Video Studio, contact Studio Forum Facilitator Allen Fortson, or call 949-322-3232. 




News from our 2015 Banquet 

Tom Nash Outlined Plans for Instruction

The Video Club's new Vice President Tom Nash (top left in collage below) took the podium on behalf of incoming President Steve Carman (inset) to outline new educational plans at our successful 5th Annual "Academy" Awards Banquet Saturday, January 17, in Clubhouse 7.. Emphasis will be on individualized "coaching." Health issues prevented Steve from attending, but he was there in spirit with wife Joan, who will co-head Hospitality with Bliss Hill this year. Outgoing President Lucy Parker thanked many volunteers in her summary of the club's accomplishments during 2014 and put special emphasis on creative progress in the Video Studio.

Gloria d'Simone-Shute (above left) kept the evening lively as our emcee. Lots of photographers were on hand, including Mike Bajc (bottom left), Barbel Dagostino (who did a fabulous job as our Banquet Chair), Mike Evans, and "you-know-who." One of Barbel's many contributions to the evening was the unusual chocolate raspberry cake (above right) decorated with photos of our incoming and outgoing Presidents.


Short Video Contest Winners Announced

In the Short Video Contest, Lucy Parker and Linda Lenthal tied for Best Picture among nine entries with their videos "Little Things" and "Mahale." Linda was on a five-month trip and could not attend. The surprise of the evening was that Lucy also won in "Oscars" in Videography and Editing, resulting in the armload of trophies (above) being presented by Contest Coordinator Roland Harrison. Other contestants were Ken Tsai, Danny Sciupac, Bob D'Evelyn, Betsy Martin, Chuck Hale, Pat Burr, and Jim Baker with videos on a wide range of subjects from travel to animals to fishing to humor, including animation, an air-sea rescue, and a even a Western "horse opry."






Club Activities

Video Lab Open Hours Tuesdays through Fridays between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m.

Closed on holidays and November 26-27, 2015  and December 18, 2015 - January 5, 2016  


Video Lab telephone number is 470-0965. Please call only during open hours, normally Tuesday through Friday, 1 p.m.-4 p.m.                                                               

General Meetings: Unless a change in schedule is announced (as for February 2015), 3rd Thursday of the month except January, July, August and December. During January we host our annual Awards Banquet celebration. 


Project Day, on the first Monday of the Month

Up to four Video Club members showcase one of their recent works from 1-3 p.m. in the Video Lab. Project Day videos are limited to 8 minutes, followed by 20 minutes of discussion covering both creative and technical aspects and providing participants with feedback. Contact Project Day Coordinator Danny Sciupac by email at  or call 615 972-7427 for more information or to be a presenter. 


Special Interest Events:  Posted as an Upcoming Event when scheduled.





The Video Lab and Audio/Video Studio are located in the Clubhouse 2 Annex buildings (between the main clubhouse and the pool).

To call the Video Lab please dial 470-0965.  If no answer, please call again during open hours, normally Tuesday through Friday, 1 p.m.-4 p.m.

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Video Lab telephone number is 470-0965. 
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normally Tuesday through Friday, 1 p.m.-4 p.m.






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