DW: Jim and Cathy
have set a high standard and they are very visible, but I think Mark and
Ron as well as many of the CDU activists around the state measure up. You
appear to be cut from the same cloth as well.
Sadly, Kenny and his staff supporters have been quite successful in preventing
the members from learning how much the members have benefited from the daily
activity of CDU activists.
Which leads into the next subject, getting the information out through our
Earlier this year you volunteered to become the CDU webmaster, and you've
done some swell things with it. It has a new face, new features, and the
material is frequently updated. In short you have ably built upon the foundation
Ron Deluce established last year.
How did you learn this skill?
EP: Let me tell you how I got started with websites, part of it was through
At the call center they wanted to automate a lot of stuff. I grew up in
the digital age, computers, spread sheets, that sort of thing and so it
was very natural for me to get involved with the internet.
In '94 I signed up for a Compuserve internet account and had it for about
6 months. Back then there was no such thing as unlimited service, you
were charged for everything, the number of minutes you were online. When
I got my first two bills, one was hundred something, the other was two
hundred something; and the next was three hundred something. When I saw
the last bill, that was it for me, so I cut it off.
Later when I moved to Sacramento, I got back online and having free website
space got me interested in it.
I use 'front page' to construct my sites. One thing that has really helped
is I have looked at a lot of other websites. You could say I have borrowed,
or lifted ideas.
that is what we have all done. It is kind of an online learning experience
for all of us, we are learning from each other as we go along, a community
what it is. My first sites were cut and paste, and I learned the skills
as I went along.
When I became the Sacramento area coordinator for CDU I suggested to Ron
that if he needed someone to do the website I could do it, but that I
would be changing it, and that was ok. I sent my new design out to all
the coordinators asking for comments, and received a response from Marla
Hambright suggesting the banner was too small. So I made adjustments.
The next challenge was to get content, and update it. We have talked about
that, how hard
it is to get people to write something, but that is improving.
I want to add pictures, and hope to get a digital camera. Pictures help
humanize CDU on the website.
Unlike before when we had to do things more cautiously, we have matured
to the point where we can be openly proud to be CDU, and we need to have
people see us, see our faces, who we are.