Social Media Guru to Headline March Meeting – La Mesa Mayor also to Address Membership

La Mesa Foothills Democratic Club, serving all of Grantville, San Carlos, Del Cerro, Allied Gardens, College Area, La Mesa, Mt. Helix, Santee and close-in East County, will extend their current streak of outstanding speakers with a talk by Internet Expert John Loughlin on Wednesday, March 4th at 6:30 PM.

imagesJohn specializes in teaching the uninitiated about organizing their lives, worldview and communication skills through the use of Facebook, Twitter and other Social Media.

With nearly 50% of adults over 50 regularly using Facebook and other online blogs and publications, it’s time we all learn how to maximize our internet skills to keep abreast of all the latest developments, arguments and facts that corporations would rather we didn’t know about. Electing not to use digital tools reduces our ability to engage, educate and persuade citizens with our ideas and values. Luckily there are a lot of folks already online to help us learn the new tools, find alternative news sites and to share ideas on building a more just and sustainable future.

Our meeting place, the La Mesa Community Center (4975 Memorial Drive, La Mesa, just off University Ave.) now has free Wi-Fi and will allow John, with just a short overview, to show us the shortcuts to posting pictures and opinion to Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn, and how we can expand the reach of our club to Democrats and Progressives everywhere. Please bring your laptop, smart phone, iPad or tablet, and participate in this unique opportunity. Our social hour begins at 6:30 PM and everyone is welcomed.

John graduated in physics from Imperial College, London after exploding unconfined vapor clouds for British Gas. He moved to California in 1993 as head of product R&D at Counterpoint Electronic Systems in Carlsbad. He founded his own consultancy business in San Diego in 1996, managing the development of software, hardware & services for global communication, media and consumer electronics companies.

He knows something about Technology Prognostication, Information Services, and Progressive Politics. He is a card carrying member of the ACLU, and longtime supporter of Amnesty International. For the GO Team he is a Precinct Leader and data coordinator for the Point Loma, Ocean Beach and Midway areas. John chairs the communications committee of the Pt. Loma Dem. Club, and works with other Clubs throughout the county to improve their websites and Social Media channels. John is currently working with the La Mesa Foothills Democratic Club to upgrade our website. You can reach him at John@rubywhite.com.

You can download his presentation here (PDF).

Arapostathis%20headshot-KHK_0We’ll also have the pleasure of hearing the newly elected Mayor of La Mesa, Mark Arapostathis address the membership. He’s willing to discuss any and all issues facing the community, so please come prepared to ask the Mayor whatever is on your mind.

Mark Arapostathis has lived in La Mesa his entire life. He attended Lemon Avenue Elementary School, La Mesa Middle School, and graduated from Helix High School. Since 1992 he has taught in the La Mesa-Spring Valley School District at Murdock Elementary, Lemon Avenue Elementary and Rolando Elementary. He is currently the Director of Theatre Arts at La Mesa Arts Academy. “Dr. A” as he is known, was honored as one of San Diego County’s Teachers of the Year.

Dr. Arapostathis served for 8 years as a City Councilman. Before joining the City Council, Dr. A served on the La Mesa Community Services Commission. He was the president of the La Mesa Arts Alliance as well as a founding member of the “Sundays at Six” concert series, held each summer at Harry Griffen Park amphitheater.

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