PGS is offering some events in an online format using a service called “Zoom.” It is relatively easy to use but there are a few things to learn in the beginning.

You may use a desktop or laptop computer, smartphone or tablet to participate. You will need a microphone for the desktop if you wish to speak and a camera if you wish to be seen; the other devices usually have the microphone and camera built in.

If you are using a smartphone or tablet, you must first install the Zoom client from your App Store. You only need to do this one time. If you are using a desktop or laptop computer, the Zoom app will be installed during your initial log in. You will have to respond to three pop-ups during your login: “open zoom,” “join with video” (optional), and “join with computer audio.”

To join the meeting at the date/time of the event, click the hyperlink provided and enter the meeting ID number and password if requested. That information will be provided on our website calendar and home page, weekly event email, and Blog.

Once you have logged in, you will have to wait until the host lets you into the meeting. When you are admitted, be patient as others join in, and then the host will start the meeting. At the beginning of the meeting, your audio will be muted. The host will give a short explanation of controlling your audio and video as well as using the “chat” feature.

That’s about all you need to know to participate in our online events. Please be mindful of others in the meeting and practice simple courtesy in your communication.