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About BB&C

Big Blue and Cousins:
now known as The Victoria Computer Club:
The Greater Victoria Personal Computer Users Association

Big Blue and Cousins
85A Burnside Rd W
Victoria BC V9A 1B6
see our Calendar for open times.

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Constitution and Bylaws

Who Does What

Monthly Meeting:
featuring presenters from local or national computer organizations.

Our Name:

"Big Blue and Cousins: is now The Victoria Computer Club
The Greater Victoria Personal Computer Users' Association"

 Our Motto

"The friendly helpful computer club"

BB&C is a club of computer enthusiasts located in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.
Our new website is at

A Brief History

In March 1982, the IBM PC-1 started selling in Victoria, and, by May, a club that was to evolve into Big Blue and Cousins was formed. We elected our first executive in 1983 and selected a provisional name of "The Victoria Personal Computer Users Group". See "Our very Beginning" in our June 1990 newsletter.

In 1984 we produced our first newsletter, BBS, and Special Interest Group (SIG). See Early History, part 2 Then, in 1985, we applied to be incorporated under the British Columbia Society Act as "The Greater Victoria IBM-PC Users Group". Unfortunately that wasn't to be. Geoff Mitchell's "Origin of our Name" explains why we settled on "Big Blue and Cousins: The Greater Victoria Personal Computer Users' Association". That name stuck and, by 1987, Bert Mar had designed the BB&C keys logo. It was published for the first time on our July 1987 newsletter and is still used in a slightly modified version.

Our first web page was published in 1994. We suffered a temporary challenge when, in December 1999, the British Broadcasting Corporation complained about our use of "BBC" in our domain name. However, we had a strong case and ultimately prevailed. The BBC just dropped their request. "Our Domain Name"

More club history from our newsletter:


We had a relatively slow start with only 12 members by our third year, but, membership increased as home computers became more popular. We peaked in 1995 with over 1815 paid members (but over 3000 members including unpaid associate members.) 1994 Survey of Members  By 2002, with the rise of the internet, membership had decreased to about 250 members (now 165 in 2013).



We have had a number of clubhouses, in various locations, since 1987. Our clubhouse serves many purposes, but one of its most important uses is to allow our members to meet each other and to share their enthusiasm for computers.

Our socials, currently on Tuesday, Saturday, and Sundays attract members who drop in for help or just to chat. (See our Calendar for hours we are open.)

The clubhouse also offers facilities for members who wish to explore specialized areas of interest. Members organize Special Interest Groups using the resources of the clubhouse. The clubhouse also hosts our computer lab and contains an extensive lending library of computer books and CDs. Current Library Holdings.

Systems Services and Maintenance

We offer the wide range of services to our members thanks to the participation of our systems volunteers who maintain our lab of windows and linux computers.

Web Team

Our webportal (Content Management System) is also produced by volunteer club members and includes on-line HTML and PDF editions of our club newsletter in colour, forums, chatroom, private messaging, and much more.  Contact the webteam here.


Knowledgeable members participate as instructors in the wide range of courses we offer. Courses range from beginner to expert and are offered to both members and non-members. They are presented depending on volunteer instructor and student availability.


* Clubhouse

* Volunteers

Our Legacy of Helping other Users

Probably the most rewarding activity of our members is the help they provide new members and new computer users. The club provides the organization to facilitate that help, but, it is our members, working on their own or in a club sponsored activity, who make our motto "Users Helping Users" a reality.

Our emphasis on individual initiative has been a successful approach. Volunteers operate our clubhouse and act as Members-In-Charge to make it available for other activities. Other members develop and maintain our BBS. Still other members share in producing our newsletter. This website is also produced by volunteers. The opportunities for participation are endless.

Like a Kid in a Candy Store

A few thoughts from a newcomer to BB&C
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BB&C Club Activities

Official Club Activities

Monthly Meeting: Normally held on the third Thursday of each month except July and August. Our Annual General Meeting and election of directors is traditionally held during the January meeting.
Pre-Meeting Social

BB&C members and guests are invited to a pre-Monthly Meeting Social Event. Come for dinner, dessert, or coffee, but come and meet the other members of your club in an easy and friendly atmosphere. 5:30pm to 7:00pm.

Annual General Meeting: January. Annual election of officers. Reports by the outgoing executive and possible amendments to the club bylaws.

Executive Meeting: Monthly. The executive meet to carry out club business. Club members may attend as observers, but, if they wish to address the meeting, they must make prior arrangements with the president.

Training Courses We offer a selection of formal training courses for our members and the public.

Special Interest Groups (SIGs)

SIGs are conducted by volunteers who organize and run them. As such, they are a unofficial club activities�the SIG coordinator, serves primarily to coordinate times. Members wishing to start a SIG should contact a member of the executive.
For current SIGs, see our SIGS PAGE


Association of Personal Computer User Groups BB&C is a member of the world-wide Association of Personal Computer User Groups (APCUG). The APCUG Annual Conference is usually held in Las Vegas early in January

RainCoast Regional Conference: A Regional Conference of computer user groups from BC, Washington and Oregon held annually in October on the Canadian Thanksgiving and US Memorial Day weekend. We hosted the 1997 conference.

2005 Tacoma, WA
2004 No conference
2003 Tacoma, WA
2002 Tacoma, WA
2001 Portland, OR
2000 Vancouver, BC
1999 Seattle, WA
1998 Olympia, WA
1997 Victoria, BC
1996 Portland, OR
1995 Vancouver, BC
1994 Seattle, WA (first)

Social Activities

Pre-Monthly Meeting Social Come for dinner, dessert, or for coffee and meet the other members of your club in an easy and friendly atmosphere. Whenever a Monthly Meeting is scheduled—usually second Monday of the month.

Clubhouse Social Tuesday, Saturday and Sunday afternoons from 1 to 4pm. at the clubhouse.

Picnic We usually hold a picnic each summer. In 2005, it was at French Beach.


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