You have downloaded the free application for APPLE or ANDRIOD . . . you took a picture of that silly looking puzzle thing and . . . you have arrived here!
You are now on your way to being able to look up information as fast as you can take a picture! For some of us we for the first time also may be able to brag to your children or grandchildren that we’ve done something very Techy.
But, what is a QR and why are the Native Sons using them? Below we have provided a little information about where this technology will taking us as Native Sons.
[color-box]What Exactly is a QR?[/color-box]
QR code (abbreviated from Quick Response Code) is the trademark for a type of matrix barcode (or two-dimensional barcode) first designed for the automotive industry in Japan. A barcode is a machine-readable optical label that contains information about the item to which it is attached.
[color-box]Why are the Native Sons Using QR’s?[/color-box]
The Native Sons of the Golden West are embracing the QR initially to educate our members and the public about the simple way we can make the wonderful California history we find so interesting more accessible.
Example – On June 6th 2015 Grand President Dean Zellers will be making a dedication at the Donner Memorial State park, a new historical plaque will be installed and in the top right hand corner will be a simple QR (Quick Response) Code that anyone with a Smart phone can take a picture of and immediately be taken to the Native Sons website where we offer additional informational about the Donner Memorial park.
Try Donner Park code below:
[color-box]Where else will we see these codes?[/color-box]
Because Native Sons are able to design, create and print a QR code very inexpensively we will be able to use this technology to guide our member, but more importantly to help educate the general public about who the Native Sons are, and the work we are dedicated to;
- The state of California, through our continuous commitment to historical preservation.
- To the hospitals in our communities with our gifting for Cleft Palate needs since 1954.
- Our yearly scholarships to California’s youth to increase their education.
- Project sponsorship’s that every individual parlor does without giving it a second thought.
Possibilities are endless – historical plaques, dedications, Grand Parlor schedules & information, Lucky calendar winners;
Example – a long standing brother of the NSGW has passed away, and is buried at the newly created Native Sons Cemetery and Memorial park. We would like anyone that visits his grave site to know just who our brother is and how much he meant to his fellow brothers, family, and community. A simple 1″ x 2″ QR code is placed on his head stone where anyone can take a picture and read the information his loved ones would want the world to know about him.
Example – you are participated in this years NSGW Lucky Calendar program, and want to see who the most current winners are you have the Lucky Calendar code saved on your phone, you click it and are immediately taken to the current list of winners.
[color-box]Do I have to have this on my phone?[/color-box]
NO!! We realize not everyone is interested in this technology, and for those members, you will always be able to receive your Native Son information in the same way you have for the past years. Nothing will change!! That being said, I can’t wait to see the look on my granddaughters face when her grandpa click on that first code and together we explore the website and information we were taken to.
Our goal is to use this type of technology to reach out to the next generation of Californian, and make sure they know who the Native Sons are, what we are about, and how we serve our state and community. So, that when we invite them to become a member they can make an informed decision and we get a enthusiastic, motivated, ready to help member for years and years to come. Creating quality members to carry on our legacy is an important part of our leadership.