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April 17, 2008 -

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Important Update to Take Stock

ICLUBcentral has released a very important update to our Take Stock software program. You must follow these instructions to download and install the update to your current software program.

This update changes the data source in the program to use the StockCentral data feed. StockCentral's data is provided by Morningstar, Inc., and provides up to ten years of historical fundamental company data, including fully normalized earnings per share figures.

With this change in Take Stock, the program now uses the same data that is used in the Complete Roster of Quality Companies, the StockCentral Stock Screener, and the online version of Take Stock at The Take Stock Quality Ratings and other calculated values will now match among all of these ICLUBcentral products. The superior data provided by Morningstar is also used to generate *.SSG data files for use in stock analysis software programs such as Investor's Toolkit, and is also provided for the Take Stock software program. Visit for more information on the tools and data available from that site, or to sign up for a free 45-day trial.

Please note: This Take Stock update is not optional! The current S&P Data will be no longer available after April 18, 2008.

Complete instructions for updating your software are available on the web site. Please follow these instructions carefully. In order to update your program properly, you first must determine which version of Take Stock you own, and follow the instructions accordingly. (Note: the online version of Take Stock at is not affected by this update.

Join the Club!

By Amy Rauch Neilson

I spent seven years as a part-time professor of English and Writing at a local community college, teaching freshmen composition. The Number One question my friends and family would always ask me was: How do you get over the stage fright of public speaking? My answer? You just force yourself to do it, day in and day out, and eventually, you get over it. The second most frequently-asked question was: What do you do when a student raises his or her hand and asks you a question you don't know the answer to? I point out that it's a great question, admit that I don't know, and tell him or her that I will look it up and return with the answer by the next class period. I'm going to do something along those lines right here, right now, beginning with this column.

When I began writing Join the Club! a few months ago, the very first question I received was from ICLUBcentral member Kennedy Greenaway, who posted this question in response to my Welcome message: Can you give me some pointers on being a really, really good treasurer? I can't, I told him. Though I was a member of the KIX Investment Club a while back, I never held the office of club treasurer. But I do know some experts who can, and they just happen to be a part of the ICLUB team. During the next few weeks, I'll be consulting with these experts and relaying their top tips for terrific club treasurers -- insights that hopefully will make your job a lot easier, whether you're an experienced club treasurer or brand-new to the job.

The first tips are from expert Gene Rooks, who took over as club treasurer of the Southern Women Investing Money Club in Orlando, Fla., in 2003. Gene has also served as an Accounting Instructor for the BetterInvesting, Inc.'s Space Coast Chapter and currently serves as one of ICLUBcentral's volunteer club accounting advisers and a member of the beta test team for Club Accounting 3 and She shared a total of 11 tips with me and said, "If all club treasurers could get on this page, we wouldn't have anything to do on the Treasurer forums." Here are the first five:

  1. Know where to go for help, and don't be reluctant to do so....

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We're Hiring at ICLUBcentral!

ICLUBcentral is looking for a few new employees! If you or someone you know fits the bill for either of these positions, please contact us at

Our benefits package for all employees includes health and medical insurance; a variety of supplemental insurance plans (disability, life, dental, vision, accident); annual paid vacation; a floating holiday schedule; reimbursement for continuing education classes; participation in the company's 401(k) plan; participation (and matching contribution) in the company investment club; and management that is concerned about making the company a good place to work for its employees.

Both positions are full-time with benefits in our offices in Harvard Square, Cambridge, MA.

Software Engineer

We are seeking a Software Engineer to work on new product development and contribute ongoing support for web and desktop applications. The Software Engineer will design, develop, troubleshoot, debug and implement software and internal systems using technologies such as C#, .NET framework, ASP, SQL, and Visual Basic. Experience in interface design is a plus.

The Software Engineer will work on development and maintenance of existing software products and web tools; oversee development of new software products; work closely with support department and other engineering team members; and conform to project schedules and produce high quality software deliverables.

The qualifications for this position include experience developing applications for Windows using Microsoft development tools; development experience with Microsoft server technologies, including C#, .NET framework, ASP, SQL and Visual Basic; and an ability to collaborate with product management and marketing staff to architect solutions that meet all requirements.

Finance and Marketing Associate

We are also currently looking for an ingenious and resourceful person to assist with our company's finance, operations and marketing efforts. This position would be perfect for a recent college grad. Here's what you can expect to do day in and day out as our Finance and Marketing Associate:

Assist the Finance and Operations manager in tasks related to accounts payable/accounts receivable, financial management, payroll, budgeting, inventory management, including ordering and tracking of all products, and general customer service and problem solving.

Assist the Marketing manager in tasks related to direct mail campaigns, email campaigns and newsletters, web advertising with Google and other avenues, trade shows, marketing campaign analysis, and relaunch of our company web site and web products.

Training will be provided for individual who show an ability and willingness to learn. Opportunities for quick advancement are available.

Skills we are looking for include a working knowledge of QuickBooks, Excel and/or Word; adeptness with numbers and analysis, combined with a creative sensibility; flexibility and the ability to juggle several projects and responsibilities at once; excellent communication and organizational skills; ability to work in a small, team-oriented atmosphere; persistence and patience; familiarity with Adobe Suite.

Entry-level candidates are encouraged to apply for this position. If you are a highly motivated and ambitious individual looking for a challenging and rewarding career in small company environment, please send us your resume and a cover letter.

ICLUBcentral on the Road

Join ICLUBcentral President Doug Gerlach and your fellow investors for an exciting day of investing education on Saturday, April 26th, 2008 at the 25th Annual Kansas City Investors Fair.

Held this year at the Doubletree Hotel at 10100 College Blvd., Overland Park, Kansas, the Silver Anniversary Investors Fair will feature a luncheon with Doug. Doug's luncheon speech will be Secrets of Wall Street Analysts where you will learn how to interpret (and often disregard) the advice provided by so-called "professionals" on Wall Street.

During the same weekend, Friday, April 25th to Saturday, April 26th, visit ICLUBcentral's Finance and Operations Manager, Annie Walsh, at the Minneapolis/St. Paul Investors Fair. Held at the Earle Brown Hertitage Center, 6155 Earle Brown Drive, Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, the Investors Fair will feature corporate presentations; software demostrations; educational classes; and interesting presenters, including luncheon speaker Bob Adams from the Puget Sound Chapter.

We look forward to seeing you there! Present a copy of this email with your name and email address written on it at ICLUBcentral's booth to be entered in a special prize drawing!

April 17, 2008

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Events Calendar:
04/26: Kansas City Investor's Fair
04/26: Minneapolis/St. Investor's Fair
05/03: Doug Gerlach Workshop, Mansfield, MA
06/14: Doug Gerlach Workshop, Freeport, ME
06/21-06/24: BI National Convention, Chicago
08/08-08/10: InvestEd 2008, Charlotte, NC.

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