Meeting Notes - September 9, 2020

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Chester County Camera Club

September 9, 2020 / Meeting Notes


Welcome:  The first meeting of the year was held via Zoom due to Covid-19.  President Ginia Apostolacus called the meeting to order at 7:08 PM and began by welcoming back Members.  Guests and new members were warmly greeted and asked to introduce themselves.


New Business: The President then announced it was time to vote on recent changes made to the By Laws, such as hosting virtual, online meetings and conducting club business via electronic means.  She explained the voting procedures and asked Members to vote.  98% of the votes were in favor of ratifying the By Laws, which will be posted to the Web.

Committee Updates:   The President acknowledged that as this new Club year begins, Covid-19 continues to pose serious risks to our community.  Despite the need to continue meetings via Zoom, the President emphasized this would be a full club year filled with exciting new speakers, events, and outings.  Each Committee Chair was asked to give an update:

?        Competitions-Dean Grantham noted these will be fun and challenging.  First up World at Peace.  Noticeable changes due to online “hosting”:  Print competition will not occur.  Also, judges no longer are just “local” and may reside anywhere across the US (one is from San Diego).  Entry to Competition will be via Zoom and will require a Passcode.  More information available on the Website.

?        Critique Group-Jim Samanen reported that what began as a small group of colleagues providing heartfelt, honest feedback has grown and is recognized as an essential part of the photography process.  Sessions will continue into the Fall and Winter via Zoom.  Open to club members only.

?        Mentor Group-Buzz Mossholder reported that the schedule has been mapped out and great speakers lined up.  This year there will be three image critiques, limited to Mentees only.

?        Workshops-Jim Wilson shared plans for four workshops, including Show your Best Shot with Wayne Dixon as guest critic; an instructional workshop on a TBD technique; a possible Photo Essay workshop; and an amazing lighting workshop with multiple technique rooms/stations.

?        Outings Committee-Svenne Juul explained that outings are open to non-members as a way to attract new members to the Club.  Results from the recent member survey showed a high interest in Dark Sky photography and a trip to Cherry Springs.  The Club will wait for ideal conditions, either Fall 2020 or Spring 2021.  First outing is Sept 12 at the Navy Ship Yard.  There will be no carpooling due to Covid-19.

?        Newsletter-Betsy Wilson and Carol DeGuiseppi are co-editors.  The newsletter is distributed via email once a month by the Club President.  Betsy appealed to Members to share information about their photography awards and recognition and successes. A link to the Newsletter is on the Home page.

?        Members Forum-Anita Bower reported these meetings would now be held the 1st Wednesday of each month starting from 7-8 PM. However, the September Members Forum will be held Thursday September 17 from 6-7 pm. Svenne Juul kicks off September with Dark Sky Photography.  In October, a favorite, “Everybody Edits” returns.  A full schedule will be available on the Website.

?        Speakers-Carolyn Mead reported that there is a good lineup of speakers from all across the country.  Last month, Cole Thompson; this month, Sara Marino.  Future speakers include Peter Hewett;  Don Komarechka;  John Barkley; and Rad Drew.  Speaker presentations will be recorded and posted on the Club’s YouTube site.

The Club Business ended at 7:47 PM.  Carolyn Mead then introduced tonight’s speaker, Sara Marino.

Respectfully submitted by Pat Rhubottom, Secretary.

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