Last night the club held an early mini AGM to give any future appointed committee members a chance to work alongside the current committee members who’s duties run until the end of the season. This new system will hopefully avoid anybody volunteering for posts being throw in at the deep end and allowing them to get a better understanding of the role
Chris our current chairman said that we have had a great summer programme this year and pointed out Lindengate and the vintage car night at the farm as two of his favourite meetings.
Chris was pleased that we have had a new influx of members joining the club and they in turn will bring different ideas and abilities to the club. The idea of bringing back a beginner’s course has help the new membership and it is hoped to hold a similar course again next year and perhaps advertise it earlier on various media’s.
Chris thanked Julia Cleaver for organising a great Portrait evening which many of our members enjoyed. Also he said that he felt the five weeks of club championship competitions alongside the three ‘winner of the night’ competitions where about the right balance in the club’s programme. On the ‘winner on the night’ competition Chris did introduce a critique round to allow new members to present their images to the judge for review without them being scored. Chris would like any feedback on that if anybody would like to comment.
He thought this year’s Theme rounds would stretch people’s imaginations and we have seen some great photography so far this year.
The Chiltern Images competition has some stunning pictures and well worth going to the exhibition at Queen’s Park for a look if you have not seen them. John Timbrel has again done a great job in organising it all for us. It is hoped we could get more club’s to enter next year as it does bring in a small amount of money for the club running it.
Chris himself is going to step down from being the Chairman at the end of the season and Kathy Chantler has kindly volunteered to be our new Chairlady. I am sure Kathy will make a great job of it for us.
There are still roles to be filled which are the Secretary and the Programme Manager if you like to help but feel you cannot commit to a full post but would be prepared to give assistance in these roles please let Chris know.
Brian Worley our treasurer gave a quick account of the club’s position and although it is not at the end of the club’s season the club is in a very healthy state but Brian said he would produce some figures next year. Chris then said that they have decided that no increase in joining fees is necessary next season. We have now a modern projector and no large items were required to be purchased. However, Kathy did mention that a new ‘lightbox’ was required and I understand that will be purchased soon.
Chenxi Ni our Rosebowl competition manager gave us a showing on screen of the club’s entries for the second round. Chenxi did say how difficult it was to pick the entries himself, so he involved all of our five club’s judges to help him. He did say Stan is moving to Scotland (that’s where all the judges live that would give my pictures high marks lol) so we are down to four club judges. Chenxi did explain that picking the right ones is very subjective and only two images were selected by all five judges and a further two by four judges so they were easy to have as the entries. Others were selected by the group as the club felt they had our best chances.
Chenxi is also going to offer a service to the club to print images and mount them for anybody that wishes for help but he will email details later. The club may be able to bulk buy the mounts.
Chris ended the meeting by thanking us all for being club members and for giving ideas and contributing to helping others in the club. Chris said it is always a pleasure going outside and meeting up with other photographers who have a similar interest. However, going to this club it is something special where everybody has the same interest in bucket loads. Also it is worth joining the club on FB which is going well
He thanked Carol for doing the coffees and teas this year.
Club members were ask if they could bring a few pieces along for a buffet but this turned into a banquet lol
So it was a half time break
I think Sam Allardyce soon realised the Everton football team’s problem when the half time player’s refreshments came out lol
loads of food
Then it was time for a quiz set by Alan Taberer. So having spent week’s studying dates of the Magna Carta, fire of London and who had built St Pauls, I found it was a quiz on Camera’s, lens and photography something which I knew little about lol, I had to rely on my team members
I was made team captain and my duties of filling in the blank answers stopped me taking any pictures. Alan after the results reminded us of ‘Cracker Jack’ giving out cabbages to the successful scoring teams and us as losers got a box of chocolates.
Thank you to Alan for organising the quiz and very good evening.
The next meeting is not until the 9th January, so I wish you all a very merry Christmas and happy new year. Perhaps the year when my first 19 will come, any judges coming down from Scotland lol
Rosebowl Hosting – 2nd Round
Tuesday January 9, 2018 from 20:15 to 22:15
This is well worth viewing as well as supporting your club. There will be stunning images on show from all three clubs involved – something to which we can aspire!