The club’s A.G.M., Tuesday 16th May 2017.
Chris our chairman opened the evening by saying “It has been a very good year for the club and we have had a great programme of events taking place”. Chris went on to mention some of the things that had been implemented last year like critique nights, courses and practical nights where he had gained so much knowledge from and hoped we all had too.
Also Chris has appreciated the high quality of the speakers that have been to the club this past year that now have reached new levels. Chris had also been impressed with the number of members prepared to talk and share knowledge about their creation of images and the different and interesting ways they were presented.
Chris said, “He had seen some cracking good images this year and was pleased to see how newcomers had improved their pictures over the season”.
Chris went on to say he has had a super committee behind him this year and that they were always prepared to listen to what members have said and between them have tried to make things work. Obviously it wasn’t possible to fit everyone’s wishes into the programme but they had tried to pick the best bits to please all.
He had personally enjoyed the spirit of the club and the committee had done a cracking job but he did not think it was fair to have the same members doing a job for more than two years unless they really wanted to and some of the committee this year have stepped down.
However, the good news is that before this evening other members have volunteered to step into the vacant roles which is so much better than having to ask people on the night.
Chris gave us a bit of his background and said was prepared to do another year as chairman unless of course somebody else was prepared to take on the role.
The new committee will be…
Chairman Chris Andrews
Treasurer Brian Worley
Secretary Kathy Chantler
Webmaster Dave Cullimore
Projectionist Nick Bennett
Programme Secretary Allen Thomson
RoseBowl Chenxi Ni
Chris then went on to thank individuals that were not on the committee but had help out during the season especially Luke who continued to organise the Rosebowl despite not being able to come to the club any longer.
Also a thank you to Sherron and Nick for volunteering to do the tea and coffee and collection at the door which has been a big help to the club this year. Carol has now offered to do the tea /coffee in the interval.
He thanked Kathy for organising the club’s programme and also for advertising our guest speakers to other clubs which has helped bring in extra money.
Also Chris said the club’s Face Book site organised by Dawn & Neil was running well and Chris said it is well worth joining Face Book to read various topics discussed by people on our club activities.
Sherron our current treasurer said, “Our club was in a healthy position after increasing the door money last year to £2 and as such, we now have a new super projector to better display competition images”. Therefore it wasn’t considered necessary by the committee to raise the club membership fees and they will stay the same for this year at £40 plus the £2 door money (The £2 is to help pay for coffee and the hall in the winter period).
“The membership was down this year”, said Chris, “but like all clubs the membership ebbs and flows”.
At the moment a good portion of the club’s programme for this coming year is already on the club’s website and will kick off the start of summer with a visit to Lindengate which is next to World’s End Nursery. The club’s summer programme runs every two weeks for it is known that members have various commitments due to holidays etc during the summer period but the programme is there for all who can make it.
The competitions in the winter programme.
This past year, the club’s league challenge competition was reduced from six to five rounds to allow more ‘Winner on the night’ competitions and it has been decided to keep that format for the coming season.
The five themes for the challenge competition have already been selected and they are said to be subjects that have never been used before which are designed to get us thinking also have been set early to give us the time throughout the summer to take the required images which are …
(3) Outside the window
(4) Something you are afraid of
oh my god, I’m behind you Mrs G but keep your shoulders still you’re shaking the lens lol
The same rule applies from last year that images once used in the club competitions cannot be shown again (in any form) in other Imagez club competitions but can be used to represent the club in outside competitions. Also a new rule is that images cannot be shown which are more than two years old, this is to encourage us to go out and take new pictures rather than allowing us to select old images held in our libraries.
Finally, Chris asked us what we would like included in the winter programme, whether it be more critique nights, speakers, practical sessions or courses etc or something perhaps new, as the committee is always open to suggestions.
Next year the A.G.M. will be held earlier towards the end of the year to help any new committee members get a feel of the role with added assistance given from the existing members doing the role. This will allow new committee members to have more time and not to be thrown into the deep end with just a few weeks to prepare for any events.
This year in the winter programme there is a proposal to run an introduction course which will start with the basics in photography and will be open to outsiders for a fee with the thought of giving anybody that completes the course a free membership, this is to encourage more members into the club.
The club are meeting next week at the Shoulder of Mutton at around 7:45 pm for 8 pm for the club’s presentations and dinner.
The start of the new winter programme in the Western Turville hall will be the 12th September 2017.
We then had a coffee break.
General conversation took place whilst various articles were for sale and also give away magazines were available.
Next week is
End of Season Meal & Club Comps Presentations
Tuesday May 23, 2017 from 20:15 to 22:15
Presentations of awards, certificates & cups