The Presidents View
For three years running the Wasatch Camera Club has continued expanding and offering members a wide range of experiences in the art of photography. I can say with some certainty that the club is the most active photographic organization of its kind in the area. Last year, I reported the club’s membership at 210, today our database is 260, an increase of over 20%. The club’s size and growth have been good for individual members as well. We are becoming well known in the Utah photographic community enabling us to secure speakers, workshop leaders, competition judges and the valuable support of local retailers who cover some event costs and join us in our activities. While not everyone attends all the club’s offerings, we are able to deepen areas that may have interest to you directly.
I can’t say enough good things about our Directors and Vice President Jeff Clay. They volunteer untold hours producing club programs and working with members to help deliver the club’s mission which is helping you grow your photography skills. Whenever the opportunity presents itself please take the time to thank them.
During the last club-year, thirty one events were offered to members, more than two per month, not including our mentoring activities. As most everyone knows most months we have three events, a general meeting, a workshop and a field trip. Briefly, these included five competitions, eleven workshops, eight field trips, two member critiques and two lectures. We also participated in the Mountain West Imaging Expo and don’t forget the Holiday Party and the fabulous (?) End of Year meeting.
PhotoOp 13 was cancelled a few weeks before it was scheduled. This was the biggest setback for the club and we missed a big opportunity to learn from the nationally recognized photographer, Parish Kohanim. It was a learning experience and plans are to have another strong presentation for PhotoOp 14.
On a brighter note, the club’s bank account is strong with balance of about $7,500. This is up from $5,500 last year or an increase around 35%. We anticipate this balance will see significant expenditures as we move our competition platform onto the web and seek to upgrade the club’s current Stone Age laptop!
This is my third year as the club’s president and I continue to enjoy my role in your organization. As the club has become more active, there are more details that need my attention and those of your Directors. This increase in coordination is the motivation for our Build Your Club effort. We can do more if we have more help. I can name several instances where some cool events have slipped by because we didn’t have the person power to process the details. I hope you will take this as a call to action as we look ahead to the upcoming year. Just click on the promotion on the home page.
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