Merry Christmas everyone! As we close the year 2016, I'd like to thank everyone for the awesome year we had as a club. The quality of work coming out of our members is so awesome; in three competitions (2 digital, 1 print) we had nearly 100 images that won Merit Awards! That is just outstanding. The Folio Competition was in a book form this year and I think that took the competition to a higher level. The work there was just as good as the other competitions. Great job everyone!
I'd like to thank Cathy Driver for her work on the Holiday Party, one of the best we've had. We changed it up a little bit this year. Glen, Mel and I cooked the main courses and everyone pitched in with the sides and deserts. We set up a photo booth and got some pretty fun pictures. Everyone seemed to have a good time.
We've settled in to our new home, and we're set to be there for at least another year. It's nice having a place with plenty of room for everyone. I am going to try to incorporate more workshops during club meetings. This will begin in April or May as we have the first 3 months of the year already planned with speakers and the Winter Digital Image Competition in February. Speaking of which, we've moved our February meeting up 1 week. It will take place on February 7, 2017. Which means the deadline for the DIC is now Monday January 30, 2017. So get your entries ready, it will be here before you know it.
Please join me in thanking the board for all the work they do to make this the best club it can be. They have made my responsibilities easier for which I am truly grateful. Cathy Gero, Mel Carll, Garry Tice, Dusty Stiles, Milt Carlson, Eleanor Gray, Jane Del Vecho and Jeff Barlow, you guys ROCK! Thank you so much!
In the coming year I'd like to see the club grow. If you know of anyone who is interested in photography, have them join us for a meeting or two. Show them our website and Facebook page. If everyone would reach out to new people and get them excited about our club, we can really grow. I hope to do more teaching, whether it be about equipment, techniques, Lightroom or just basic photography for the beginner, I'd like to take the club in that direction. If any of you have any suggestions please drop me an email or call anytime.
In closing I hope everyone has a great Christmas, being with family and friends or whoever you choose to spend it with. I hope the New Year is good for everyone and I am looking forward to the things we can do in the coming year.