Hi Tamar, A Friend Request is pretty much what it implies - in amongst the members there are folks who know and hangout with each other more than they do everyone else and we are Friends. That is not to say that we all aren't Friends or Friendly because most of us came into the club when a friend told us about it....like you and me. After a while when your photo postings have been commented upon and you reply/post back you will develop site friends and ask to be their friend....That is all there is to it.
We have a great group of members eager and ready to share and learn from each other and support their love of Photography at all levels.
We have a monthly meeting on the 2nd Wednesday of the month 7pm at Harbour House Crofton Room ( this month's talks is by Simon Henson about Lenses) and very informal Coffee get togethers every Monday morning at 10 at the Harbour House restaurant. Hope you can join us at any or all of them.
Pierre introduced the new team who will help shape the Club in the future.
Plus returning executive members:
This group will infuse some new energy and direction into the Club. Feedback from club members indicates that people would like more interactive educational activities (workshops, classes, small field trips etc.) and maybe a schedule of educational opportunities ahead of time so that people can plan to attend.
The Victoria Camera Club has an external speaker every month and are willing to share their list of speakers so we can participate, at a cost of $5 a person. The club has funds to cover this at the moment. This would require using the Zoom format (which has worked so well during this Pandemic).
Club meetings will resume in October, giving this new group time to work out their ideas for new directions.
Some people are cautious about in person meetings (because of health issues) and others are ready and able to jump back in. Maybe in person meetings and Zoom meetings can co-exist. Something to talk about.
Maureen has offered to look into a monthly newsletter with, possibly, more coverage than the website offers such as emails, using facebook etc.
Avril would like to see an improved use of the website: more posts, more comments, more helpful critiquing. We might need a refresher course to remind us how to give constructive feedback.
Doug has a show about Covid in September at the library - in the Community Program Room. He will give a talk on September 7th at Noon. This will be previously unseen material, not the triptychs we have seen on the website.
Photosynthesis has a virtual show coming up, starting on August 31st. Some club members also belong to this photography group.
There is no theme yet for the photography challenge in October but when that is decided it will be communicated to everyone.