Sorry I am late again... I got all caught up in the KraftProjectPlay .... thanks everyone who voted for SSI... today we will find out... keep your fingers crossed... 

By the way if there is someone out there who would like to take over the  minutes duty... I would welcome the relief... it is fun...

Any mistakes are mine feel free to correct in the comments section... and check there before you believe anything... cheers... MCB 

Photo Club Minutes

August 12, 2016


Opening:  (approx. 16 give or take a body or two) Wendy once again to gain some control over the boisterous group of enthusasts… okay maybe a bit of overkill… but everyone seemed to be having a good time… and that is good…


New Members: Aya Watanabe, Randy Belanger, Peter Freeman – come on out and play with us…



         Photo Op:  SPCA Fundraiser Calendar

Shawn from the SPCA is looking for images of Men and their Cats… which leaves lots to imagination… they want to show the diversity of men & cats on SSI… Wendy has posted the details on the club website… come on lets show him what we can do ---have fun with it…



       Fernwood Café: Avril Kirby is showing her work at Fernwood this month… the opening is on Sunday 23, 2-4pm … it is a great place for a coffee milkshake… The photos are delightful, colourful and varied… always a treat to see Avril’s work…

         Pemberton Holmes: Bob Roger is presenting his work “Things” … catchy title Bob…. To see “Things” drop by for a peek…  

         Country Grocer Café Gallery: Margaret C. Benmore (me) will be showing for the month of September … a show of graffiti images from Croatia and Italy… lots of colour..

         jOnezi – “aRt pArty”   Sept 6 at 3 pm and Sept: 7 at 12 am… see details on the events listing on our site…

         PhotoSynthesis: is again at ArtSpring August 27th to September 8… always a special show and it is feature some of our members work… be sure to catch it…

If you know of other shows in town… add them on to this blog or better yet post it on the event section of our website… Let us all know what you have found and enjoyed…. 


Educational Segment:    “How do you Choose”  was a presentation by three members on how they made the decision of what to submit for the Eclectic Visions show…

MCB (me) showed the various candidate images in the running and explained the careful scientific process used to narrow it down… and the rationale for the final choice… basically it was close your eyes and point… much like my photography…

Bob Rogers… presented his process, which was very organized, analytical and rational… but then it would be wouldn’t it… nice work Bob…

Jana Zachariou… presented her tried and true method of general consultation with family and friends… and then picking the one you like anyway…  she also converted us all into to Booth Bay watchers with her amazing sky and water work… thanks Jana..

Evening Show/Challenge:  “Sharp” – as always the members were very Sharp… Doug (bless him) has posted the August Show on the website so you can see it for yourself… brambles, swords of honour, still-life of Hypodermic needles and an homage to the SSI knife sharpener… it was a vey pointy type of show…

Next Meeting:  

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Harbour House… 7:00 pm

The challenge for next month:   “ Soft“  there are so many ways to illustrate the concept of soft… soft to the touch, soft in colour, soft in content… and the various kinds of soft … it will be a lovely cozy show I am sure… have fun with it and really show us what you can do with SOFT…


Editorial aside: If you have any comments, corrections or additions please feel free --- all help is welcome…

I would like to encourage all club members to take part in the conversations on the website --- they are interesting and endlessly informative…  Share your pictures with the club on the site – you know we all love to look at images and it would give us a chance to get to know a little bit about you …  let’s participate…


Thanks for your patience...

Cheers… MCB 

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Comment by Avril Kirby on August 22, 2015 at 8:38pm

Well done, Marg, and thanks!

Comment by Curt Firestone on August 22, 2015 at 7:25am

Thanks Margaret.  Great to learn about the meeting which I missed.  The Kraft Project Play brought the SSI community together in a wholesome endeavor.  Thanks to the SS Tennis Assoc.  The $25,000 prize will be used at Portlock Park to improve the tennis courts!!  As you say, "come out and play tennis".  Fun for everyone.

August minutes

Pierre introduced the new team who will help shape the Club in the future.

Simon Henson

Larry Citra

Maggie Vancik

Roger Brooks

Maureen Milburn

Ellen Vesterdal

Justene Tedder

Plus returning executive members:

Pat Page

Kahsia Hartwell

Wendy Rosier

Anna McColm

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.


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