There were 19 participants at the July Zoom meeting.

Judy McPhee talked about photography club participation in this year's Fall Fair, happening on Sept. 18 and 19. There will be some changes from previous years. There will be no people's choice award to eliminate touching pens, etc. No word as to wearing masks will be required.
Please contact Judy at if you can help with any of the following times:
Wed. 15th-- 3-5, 5-7:30 to receive photos
Thurs. 16th-- 9-11, 11-1, 1-3 to help hang
Sat. 18th-- 11-12:30, 12:30-2, 2-3:30, 3:30-5, 5-6 to monitor the display
Sun. 19th- 9-10:30, 10:30-12, 12-1:30, 1:30-3, 3-4:30, 4:30-6 to monitor and take down photos
There will be 20 to 25 shifts available so lots of help is needed please. It's a fun volunteer job and your help will be much appreciated. There will be a sign up sheet for the club with info. Wendy has offered to help with signage.

Gwen MacDonald is showing lovely photos with a masterful use of light at Country Grocer cafe.
Doug McMillin will be showing his imaginative Covid collages in September at the library conference room.

Photosynthesis will be virtual this year and will happen in late August into September.

Pierre spoke about Photofest 2022. It will be a bi-annual event, on alternate years to SSNAP. There was some debate as to whether to change the dates but it was decided that continuity works best and a June island wide exhibition of photography will go ahead.

The Future of the Club
Pierre (president), Avril (vice-president) and Doug (slideshow coordinator) are all stepping down in September from the executive.
Pat will stay on as treasurer, Anna as secretary, Kahsia as Eclectic Visions coordinator and contact person for Photofest, and Wendy as webmaster.
September may likely be the re-start of in-person meetings after 1 1/2 years of Zoom meetings, masterfully led by Pierre.
We are looking for fresh blood to generate new ideas and take an active role in the running of the club. Some members have already stepped up to join the new board and the August meeting we hope will bring some more interested people.
Simon suggested a more informal approach (and volunteered to be a part of this arrangement) for a group of members to get together and brainstorm ways in which the club can move forward. He asked:
--If all members' needs were being met
--If we would like more workshops (eg. landscapes, portraits, street, etc.)
--Should we keep a club presence in off-island competitions available for those interested in competition and getting feedback for their work?
--Zoom meetings have been successful so should we use them sometimes for off island presentations? Trudy suggested sharing speakers with other clubs. Some charge a lot and some, like Cole Thompson, generously give their time and perspectives for free, although we did give him an honorarium.
Someone from this new group would have to take on the duties of running meetings but the job could be shared amongst the board (committee?) members. Simon mentioned that we don't have to have a monthly presenter. The monthly challenge slideshow could be extended so people don't feel rushed to explain their images and there could be more time for feedback. A longer slideshow and the business component of the meeting could easily fill 2 hours.
The August meeting will continue this conversation about the club's future. Hopefully more of the club's 60 odd members will attend and voice their thoughts.
Howard offered a portrait workshop in his home studio to teach us about lighting, etc.
All this discussion took us till 9 p.m. so the Vision challenge slideshow has been postponed until the August meeting.

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Comment by Patricia Page on July 21, 2021 at 12:39pm

Thanks, Anna, nice summary.

Comment by Curt Firestone on July 18, 2021 at 6:47am

Thank you, Anna.  Well done.

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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