July 1, 2016
Happy Canada day, and I hope you got some great opportunities to photograph fireworks!
As we move forward in finalizing our planning for the upcoming year, our volunteers are working really hard to institute some changes that will benefit all of our members.
After speaking with a number of you, we have tried to make some changes to help keep our club all-inclusive and be able to offer many programs that benefit everyone. Our club has been known for our competition prowess, however 40% of our members do not enter competitions, and many still don’t belong to an evaluation group, for various reasons including an intimidation factor for many.
To this effect, we have some very exciting news for you…
- Competitions will be changed so that if you are one of the many members who have felt intimidated by the competitions, your photos can now be submitted for evaluation (anonymously if you wish), for feedback. Members may submit “evaluation” images for comments only or for scores and comments so you can get an idea of how you would score in a competition without feeling intimidated! Look to the website for more detailed information….About Competitions
- The digital competitions have been further separated from Assigned and Pictorial, to also include a third “Natural Things” Category. This will allow us to separate the natural things/nature images from other pictorial images allowing more of your images to be judged in a more equitable manner.
- Evaluation groups are in full swing; some are even operating through the summer. This is a great way to meet new people in the club and feel more at home, you can learn about photo techniques and share information with the others in the group along with getting valuable input on how you can improve your own images. If you are not already part of an evaluation group and would like to be, please contact Rhonda Starr and she will try to get you into our existing groups, and if there are enough people interested we may be able to form another group…so please let her know as soon as possible!
- In addition if you are not part of an evaluation group, or don’t have time to attend regularly, and you want to get an evaluation of your images, we have created an online evaluation group to be managed by Kathy Constantinou. Just look on our website for the Online Evaluation group information or contact Kathy for the download information:
- We are working on setting up a facebook page for club members to share photos, stories, techniques and items of interest to other members.
The City of Toronto, and soon to follow, the City of Vaughan, and Town of Richmond Hill, will require all organizations who rent space from them, to have an “ethical conduct” policy in place. Therefore in advance of this requirement, with the assistance from Harvey Ash and our legal team, the board has passed a new policy on Ethical Conduct. In essence it asks that we all behave nicely towards one another, do not denigrate another member, discrimination of any kind will not be tolerated, and in addition to our plagiarism policy, to behave in an ethical manner at all times. All of our club policies are on the website for your review in a new section under “About RHCC>Club Policies”.
WE ARE LOOKING FOR HELP….. We are looking for a member to fill the “Volunteer Coordinator” position. The job would be to coordinate with the membership chair, to recruit one time volunteers to assist with different programs such as the GTCCC Experienced Judges Seminar in the fall, the CAPA judging in December and to reach out to members to help at various other functions when necessary. It is a very low-key position for a social person who is able to make some phone calls only a few times during the year. Please contact myself, or any members of the executive committee if you can help us with this…..Thank you!
And finally…. we are adding a new member portfolio gallery on the website. Members, from novice to masters, are asked to submit 5-10 images to show some of their work, with a brief description of the type of images they like to take. We are working out the final details but likely the featured member will change on a bi-weekly basis throughout the year, encouraging you and your friends to visit our website often to see these images and learn about your fellow members’ photographic interests, and gives you a chance to show some of your work on an online gallery!
Our first field trip to the Borden Airshow was a huge success, we had 14 photographers show up and we sat together in the Photographer’s seats and got some outstanding images!
*Our next summer field trip is on August 14th, for a visit to Georgian Downs to photograph the harness racing. Look to the website for further details, and contact Bruce Carmody our field trip chair for questions and to let him know your are coming…..
Stay tuned for some other new ideas we are still working on, a club Facebook page, a Richmond Hill Blooms garden/flower photography competition, and others that we will announce as more information becomes available.
As always, please visit the website on a weekly basis to keep up to date with all the club activities!
I want to take this opportunity to thank the executive and other volunteers who have been working so very hard to make all these changes in time for the new session starting September….a job well done!
Enjoy your summer photo opportunities!
Just picture the possibilities!
Ron Goodlin, RHCC president